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Twilight Princess

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form of a human or a wolf.

Like other games in the series, the action focuses on combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving in the dungeon areas that you discover. The game extended the Wii era's embracing of simpler and more intuitive controls, not only in the inclusion of motion detection but in a single action button used to serve a variety of functions.

The artificial intelligence of enemies in Twilight Princess took a leap forward since The Wind Waker, as they react to defeated companions and to arrows or slingshot pellets that pass by and can detect Link from a greater distance than was possible in previous games.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was launched on both Gamecube and Wii at the same time, with an HD version on Wii U coming later. The Wii U version offered some enhancements and a harder Hero mode.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 45 hours and 60 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for occasional non-realistic violence towards human characters. The use of bladed weapons during combat and successful strikes to the body of a character is denoted by a flash of light and a decrease in the character’s health gauge. There are no blood effects or injuries. Sharp or pointed weapons do not cause any injuries commensurate with such a weapon and are likened to the effects caused by a club-like weapon. When hit, in addition to a flash of light there is an ‘urgh’ sound from the character and on occasions, the character is propelled an exaggerated distance backwards.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players need to be able to navigate the 3D world, look for secrets and deal with reaction-based combat. Good navigation and memory are a help, particularly as the game ramps up in layers and complexity.


You can only play this on older systems (GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The older version of the game on Wii and Gamecube is cheaper but lacks the HD visuals of the Wii U version.

Twilight Princess HD is compatible with the Wolf Link amiibo, along with the Super Smash Bros. series Zelda amiibo, including Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Sheik, and Toon Link. These are scanned to unlock items:
  • Wolf Link: Unlocks a new optional dungeon called the Cave of Shadows, which can be accessed anytime from the collection screen.
  • Link or Toon Link: Replenish all of Link's Arrows. The Zelda or Sheik amiibo will restore all Hearts.
  • Ganondorf: Enables Link to take twice as much damage. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2006, updated in 2016

Out Now: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Stealth)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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