The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii Version)

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Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Glitches make this Zelda just short of perfect.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 144 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

As Link matures as a hero, players will help him save endangered children, assist various villagers, and even unite feuding peoples.

Violence

Lots of sword fights, shootings with arrows, bombing, etc., but no blood. A cut scene shows a character being driven through by a knife.

Sex

Some characters are depicted partially naked (hair over breasts, skimpy underwear).

Language
Consumerism

Zelda is a strong Nintendo franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the action takes place in a bar. Bottles appear in the background.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fantastic game has a game-ending flaw that can trap players about 40 hours into the 50-hour game. However, players can avoid the glitch and experience a rich gaming experience IF they follow our directions about saving: create multiple save files at frequent intervals and DO NOT SAVE in the room with a broken cannon. This fantasy adventure features a lot of sword-and-sorcery fighting, but no blood or gore. A few cut-scenes show more intense violence, and in general, the game's tone is darker than many previous Zelda games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlphaZK93 December 18, 2010

Quite possibly Nintendo's masterpiece. At the very least the greatest Zelda game ever.

I have not even finished the game yet and in just 3 hours of gameplay it completely overtook Ocarina of Time as the best Zelda game ever. Basically, everything... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 10, and 13 year old Written byOcelot December 8, 2009

ZELDA IS THE BEST

any game with the word Zelda on it BUY IT Instant classic second only to Ocarina of Time, but my only piece of criticism is it can sometimes be a scary game.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySovaso March 4, 2012

One of the Best Zelda Games to Date!

I think this game is amazing, certainly one of the best games to date. This game has puzzles which can be very frustrating. In one puzzle you have to guide ston... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLanmola October 26, 2011

Not the best, but still incredeble!

I love all Zelda games,(CDi are not REAL Zelda games) this is not any different! It might be the lamest Zelda to date, but I'd still give it 4 stars out of... Continue reading

What's it about?

One of the Wii launch titles, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS picks up the adventures of Link, the hero of Nintendo's previous Legend of Zelda games. Link begins as a simple village boy, but after a few hours, players are guiding him into a wide, dangerous world as he embraces his destiny in a battle to save the world from forces of darkness. The darkness in Twilight Princess is literal: To save the world of Hyrule, Link must venture into the Twilight Realm, using slingshots, bows and arrows, cannons, and a new ability to morph into a wolf to conquer challenges and defeat enemies.

Is it any good?

Link may not have as high of a pop culture profile as his video game relative Mario, but gamers have been feverishly awaiting his newest adventure for more than three years, and the wait was worth it. This adventure is massive, spanning more than 50 hours, and the combination of the wonderful world and thrilling action makes it a truly incredible game.

Yet the game cannot be called perfect. In fact, it contains at least one glitch that will destroy a player's game roughly 40 hours in. Our advice: Do NOT save the game in the room with a broken cannon, and use multiple save files. Aside from that jarring glitch, Twilight Princess is a long, stirring adventure and one of the best games in the Zelda series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy violence vs. realistic violence. Is killing monsters less disturbing than killing people? Do you think Link is a good heroic figure? What does he do to make him a hero? Since this game has a known (but avoidable) glitch, families may also wish to discuss bugs and glitches in games.

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