The Legend of Zelda- The Wind Waker: The Greatest Zelda, the Most Controversial, Or Both?

Wind Waker Header
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was released for the Gamecube in 2003, Link’s first foray onto the console (although,if we’re being pernickety, he had been punching Mario right in his prestigious gonads for a year or so in Super Smash Bros Melee at this juncture). Now much acclaimed and among the system’s most prolific sellers, gamers mocked Wind Waker, like the merry mocking mocksters of mock they can often be, during its development. What was it, then, that attracted the wrath of the internet nerdsassins, and how did it refute their claims?
Most pertinently, there was that anomalous art style. Cel shading, a decade ago, was a novelty -and a beguiling one to developers- that had never been utilised with the panache that the style deserved (“Hey there, Cel Damage! I didn’t know you had resurfaced from the sweaty depths of Satan’s anus! How are you? Still terrible? I thought so.”). It was a notion for experimental new ventures and nobodies to dabble in, not a franchise as revered as the Legend of Zelda. Fine for me too craptacular racing games -I’m looking at you again, Cel Damage. With my righteous middle finger raised- perhaps, but the first unveiling of the Wind Waker? Some thought it was an elaborate joke. Some vowed to boycott the series forever. Some posted a small tupperware box of their own faeces to Nintendo’s HQ in their outrage. All, naturellement, without having tried the game.
Nintendo, as anyone with even a passing grade in Gameology class can attest, have long been beset by a ‘kiddie’ or ‘casual’ tag. Link’s shenanigans in Hyrule are among their killer apps, celebrated ‘gamers’ games’ if you will, and Wind Waker’s toon-tinged appearance was regarded as positively scandalous by some. EGAD! A PREPUBESCENT-LOOKING LINK, TROTTING CAMPLY ABOUT IN A WORLD AKIN TO SOMETHING ON ‘MRS. McNANNY’S BEDTIME HOUR FOR WHINING CHILDREN?’ UP WITH THIS I WILL NOT PUT! That is what these people said.
Conversely, what I say is: nuts to them. Zelda has always been, at its nucleus, a whimsical adventure. Link is not a formidable, muscle-brandishing hero, wantonly dispensing bullets, explosions and dire one liners; leaving his foes leaking blood and sad, sad tears of sadness onto their shagpile carpets. He is not, in summation, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in every damn film the monotone maestro has ever featured in (Jingle All the Way aside, that doesn’t count. Primarily because it sucked monkey nuts). As an ordinary elf-man-thing magnificently rising to a Herculean task, Link infuses all of us with the concept that the ordinary can attain the impossible. Sometimes they have to employ three burly associates to haul their buttocks off of the sofa where they’d been idly scratching their nuts, but they can.
Wind Waker Screenshot 1
Wind Waker reflects this concept from its inaugural cutscene. A young denizen of the island’s rite of passage: donning the ancient apparel of the hero (stabbing vast dragons and other abominations right in the face optional). As these ceremonial capers demonstrate, this iteration of Link is a dichotomy of ordinary and extraordinary; it becomes incumbent upon a young boy like any other to traverse the land -of which there is little- and the sea -there’s a goddamn ridiculous quantity of sea- to rescue his sister. From, I should point out, a bird that resembled a flying Godzilla and a large, angry man with a terrible ginger beard.
The prevailing aesthetic, then, is as endearingly whimsical as it is perfectly appropriate. Our ever-mute protagonist, Link, has previously been limited to his incoherent vocabulary of HEEEYYAAs, HUUUUPs and EEEAAAGHs. The assorted exclamations of a constipated guy in a public toilet stall, in summation, which do little to ingratiate the elf hero to us. What he sorely needed, I’d venture, was the capacity to be more expressive. In the Wind Waker, his enormous bush baby-esque eyes lend him this opportunity. When traversing dungeons/whales’ rectums/wherever else you happen to be, he will soundlessly track points of interest, items and clues with his frightful and emotive stare-y eyes of staring. The canny player, then, has an almost tangible link –look, ma! I made a pun!– to a mute protagonist, which is a devilishly difficult thing to convey.
As such, the cel shading offers a sense of childlike wonderment, a visual representation of the exploration of expansive vistas that has always been synonymous with Zelda. It is majestic and surreal, evoking the feeling so many encountered upon first riding Epona across Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time. It is the very spirit of the games, condensed into an adorable visible form and fired straight into your eyeballs. I’d tentatively suggest that Wind Waker represents the purest entry in the series, even while I cannot quite define the term.
But what, prithee, of the gameplay? There were also fears that this appealing new aesthetic would be reflected in an appreciable lack of challenge. Critics and players alike noted a more simplistic bent to the dungeons and boss battles. I’ll concede, there is nothing that apes the infernal water temple (the mere mention of which has caused terror-urine to run down the legs of gamers worldwide since 1998) or the Master Quest here. It’s a remarkable journey, but hardly a taxing one.
Wind Waker Screenshot 2
The Wind Waker’s primary shortcoming is those interminable sailing sections. Nintendo dispensed with that ‘expansive overworld’ feel, instead opting to send us laboriously traversing endless salty lengths of tedious sea with extra sea on. There were, I’ll concede, sea monsters to dispatch with cannonballs to the plums, warps, moblin installations and suchlike, but you can only cruise about in a tiny irritating sailing ship for so long. An impressively convoluted and involved sunken treasure hunting quest was available for more enterprising sailors, and the very nature of the thing showed the scale of this new world; its sparse population proved its undoing.
In summation, it was primarily the 2000 Spaceworld tech demo that caused the initial frosty reception. It seemed to depict an ‘Ocarina of Time 2’ if you will, a more realistic next-generation approach. Such a dramatically toon-tinged u-turn caused much dismay. Nevertheless, the resultant title is both a joy to play and a wonder to see in motion.
Images source:

Situs Togel 4D Bo Togel Bandar Togel Deposit Pulsa Agen Togel Deposit Ovo Togel Bet 100 Perak Bandar Togel Terbesar Toto Togel Bandar Togel Daftar Bandar Togel Terbesar agen togel deposit ovo situs togel 4d Slot Bonus 100 Situs Judi Slot Terbaik Slot Gacor Slot Pragmatic Link Slot Gacor Dingdong Togel Slot Deposit Pulsa Situs Slot Judi Online Agen Slot Online BO Togel 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Togel 100 Toto Togel Agen Togel Resmi Bandar Togel Deposit Pulsa Dingdong Togel Situs Togel Terbesar Bandar Darat Togel Togel Toto Online Togel Singapore BO Togel Bet 100 Perak Agen Togel Deposit Pulsa Situs Bandar Togel Hadiah 4D 10 Juta 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Agen Slot Online Togel Hari Akun Slot Bet Game Situs Judi Slot Situs Judi Slot Resmi Game Slot Slot Game Bonus New Member 100 Agen Togel terpercaya 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya Agen Togel Online Agen Togel Singapore Togel Toto Macau Situs Togel Terpercaya 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Bandar Judi Togel Situs Togel BRI Online 24 Jam situs togel dan slot SITUS TOGEL DEPOSIT VIA DANA situs togel terbaik 5 bandar togel terpercaya bandar togel hadiah 4d 10 juta terpercaya BANDAR TOGEL HADIAH 4D 10 JUTA Situs Slot Bet 100 Perak situs bandar togel terpercaya Bandar Togel Deposit Pulsa Situs Slot Situs Slot deposit Pulsa Agen Slot Dan Togel Toto Slot Bandar Togel Hadiah 4D 10 Juta Situs Togel Online Situs Slot Togel Terlengkap Agen Slot BO Togel Agen Togel Online Situs Bandar Togel Dan Slot Situs Togel Togel Deposit Pulsa Slot Gacor Bandar Togel Lengkap Situs Slot 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Bo Togel dan Slot 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Judi togel Togel Hadiah 2D 100rb Bandar Togel Dan Slot Togel Bet 100 Lotre Togel bandar darat togel 5 bandar togel terpercaya Situs Togel Terpercaya bandar judi terpercaya Bandar Togel Terbesar Bandar Togel Online bandar togel bandar togel terpercaya hadiah terbesar judi togel bandar togel terbesar situs judi online bandar togel terbesar Togel Online Bandar Togel Bolak Balik Dibayar Bandar Togel Lengkap situs togel Bandar Togel Togel Hadiah 4d Terbesar bandar togel hadiah terbesar Bandar Togel Hadiah 4d Terbesar judi togel Togel Online Terbaik Situs Togel Terbesar Bandar Lotre Togel Togel Kamboja Dingdong Togel Bandar Togel Terbesar dan Terpercaya Bandar Togel Terpercaya Daftar Bandar Togel Togel Deposit Via Dana 5 Bandar togel terpercaya agen togel terpercaya slot online Situs Bonus New Member Slot Gacor 10 Situs Bandar Togel Slot Online Agen Slot Online Slot Pragmatic Slot Pragmatic Agen Togel Lengkap Bandar Togel Hadiah 4d 10 Juta Slot Resmi Bo Togel Situs Togel Terpercaya 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Agen Bo Togel Bandar Togel Slot Pragmatic Judi Slot Pragmatic agen togel online Agen Togel Terpercaya toto togel 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Online Situs Togel Resmi Agen Slot Judi Slot Online 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya Slot Pulsa Tanpa Potongan Situs Slot Gacor Bo Togel Togel deposit pulsa Agen Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Situs Slot Gacor Mesin Slot Bandar Togel dan Slot Agen Judi Slot Pragmatic Slot Online Via Dana Link Slot Gacor Situs Game Slot Online SITUS SLOT ONLINE GAME SLOT Agen Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Slot Bandar Togel dan Slot Bandar Togel Terpercaya Hadiah 4d 10 Juta Bo Togel Bandar Togel Deposit Pulsa Bandar Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Hadiah 2d 100rb Slot Pragmatic 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Bandar Darat Togel Bandar Togel Dan Slot Bandar Togel Hadiah 2d 100rb Bandar Togel Hadiah Terbesar Bandar Togel Lengkap Bandar Togel Online Bandar Togel Terbesar Daftar Bandar Togel Tertua Agen Slot Bonus 100 Agen Togel Mesin Slot BANDAR TOGEL HADIAH 2D 100RB Bandar Togel 77 TOTO SLOT 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya 2022 Situs Judi Slot Terbaik Bandar Darat Togel Bandar Lotre Togel Bandar Togel Bet 100 Rupiah Bandar Togel Bet 100 Bandar Togel Hadiah 4d 10 Juta Terpercaya BANDAR TOGEL HADIAH 4D 10 JUTA BANDAR TOGEL TERPERCAYA HADIAH TERBESAR Bandar Togel Terbesar BANDAR TOGEL LENGKAP Bandar Togel Hadiah Full Togel Online Bandar Togel Resmi Bandar Togel Terbesar Situs Slot Online Bandar Judi Slot Online Daftar Bandar Togel Tertua BANDAR TOGEL TERPERCAYA AGEN JUDI SLOT ONLINE TERPERCAYA DAFTAR JUDI SLOT ONLINE Slot Pragmatic BO JUDI SLOT ONLINE DAFTAR SITUS SLOT GACOR Nama Nama Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Togel China Bandar Judi Slot Online SITUS JUDI SLOT DEPOSIT PULSA Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Togel Kamboja Agen Togel Resmi AGEN SLOT ONLINE Slot Bonus New Member 100 LINK BO TERPERCAYA SITUS SLOT GACOR Slot Gacor Agen Judi Slot Online Resmi DAFTAR NAMA NAMA SITUS JUDI SLOT ONLINE AGEN TOGEL RESMI DEPOSIT PULSA Agen Judi Slot Gacor SLOT ONLINE KUMPULAN NAMA SITUS SLOT ONLINE TERPERCAYA Bandar Togel dan Slot GAME SLOT ONLINE Togel Bandar Darat BANDAR TOGEL TERBESAR TOGEL HADIAH PRIZE 123 BANDAR TOGEL TERPERCAYA Agen Slot Online Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Situs Judi Online Situs Slot Online Situs Judi Togel Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya 5 Bandar Togel Terpercaya Toto Slot Agen Judi Slot Online Situs Slot Terbaru Togel Deposit Pulsa Slot Online Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Slot Pragmatic Bandar Togel Bet 100 Perak Situs Slot Slot Deposit Pulsa Slot Mpo Situs Judi Slot Online Slot Online Terbaik dan Terpercaya Game Slot Agen Slot Pulsa Slot Gacor Agen slot dan Togel Agen Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Togel dan Slot Agen Togel Slot Gacor Slot Gacor Agen Judi Slot Online24Jam Slot Gacor Judi Online Judi Slot Online Bo Togel Slot Online Sultanplay Situs Judi Slot Online Situs Mpo Slot Gacor Slot PG Soft Slot Online Sultanplay Agen Judi Slot Online 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya 10 SITUS TOGEL TERPERCAYA Slot Online Terpercaya Joker Slot Bandar Togel Dan Slot Bandar Togel Hadiah Full Bandar Togel Hadiah Terbesar Bandar Togel togel Togel Macau Togel Kamboja Slot Deposit 5000 Slot Terpercaya Togel Singapura Toto Macau Nama Nama Situs Slot Online Bandar Togel Kamboja Bandar Togel Terpercaya Togel Hadiah 4d 10 Juta Terpercaya Agen Slot Agen Judi togel Resmi Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Togel Terbesar Bandar Toto Terpercaya Agen Slot Gacor Togel Hongkong Judi Slot Online Hondatoto Ojktoto Slot Online judi togel Bandar Togel Togel Bet 100 Rupiah Slot Online Situs Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Terpercaya SITUS TOGEL RESMI Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Togel Terbesar 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Togel Situs Togel Resmi Bandar Togel Situs Togel Terbaik Situs Togel Deposit Pulsa Togel Online Situs Togel BANDAR JUDI TOGEL Bandar Togel Online Daftar Bandar Togel Terbesar dan Terpercaya Situs Togel Resmi Togel Terpercaya SITUS TOGEL TERBESAR DAN TERPERCAYA Situs Togel Terpercaya 10 Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Judi Togel Nama Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Togel Situs Togel Terpercaya Bandar Togel Resmi BANDAR TOGEL TERBAIK Bandar Togel Terpercaya Togel Hadiah Prize 123 BANDAR TOGEL RESMI Bandar Togel Terbaik Bandar Togel Terpercaya Mesin Slot Bo Togel Bandar Togel Resmi DAFTAR BANDAR TOGEL TERBESAR DAN TERPERCAYA Bandar Togel Terpercaya Slot Online Bo Togel Togel Seratus SITUS TOGEL Togel Terpercaya Slot Gacor togel online Situs Togel Bandar Togel Terpercaya