The Wind Waker

ZeldaWWHW-610The most recent character trailer for Hyrule Warriors has been released. This time, it shows off Zelda’s skills with the Wind Waker. The songs played with it both bring back memories, and beat the life out of several nasty bokoblins that clearly do not appreciate good music.

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Lyrical Associations with The Legend of Zelda

A childhood obsession with The Legend of Zelda series is a difficult thing to put behind you as an adult. All it takes is the crow of a bird to send my mind into a spiral of nostalgia, reminiscing about the first time I gazed upon the sheer terror of Ganon’s Castle in Ocarina of Time.

The Legend of Zelda has never provided us with an ending song such as Xenoblade Chronicles’ ‘Beyond the Sky’ or The Last Story’sToberu Mono.’ Never has the series ended with a song that succinctly sums up the experience of the game through verse.

That’s why when I listen to the lyrics of some songs, I just can’t help but let my mind wonder back to those times spent with a controller in hand, Link on my screen and an adventure beckoning. The following is a look at some lyrics from songs that I have come to associate with The Legend of Zelda.

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Dragon Roost A Capella

DevonApril 30th, 2014 by Devon

download (2)If you have ever played The Wind Waker then you know the popular Dragon Roost Island theme. It’s upbeat, quick, and is something to tap your foot to. Well, YouTube user Smooth McGroove has created his own A Capella version of it completely by himself.

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NEOGDS-109921Nendoroid is a Japanese action figure company known for making miniature figures based on anime and occasionally a non-anime franchises. Some include Attack on Titan, Super Mario Bros., and even Iron Man. Now, announced last year, a Nendoroid figure based on The Wind Waker HD is available for pre-order!

Hit the jump to check out pictures of the figure along with the official description!
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Milk Bar logoWelcome back to another edition of Milk Bar Mornings! Today we will be looking at some music that is for once not in the actual games, but rather something that you could (with some practice) play at home. We will be looking at some of the tracks from the Zelda Series for Guitar book, a sheet music book containing, as the name suggests, various themes from the series. Now you might be wondering, “How could you possibly analyze those pieces? Aren’t they just the notes for the song laid out so that it can be played on the guitar?” Well not quite. Due to the slight limitations on how many notes at a time can be played on a guitar, the musicians behind the book have created covers of the song, containing their own story and overall outlook to the game the song is featured in. So without further ado, to kick off this miniseries, we will be looking at pieces from each game in the adult timeline, by analyzing the songs for their story and technicalities. So hit the jump to see what is in store!

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assassins_creed_4_black_flag_game-wide Ubisoft Montreal’s Jean Guesdon, Brand Content Manager of the Assassin’s Creed series, was in a interview with EDGE about the development of the latest series installment, Black Flag. In the interview, EDGE mentioned how much they loved sailing and exploring in The Wind Waker, and when asked how it helped to “inform Black Flag’s design”, Guesdon gave an interesting response.

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Milk Bar Mornings: The Wind Waker Bosses

MaanavLinkFebruary 12th, 2014 by MaanavLink

Milk Bar logoWelcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings. To start off Milk Bar Mornings after a short break, we will be looking at the various boss themes from The Wind Waker. The Wind Waker has an amazing pallet of bosses, from giant birds to hundreds of poes, The Wind Waker‘s boss themes are fast, upbeat, and cinematic. Boss music is an important factor in any game, ensuring that each track fully represents the grandness of both the boss, and the stage that the player went through to get to the boss. We will be looking at how the composers of The Wind Waker have created amazing pieces, through technicalities and story. So hit the jump to see what we have in store!

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Dr. Link: Diagnosis of Characters #5

TylerJanuary 19th, 2014 by Tyler

drlinkLast week on Dr. Link I had a look at an antagonist from Skyward Sword who was very… interesting. We looked at Ghirahim, whose diagnosis was rather large. This week I am going to focus on a minor character in the Zelda series who is not as nearly crazy as Ghirahim, but still has something going on in his head. He is from The Wind Waker and is hardly seen or noticed through out the entire game.

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Top 5 Dramatic Moments in Zelda

AngelJanuary 7th, 2014 by Angel

3582.link_In both of my last editorals, I mentioned how one of my favorite things about Zelda was how dramatic it can be when it wants to be. So, I decided to make a top five list of my favorite dramatic moments in Zelda’s history. These moments were chosen by me alone, and are among my favorite moments in Zelda all together. But there are also some major spoilers, so keep that in mind. Hit the jump to see my picks!

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Dr. Link: Diagnosis of Characters #3

TylerJanuary 5th, 2014 by Tyler

drlinkThe last couple of patients have had a a lot in common as far as a diagnosis goes, one that obsesses over the past, and one who obsesses over bugs. Both have been diagnosed with OCD in some form. This week however, the patient is insane. He is crazy beyond belief and suffers from multiple disorders. Hit the jump to see the next patient and how his disorders have been deciphered.

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Living for the Future Here and Now

The Wind Waker from The Legend of Zelda series is known for being a game with a message. It is a tale of letting go of the past and washing away the bitterness of regret. A tale of not being held back by the circumstances of the present and living for the future to come.

However, The Wind Waker goes further than it is often given credit. The game conveys that life is not about simply remaining optimistic, but also that direct and proactive action must be taken to seize the desired future.

The Wind Waker also makes a distinction between truly earning the future of your dreams and trying to take it by force out of jealousy. The game uses the Kingdom of Hyrule as a metaphor for the ideal paradise, both the paradise that has been lost to the past and the paradise yet to be obtained in the future.

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Yuriofwind_WindWakerChanges to a game almost unavoidably take place between its first trailer and the date it is released. Game play features, characters and entire areas will often be altered or left on the cutting room floor. The result can be an experience markedly different from what the public was shown when the game was originally unveiled.

Popular YouTuber Yuriofwind frequently examines lost beta content in his Gaming Mysteries video series. His most recent video segment takes a look at The Wind Waker’s pre-release content. What changes did Nintendo make to the seafaring GameCube Zelda adventure over the course of its development? Click the jump to find out.

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Forza 5 Wind Waker Car

JenNovember 29th, 2013 by Jen

windwaker carForza 5 is a game about cars and racing. The new game for Xbox One only came out a few days ago, but already people have found an interesting way to put a little Zelda spin on it. Jump in to read more!

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Is Staying Spoiler Free Worth it?

AdenNovember 21st, 2013 by Aden

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In an age where information spreads like wildfire on the internet, it’s easier than ever to keep up to date on the latest news related to unreleased games; for example, all the information on A Link Between Worlds! But is there a point where you can know too much about a game before it’s released? When does it start to actually affect your experience when you actually get to play it? Click the jump to find out!

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boxsetMany fans have been waiting for Prima’s Zelda guide box set since the very first reveal of it. The set includes six collector’s edition guides for the six most recently released games, excluding A Link Between Worlds. Also included is a laser etched bookmark, an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and a treasure chest case to top it all off.

We are getting very close to the release of the set. That being said, more photos have been revealed. Check them out after the jump!
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The Frequency of Zelda Releases

KaineNovember 8th, 2013 by Kaine

ALBW release dateEver since The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were ported over to the Game Boy Advance, with the original Zelda game making an appearance on Nintendo’s e-Reader, I have been intrigued and excited at the prospects of playing all of the Legend of Zelda games on nearly every console, be it portable or home-based.

We then received Ocarina of Time along with a Master Quest version as a pre-order bonus incentive for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It looked as if Nintendo was going to keep adding content to it’s back catalogue of Zelda games: The Legend of Zelda got updated translations; Zelda II got a “minorly-major” upgrade (which has since been removed for the 3DS) with the experience points remaining where they were when or if Link died on his quest (also, they removed the Water Dungeon shortcut); and A Link to the Past added the Four Sword Dungeon and enabled Link to do a whirlwind slash.

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The Wind Waker jack-o’-lanturns

KevOctober 31st, 2013 by Kev

PumpkinWith Halloween fast approaching, pumpkins everywhere are being carved into jack-o’-lanturns. Whether it’s to keep the spirits of the dead away or just for the fun of it to keep up the tradition, everyone has done it. Though most jack-o’-lanterns will end up with the traditional scary face, there are already many pictures on site of lanterns that have been carved into rather impressive works of art and it’s not long before they are carved to represent all sorts of franchises. DeviantART member Johwee has done just that and carved Jack O’Lanterns based off of The Wind Waker and they are very impressive.

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128The infamous Zelda tech demo that was shown at SpaceWorld 2000 to show off the capabilities of the GameCube received a rather strong fan reaction. It caused a lot of people to suspect a more realistic looking game was in the works but then we ended up with The Wind Waker which wasn’t particularly well received. The Wind Waker ended up being a great game and it sounds like the HD remake has made the game even better. It then became apparent that Twilight Princess was made a much darker game due to the strong reaction to the GameCube tech demo but it has also been revealed that, despite all that praise, series director Eiji Aonuma didn’t agree with what everyone was saying.

Get all the info after the jump!

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WindWakerHDSoon to be a father during the development of The Wind Waker back in 2003, Zelda developer and producer Eiji Aonuma decided to instill a bit of a fatherly figure that would in a sense, look out for his son when he would play it in the future. Of course who other than the King of Red Lions would fit this role? Among all other Zelda titles Aonuma worked with, the Wind Waker is particularly special to him with all the sentimental value it has to offer. In this interview with 4Gamer, Aonuma also briefly mentions Tingle’s origin.

Hit the jump for what Aonuma had to say!

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Windfall Sculpture

JenOctober 13th, 2013 by Jen

ww artAn artist will soon be re-creating Windfall Island from The Wind Waker. While this may seem not all that special, the artist will be sculpting the island entirely out of sand! The sculpture artist  is a sandcastle artist, and so far it looks amazing!

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128How time flies! It certainly doesn’t seem like 12 years ago the The Wind Waker was being unveiled for the GameCube. It was a great game and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the HD remake. However, I’m sure we all remember the tech demo shown at Space World 2000 that was known as ‘Zelda 128′ which showed off a dark, gritty, realistic Zelda game and a lot of people were hoping was going to turn into the new Zelda game. It was soon after this that The Wind Waker was unvailed but the new cel-shaded look wasn’t exactly a welcome change to a lot of people.

Take the jump so find out what people had to say about this huge change!

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Unboxing of the Ganon Figure

JenOctober 6th, 2013 by Jen

ganonAs you all know by now, if you preorder The Wind Waker HD from GameStop, you have the option of just ordering the game, or ordering the game with an exclusive Ganon figure. The game with the figure is only about ten dollars more, but totally worth it! This video is an un-boxing video of the figure, and it is truly a special figure to have!

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Animal Crossing Wind Waker shirt qrIn today’s Nintendo Direct, it was announced by Nintendo that they had an official artist create a QR Code to use in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This would allow those who have a copy of the game to let their character to wear the shirt that Link has on at the beginning of The Wind Waker.

For all those who have a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, click below to see the code and how you can use it to get the shirt!

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The Wind Waker scroll

JenSeptember 29th, 2013 by Jen

ganonThere are many rare Zelda items in this wonderful world of  Zelda. Some are more rare than others, but when you score big, you should feel a feeling of high pride in your Zelda collecting career. In honor of the second release of The Wind Waker, I thought it would be acceptable to share a video featuring one of the rarest pieces of Zelda merchandise ever: The Wind Waker Scroll.

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Replay_windwaker_600Each week the editors of Game Informer revisit the games of yesterday in an online video series called Replay. Coinciding with the recent digital release of The Wind Waker HD, which has already been showcased in one of their Test Chamber video previews, the Game Informer crew has chosen to take a look at the original GameCube version of the game in Replay‘s newest episode.

Hit the jump to reminisce with Game Informer about adventuring across the flooded remains of Hyrule.

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The Wind Waker almost gave Link eye-beams

JessicaSeptember 20th, 2013 by Jessica

WindWakerLink In the early days of The Wind Waker development back in 2003, Miyamoto suggested there be a reason to justify Link’s new pair of eyes in the game. Consequently, Nintendo designers thought of giving Link’s large eyes “eye-beams”, for the sake of this new design and an overall new characteristic. Given that Link never before had such an emphasis on his eyes, why not consider giving him some eye-beams? That should do the trick. Unfortunately, even though it was merely a humorous suggestion, Link’s eyes in this game were settled for the purpose of  unique facial expressions while providing minor hints in the game.

Hit the jump for what Iwata and Takizawa had to say!

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iwataIwata Asks are interviews with the developers of Nintendo, who discuss the processes and motivations behind Nintendo games; the resulting conversations with Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata and the game developers always make for entertaining reads. In the recently released Iwata Asks for The Wind Waker HD, the developers of the game revealed an interesting tidbit about how despite having developed a game themselves, solving puzzles as players was sometimes difficult. Hit the jump to see the quote.

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Hideki KamiyaHideki Kamiya–the developer behind such games as Okami, Bayonetta, Viewtiful Joe, Resident Evil, and The Wonderful 101–has taken to Twitter to answer exactly why it is he has such dislike for The Wind Waker, the high-seas Zelda adventure that originally appeared on the GameCube. In the past, Kamiya has cited A Link to the Past as a huge source of inspiration for his career in game design. This admiration apparently doesn’t extend to every game in Nintendo’s venerable Zelda series–The Wind Waker in particular.

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48653153Information about the upcoming The Wind Waker HD has been tricking in a lot more often lately. Well Aonuma is back with a new interview on Polygon where he tells fans just a little bit more about the long awaited remake. In this he shares his concerns about making too many changes to the original game and how it might upset fans. He states how he saw the negative reaction from fans after showing images in a Nintendo Direct presentation and made a few changes based on that reaction.

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tww soundtrackFollowing on from their recent promotion of a selection of special t-shirts which included The Wind Waker HD, Club Nintendo of Japan have announced another new promotion pertaining to the game, this time offering a CD of the game’s soundtrack, available for free for those who manage to register the game itself soon after its release.

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We recently heard that Nintendo tested out three different Zelda games to use as a HD remake for Wii U; The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. Of course, we all know which one the gaming giant picked for its struggling console as Zelda fans and Wii U gamers, alike, prepare to embrace for the launch of The Wind Waker HD. Interestingly, in an interview with gaming site Polygon, longtime Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has indicated that HD remakes for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have not been ruled out entirely as long as someone else was willing to do it while he’s working on Zelda Wii U.

You can read the full quote from Mr. Aonuma’s interview after the jump!

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twwhd2Despite the game’s eventual popularity and success, it is a well-known fact that The Wind Waker‘s graphics were controversial when they were first revealed. Favourable reactions were few and far in-between, and series producer Eiji Aonuma apparently even foresaw that Miyamoto would not approve of the style because of its stark deviance from the norm, keeping the graphics a secret from Miyamoto until they were ready to be shown. Hit the jump to see the quote.

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The Wind Waker GameCube vs Wii U footage

VenusSeptember 8th, 2013 by Venus

comparison wwhd wwgcComparison images and videos of The Wind Waker HD and the original version have been popping up everywhere the past few months, and I’m not surprised that a few more are squeezing their way in during the last few weeks before the release date. Regardless, they never get old and I always anticipate seeing them, as the difference between the two versions are so blatantly obvious that it really shows how much more amazing the game will be to play with the updated graphics.

So without further ado, let’s jump inside to see the awesome video!

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New The Wind Waker HD character art

ParkerSeptember 3rd, 2013 by Parker

normal_original_tww_hdWith the release of The Wind Waker HD looming on the horizon, Nintendo continues to sate our appetite for high seas Zelda adventure with previews of the game’s content. Projekt Zelda Europe, a German fan site dedicated to the Zelda series, has updated its artwork collection for the remake with concept art recently published by Nintendo. This extensive collection includes 23 full-size pictures of the game’s major characters.

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club_nintendologoClub Nintendo is a great way to acquire rare gaming merchandise, straight from Nintendo itself. Although it serves as a generous incentive to purchase and register games, the issue is often raised concerning how certain regions often seem to receive better rewards than others. One of the most recent cases of this perhaps lies in Japan’s Club Nintendo, which have just started stocking a very impressive trio of t-shirts based on recent and upcoming Wii U games, including The Wind Waker HD. Hit the jump to find out more.

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