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| October 31, 2014

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Wind Waker HD

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The Wind Waker HD

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the 10th entry into the Legend of Zelda franchise. It is also the first game in the series to be released onto the Nintendo GameCube.  The Wind Waker was released in Japan on 13 December, 2002, 25 March 2003 in North America,  3 May, 2003 in Europe, and on 7 May, 2003 in Australia.

The Wind Waker is best known for being the first game in the Zelda series to use the cel-shading style of graphics. This art style uses a lighting and texturing technique that creates a cartoon-like look to the game. The Wind Waker is also known for its overworld, the Great Sea, which is incredibly large and requires a boat, the King of Red Lions, to navigate. The game is an indirect sequel to the N64 game, Ocarina of Time, with its events taking place hundreds of years after one of the timeline splits.

Despite some criticism for the sea based overworld and art-style, The Wind Waker was the GameCube’s 4th best selling game. Sales were boosted by a special promotion that included a bonus disk featuring both Ocarina of Time and Master Quest, a more difficult and mixed-up version of Ocarina of Time.

The Wind Waker has spawned a series of sequels, The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, both released onto the Nintendo DS.

The Wind Waker HD was announced in 2013. This remastered version of The Wind Waker features enhanced HD graphics and gameplay. The Wind Waker HD is set to be released in the Autumn of 2013.