The Wind Waker is probably one of Zelda’s most controversial games. From the cel-shaded graphics to the endless sailing on the Great Sea, game critics and Zelda fans alike have found something to criticize about the game. Yet if you go underneath the surface of the game, you find yourself looking at something entirely different and more profound.

Christian Donlan of Eurogamer has written an article which dives deep under the figurative surface of the Great Sea to look at the hidden land of Hyrule below.

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Donlan makes parallels between The Wind Waker and the Zelda series as a whole. He compared the frozen Hyrule Castle under the Great Sea as the game it could have been; the type of game Zelda fans are used to. Even though the mechanics from previous Zelda installments are there, The Wind Waker presents them in a new light.

Donlan makes a lot of other interesting observations, you can read his article here.

So, do you think Donlan has made a good point in his article? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: GoNintendo

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    • andee

      SO TRUE. It was the first Zelda game I had ever played!! SCREW THE HATERS.


    Wind Waker is definatly within the top three games. It actually almost made me cry at some points. I wish people would just let the art style go and just play it.

  • Too many goddamn Graphics Whores out there badmouthing this fantastic game. Forget the art style for once and play it. I guarantee you it's a hell of a lot better than the Call of Duty or Halo crap!

  • Vladislak

    It always frustrated me when people wrote Wind Waker off as "childish" and assumed it was bad. It's probably my favorite of the 3D games, and that's saying a lot since I loved the others too.

    The game is phenomenal and hardly childish (Ganon indirectly causes the flooding of at least a nation and then obliterates an island full of people).

  • MattO

    Wind Waker will never get the love and respect it deserves. The soundtrack is incredible and tear jerking and the enemies are super cool. When I sailed on the Great Sea, I had a chance to explore a whole new world that was mine. I filled every block on my Sea Chart because I wanted so bad to know everything. Skyward Sword was a great new world too but it wasn't as curiosity inspiring as the Great Sea. If there was a return to the Great Sea in the Zelda future, I would be one of the happiest nerds on the planet.

  • kaiser13576

    I'll be honest, I didn't read any of the article but seeing those screen shots makes me really want to go play Wind Waker šŸ˜€

  • ArkhamOfFear

    This is just my opinion but Wind Waker is one of the best in the series in my eyes. Its got a fantastic story, amazing exploration, an amazing art style, and personality of characters that you can fall in love with. For those people that judge this game for being "childish" open your damn eyes… play through it and enjoy this amazing game.

  • Brandon

    That article was deep. Through out some good point too! I miss this game…….. šŸ™‚

  • I never understood the people who hated on Wind Waker for it's art style. Cel-shading is a fantastic, beautiful art style, and people need to realize that if all games gave us a realistic style, then we would lose a lot of variety.

  • Connor

    I think the graphics are okay but I really don’t like the story. Or the setting. Seeing Hyrule flooded and stuff was just too sad šŸ˜”

    But maybe the story making me sad means it is a good story. idk