The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD stars a young boy on a mission to rescue his sister and battle evil.
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Story & Themes
The Wind Waker HD opens with Link, a boy from an island village, witnessing his young sister being kidnapped by a giant bird. He learns quickly that the bird is in the service of Ganon, and has been kidnapping girls from all across the kingdom. Ganon is looking for the Princess Zelda, heir to the throne of Hyrule and possessor of the Triforce of Wisdom. Link, with help from a talking boat named the King of Red Lions, embarks upon a journey to rescue his sister and, eventually, take down the evil Ganon.
Unlike other Zelda games, Wind Waker is set in an archipelago, and boasts impressive open-world exploration. There are a ton of side quests and collectible items for the most dedicated gamers.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a high-definition re-release of the original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It is very similar to the original version, but comes geared up with improved graphics and a small handful of bonus features.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD can be saved from the pause menu at almost any time. However, if you are in the middle of a dungeon, saving and quitting will bring you back to the entrance. The changes you made in the dungeon will be saved.
The game is challenging for a kid to finish completely; however, its open-world nature means that kids might have fun wandering through the game's various locations. Wind Waker HD also introduces Hero Mode, which is a much more difficult version of normal gameplay. You must complete the game once before Hero Mode is unlocked.
Violence Link uses fantasy weapons like magic swords and icy arrows to battle cartoonish bad guys. "Death" sequences for normal villains consist of small explosions and stylized plumes of smoke. When Link dies, he falls over with an unhappy grunt. The screen fades to black and the player can return to their previous save point or quit.
The final battle ends with Link stabbing his sword through Ganon's forehead. Ganon then turns to stone.
Scary Imagery Some of the big enemies might be frightening for young kids.
Strong Language There may be a touch of bathroom humor, but nothing serious.
Consumerism Because The Legend of Zelda is an old and popular franchise, there are lots of toys and accessories associated with it and its characters. Playing this game might encourage your child to seek these out, but they are not directly promoted in the game.
Discrimination The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, like most Zelda games, suffers from the damsel in distress trope. However, it does feature a number of female secondary characters with engaging personalities. There are very few background characters with dark skin.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD allows characters to get hints from the Nintendo MiiVerse, as well as post "selfies" of Link on their Mii Verse profile.
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