These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Tingle: Jolly, naive, fairy-obsessed individual who only wants to help you and become a fairy? Or is it all a hoax to cover his true nature as a greedy Jerkass who terrorizes and takes advantage of his brothers (and one guy who isn't related to him)?
Americans Hate Tingle: Wind Waker isn't Tingle's first game, but it is where his Hatedom was born, and for a good reason: he plays an integral part in the least liked section of the game, charging outrageous sums to decode your Triforce Charts.
Author's Saving Throw: The new wind sail and Triforce quest being cut down were both additons added to the HD Remake in order to cut back on the padding.
The Cel Shading art-style caused this. It all started with this game, and to this day, debates rage about which style is better.
It was all revisited when Nintendo announced a Wii U updated HD rerelease with a somewhat different aesthetic style◊, with complaints about the excessive use of bloom in the rerelease. Some of the base is also upset this game is being remade first over Majora's Mask.
And continuing the trend, there have been some disputes over the game reportedly being priced at full retail price, which many claim is unreasonable for a 10 year old rerelease. Considering that this was merely intended as a 'stop-gap' to buy time for the actual next installment in the series, this complaint is of course not without merit.
Breather Boss: Gohdan, the guardian of the Tower of the Gods. For a mid-game boss he's very easy to begin with, only having one real attack that you get plenty of warning of in advance and is fairly easy to avoid. Plus, he'll even snort out extra arrows and bombs from his nostrils if you run out of them during the fight.
Chances are you are going to have the Great Sea overworld theme stuck in your head by the end of the game.
The Pirates theme is pretty catchy too.
Freud Was Right: The stick Makar uses to play his leaf cello conveniently has two berries dangling from it, and not at the end.
Gamebreaker: Grandma's Soup. No doubt the best soup/potion in the entire series. Free, two servings per bottle note Supposedly; see Good Bad Bugs below, and your strength is doubled so long as you don't take a hit.
Good Bad Bugs: Grandma's Soup. In the GCN version, make sure you have a whole bottle of soup (i.e. 2 servings). You can infinitely replenish the soup if you pause the game while pressing the button for the soup. Then switch out the soup with an empty bottle. If done right, your "empty bottle" will now have been filled with half a bottle of soup. This seems to have been removed on the HD version.
Genius Bonus: The Wind Waker actually gives us the names of two kings of Hyrule. Not only do we have Daphnes, but "Nohansen" appears to be a variant on the patronym meaning "Son of Nohan." This would make him Daphnes' father and, presumably, his predecessor as king.
An unfortunate consequence following the announcement of the game in the Spaceworld 2001. Infamously, one letter published in the Player's Pulse section of Nintendo Power had a list of reasons as to why the game would be terrible, chief among them that it was "a baby easy kiddy game". Most of all because of the new Link's character design. This was of course published a yearbefore the game's release.Nintendo Power had a field day when the game ended up winning the "Best GCN Graphics" of the magazine's 2003 Nintendo Power Awards anyway (At the time, the winners were determined strictly by readers' votes):
To those of you who had been complaining about "Cel-Da" for so long.... IT WON! HA HA HA HA! SEE! IT WON! Now stop sending letters to Pulse in which you misspell words like "the" and "suck."
This attitude was also parodied in the fan-comic "Hyrularity" in an issue where Link has to fight the annoying "Boys of Phan."
When the HD remake was announced, some fans criticized it for allegedly being made instead of the new Wii U game, despite Miyamoto and Aonuma, before The Wind Waker HD was even announced, having constantly promised to eventually reveal more about the new game.
Hyrule was buried by a Great Flood prior to the events of the game. It is destroyed for good at the end.
It's Easy, so It Sucks: After the game's release, this became the biggest complain about the game along with the sailing system. The HD re-release addressed this too, with a Hero Mode similar to that seen in Skyward Sword. With Link taking double damage and no healing items besides fairies and potions, this game potentially becomes one of the toughest in the series.
Those who complain "It's the same" argue that the gameplay is basically Ocarina of Time all over again with a dull "oversea", instead of an actual "overworld". For these people, the art style change was nothing but a mere "disguise".
On a different note, the news that the Wii U HD port won't make any significant changes to the game beyond the graphic update and making the sailing system a little bit more agile made some fans upset. Especially the lost opportunity of playing the two dungeons that supposedly were scrapped during the development of the original game due to time constrains.
Padding: All of the sailing, including the reassembly of the Triforce of Courage and gathering enough rupees for Tingle to translate the maps leading to the Triforce shards. The Wii U HD rerelease made an effort to fix the Triforce shard quest. For five of the eight Triforce Shards, you will no longer have to search for the maps, as they're right where the maps used to be. Also, they added a new "Swift Sail", which will allow you to travel at top speed, regardless of what direction the wind is facing, so you don't constantly have to realign the wind just to go to the right place.
Tainted by the Preview: The first reaction after the announcement of the game. Part of it was because of a tech demo based on Ocarina of Time that was shown at at previous expo, which showed Link and Ganondorf in gorgeous graphics (for its time). As a result, the first trailer of this game made some people feel cheated.
Uncanny Valley: From the Wii U remaster screenshots, the realistic lighting mixed with the cel-shading makes the characters look unnervingly doll-like instead of actual characters. During E3 2013 the lightning was toned down, so the characters don't look doll-like anymore.
Vindicated by History: Upon release, this game was instantly lost to the tides of Ocarina of Time nostalgia. Complaints were either about the cel-shaded graphical style, the drop in difficulty compared to its predecessors, the padding sailing system (specifially during the Triforce of Courage quest), or a combination between the three. In later years, popularity polls frequently place it among the top five favorite games in the franchise (if not all Console Generation 6) and the art style has been hailed as a refreshing experience from other "brown" games like its successor Twilight Princess (if not all Console Generation 7).
The Woobie: Link's sweet old Grandma. Poor lady breaks down sobbing after her granddaughter is kidnapped, and when you come back to Outset Island, she's literally sick with worry over Link and Aryll. Just the music that plays in these scenes could qualify as a Tear Jerker. You cure her with a fairy, after which she realizes how brave Link is for going out to save his sister, and decides she's going to be strongjust like her grandchildren. The Elixir Soup she starts making (for free!) after you cure her, which is the most powerful healing item in the game with added Quad Damage effects, doesn't hurt either.