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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)

Zeruda no densetsu: Kaze no takuto (original title)
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After his sister gets kidnapped from their peaceful island, a young boy aims to emulate the Hero of Time by saving her.


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Mitsuhiro Takano (screenplay), Hajime Takahashi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Osamu Hosoi Osamu Hosoi ... (voice)
Asami Imai Asami Imai ... (voice)
Eiji Maruyama Eiji Maruyama ... King of Red Lions / King Hyrule (voice)
Sachi Matsumoto Sachi Matsumoto ... Link / Aryll (voice)
Hironori Miyata Hironori Miyata ... Tingle (voice)
Takashi Nagasako Takashi Nagasako ... Ganondorf (voice) (as Takeshi Nagasako)
Hikari Tachibana Hikari Tachibana ... Princess Zelda / Tetra (voice)
Chiaki Takahashi Chiaki Takahashi ... Medli (voice)
Takeharu Ônishi 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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Tragedy strikes a peaceful island, and the Legend of Zelda begins anew! See more »


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24 March 2003 (USA) See more »

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The trader with the big hat on the raft that Link can do business with is a Goron, a rock-dwelling species featuring heavily in the earlier Zelda games (and thought to have gone extinct since). 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 »


[in Ganon's room at Forsaken Fortress]
Ganondorf: It's been a while, boy. You have done well to sneak into my fortress and wriggle your way all the way up here. I suppose the least I can do is commend you for your reckless courage. My name is Ganondorf... And I am the master of Forsaken Fortress.
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Ganondorf: By the way, boy... When you drew that sword of yours out of its pedestal... Did you by chance notice how all the monsters frozen in time down there suddenly began stirring again? Do you...
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Really wonderful...
7 January 2005 | by solarisdeschainSee all my reviews

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the latest entry in the classic saga.

First off, I just want to say...Wow. This game is an experience. Taking place on the ocean instead of the familiar realm of Hyrule, you sail around to several different islands in the course of play.

The sea is huge, a 7 by 7 square grid dotted all over with islands. The story is new, and plays as a loose sequel to Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Now I know that would sound kind of stupid, considering that they are all part of a series, and would of course be connected. But its different here. Just watch the opening cinematic.

The game play is wonderful, from sailing and retrieving treasure chests to the familiar Zelda formula, it works on every level.

The graphics are amazing. Never before has Cel-Shaded graphics been done to such an extent. It's really quite wonderful. When you roll, dust flies. Your ship cuts through the water as it sails, and lets not forget the waves and the wind blowing in certain directions.

To go deeper into the story, let me just say that it is a bit of a departure from the earlier editions. This time it is about Link (of course) who sets out with pirates to retake his kidnapped sister, and he is thrown into dark and sinister implications, and has to rise to his destiny. All while trying to get her back. There still isn't voice acting, just words on the screen. Which is good, because no voice acting can't seriously be a con, but terrible voice acting can.

Several new characters and a whole new world to explore recreate the Zelda scene with riveting force. Some may complain that there's too much sailing. They can stick with Serious Sam if they can't sit down that long.

Some may gripe about the cel-shaded graphics. But their best argument tends to be "its stupid." My only problem isn't really a problem. I just with they would have kept something in the game in alignment with the Ocarina of Time. No real bother.

Anyway, I give it a 9.8 out of 10. My second favorite GameCube game. (Just behind Metroid Prime.

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