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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003) is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the Triforce relic.

The Wind Waker differs from other Zelda games in its cartoon graphics (although this was also used in The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks) as well as the seafaring aspect of the adventure. You can aid your sailing by the ability to control the wind with a magic conductor's baton called the Wind Waker. With its help you sail the ocean, explores islands, and solve dungeon puzzles to acquire new weapons and equipment and finally defeat Ganon.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was released on Gamecube and later had an HD version on the Wii U. This version offers a harder Hero mode of the game.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 35 hours and 40 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Disposition as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for fear and violence.

In the US, ESRB state: Players use swords, boomerangs, and bows to solve puzzles and defeat “cartoony” enemy creatures (e.g., skeletons, goblins, slime). Battles are somewhat frenetic and are accompanied by sword slashing, battle cries, and colorful light effects; enemies disappear amid clouds of smoke when defeated. During one boss battle, players stab an evil creature's forehead with a sword, turning him to stone. Some worm-like creatures emit splashes of green liquid when slashed.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. 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.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 29-year-olds play this game:


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker usually costs £19.99.
You can only play this on older systems (GameCube and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Switch Store Wii U £19.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013

Out Now: GameCube and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle, Traversal (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Stealth)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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