The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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Parents recommendPopular with kids
An excellent game with a great story and quest.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 41 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some violence, but it is portrayed bloodlessly and in a cartoon style. Younger children may be scared by some of the storyline and characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that violence is a common theme in this game; however, it is portrayed bloodlessly and in a cartoon style. Younger children may be scared by some of the storyline and characters. The game is very large and very time-consuming -- expect at least 40 to 50 hours of play.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byrianne.astle August 9, 2014

Brilliant game but disturbing ending

+ Cartoon violence is not particularly scary for *most* of the game.
- ***spoiler alert*** I was VERY shocked and disturbed by the violent end to the f... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlphaZK93 December 22, 2010

Perfect for Zelda fans of all ages that can play and appreciate the games

This is one of Nintendo's best Zelda games (top 5). I got this game about a year after it came out, and I LOVED IT. It's pretty easy to play, but the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMASSICLIKPERCYJ... July 20, 2011


I was just walkin' round and i saw this pirate ship and i was like OMG am i in the BEST GAME IN THE WORLD!!! And YES I was!!!! I collected rupee, i sailed... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 29, 2015

Best fantasy game ever!

So much good quests and storyline. Sure, it might be hard for a seven year old to get the idea of HOW to play it, but 10 is really pushing it. There is no gore... Continue reading

What's it about?

In LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER, players assume the character of Link, a young boy who is celebrating his \"coming of age\" birthday. The day takes a disastrous turn when a giant bird swoops down and kidnaps Link's sister. At this point the adventure begins as players explore a massive oceanic world, charting new islands and meeting new characters while accomplishing smaller quests. Players eventually discover that the main source of evil is none other than the longtime enemy of Link -- Ganon, an evil sorcerer bent on destruction.

Is it any good?

The game consumes vast amounts of time and attention; it is worth the investment, since the game is so well designed and fun to play. There is much to explore, and many challenges to meet. Puzzles are varied -- for example, in one case the player may move blocks of stone in the correct order to clear the path, while in another the player may have to take "pictures" to solve a puzzle. The game is very creative and uses a variety of elements to support the theme of wind throughout the game.

Although exciting and fast-paced, the fighting is neither bloody nor realistic -- defeated enemy monsters disappear in a puff of purple smoke. Enemy characters could frighten younger players. Overall, Zelda: The Windwaker is an excellent game. An interesting story, vibrant imagery, and challenging quests that don't always focus on violence provide hours of entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges in the game. Which kind of puzzles do you enjoy most? Why? What does this game have in common with other Zelda adventures? How is it different?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo GameCube
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: August 8, 2003
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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