Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Action-adventure remake has mild combat, terrific puzzles.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2016
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

Entertaining video game-inspired show has violence, diversity

Good. Romance, Nudity 0/5. Violence 3/5: Occasional, medieval sword-fighting. Language 1/5: A few uses of “bloody hell,” “oh my God,” “idiot,” and “bastard.” Language times and episodes: E1: nothing. E2: 7:32 - “oh my God.” 23:41 - “bloody hell.” E3: 31:03 - “idiot.” E4: 28:59 - “oh God.” 51:33 - “bloody hell.” 1:00:45 - “bastard.” E5: nothing. E6: 46:47 - “God.” E7: 37:22 - “bloody hell.” 39:03 - “bastard.” E8: 50:11 - “holy God.” 1:13:18 - “Who the bloody hell.”
age 11+

kind of a sad game but still good

the game is nothing like any other Zelda game but the tone it has is just a cold feeling. The game is also really depressing feel to it as well as some more mature content. Maybe what makes me think this is the fact it is the first Zelda game to be T for teen. but i say it is suitable for any kid over the age 11.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (16):

When this game first launched on Wii in 2006, most people were focused on how it made use of the console's then-innovative motion controls. These controls had players pointing at the screen to aim ranged attacks and swinging a Wii remote controller to slash with Link's sword. These hardware-enabled mechanics took some of the spotlight off other parts of the game. With this distraction removed, Twilight Princess stands as a good -- though not necessarily exceptional -- entry in Nintendo's iconic franchise.

Its biggest innovation is Link's ability to transform into a wolf, which is fun at the start and gives players nifty new abilities (such as the ability to sense spirits). But it limits the ways that Link can fight, ultimately making combat less interesting. On the other hand, several of Twilight Princess' dungeons and puzzles stand alongside some of the best in the Zelda franchise, deftly mixing combat, conundrums, and Link's unique abilities. The excellent Temple of Time -- which sees players interacting with a series of statues in increasingly clever and satisfying ways -- is a prime example. These brilliantly designed combat and puzzle sequences constitute the moments that resonate most strongly and which players are most likely to remember. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD isn't essential for those who played through the original a decade ago, but it does provide younger players who missed the Wii and GameCube versions an opportunity to try a classic Nintendo adventure for the first time.

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