The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Review

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Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 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.

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 and Gamecube 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

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Role-Playing.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 45 hours and 60 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for occasional non-realistic violence towards human characters. Use of bladed weapons during combat, 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 is 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.

Although other versions of Zelda have been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+, Twighlight Princess is rated ESRB TEEN with Animated Blood and Fantasy Violence. One section allows players to engage in a one-on-one sword-fight with a boss character. Cutscenes occasionally depict characters impaled by swords or shot with arrows; one boss creature emits small puffs of purple fluid when stabbed.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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