History Videogame / TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker

21st May '17 8:15:31 AM billybobfred
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** An ''extremely nasty'' one exclusive to any% {{Speed Run}}s of the HD version: When the infamous "barrier skip" {{Sequence Break|ing}} was finally found, the optimal any% route no longer acquired the hookshot. As a result, the only way to enter the Ganon fight in such a run is to "zombie hover" to it, breaking two fairy pots beforehand and ''praying'' to the RNG that the fairies would move toward Link and heal you so you don't [[{{Anticlimax}} unavoidably die right before the final boss]]. The vast majority of any% runs end here, as the probability of this is very low. This effectively killed any% runs, and "all dungeons" is now the de facto "most timesaving glitches" run type, unless and until a safer way is found to do any%. At least in HD -- the barrier skip responsible for all this can't be performed in the [=GameCube=] version.
18th Apr '17 10:56:20 AM Prinzenick
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* GameMod: ''Wind Waker: Chaos Edition'', a MindScrew laden and borderline unplayable hack of the game in the vein of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64ChaosEdition''.
12th Apr '17 5:51:23 PM immblueversion
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* BittersweetEnding:
** [[spoiler: Does Link defeat Ganondorf? Yes. Is he saving Hyrule? ...No... Does he save the princess? Yes. The King, however...]]
** [[spoiler:Aryll at the end. You better be back soon, Link, you big jerk. The pirates are actually pretty nice. Bring her with you]]. Gets even more bittersweet when you remember that [[spoiler:if Aryll went with Link, their grandmother would be alone again, and look what happened last time...]]

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* BittersweetEnding:
** [[spoiler: Does
BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Link ultimately defeats Ganondorf and rescues Zelda, but Hyrule and the King are lost to the ocean's waves forever. Shortly afterward, Link defeat Ganondorf? Yes. Is he saving Hyrule? ...No... Does he save the princess? Yes. The King, however...]]
** [[spoiler:Aryll at the end. You better be back soon, Link, you big jerk. The pirates are actually pretty nice. Bring her
embarks on another adventure with you]]. Gets even more bittersweet when you remember that [[spoiler:if Tetra to discover a new land, meaning he has to leave his sister Aryll went with Link, their grandmother would be alone again, and look what happened last time...]]behind once more]].



* BloodlessCarnage: Mooks don't bleed when you cut them. Normal for a Zelda game. [[spoiler:Ganondorf]] doesn't shed so much as a drop when you [[spoiler:drive the Master Sword into his skull. Not so normal for a Zelda game.]]

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* BloodlessCarnage: Mooks don't bleed when you cut them. Normal for a Zelda game. [[spoiler:Ganondorf]] [[spoiler:Ganondorf doesn't shed so much as a drop when you [[spoiler:drive drive the Master Sword into his skull. Not so normal for a Zelda game.]]



* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Talking Ship]]: [[spoiler: The latter happens to be possessed by the spirit of the King of Hyrule from before the flood.]]

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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Talking Ship]]: [[spoiler: The latter ABoyAndHisX: In this case, "X" means a talking ship [[spoiler:that happens to be possessed by the spirit of the King of Hyrule from before the flood.]]



** Getting the bosses statues in the Nintendo Gallery. While they theoretically could be useful, since they contain infos on how to beat the bosses, you already have to have defeated them already (and taken a picture during the fight) before you can get the statues.
** Also completing the Nintendo Gallery in its entirety. While on the subject, some of the characters and enemies you need to take a picture of either disappear after a certain point in the game or have a limited amount of times in which you can take a picture of them, like Tetra, and if you complete your second playthrough without having gotten everyone, some of them will be {{Permanently Miss|ableContent}}ed. Your reward for it all? [[spoiler:Carlov's greatest work: A statue of Link and his boat, The King of Red Lions.]]

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** Getting the bosses statues boss figurines in the Nintendo Gallery. While they theoretically could be useful, since they contain infos info on how to beat the bosses, you already have to have defeated them already (and taken a picture during the fight) before you can get the statues.
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** Also completing the Nintendo Gallery in its entirety. While on the subject, some of the characters and enemies you need to take a picture of either disappear after a certain point in the game or have a limited amount of times in which you can take a picture of them, like Tetra, and if you complete your second playthrough without having gotten everyone, some of them will be {{Permanently Miss|ableContent}}ed. Your reward for it all? [[spoiler:Carlov's greatest work: A statue of Link and his boat, The the King of Red Lions.]]



* CanonImmigrant: Eiji Aonuma was directly inspired by the non-canon Watarara race of giant birds from the Zelda manga, to create the Rito.

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* CanonImmigrant: Eiji Aonuma was directly inspired by the non-canon Watarara race of giant birds from the Zelda manga, ''Zelda'' manga to create the Rito.



* CharacterDevelopment: Taking ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' into account, Ganondorf had a lot in the time in between games. The man was a CardCarryingVillain before. Since then, he's clearly thought a lot about his life and seems to regret a lot of his choices. He also TookALevelInBadass- Ganondorf has never been more deadly at swordplay than in this game; though, the only other time Link has fought Ganondorf with swords, in ''Twilight Princess'', Link was in his late teens, so the size difference might have something to do with it.
* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. one responsible for kidnapping Aryll, and after that Link realizes his destiny.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Taking ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' into account, Ganondorf had a lot in the time in between games. The man was a CardCarryingVillain before. Since then, he's clearly thought a lot about his life and seems to regret a lot of his choices. He also TookALevelInBadass- Ganondorf TookALevelInBadass--Ganondorf has never been more deadly at swordplay than in this game; though, the only other time Link has fought Ganondorf with swords, in ''Twilight Princess'', Link was in his late teens, so the size difference might have something to do with it.
* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. King]], the one responsible for kidnapping Aryll, and after that Link realizes his destiny.Aryll.



* CombatPragmatist: Ganondorf... Master swordsman and skilled sorcerer; holder of the Triforce of Power. [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild Greets our hero]] with a ''sucker punch''. [[WouldHurtAChild Even Tetra gets one]]]].

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* CombatPragmatist: Ganondorf...Ganondorf. Master swordsman and skilled sorcerer; holder of the Triforce of Power. [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild Greets our hero]] with a ''sucker punch''. [[WouldHurtAChild Even Tetra gets one]]]].



* CoolBoat: Early in the game, Link gains access to The King of Red Lions, a skiff that serves as the primary mode of transport on the game's overworld. The boat is painted red, and the stylized figurehead is capable of speech -- in fact, the boat is a sentient being.

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* CoolBoat: Early in the game, Link gains access to The the King of Red Lions, a skiff that serves as the primary mode of transport on the game's overworld. The boat is painted red, and the stylized figurehead is capable of speech -- in speech--in fact, the boat is a sentient being.



* CrapsaccharineWorld: What with all the bright, vivid colors and cartoony visuals, it can be easy to forget that you're sailing above [[spoiler:the desolated, flooded ruins of what was once Hyrule]] and all the seemingly thriving islanders are [[spoiler:the descendants of the few who managed to scramble up the mountains in time to avoid drowning]].
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: What with all the bright, vivid colors and cartoony visuals, it can be easy to forget that you're [[spoiler:you're sailing above [[spoiler:the the desolated, flooded ruins of what was once Hyrule]] Hyrule, and all the seemingly thriving islanders are [[spoiler:the the descendants of the few who managed to scramble up the mountains in time to avoid drowning]].
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drowning]].



* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:Ganondorf. He]] gets a sword through his head, is either encased in or becomes solid rock and then [[spoiler:has an ocean wash over him]]. The [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass two]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks games]] that follow in the timeline [[spoiler:don't (directly) feature him]].

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* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:Ganondorf. He]] He gets a sword through his head, is either encased in or becomes solid rock and then [[spoiler:has has an ocean wash over him]]. him. The [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass two]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks games]] that follow in the timeline [[spoiler:don't don't (directly) feature him]].



** The game's backstory can be seen as a deconstruction of TheChosenOne trope that the series and others runs on. Inspired by the legend of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the Hero of Time]], the people of Hyrule count on a hero spontaneously appearing to save them whenever evil arises. Because of this, when Ganon returns, the people of Hyrule are completely helpless and the gods must flood Hyrule to prevent Ganon from taking over. This theme carries through into the main story itself, where, this time, Link is explicitly stated to have no connection to any past heroes. His actions are done mostly by his own initiative, and it's only towards the end of his journey, after he's proven his worth on his own, that he gets the Triforce of Courage and is officially appointed as a hero.
** The story is a deconstruction of the ''Zelda'' series as a whole. ''The Wind Waker'' was developed in the shadow of ''Ocarina of Time'', and it's aware of its predecessor's legacy. Ganondorf fails because he continues the same mistakes he made in the past, and he knows this, but there is a kind of futility in his actions. On the other hand, this Link has no direct connection to The Hero of Time. While everyone in the world waited for the Hero of Time to return, Link was the one to finally step up and become the hero on his own. The ultimate message is about moving forward, not looking back.
** One particular area in Windfall Island (until a certain point) deconstructs the longstanding Zelda tradition of destroying every pot you come across. Each of those pots have nothing in them, and you actually have to pay 10 rupees per broken pot before you can leave.
* DevelopersForesight:
** When you slash the King of Red Lions with your sword, he flinches. If you slash him when [[spoiler:you are taking Tetra to see the king in Hyrule, the boat doesn't do a thing, as his spirit is ''not currently inhabiting'' the boat. He also doesn't talk or move]].

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** The game's backstory can be seen as a deconstruction of TheChosenOne trope that the series and others runs on. Inspired by the legend of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the Hero of Time]], the people of Hyrule count on a hero spontaneously appearing to save them whenever evil arises. Because of this, when Ganon returns, the people of Hyrule are completely helpless and the gods must flood Hyrule to prevent Ganon from taking over. This theme carries through into the main story itself, where, where this time, Link is explicitly stated to have no connection to any past heroes. His actions are done mostly by his own initiative, and it's only towards the end of his journey, after he's proven his worth on his own, that he gets the Triforce of Courage and is officially appointed as a hero.
** The story is a deconstruction of the ''Zelda'' series as a whole. ''The Wind Waker'' was developed in the shadow of ''Ocarina of Time'', and it's aware of its predecessor's legacy. Ganondorf fails because he continues the same mistakes he made in the past, and he knows this, but there is a kind of futility in his actions. On the other hand, this Link has no direct connection to The the Hero of Time. While everyone in the world waited for the Hero of Time to return, Link was the one to finally step up and become the hero on his own. The ultimate message is about moving forward, not looking back.
** One particular area in Windfall Island (until a certain point) deconstructs the longstanding Zelda ''Zelda'' tradition of destroying every pot you come across. Each of those pots have nothing in them, and you actually have to pay 10 rupees per broken pot before you can leave.
* DevelopersForesight:
DevelopersForesight:
** When you slash the King of Red Lions with your sword, he flinches. If you slash him when [[spoiler:you are taking Tetra to see the king in Hyrule, the boat doesn't do a thing, as his spirit is ''not not currently inhabiting'' inhabiting the boat. He also doesn't talk or move]].



** Using the Forest Water, a magical product of the Forest Haven that purifies evil from plants, on Kalle Demos, the evil ManEatingPlant boss of the Forbidden Woods, will kill it instantly. This is especially crazy because the Forest Water turns into regular water 20 minutes after it leaves the Forest Haven, meaning that it would likely expire during the time it would take most players to go through the dungeon and get to the boss. This trick wasn't even discovered until 2016, ''13 years'' after the game's initial release. It doesn't even have much use for speedruns [[note]]Managing to kill Kalle Demos in one vulnerability cycle with the sword is faster than the bottle animation.[[/note]]; the Devs put it anyway because it made the game's world just a little more consistent and logical.

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** Using the Forest Water, a magical product of the Forest Haven that purifies evil from plants, on Kalle Demos, the evil ManEatingPlant boss of the Forbidden Woods, will kill it instantly. This is especially crazy because the Forest Water turns into regular water 20 minutes after it leaves the Forest Haven, meaning that it would likely expire during the time it would take most players to go through the dungeon and get to the boss. This trick wasn't even discovered until 2016, ''13 years'' after the game's initial release. It doesn't even have much use for speedruns [[note]]Managing to kill Kalle Demos in one vulnerability cycle with the sword is faster than the bottle animation.[[/note]]; the Devs devs put it anyway because it made the game's world just a little more consistent and logical.
23rd Mar '17 10:55:14 AM ILikeRobots
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* {{Deconstruction}}: ''The Wind Waker'' is a radical one on [[spoiler:post-apocalyptic AfterTheEnd stories. Its bright and upbeat style of art and music shows how life goes on. Centuries later, an old civilization will be forgotten and un-mourned, and a ResetButton on everything can be both a good and bad thing.]]

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* {{Deconstruction}}: {{Deconstruction}}:
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''The Wind Waker'' is a radical one on [[spoiler:post-apocalyptic AfterTheEnd stories. Its bright and upbeat style of art and music shows how life goes on. Centuries later, an old civilization will be forgotten and un-mourned, and a ResetButton on everything can be both a good and bad thing.]]



** Tetra, the typical tsundere.

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** Tetra, the typical tsundere.{{tsundere}}.



* RegionalRedecoration: In ''Wind Waker'''s backstory the golden goddesses flooded Hyrule in order to save it from Ganon, creating the Great Sea and its many islands.

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* RegionalRedecoration: In ''Wind Waker'''s backstory the backstory, [[spoiler:the golden goddesses flooded Hyrule in order to save it from Ganon, Ganon]], creating the Great Sea and its many islands.



* VillainHasAPoint: Ganondorf is not incorrect in his accusation that it was the gods who destroyed the world by flooding it and killing off most of the population just to stop him.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Ganondorf is not incorrect in his accusation that it was the [[spoiler:the gods who destroyed the world by flooding it and killing off most of the population just to stop him.him]].
19th Mar '17 4:50:09 AM TokoWH
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* OutsideTheBoxTactic: [=ReDeads=] are particularly infamous in this game compared to the rest of the series, as it would seem ''only'' Link's sword is able to kill them. Arrows harmlessly poke them at best, and [[FacePlant using a hook shot is suicide]]. However, being either an oversight on the dev team ''or'' because they couldn't figure out how to reasonably program it, [=ReDeads=] aren't immune to ''bombs''. As such, the easiest way to deal with them is to chuck bombs in their direction while keeping back to not aggro them. This tactic is especially useful on Hero mode, where [=ReDeads=] can ''very'' quickly eat through all your health.
18th Mar '17 9:11:37 PM MyFinalEdits
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* CartographySidequest: The map of the Great Sea has to be drawn gradually by feeding the Fishman in each insular square (there is a total of 49). To make up for the long time needed for this and the amount of Bait required, each Fishman provides useful information on how to complete other sidequests, and in some cases important clues regarding the main quest's objectives (i.e. the location of a Triforce Chart, or how to access a dungeon).



** The names written in the sword of Phantom Ganon are Zubora and Gabora, the blacksmiths found in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''.



*** We hear the title-screen theme when [[spoiler:Tetra's Triforce piece completes in said castle]]

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*** We hear the The title-screen theme of the game is heard when [[spoiler:Tetra's Triforce piece completes in said castle]]castle]].



*** Before the fight with [[spoiler:Puppet Ganon, the way that Tetra is asleep on the bed recalls the way Zelda is asleep during ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink Zelda II]]''.]]

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*** Before the fight with [[spoiler:Puppet Ganon, the way that Tetra is asleep on the bed recalls the way Zelda is asleep during ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink Zelda II]]''.The Adventure of Link]]''.]]



* OnlyShopInTown: Beedle's shop ship is this for most of the overworld.

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* OnlyShopInTown: OnlyShopInTown:
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Beedle's shop ship is this for most of the overworld.
17th Mar '17 3:55:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. It's the last boss before you visit Hyrule, the one responsible for kidnapping Aryll, and after that Link realizes his destiny.

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* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. It's the last boss before you visit Hyrule, the one responsible for kidnapping Aryll, and after that Link realizes his destiny.
17th Mar '17 3:43:37 PM rmctagg09
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* RegionalRedecoration: In ''Wind Waker'''s backstory the golden goddesses flooded Hyrule in order to save it from Ganon, creating the Great Sea and its many islands.
1st Mar '17 3:31:26 PM Dravencour
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* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. It's the last boss before you visit Hyrule, and after that Link realizes his destiny.

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* ClimaxBoss: The [[TheDragon Helmaroc King]]. It's the last boss before you visit Hyrule, the one responsible for kidnapping Aryll, and after that Link realizes his destiny.
21st Feb '17 12:00:19 PM MyFinalEdits
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* StealthBasedMission: The first visit to the Forsaken Fortress, when Link is sans sword after the catapult incident, and has to hide in barrels to avoid guard detection.

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The first visit to the Forsaken Fortress, when Link is sans sword after the catapult incident, and has to hide in barrels to avoid guard detection.



* SuddenlyVoiced: "Come on!" and "Meow!"

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* SuddenlyVoiced: This is the first game in which Link explicitly uses his voice: "Come on!" and "Meow!"



** Justified however, in that being able to swim forever and therefore go from island-to-island without need of a boat would render sailing pointless.
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