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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN) game cover art
Platform: GameCube
Genre: Adventure (Fantasy)
Developer: Nintendo
AKA: Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto (JP)
Publisher
Region
Released
NA
03/25/2003
EU
05/02/2003
JP
12/13/2002
AU
??/??/????

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Staff Reviews

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed April 05, 2003

Jason Venter says: "It's at this point, where you're wondering if you should just grit your teeth and sail against the wind or play the baton again, that you start scratching your head and wondering if something is wrong. The answer, of course, is 'yes.' This one little flaw, repeated into perpetuity, is enough to seriously interfere with your enjoyment of what otherwise is a stunning experience."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed April 09, 2003

Zack M says: "The entire sailing element is a love-hate sort of experience: if you don’t mind occasionally spending five minutes crossing the entire ocean to get from point A to point B or constantly changing the direction of the wind, then you can easily dismiss the potential frustration and realize that it is actually a rather fun experience, and simply exploring the ocean, finding all the islands and their respective objectives, is actually enjoyable."
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Reader Reviews

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed October 21, 2007

Chacranajxy says: "“This game looks stupid. The Zelda series is ruined.” "
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed August 27, 2004

eoib says: "The Legend of Zelda. You've all heard of it, and most of you love it. It's the tale of a boy who, against all odds, fights courageously against the forces of evil to rescue the princess and recover the Triforce. Every Zelda game seems like a masterpiece, from the very first NES game to the stunning A Link to the Past to the legendary Ocarina of Time. But Nintendo, the geniuses behind these games, have been through hell and high water just because the next Zelda game would be..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed March 08, 2004

falsehead says: "Reviewing the latest game in Nintendo's long running Zelda series has proved to be difficult for me. When I first began the game I was in awe of the amazing graphics, which are as close to playing an interactive cartoon as you can probably get. I was impressed with the fighting system which seems to be a refined version of that which had been pioneered in the previous N64 Zelda games and I was amused by the quality of the scripting and character interaction. All in all I felt in for another roll..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed July 09, 2010

jerec says: "Expectations can be dangerous, especially when what you get is not what you wanted. The real tragedy is that sometimes what you get is actually better than what you wanted, but you’re simply unable to see it. Ten years ago, there was a tech demo for the GameCube showcasing its power. One of the videos shown was a realistic styled adult Link and Ganondorf locked in an epic duel. Even though it was just a video that ran for about a minute to show what the console could do, and not a trailer of any..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed April 09, 2003

kieran says: "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. If you haven't heard of the latest title in Nintendo's Legend of Zelda franchise yet, there's a good possibility you're either very secluded, or living underneath a large rock. Or secluded under a large rock; it doesn't really matter which. In any case, the vast majority of people reading this will have heard of the game, and in fact, probably already love it or despise it depending on a number of factors. Do me a favor, and put any prejudgments aside rig..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed May 12, 2004

mariner says: "Sometime around June of 99, my life changed. It was then that I became the proud owner of an N64 and, more importantly, a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Now, the series had always been my favorite and all, but I never truly got into it until this came around. It became more than just a game or a time waster - it lead me deep within the world of Hyrule and enveloped me in its rich atmosphere. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it elevated the entire Zelda series to the highest ped..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed March 15, 2007

mrshotgun says: "I shouldn't even have to point out the notoriety that goes with a Legend of Zelda game. When someone plays a Zelda title for the first time, they go in expecting an impressive and engaging adventure. The Zelda series has earned this respect, obtained in games like the original Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and reinforced in timeless classics like A Link to the Past and The Ocarina of Time. So, does the Wind Waker live up to its predecessors? In many ways, it does. Bu..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed March 22, 2006

phediuk says: "When Nintendo unveiled the first screens for Wind Waker back in 2001 (it was still being called simply "The Legend of Zelda" at the time), the game's cel-shading graphical style was a great source of controversy among the gaming community. What happened to the badass Link vs. Ganon tech demo that we saw back during Spaceworld 2000? Why does Nintendo feel the need to jump on the cel-shading bandwagon along with every other company? Why does Link have beetle eyes? "
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed October 16, 2003

ratking says: "When I first heard about Cel-Shading for Zelda, I was completely outraged. I harbored thoughts of giong to the Nintendo company and massacreing the man who thought of this idea. But as time went on, I got used to this idea, because Zelda still will be Zelda no matter what type of graphics it is in. So of course, the game was released, and I immediately purchased it. Once I started the game, I knew it was to be an enjoyable experience, and yet I didn't dive myself into it like past Zelda games. T..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed July 17, 2006

shinryu says: "We find our young hero sleeping upon a lofty perch, overlooking the sparkling sea. He’s suddenly jarred from his slumber by his younger sister, Aryll. She then reminds him that today is his birthday, and he needs to speak with his grandmother. Once at the house, his grandmother gives Link his birthday present. New clothes? He is then told that the outfit is worn to commemorate the Hero of Time. Now, our hero, donning his new green garments, makes his way back to the island lookout to talk with h..."
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review

Reviewed March 06, 2004

tomclark says: "I've got a great idea for a game: you play as a young princess, and your goal is to eat loads of baked beans, sprouts and such. I call it Zelda: The Wind Maker..... Anyone?? Okay, that's it for the flatulence jokes in this review. I promise. "
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