The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

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Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

Release Date: March 24, 2003

Genre: Action Adventure

System: Nintendo GameCube

Players: 1


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker takes place on the high seas as Link attempts to rescue his sister from the evil Gannon. Once again, Ganon is after the Triforce and has unleashed his minions upon the world. Link must sail from island to island, exploring dungeons and obtaining powerful artifacts that will help him defeat Gannon. Link has many of his famed weapons and tools from other games in the series. Players will recognize items like the sword and bombs, but there are also many new items that include the Picto Box, which allows players to photograph things in-game.

As with most Legend of Zelda games, Wind Waker has an open world and heavy focus on exploration as well as puzzle solving. Players must not only find dungeons, but also explore them. Dungeons often have hidden rooms and a variety of puzzles that must be solved in order to progress. Monsters of all sorts can be found in dungeons and players will have to fight a powerful boss at the end of each labyrinth. Those who successfully explore dungeons will be rewarded with powerful artifacts and extra health.

Wind Waker differs from other games in the series as it features a Great Sea dotted with islands rather than the traditional fantasy setting of Hyrule. Link is given a ship early on and must use it to search the Great Sea for artifacts. Wind plays a prominent role in this game since Link relies on it to explore the sea and must often find creative uses for it as he sails around.


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