The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii Version)

Common Sense Media says

Glitches make this Zelda just short of perfect.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism

Zelda is a strong Nintendo franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo GameCube
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:November 22, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for animated blood, fantasy violence (Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii)

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Adult Written byAlphaZK93 December 18, 2010
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12
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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 that I wished I could do in Ocarina I can do in here. There is horseback sword fighting; insane boss battles with powerful graphics (for a Wii); rescue missions; rich and gripping storyline; great role models (namely Link, the studly elf dude on the cover); and.....the list goes on and on. It IS more violent and intense than previous Zelda titles. While there is actually hardly any blood (it is limited to red streaks on the horns of evil creatures, some gates, and black dots flying off of some evil creatures), there are moves that are a bit much for younger players such as being able to knock an enemy down and stab them to "finish them off". When you area wolf, you can bite a bird and thrash it to finish it (actually, every attack as a wolf deals with biting the evil creatures). Some boss battles also deal with stabbing giant eyes on the backs of slightly frightening bosses (such as an eel that is the size of 10 football fields). But yeah, basically the characters are a little more frightening and some of the fighting methods are more "graphic", but not gorey AT ALL. It may sound a bit intense, but it really is all subjective. Me and my 13 year old brother find this to be just fine for our age, but make sure it won't frighten your kids. It is definitely OFF for 0-9. Iffy for 10- some 12. And on for most 12+ There is a little bit of sexy stuff. There are great fairies in the game (they are what gave this game the one lip in the review above). I have not encountered them yet in gameplay, but the "sex" descriptor above refers to the great fairies because nothing else in the game could possibly qualify for it. If you want your child to avoid them (as I plan on doing), tell them to not go through "The Cave of Ordeals". After reading in online guidebooks, I have found that they are not required to interact with to finish the game, and you have to go out of your way to find them, so there's not much to worry about. Also, there is a milk bar owner who has a large and slightly revealing bosom, but other than that there is nothing else revealing, and she is only in the game for a few minutes. Link is a great role model, and so are some of the other characters. This is due to the fact that they risk their lives to save their friends and family to ensure their safety. Link is honest, noble, and inspires a child who is shy and picked on to become courageous (to the point of sacrificing [but surviving] himself to save one of the children who made fun of him). IN SHORT: this game rocks for the older Zelda fans who dawdled around with Ocarina of Time when we were 4 years old, or for the NES Zelda vets of the 80's. If you feel this game is too much for your kid, get them the game I've been clamoring about: Ocarina of Time. It is MUCH less intense than this game, and you can buy it on the Wii Shop channel for 1000 points ($10). Majora's Mask is also awesome, but it's darker and actually kind of creepy. Ocarina: 8+. Majora: 11+. Twilight: 12/13+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySovaso March 4, 2012
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11
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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 stone statues to their original state. This is probably the hardest and most educational puzzles in the game. I (personally) would use an online guidebook or walkthrough if you have not gotten through it in the first couple of tries. This puzzle is not avoidable and contains key parts to the story. Link is a great role model and he does things like jousting, guiding a young prince to a village and more, to save his friends and aquaintences. Many people rate this game for the sexual content indicator for the great fairy, a character that you don't have to interact with. However, there are a couple of characters that you have to interact with that are questionably dressed. One character specifically shows quite a bit of cleavage. Link also takes of his shirt off for maybe a minute in the game to sumo wrestle with another shirtless guy. Link uses arrows, bombs, a boomerang and a ball and chain (to swing over his head and hit ice and enemies with). There is a significant portion of the game where Link is transformed into a wolf to search for clues. A couple good alternatives to this game are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (ages 9+), Zelda: Spirit Tracks (ages 7+) and the first two Zelda's on the Wii Shop Channel ( ages both 8+). Overall this is a great game with a little bit of strange content. 10/10!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byLanmola October 26, 2011
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13
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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 5! The game have a beautiful story you just CAN'T MISS, and it has an amazing game world. Gameplay is not the best i've seen though. It's pretty easy compared to other Zeldas, most likely becouse of these moves called "Hidden skills" and the way most upgrades are required to beat the game. For example the "Master sword" is four times as strong as the first "Wooden sword" and is needed to progress through the game while in the other Zelda games the "Golden sword" is a super strong sword that is super hard to get while the "Royal sword" is the only you needed. Positive messages could be that you help people a lot. There is some village kids in the begining of the game that are hunted by monters. You have to save them and get them home safely to their village. Also ESRB had a good reason to give this game T: some people might say theres no blood in it, but it is. At the first boss you can kill it using a "Hidden skill" resulting realisic looking, black coloured blood beam out of it's eye. Theres also two gates that are stained with realisic, red blood. Two of these "Hidden skills" are a bit violent: "Finishing blow" where you drive the sword through the enemy's heart, killing it, and the "Mortal draw" where you spin and cut the enemy's head of, though the head won't really fly of, it does hit at the throat. Gannondorf, the evil guy gets a sword driven through his heart twice. A cut scene features creepy images, where a group of wizzards gets sealed away: the leader screams, the camera zooming in at his face, and then the place where they stood is empty... I'd like to call it the perfect inrtodiction for new players to the series! (My english is not too good, sorry)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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