Zelda: Wind Waker
When Nintendo announced their decision to use cel-shading for the next Zelda, there were few initially who were enthused about the idea to say the least. Reducing Link from the realistic, highly detailed action hero many were hoping for, to essentially a goony looking cartoon didn't sit well with many die hard Zelda fans, including me. I however, have been converted as Nintendo's risk has paid off significantly with another fantastic Zelda game.
Set a hundred years after Ocarina of Time, Link's adventure starts off simple enough with a birthday gift from his grandmother. Things quickly turn sour however as his sister is kidnapped and he finds himself traveling across immense oceans as he tries to rescue her. Similar in many ways to Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker continues to build off the past success with numerous islands to explore, dungeons to get through, and obstacles to overcome. In addition, everything is pulled together with a solid story line that builds off of Link's past adventures.
There are areas that may cause some disappointment however as many will find the bosses at the end of each level to be less than challenging. Most can be beaten easily and require little thought to get through. Another issue is the graphics. Personally, I expected to be unsatisfied with the cel-shading but was amazed at the textures and detail that is possible with this type of graphics design. Some still may have a difficult time accepting the goony looking Link but I'd at least wait to pass judgment until you see it for yourself.
Zelda: Wind Waker easily makes its mark as one of the best GameCube games to date. With exceptional gameplay many have come to expect from the Zelda, Nintendo once again successfully rejuvenates one of its older franchises on the GameCube.
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All Zelda Games
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Legend of Zelda, The - A Link To The Past with Four Swords
- The Legend Of Zelda Gaiden/Majora’s Mask