The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a remake 2013 action/adventure game with puzzle elements for the Nintendo Wii U, and a remake to the 2002 Nintendo GameCube title The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The game is very well crafted with a great story which is slightly different than the usual Zelda story (the main character, Link, starts out trying to save his sister, which is a great moral value to love your siblings, but it's only after the first dungeon that he realizes he must save the world) and by far the best video game soundtrack to date, and thankfully is very mild in violence, drugs, and sex, and totally absent of swearing. Unfortunately, it's rather difficult, as some puzzles are quite cryptic, though nonetheless, playable, and the puzzles may help children to learn problem solving and give them a sense of accomplishment when they beat them. Here are the only things to be concerned about:
•Violence/Gore: Very mild, save for the final blow to the main villain, Ganon, who is defeated when he is stabbed in the forehead by a sword and, consequently, turns to stone (there is no blood in this scene nor any other in the entire game).
•Consumerism: The remake has none. However, the original suggests that you should buy a GameBoy Advance console to access extra features (this request is no longer in the HD remake as the Wii U has no connectivity to the GameBoy Advance, and the console is no longer sold by Nintendo, and can no longer be purchased officially buy said company).
•Frightening/Scary Images: Link's boat companion, The King of Red Lions, may frighten some small children. Several enemies (namely Moblins and Floor Masters) may be slightly scary to younger children. You are required to, at one point, climb aboard a frightening ghost ship. Fairies, when captured in a bottle, look quite sad in their imprisonment, although this is by no means a reason to not capture them, because they make the game easier. By far the scariest bit of the game is Ganon being killed and turned to stone is rather chilling, though it is unlikely many would feel sorry for him because of how disgustingly evil he is.
•Sex: In an optional sidequest, a girl requests that you deliver a love letter to a Moblin named Moe. After doing so, you may complete the sidequests by delivering Moe's reply to the girl (which humorously implies that he loves her so much he'd like to EAT her, which makes sense because he is a monster... Though this could be an innuendo to something MUCH more naughty, it's very unlikely, and was probably unintentional). This sidequest is not mandatory, but refusal to complete it will result in the lack of an easy to get piece of heart, which expands Link's health bar and makes the game easier. It is also required to get this heartpieces for 100% completion.
•Drugs & Alcohol: Link may purchase potions that restore his health and magic. This is the closest the game touched this subject (and what's more, if this is, in your eyes, a drug reference, you may instead regain health by collecting hearts, fairies, or drinking soup available from Link's Grandmother, though she will only supply it if you cure her with a fairy).
•Privacy/Security: This category is by far the most important thing to avoid. The player may access the Nintendo Miiverse during gameplay and post things such as screenshots and ask for help. Though this can be controlled somewhat by parental controls, do be sure to give your child a quick lecture that he must NEVER reveal any personal information about himself or family such as email adresses and phone numbers, and that he/she may not give away information about their Nintendo Network ID, as it is linked to an email adress. Alternatively, you can simply not give your child a Nintendo Network account, although this makes the Wii U experience slightly less fulfilling.
•Animal Abuse: Minsters are killed, although they ARE evil and deserve it somewhat. Link takes control of Seagulls.
•Guns and Weapons: While most of Link's arsenal consist of childish weapons such as a boomerang, Link possesses bombs (which becomes a cannon while on The King of Red Lions), a hammer, and arrows, which there are fire, ice, and light variants. Link's main weapon is The Master Sword (A.K.A. "The Blade of Evils Bane")
•Difficulty: By far the thing this game may suffer from more than anything, this game is somewhat high in difficulty. Some enemies and bosses (Iron Knuckles, for example) are very hard to defeat, and the dungeons are large and the puzzles within are somewhat cryptic. The Great Sea is large, confusing, and quite tedious to cross without warping or the Swift Sail (see below). Don't despair, though: this is by no means an impossible game to beat, and is without a doubt the easiest entry in The Legend of Zelda series, save for some spin-offs. It's great for beginners, although I recommend that you play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (available for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, and Wii Virtual Console, and has been remade for the Nintendo 3DS as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which is the definitive version with plenty of extra content), followed by The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (available on all of the same consoles as Ocarina of Time, and has also been remade for the Nintendo 3DS as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, also the definitive version of this particular game), which, while significantly more difficult, have some story elements that make The Wind Waker (HD) make more sense.
•Religious References: The Triforce is considered a holy object, as it is the "essence of the gods" who created Hyrule. The Wind Waker is also referred to as the instrument of the gods.
•Other: The swift sail is purchased in auction, whic may be seen as inappropriate to some parents. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that it is purchased, as it makes sailing the vast ocean MUCH quicker.
The verdict: My personal favorite game (along with Mother 3... But that's for another review!), and it may become yours and your child's to! A well crafted, beautiful game with great moral values that suffers from slight overly difficult bits, I give it a 8.5/10 in terms of how mild it is, and a 10/10 in quality. I hope this review helps you! Have fun!:)