The Wind Waker

The Wind Waker
Release Information

US : March 24, 2003
Japan : December 13, 2002
Europe : May 3, 2003

Developer Information

Publisher : Nintendo
Developer : Nintendo
Director : Eiji Aonuma
Producer : Shigeru Miyamoto

Game Information

Genre : Action, Adventure
Platform : GameCube
Game Type : 5cm Disc
Mode : Single and Multiplayer
Memory : 12 card blocks
Other : Game Boy Advance connections


ESRB : E (Everyone)
ELSPA : 3+
PEGI : 7+
OFLC : G8+


Metacritic : 96%

The Wind Waker

The Wind WakerLink, a young boy of twelve who lives near the sea, has recently celebrated his twelfth birthday with his family. One day, Link and his younger sister, Arill, spot a pirate ship attacking a gigantic bird. The bird had carries off the female captain of the pirates, Tetra. The bird drops the captain nearby when it gets hit by a cannon ball. Link goes to investigate, and finds the pirate alive. But Arill is kidnapped in front of Link's eyes by the same bird. So begins a grand adventure for Link, which takes him over land and sea in rescue of his younger sister.

At Spaceworld 2000, Nintendo showed a GameCube demo reel. One video showed Link and Ganondorf fighting, with a realistic graphical style reminescent of "Ocarina of Time." This demo led many fans to believe that the next Zelda game for the GameCube would have the same graphics. However, the truth was revealed at Spaceworld 2001. The new Zelda game would have a young Link, and cel-shaded, almost childish graphics. Many fans were initally disappointed, but after seeing the game in action many have come to like, or at least, accept the new style. The cartoony style allows for a whole new dimension of expressiveness and fun antics.

As part of the preorder campaign for "The Wind Waker, those who pre-ordered the game received a GameCube demo disc containing Ocarina of Time and OoT Master Quest (Ura Zelda). Ura Zelda was originally a modified version of OoT, which was to run on 64DD, the N64's disc drive add on. It was delayed and cancelled various times, but has now been reborn on the GameCube! This campaign started in America on February 16, 2003.