Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo GameCube, 2003)
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|Nintendo's acclaimed action role-playing series receives a face-lift with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for GameCube. Moving away from the traditional 3D polygon models found in the two previous Nintendo 64 titles, creator Shigeru Miyamoto and the design team decided on using a cel-shaded look for a more whimsical effect. Enemies and principal characters emote, stomp, and attack with more fluid animation than in previous efforts, although the basic control and interface remain the same.|
Taking place long after the events in Ocarina of Time, the game finds a young Link with expressive, almond-shaped eyes who is suddenly pressed into action when a giant bird swoops down and abducts his sister. Thus begins a epic quest taking place on a series of different islands, each of which can be reached by a sailboat players guide amidst swirling winds. Once on land, Link must fight his way past new and familiar monsters across a variety of outdoor vistas and underground dungeons to find his sister.
To fight his enemies, Link can swing a sword in multiple directions, block with a shield, and perform a variety of acrobatic maneuvers to close in for the attack or to escape harm's way. Link can also acquire and use bombs to open up new areas, as well as acquire fallen items from defeated enemies. New items include a telescope, which can be used to spot important items from afar, and a baton that helps redirect the wind to propel the sailboat to its intended destination (similar to how Link's ocarina manipulated time in his first N64 adventure).
The lock-on targeting system implemented in the N64 games is featured in the GameCube version as well. When players are confronted with multiple targets, they can isolate their attacks on a specific creature or divvy up damage by quickly switching between enemies while swinging the sword or firing the hookshot. New forms of attacks tie-in to the comic theme associated with the graphic engine, such as targeting an exposed foot or somersaulting between a creature's legs before swiping it from behind. Wind Waker also supports connectivity with the Game Boy Advance for two-player cooperative adventuring as well as a number of additional features.
|Game||Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|
|Number of Players||1|
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|Game Series||The Legend of Zelda Series|
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- mikegoetz1Sep 2, 2007by
The Wind Waker definitely one of the best!
At first I had reservations about the Wind Waker. It didn't make a lot of waves when it came out and most of the criticism was regarding the new look of link and the overworld being cel-shaded hadn't been too positive. It was the only Zelda game I did not play but mostly due to the fact I skipped the GameCube after the N64, but also a small part of me didn't want to see Link in a cartoon. But then I got a Wii and figured it was time to give it a shot regardless of what the initial perceptions were.<br><br>Well I was misled. The game is absolutely spectacular! The graphics, although cartoon-ey, are amazing. The colors are bright, accurate, and everything moves with a fluidity that I still have not seen in any other game since. The draw distance is unparalleled. You can literally see for miles on the ocean which makes it so much easier to navigate and find the area you want to go to whether looking for a fish jumping out of the water or a flock of seagulls indicating a Big Octo might be below the sea with a treasure. Things like that can be seen at such a distance so you don't have to be right up on it or depend on a map to guide you there.<br><br>What is even more amazing are the Link's controls. He goes exactly where you want to go with incredible smoothness. L-targeting is much better than Z-targeting on the N64's Ocarina of Time. The only time I would say Link has trouble is when trying to get on a ladder. The game mechanics cause Link to curve a little wide when changing the direction which can make it difficult to line up the entry to a ladder, especially when climbing a ladder at sea.<br><br>The camera is pretty much perfect. I can't think of any time throughout the course of the game when it got in the way. When the camera is automatically maneuvering it stays where you need it to but because the camera is easy to move with the C-stick you'll find it becomes second nature to move it right where you need to without it interrupting your gameplay. I've also got Ocarina of Time on Wii's Virtual Console and have been playing it as well along with Wind Waker. OoT's camera, while good, has nothing on WW's camera. In WW you can zoom out as much as you want, rotate the camera as fast as you want, get in front of link to see what's behind you, etc. The camera has truely been perfected in Wind Waker.<br><br>Now the reviews bash Wind Waker for being "too easy". It is a little easy but is that a bad thing? A game can easily discourage a player from playing by being too hard. How many games have we played that have been ridiculously hard and we just say "forget this" and it goes to the game graveyard? Personally I'm in it for the story and not how many times I have to die to beat a boss. Wind Waker keeps you consumed with the story at all times. I think the difficulty was very acceptable. The game will still give you 20 to 40 hours of gameplay depending on if you want to just finish it or get all the items like Pieces of Heart or treasure maps.<br><br>The dungeons were very large but my only gripe was that there weren't more of them. But that could be because I'm used to the standard 6+ dungeons in previous Zelda games. There are only two major "temples" in Wind Waker but there are smaller dungeons that keep you happy.<br><br>All things said this is one of the best Zelda games to date. It's extremely fun to play, the controls are excellent, camera is practically perfect, music is as always top notch, and the story is great. A must have!Read full review
- resinus2014Nov 2, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
The gamecube is an odd system marked with poor sales and fantastic games that try a wide array of new things, the last generation that nintendo had top of the line graphics pushed games to look fantastic and wind Waker is no exception, a great story mixed with great graphics, smooth game play, and a brand new concept makes this a top 5 game of all time in my opinion
- dmuch17Nov 15, 2006by
A Definite Top-5 Gamecube Title!
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)<br><br>In the Top 5 of Gamecube Games Ever Made!!! So much fun you can play it over and over!<br><br>The Wind Waker is a great game, with tons of fun, action, and challenges. The Wind Waker offers a great story, with awesome side characters, and superb gameplay.<br><br>The Wind Waker offers a ton of challenging levels and mini-games, as well as a ton of sidequests. This game will keep you busy for weeks.<br><br>Although the Gamecube proved they could make a game with super graphics (Resident Evil 4) I really like the Anime style graphics of this game. At first I was a little dissapointed, but I think that the Anime style graphics suit the game, the characters, and the gameplay.<br><br>Pros:<br><br>- The weapons (Sword, Bow and Arrow, Boomerang)<br>- A collection of helpful items (Hook, Camera, Telescope, Leaf)<br>- The Side Characters (Talking Boat, the Talking Fish, Pirates, The Mini-game Guy)<br>- Mini-Games (Squid Hunt, Cannon shooter)<br>- Tons of Sidequests<br>- The Music<br>- The sounds Characters make when speaking<br><br>Cons:<br><br>- The game can get a little frustrating<br>- Sometimes it's hard to get a good camera angle<br>- Travelling by sea takes some time (get's easier though)<br><br>Final Verdict:<br><br>5/5<br><br>Rent or Buy: BUY!!!<br><br>Whether you are a fan of the Zelda series or not, you will enjoy this game. It has something for everyone, and it definately belongs in your Gamecube collection.<br><br>PLEASE VOTE IF YOU FIND THIS REVIEW HELPFUL. Thank you.Read full review
- 3214doorOct 28, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
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very nice items, works good and good price for the game.
- sco8821_zmv56Oct 21, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
This product was a good price and is in amazing condition.