The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Action | Adventure | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
Eiji Aonuma
3 nominations
Country: Japan
Release Date: 2003-03-24
Osamu Hosoi
Asami Imai
Eiji Maruyama
Sachi Matsumoto
Hironori Miyata
Takashi Nagasako
Hikari Tachibana
Princess Zelda
Chiaki Takahashi
Takeharu Ônishi
(voice) (as Takeharu Ohnishi)
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Pre-ordered copies of the game had "gold" game discs, following the tradition of the gold cartridge for pre-ordering.
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With around 500,000 preorder copies in the USA, this was the most pre-ordered game ever.
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The symbols upon the three pearls of the goddesses are the same symbols that represent the songs that can be played on the Harp of Ages in "Oracle of Ages".
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Staircases in the latter parts of the game appear to use ramp collision instead of the standard stair programming seen in earlier stairs in the game.
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Ganondorf: The wind... it is... blowing...
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Ganondorf: My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky, a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came, the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I coveted that wind, I suppose. It can only be called fate... That here. I would again gather the three with the crests... That I should lay my hand on that which grants the wishes of the beholder... That when power, wisdom, and courage come together, the gods would have no choice but to come down... The power of the gods... The Triforce! He who touches it will have whatever he desires granted! Already, the crest of wisdom is mine... All that remains...
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Ganondorf: Do you sleep still? Wait! Do not be so hasty, boy... I can see this girl's dreams... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans as far as the eye can see. They are vast seas... None can swim across them... They yield no fish to catch... What did the King of Hyrule say?... That the gods sealed Hyrule away? And they left behind people who would one day awaken Hyrule?
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What happened to the Zora people?
The aquatic Zora people featured prominently in Ocarina of Time, but are absent in The Wind Waker. One theory is that they have gone extinct when Hyrule was flooded with ocean. It may sound surprising that the aquatic Zoras could not survive a flood, but it stands to reason that they are fresh water inhabitants, and would therefore not be able to live in salty seawater.However, one of the spirits of the Sages who Link meets during his journey is a Zora, and Medli from the aviatic Rito species is his descendant. This highly suggest that the Zoras did not die out, but evolved into Ritos in reaction to their drastically changed environments. The name Rito itself may even be an allusion to princess Ruto, the Zora princess from Ocarina of Time. Also, Medli mentions that her people used Grappling Hooks before they grew wings, another hint that they were not always a flying species.
What happened to the Goron people?
Gorons are the bulky, brownish-yellow rock-dwelling creatures from Ocarina of Time. Just like the Zoras, their fate has not been revealed. However, the travelling merchants on rafts with whom Link can trade figurines appear to be a Gorons in disguise (you can even use the Giant leaf to blow their large hats off). so the Gorons did not die out. Presumably, they escaped the flood and found a new place to live, away from the Hylian people. This is confirmed in the next game in the chronology, Phantom Hourglass: when Link and Tetra arrive on the new continent, they find a flourishing Goron tribe there.
So how exactly is this game connected to Ocarina of Time?
According to the official Zelda chronology, this game is a distant sequel to Zeruda no densetsu: Toki no okarina (Ocarina of Time). More specific: to the Adult Era from that game.Ocarina of Time is special in the entire Zelda series in that from this game on, the chronology splits into three separate parallel timelines. The prologue of The Wind Waker tells of the Hero of Time, a time traveller who vanquished evil and disappeared again, referring to Link from Ocarina of Time who was indeed sent 7 years to the future to defeat Ganon. This time travelling effectively created two separate parallel timelines, Link's Childhood Era and his Adult Era. After defeating Ganon in the Adult Era, Link returned to his Childhood era, and lived out his life the normal way. This timeline was followed by Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess and Four Swords Adventure.However, in the separate Adult Era continuity, there was no more Link. When Ganon returned there, adult Link did not show up, forcing the people to seal Ganon in time with the Master Sword, and the Gods to flood the lands. This is where The Wind Waker takes place. It is confirmed by the depiction of the seven Sages from Ocarina of Time in the stained glass windows in Hyrule Castle. This timeline is followed by Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.There is a third separate timeline, which occurs when Ganon defeats adult Link in Ocarina of Time. This causes the King of Hyrule to appoint seven wise man, the Sages, to seal the Sacred realm, locking Ganon inside (which is the backstory as presented at the beginning of A Link to the Past). Thus, this timeline gives rise to the games A Link to the Past (where Ganon breaks the seal and escapes), Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, the original Legend of Zelda (Ganon is revived), and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
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