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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 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 it’s 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.

There are many games in the Zelda series, each received long and focused development from Nintendo:
  • The Legend of Zelda (1986) on NES
  • The Adventure of Link (1987) on NES
  • A Link to the Past (1991) on Super NES and Gameboy Advance, then ported to Wii, Wii U and Switch (as part of Nintendo Online).
  • Link's Awakening (1993) on Gameboy then updated for Switch
  • Ocarina of Time (1998) on Nintendo 64 then updated for 3D on Nintendo 3DS
  • Link’s Awakening DX (1998) on Gameboy Colour
  • Majora's Mask (2000) on Nitendo 64 then updated to 3D on Nintendo 3DS
  • Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages (2001) on Gameboy Colour
  • Four Swords (2002) on Gamecube
  • The Wind Waker (2002) on Gamecube then updated in HD on Wii U
  • Four Swords Adventures (2004) on Gamecube
  • The Minish Cap (2004) on Gameboy Advance
  • Twilight Princess (2006) on Wii then in HD on Wii U
  • Phantom Hourglass (2007) on Nintendo DS
  • Spirit Tracks (2009) on Nintendo DS
  • Skyward Sword (2011) on Wii
  • A Link Between Worlds (2013) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Tri Force Heroes (2015) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Breath of the Wild (2017) on Switch
  • Breath of the Wild Sequel (TBA) on Switch

DetailsGame Details

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

Platforms: GameCube and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




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

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:



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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 with 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 Rating

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.

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

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


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