Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fab remake of classic game shines on Wii U.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

It's ok.

It'll keep a kid engaged, but it's pretty boring. If they're younger, you'll probably have to help them a bit more than usual with the triforce shards about two-thirds into the game. It's a neato game that's easy to pick up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 9+



This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (31 ):

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD isn't just a prettied-up, high-definition version of the game that came out in 2002. Nintendo's designers tweaked several key elements in an effort to create a better and more modern gaming experience. For example, you can now purchase an item called the Swift Sail that makes sailing from one location to another a much speedier process than in the original game. Also, the GamePad controller is put to use in several interesting ways, from offering an easy-to-reference map and inventory guide to providing a quick way to remap frequently used items to primary buttons. The screen can even be used to play the game away from the TV. Finally, a new Hero Mode, which can be switched on and off whenever you like, gives experienced players seeking a greater challenge a way to make battles much more difficult.

Whether these changes are enough to make older players who have sunk dozens of hours into the original game feel the need to play again is debatable. Still, Nintendo does a great job of modernizing a classic game and making it relevant to a fresh generation of younger gamers, many of whom weren't even born when The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker first came out.

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