The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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The Wind Waker
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Japan December 13, 2002
United States March 24, 2003
South Korea April 16, 2003 [1]
Europe May 2, 2003
Australia May 7, 2003

Autumn of 2013










The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the tenth installment in The Legend of Zelda series. It was also the first The Legend of Zelda title on the Nintendo GameCube.

On January 23rd, 2013, Eiji Aonuma announced a remake of The Wind Waker on the Nintendo Wii U, with updated HD graphics and a new interface.[2]


Main article: The Wind Waker Story

Link's sister gets captured by Ganon, and Link is looking for her, she's located at the Forsaken Fortress. Link must reach her with help of his boat The King of Red Lions all over the Ocean Overworld. He also must reach Hyrule and defeat Ganon with help of Zelda to not let him use the power of the Triforce.


The game was originally designed without cel-shading in mind; Eiji Aonuma suggested that the game should use cel-shading as a way to introduce new ideas to the series. The game was originally planned to include transparent water, but this was scrapped very early in development.

The earliest trailer for the game, shown in Spaceworld 2001, showed that the lighting and particle systems were already in place. However, the voice of Link from Majora's Mask was used as a placeholder, as the final voices for Link had not been recorded yet. The game's HUD was created in a style akin to that of the two N64 Zelda games before it. Link himself had clothing slightly different from his final clothing at this stage.

After the cold response to the Spaceworld 2001 trailer, Shigeru Miyamoto declared that no more trailers for the game would be shown until the game was well into the beta phase.[3] In 2002, Nintendo showed the next trailer for the game at E3 in Los Angeles. By this time, Dragon Roost Cavern was nearing finalization, and a playable demo of Outset Island was included for attendees to try. The enemy music shown in the trailer was different from the final music, however. Link still had his early clothing from the Spaceworld 2001 trailer.

Between 2002 and 2003, more preview images of the game were released. The name of the game was revealed in October 2002, and in December, the English translation was revealed.[3] Link's clothing, as well as the HUD, were finalized to their current versions. Several dungeons were scrapped to save time for a December release in Japan and a slightly modified American release in March 2003.


During Spaceworld 2000, Nintendo showed several tech demos for the then-unreleased GameCube showing off the power of the system. One of the demos consisted of Link and Ganondorf battling each other. Fans and industry reporters assumed that the next Zelda game would be in a realistic style. However, during Spaceworld 2001, Nintendo showed a trailer for the new Zelda game featuring a cel-shaded child Link, eliciting anger from fans, many of whom criticized the graphics as "childish".

Professional reviewers were more forgiving to the game; many were neutral to the style, and some saw the style as hearkening back to the graphics style of A Link to the Past.[4]

When The Wind Waker was released in 2003, it received almost universal critical acclaim, in part due to the cel-shaded graphics style. Critics also praised the new gameplay mechanic of sailing, as well as the musical score. However, there were also points of contention about the game; the Great Sea featured in the game almost seemed too big, and sailing took quite a long time to accomplish, making side-quests and the storyline itself quite a long task to accomplish. Some critics also expressed dislike with the depth of field and character proportions, particularly the design of Link. Despite the negatives, the game received a 40/40 from the notoriously strict Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, making The Wind Waker the second Zelda game to receive a perfect score from Famitsu.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Main article: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

On January 23rd, 2013 during a Nintendo Direct Wii U Games presentation, Nintendo announced that The Wind Waker will be remade for the Nintendo Wii U console. The game will include upgraded graphics, a tuned up overall game experience, ability to play it off-screen on the Wii U GamePad, and Miiverse compatibility.[5] It is slated for a release in October 2013.[6]


The Wind Waker uses a unique style of cel-shading, designed to emulate the style of a large-studio animated film instead of the simpler style of a comic book or television animation. As such, background elements use textures that are somewhat more detailed than those used for non-static objects, such as characters. Most lighting on background elements is pre-rendered, though the game also uses much real-time lighting on all objects. A cloth simulation system, which affects cloth, hair, grass, and particles, provides some realism, as does the subtle depth of field effect and image distortion caused by heat. The graphics style itself was partly influenced by Japanese feature animation.


  • Major Characters
  • Sages
  • Deities
  • Outset Island
  • Windfall Island
  • Dragon Roost Island
  • Forest Haven
  • Great Sea


Main article: The Wind Waker Races


Main article: The Wind Waker Enemies


  • Weapons
  • Equipment
  • Charts
  • Bottled Items
  • Story Items
  • Spoils
  • Trading Sequence
  • Misc.


Main article: The Wind Waker Locations

The Wind Waker set outside Hyrule, although the once known Sacred Kingdom is visited this time. Link explores the ocean known as the Great Sea, consisting of 49 sections arranged on a seven by seven grid. He travels with the help of the King of the Red Lions. And with the Wind Waker, Link can control at will the direction of the wind's flow, which is helpful to navigate across the waters. As he does so, he frequently visits multiple islands, all of which should have something interesting. Hidden treasure chests or is crucial area related to the main quest. When Link enters the territory of an island, he can ask a Fishman for information on said island, as well as to draw the territory's position in the Sea Chart.


The Wind Waker’s music had an overall Irish theme, with wood winds and string instruments taking center stage in crafting a beautiful sound track for the world to fall in love with. The Overworld theme is replaced with “The Great Sea”. Link does not use an instrument in this game, instead using a conductor’s baton, the Wind Waker. With this Link conducts tunes in ¾, 4/4, and even 6/4.

Other media




American Commerical

Japanese Commerical

Game Intro

E3 2002 presentation for The Wind Waker