The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
"Zeruda no densetsu: Kaze no takuto" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  -  24 March 2003 (USA)
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Hundreds of years after Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker follows the story of a child named Link. On his 12th birthday, his sister, Aryll, is kidnapped, and the boy sets out on a quest to ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Osamu Hosoi ...
Asami Imai ...
Eiji Maruyama ...
Sachi Matsumoto ...
Link (voice)
Hironori Miyata ...
Tingle (voice)
Takashi Nagasako ...
Ganondorf (voice) (as Takeshi Nagasako)
Hikari Tachibana ...
Princess Zelda / Tetra (voice)
Chiaki Takahashi ...
Takeharu Ônishi ...
(voice) (as Takeharu Ohnishi)


Hundreds of years after Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker follows the story of a child named Link. On his 12th birthday, his sister, Aryll, is kidnapped, and the boy sets out on a quest to find her. Little does he know that he is part of a bigger story-one that could change the future of his world. Written by Anonymous

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Upon completion of the game, a second quest is opened with slight changes in clothing and language. See more »


Staircases in the latter parts of the game appear to use ramp collision instead of the standard stair programming seen in earlier stairs in the game. See more »


Fish: 'Hoy! Hold it right there, small fry! I don't know where you got your mitts on that Sea Chart you got there... But it looks to me like its pretty much got nothing but seas drawn on it! It's pathetic! In fact, it's almost an insult to call that thing a Sea Chart, if you ask me! What's the matter, small fry? I'm just trying to be nice here! I'm telling you you've got a problem. And you do. Don't give me that stupefied look! It makes you look like you oughta be in diapers!
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While the credits roll, the background is underwater and bubbles that show every character in the game go by. See more »


Followed by The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) See more »

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Nevermind the Cartoon Graphics, "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" is an incredible game, and delivers one of the deepest, most mature stories in the series!
9 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Graphics... 10 out of 10 The most controversial thing about this game was the cel-shaded "cartoon" graphics. When they were revealed, fans revolted. Gaming magazines scrutinized it. People started petitions to stop the game's release. We thought it was going to be silly beyond belief. But actually playing the games, the graphics are incredible to behold. The cartoonish look serves as a perfect contrast to the deep, mature storyline (more on that later), and the animation is very smooth and surprisingly detailed. The art direction is also stunning, and has a much more classical fantasy feel than the other games. It was much easier to get "sucked into" the world of this entry than it was with previous games. The visuals were perfect.

Music... 10 out of 10 From covers of classic "Zelda" tunes, to the original pieces of score done for this game, the music was a great blend of nostalgia and sweeping, epic adventure. It complimented the story and visuals perfectly, and really added a lot of depth to the experience. The sound effects were also nice, and the limited "voice acting" added another layer to the dialog sequences.

Controls... 10 out of 10 "Wind Waker" takes what was already a near-perfect control scheme introduced in "Ocarina of Time", and pushes it that one step further. "Wind Waker" delivers one of the most ideal, easy-to-master, yet surprisingly complex control schemes of recent memory. The Gamecube controller was a good design (I'd say it's one of the most "pleasing to hold and use" controllers in gaming history, and was much better on your hands than the X-Box's enormous "melting cinder-block"), and this implemented its layout to perfection.

Story/Plot... 10 out of 10 This entry delivered where "Ocarina of Time" fell short- delivering a truly complex, detailed, fleshed-out story that rivals those of film and television. This is where the game really, truly stands out. The story begins simply, and is a classic "Rescue the damsel in distress" tale early on, but as it progresses, layer after layer is added, and many themes are explored. Who'd have through a game that resembles a Saturday-Morning-Cartoon would have a complex tale about denial, acceptance and loss, and would be able to bring a tear to your eye? This game does just that.

Brief Synopsis... Link, our hero, is a young man living on Outset Island on the vast sea of Hyrule. He lives with his grandmother and sister. On his birthday, while preparing for a coming-of-age ceremony, his young sister is scooped up by an enormous bird, being pursued by a pirate ship. Link is forced to team up with the pirate leader, Tetra, to find his sister, but during his journey, a greater tale will unfold, and Link will find his destiny.

Bottom Line: My personal favorite of the 3D Zelda games, "The Wind Waker" is a masterpiece. Play it!

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