Tucked away in the northeast corner of The Wind Waker’s world map sits an island with three towers overlooking the sea. For most of the game, this island’s relevant area stays out of reach for the player. After obtaining the Hookshot, players will be able to reach the top of towers. Avoiding the cannonballs shot from the boat below, the player must maneuver across the towers until he or she finds a hole in the ground hiding another Triforce Chart.

Tingle’s Maps is a series in which we explore the endless lands of Hyrule in search of our favorite places in The Legend of Zelda. We’ll explore everywhere: the beautiful landscapes that make us put down the controller in awe; the deadly terrain that threatens Link with the harshest of elements; the bustling towns that bring the game to life; and the abandoned grounds that evoke peace and sadness. As well as the grand locales, we’ll also discover all the secret caves and hidden crevices that lie between. Let’s adventure!

Personally, I love this Overlook Island. The designs of the tower, plus the weird fact that trees and grass grow on top of them, always appealed to me. However, the secret grotto is what helps pull everything together. Just like Diamond Steppe Island, the grotto is inaccessible until Link has obtained the Hookshot. Another similarity between the two islands is the mystery surrounding what sits on top of their towers (although, in the case of Overlook Island, the mystery fades somewhat after hearing the local Fishman talk about how the “Triumph Forks” are located on the island). When I was a gullible kid, I had no idea that the magic utensils he was referring to were really just Triforce Shards.

Obtaining the Triforce Shard would be a medium difficulty ordeal. The secret grotto that hides them features a small labyrinth with four rooms of enemies, a hub room and a treasury hiding the Triforce Chart and loads of rupees. The four rooms each hide a short battle with either Bokoblins, Wizzrobes, Armos Knights and Stalfos. After defeating all the enemies in each room, the player will then face off against two Darknuts. I find it useful to use the Darknut’s sword to destroy the pillars to reveal more rupees, as well as some other goodies.

After obtaining the Triforce Chart, there is still another useful treasure in the vicinity to be found. Opening the Treasure Chart found on the Two-Eyed Reef will reveal this island’s treasure, which is the Secret Cave Chart. In the age of online guides, these charts are useless. As far as future replays of the game, this chart is useless. The Secret Cave Chart is useful for anyone who has not played the game before because it reveals the location of every Secret Grotto, most of which hide a good treasure or a fun challenge.

Overall, this island holds some useful treasures and a fun secret grotto. Whether this area is worth waiting for depends on the player.

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