Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)

Note: This review is based on the regular save file

This is a very sad fact, but this is my very first Zelda game. Some of you readers are like WHAAAAA??!!! right now, but let me tell you, I sure hope this isn’t my last Zelda game.

The Wind Waker takes place sometime after Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The introduction tells you about how a guy in a green cloak (Link(The hero of The Legend Of Zelda series)) saves a kingdom from an evil dude who was looking for a dangerous power. Then it explains that the evil dude broke out of his prison and wreaked havoc on that kingdom. No one knows what happened to that kingdom. Then the tutorial explains how on a distant island it is a tradition to dress boys coming of age in green cloaks. And so the story begins!

The Wind Waker has a ton to do with sailing and exploration. As far as I can tell, most other Legend of Zelda games are like: Let’s saddle up a horse and go  fight those bad dudes! But this game’s like: Let’s set sail on a boat and go fight those bad dudes! Early in the game, you are introduced to sailing around the ocean that the game takes place in. At first you can only sail to or in the area of the main quest destination, but you soon get to explore the ocean. But you can’t talk about sailing without mentioning the wait times. As in the real world, sailing takes a really long time in the game, and since basically you just have to point your boat in the desired direction, sometimes you can be tempted to sit back and read a book while your boat sails on and on and on. You can purchase a sail that makes you go faster, but the way isn’t clearly visible by non-vigilant players.  (Hint hint, Windmill island, rich guy’s house, only at night, auction)

As in some other Legend of Zelda games, in The Wind Waker there is a mix of puzzles and combat. There isn’t just a ton of monsters in a dungeon, but there’s also a ton of puzzles. There’s also monster-related puzzles and so on. Combat is relatively simple and easy, although there’s a lot of combat moves that your character can do and it’s a little hard to remember them all. Your character also obtains items on the way which can be used to defeat monsters and solve puzzles,including a magic leaf that can make gusts of wind and let you glide and a magical conductor’s baton called the Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a really great game, and it is  worth playing. I’m glad that it’s my first Legend of Zelda game, and hope to play more in the future!

 

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