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Fab remake of classic game shines on Wii U.

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Parent Written byCommonSenseReviewer October 7, 2013

Wind Waker HD is an excellent atmospheric action-puzzle game, as it was 10 years ago

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was released a little over 10 years ago on the Nintendo Gamecube, and is now on the Wii U in high definition. The graphical update is significant and it is one of the best looking games of the year, but the core game itself has stayed the same. You play as Link, a boy hero who saves Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon. In doing so, the player must explore 7 different dungeons, each with logical puzzles that will require thought and enemies to conquer in sword fights. Each dungeon has an entirely different atmosphere, and it's incredibly immersive, especially with it's HD visuals. There is some mild violence, but it is cartoonish (not realistic in the slightest) and there is no blood. This game improves the flaws over the original Wind Waker by allowing the player to sail the sea faster (wasting less time) and an overly demanding quest near the end (which has been notorious for causing a lot of frustration) is cut in half. In the end, Wind Waker is one of the better games of the Zelda series and for all it's merits, this HD re-make deserves your attention. Strongly recommended, especially for kids.
Kid, 9 years old December 7, 2013

AWESOME

Get it. Just get it. The controller is great for tiny hands, but it does get hard at some points of the game. Sometimes it even stumped me! I also have to say just because it is cartoony does not mean it is bad!
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Kid, 8 years old October 6, 2013

Zelda is FINE

Zelda is fine for 6 year olds. It has not very graphic violence, and all of my fiends have it.
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Kid, 12 years old February 9, 2014

Amazing

PROS- - Great and unique graphics - Satisfying combat - Creative puzzles - Fun sailing - More freedom then other zeldas - Neat online aspact( can be disabled ) - Works well with the gamepad - Well designed Dungeons - Nails the " i'm on an adventure ' feeling Cons -Boss Battles are a bit easy - Checkpoints can be annoying especially in dungeons I'd say it's good for 7+ because Link helps innocents and theres no blood when you defeat an enemy there's a purple cloud of mist. Also the graphics are more abstract then realistic, and it's more adventurous then scary. There could be a privacy concern but the miiverse integration can be disabled and is pretty safe to begin with.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byNinjaNerd757 July 2, 2015

Rather Difficult, but Otherwise GREAT for all ages!:)

SPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 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). •Swearing: N/A •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!:)
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Teen, 13 years old Written byNo common sense April 5, 2015

I am not giving it an orange for violence.

While this game is in no means very violent, and is kept PG, the reason that I gave it an iffy for 8 years old is because of it's difficulty. Children used to playing Mario may get annoyed with this harder game. While the open world is very fun to older players who can understand the game better, an open world may be confusing to younger players, along with all the different buttons. My 6 year old sister tried playing this and had to quit on the very first level because she couldn't understand what to do. If your child has some experience with harder games and are interested in this, then you should get it; it's an excellent game. But if your kid is used to simpler games, then they might get tired of this one quickly.
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Kid, 12 years old November 6, 2015

Beautiful game with mild Violence, ease of play, and great role models perfect for young players.

Let me start off by saying I LOVE THIS GAME! This is actually my favorite video game of all time. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, the game is easy to play, and there are many good role models. Violence is not overly bloody and not gory whatsoever. Some monsters bleed Green liquid, but no red blood. Link uses Swords, bombs, bows, hammers, and boomerangs to kill monsters. There is also some comical violence of Link crashing into the side of a stone wall multiple times. Toon Link is a great role model for many reasons. He is willing to risk his life to save his sister and people he doesn't even know. When he finds his grandma dying, he feels sad, and you can save her. Please play this game. It's not sexual, overly violent, or language filled (Like most other Zelda Games.) It has gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay, and in my opinion, a very kind, caring, and heroic main character/role model.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byknifeandfork April 15, 2015

Contains very mild cartoon violence

Because of its colourful, cel-shaded art style, The Wind Waker shows even fewer details of the violence than a Zelda game usually does. Link still attacks enemies with his sword and other weapons, but the violence is cartoony and comical. The various monsters and bosses wouldn't look frightening to even the youngest players, making this a great adventure for all ages. The story is simple, classic and child-friendly and the puzzles also make it great for learning.
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Kid, 11 years old June 6, 2016

Amazing game, maybe too challenging for little kids

This game is, simply put, mind-blowing. Even though Link has various weapons he uses to fight/kill monsters, the fight itself is pretty comical and afterward the enemy disappears in purple smoke. If you don't like fighting bosses or that kind of thing, you can explore the side quests and talk to the people on the various islands, which is fun in its own way. The only reason I put 8 and up is because some of the enemies can be really creepy, such as skeletons or zombie like creatures, and the puzzles can be quite hard (although most are pretty easy.)
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Teen, 13 years old Written byCarolina Chuck May 20, 2016

Awesome Remake of a Classic Game

The Wind Waker HD is a remake of one of the most iconic video games ever, and it's beautiful art style, fun side quests, open-world experience, and challenging puzzles make it better in full HD. After your sister is taken from an evil, bird, you set on a quest that quickly goes from saving your sister to saving the world, when you, your pirate friend, and your talking boat find out about the evil lord Ganondorf's plan to take over the Great Sea. There's some violence, but it's not bad. There's no blood, and all the enemies explode into smoke once defeated. The game is in a cartoon style, though some enemies may be scary. There's no sex, or swearing. There is some consumerism since Zelda is one of the best game series, and it's got a huge cult following. All in all, the game is okay for all ages. The only reason I rated it 8+ is because some of the challenges are very hard. I'd give it a 8/10 stars. One of the best games of the 00's.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byHashtagBrownies April 22, 2016

An honest full upgrade.

Wind Walker HD is a really beautiful looking game with your typical Zelda story. The only thing I can say is risky about this is that the 'deadites' are very disturbing and that some of the puzzles are very difficult. If there's any suprise birthday gift you can get for your kid, it's this.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byFootbananas March 3, 2016

The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Review

This game. This is my favorite Zelda game and my 2nd favorite game of all time! You can learn things because of the challenging puzzles, you can easily explore once you get a faster sail, there are tons of sidequests if you want to take a break from the main story, its fun to just mess around with pigs and throws rocks in the ocean, it fixes so many problems from the original, the story is amazing, the characters are fun, and best of all... its challenging, but fair, because if you die then you made a mistake. Why is that the best part? Because it makes you want to keep playing because now you know what mistake you made and what to do differently. Here are 2 common complaints: There's no jump button, but you don't need one. There's no point where a jump button would have made the game better. The sailing takes too long, well there are 2 ways to fix this. You defeat a red frog that flies around in a tornado and you can learn a song that can fly you to certain areas of the map, or you can go to the auction and get a swift sail which will make traveling much faster. I only have 1 issue with this game. You need a lot of rupees to complete the game. Now while I don't think there is too much consumerism, there definitely quite a bit of it. Once you complete the game, you can create a new account and play through the game with your pajamas on. You will also keep all photographs you took in the last game and the Nintendo Gallery will be open from the start. The Nintendo Gallery is where you can take your photos that have a good symbol in the top right and have them turned into statues. I've spent hours just taking photographs in this game. Sailing around to find the perfect picture is always fun. Now if you haven't already gone and bought the game then I suggest you do, just don't pay too much for it.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byAmelyn April 11, 2015

Ab-SO-LUTELY… awesome!

As always, Link is sent on an adventure he didn't really ask for, fighting his ever-so-persistent arch-enemy, Ganondorf. The cartoon graphics give it a more kid-friendly feel without taking away the storyline or gaming appeal of teens and adults alike. Link's a great role model, especially for siblings in this one, as (SPOILER ALERT) his little sister, Aryll, is kidnapped for 3/4 of the game, and his quest was to save her, no matter what cost. I am embarrassed to say I had some difficulty beating the game, as puzzles and navigation were a bit tricky, as well as fighting(to be fair, I was on Hero Mode), and my 6-year-old nephew had trouble getting the hang of the controls, and even then he thought it was hard running around catching pigs on Outset Island, so make sure your kids can play basic fighting games easily before handing them the controller. Some enemies scared the heck out of me, too. One resembles a blue mummy-like creature that grows a bit bigger, its eyes glow red, and it somewhat shrieks at Link, paralyzingly him, and one enemy is a big skeleton that rebuilds itself from time to time. Some boss battles were stressful, and Gohma creeped me out a ton.
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Kid, 9 years old December 3, 2014

Awesome

I honestly think this game should be played by anyone who just turned 8 to 29
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Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2014

Beautiful Zelda game is the best game ever made!

Now this is one great game. Wind Waker HD is an absolutely amazing game, with astounding visuals and gameplay. I couldn't stop playing this game for a while. Recommend it to anyone who has never experienced the greatness of Zelda games!