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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

by Nintendo
 Ages 7 and Over
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Action/adventure game with unique animation style
  • Explore islands to find Link's abducted sister
  • Use the wind to move your sailboat and solve puzzles
  • Unlock items and features by connecting to a Game Boy Advance
  • Communicate with lively and expressive characters
  • For 1 player
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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • BBFC Rating: Parental Guidance
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000084318
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.3 x 1.3 cm ; 91 g
  • Release Date: 2 May 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,400 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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The Legend of Zelda series practically defined adventure gaming for an entire generation, appearing on each Nintendo console from the NES and Super NES to the Nintendo 64. And the first thing you'll notice about The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker is that it looks completely different from any previous Zelda title.

Nintendo has opted to use cell-shading technology here; the result is that the game looks like a cartoon. Die-hard Zelda purists initially howled at this change, arguing that it made the game look like a kids' title, but the finished product looks fantastic. The cartoon animation style allows for better expression of the characters and several of the animations--such as Link trying to pick up an object that's too heavy--are so cute that you can't help but laugh a little.

Link travels from island to island on a talking boat and you're not going to make it far without the wind blowing in the direction you want to go. Link gains the ability to change the direction of the wind early in the game and you'll do so frequently, not only to power your boat but also to solve puzzles. Clever use of wind makes Wind Waker stand out from more conventional adventure games.

Puzzles are innovative and refreshing, and despite getting stuck a handful of times, we never felt too frustrated to keep playing. The locales you'll visit are invariably exotic and fun to explore, and the host of bizarre creatures you'll encounter (friendly and otherwise) are always surprising. Moreover, though its look is radically different, Wind Waker feels like a classic Zelda game--it's everything you've come to expect from the series, and it's one of the best adventure games to date. --Jon Grover

Product Description

Continue Link's adventures with Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. You'll experience sword-swinging action, perplexing puzzles and stirring storylines. The trouble starts when Link witnesses his sister being snatched up by a giant bird. He then embarks on an epic voyage to locate his sister.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The new Zelda from Nintendo is jaw dropping. From the second you boot it up, you're blown away. The decision to move away from what was becoming the traditional 3D game look which they took with Mario Sunshine is an inspired one. If you remember gaming of old you can probably remember Dragons Lair and Space Ace arcade games trying to pass themselves off as a playable cartoon, Zelda actually suceeds in this. The graphics are gorgeous, the cel shading looks amazing on the move ... the sea swells, wind blows, the world comes to life. No other game looks like this.
As far as controls go, its pretty much the same as Ocarina Of Time. Battling is never confusing, you rarely lose control of your camera angles ... pretty much spot on. Then again, the guy who made Zelda DID design the joypad in the first place. One touch I do like with the battles is the way the music increases in stature as you approach bad guys, each hit with your sword is stylishly freeze framed and a dramatic fanfare plays. Real satisfaction from smacking a bad guy up.
The story is also nicely advanced too, the concept that in times of need a hero clad in green always appears to fulfil the hero of destiny role. Hyrule is now trapped under water due to one instance where the hero does not appear and the gods decide to bury the realm underwater. As a result, the map of this game in mainly water based. This is the new central gameplay feature. Sailing and wind manipulation (as opposed to the Ocarina playing in the previous games). Some magazines found the sailing tiresome in some instances, I personally don't mind that, I'm quite happy to sail round the gorgeous world of Hyrule. There are plenty of side islands and quests not related to the game play to keep you busy for hours.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Hopes were high that the all new, controversially cel-shaded instalment of what is arguably Nintendo's best loved games series would deliver an experience to console the people who were so mortally offened when main character Link shed his 'realistic' look in favour of a bolder, more recognisable appearance. If you loved previous Zelda games for their charm, sublime control and staggering wealth of things to do, you shouldn't be disappointed with The Wind Waker.
The new graphics are initially shocking, but after about 5 minutes they melt their way into the experience and you'll never imagine how you got by without them. They're beautiful throughout, and they give the game oodles of character and beauty that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Link is wonderfully expressive, with his giant eyes reacting to his environment in lots of funny little ways, such as the sadness when leaving his home village, the delight when he defeats a boss and the brilliant suspicious look when he sidles along walls, Solid Snake-style.
The controls are even more refined than in the N64 games - real-time battle flows elegantly by simply bashing away at the B button, the direction you tilt the control stick making the difference to how you strike your sword (a short tutorial eases you into it nicely), with the ability to shield and jump out of the way of oncoming attacks being right where you need them. It's fluid and very intuitive - and the way each strike you make alters the music (kind of like Rez) is a great touch to make combat even more of a joy. The sound in general is fantastic - some brilliant music to acompany the various villages you explore, as well as remixed themes from the old games. Music in the set pieces is often very moving, and gives the game a brilliant theatrical atmosphere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight 2 Jun 2003
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Unlike many reviewers I'm not a Zelda aficionado so I don't know how the experience of playing 'Wind Waker' compares with the experience of playing 'Ocarina of Time' or 'A Link to the Past' when they first appeared. But I do know that WW is the most purely enjoyable game I've ever played. Everything in it is so beautifully realised and so individual that you feel immersed in the world as in no other videogame environment.
Though it has platform elements, this is still essentially an adventure game, so you won't need the ninja-like skills necessary to master the moves in Super Mario Sunshine. What you will need is lateral thinking to solve the not-too-difficult puzzles WW offers, many of which require imaginative use of the items you find along the way. It's these -- the Deku Leaf, the boomerang, the grappling hook, the Wind Waker itself etc. -- that really make the story. Each has a specific yet flexible role in the development so that you never feel either totally stumped or that the game is simply telling you what to do.
Apart from this, the graphics, animation and sound effects are so gorgeous that you'll enjoy just pottering around in Wind Waker. I can't believe there are people who don't like the cel shading approach. Not only does it fit perfectly with the older -- I mean pre-OoT -- Zelda games, the fact that you're not bombarded with textures and polygons means you can actually SEE what's in front of you all the time. Limiting textures and shading also means that the tonal range has far more impact -- when things are bright and dark in Wind Waker, they're REALLY bright and dark. And sidestepping the 'realism' issue also allows for more fluid, dynamic animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting it short
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