Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a remake of the Gamecube classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker which was one of the most expansive Zelda titles to date and remains to this day one of the most loved games in the Zelda franchise! Continue reading to find out what we thought of this remake of the game!

Story, Gameplay, And Controls:

The story while mostly predictable is one of the most unique titles in the franchise and has quite a few plot-twists that you likely won't see coming which is a nice change of pace in this regard and there are several new important characters to the series that made their debut in this title including Link's sister Aryll. You start off on Outset Island and celebrate the coming of age birthday traditions of your island when you spot a bird kidnapping a young girl and you go off to save her afterwards certain events occur and Link must leave the island with pirates in order to save his sister, thus the adventure begins!

The gameplay and battle mechanics is mostly the same as always, however Wind Waker HD does include Gamepad features that allow you to aim certain items by moving around with the Gamepad which is a nice touch. A major part of this game is sailing in a vast world and you'll obtain your own sailboat early on and will be able to travel to many small islands and collect items and traverse dungeons, however you will be at the mercy of the wind. Luckily however Link will eventually obtain the Wind Waker Baton and by conducting the wind will be able to control it in many different ways! The main quest is very lengthy and will likely take over 50 hours to beat, but if you are a completionist you will find much more to do such as taking pictures for a figurine gallery, visiting the auction house, or doing the merchant sidequest which will take up alot of your time and will likely boost the time you'll play by about another 50 hours!

There are also many amazing treasures hidden at sea that you can only find with the appropriate treasure chart! A new aspect in Wind Waker HD is the ability to send messages in bottles for other players to find in the game and reply to on Miiverse! Though it doesn't add much to the gameplay it's still a really cool feature of the game! As for the game's controls they are extremely good and work perfectly while the Off-TV play is a great feature that many might find enjoyable in this title!

Graphics And Sound:

The graphics in this HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD are gorgeous! The cel-shading and shadowing effects have been greatly improved and the character models are creative and detailed. Overall this is the second best looking Zelda title ever created with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword earning the number one slot. The music is fully orchestrated and sounds extremely good! Some of the music tracks have been remixed in the HD version, but they all are recognizable and are a high point of the game which says alot given how good the rest of the game is!


With an amazing story, flawless gameplay and controls, and some of the best looking visuals in the entire series The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is one Wii U game that you shouldn't pass up. And that's before even taking into account the game's incredible soundtrack, there just isn't anything negative about this game which is why we're awarding this game a perfect score!

Score: 10/10

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Awesome review Ruki-san Very Happy
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on June 18th 2014, 12:13 pmRena Ryuugu Fanboy
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This game deserves that perfect score as it's the most epic Zelda adventure yet!
on June 19th 2014, 3:35 pmNavi
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This game has no equal in the series it really is the best Zelda adventure out there! Smile
Good review Rukiafan.
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@Tech101 wrote:Anything less then a 10-10 you would lose all credibility!  Wink

It took me about 8 years to realize this was my favorite Zelda of them all. I was holding on to nostalgia for OoT for far too long and rightfully so as it's also an excellent game. Everything about WW is special. From the whimsical graphics, to the wonderful music, to the island hoping, and lastly to the relaxing sea fairing. I love this game and everything about it. It ooses charm from the title screen to the ending credits. Gameplay is top notch as well as the humor and dungeons. Can you tell I love this game?!  

Great review and you live to see another day my friend lol! Wink
I totally agree! Very Happy
Excellent review!
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