In continuation from last time, I’ve realized that Wind Waker is my new favorite Zelda game in the series. Wind Waker is nostalgic game I remember constantly playing, to the point where my memories of spending time with people are virtually nonexistent. Which probably isn’t a good thing.
Regardless, so much of the time I played Wind Waker just to immerse myself in the colorful, bright fantasy world. It was easy to lose track of my goal to beat the game quickly and instead get sucked up in the iconic art style. To this day the game continues to blow me away with its aesthetically pleasing graphics and how well it’s aged. The game was released a decade ago, and yet it still looks incredible even with the advances the video game industry has made over the years.
Playing through Wind Waker HD on the Wii U recently has reinforced just how great a game it is. It’s new, exciting, and an aesthetically pleasing game to look at, and its art style reinforces the escapism of the fantasy world the player explores. The imaginative world and colorful cast of characters offset just how dark the story is, and I think that’s what I love about it the most. Wind Waker’s placement in the Zelda timeline indicates that it got pretty messed up, but I was never aware of how bad the situation was as a kid. The tones clash with the story, and much like Majora’s Mask, it makes for a unique experience. Not only is it a wonderful game visually, but those visuals even help to enhance the story and the experience for the player no matter their age.
As a kid starting to play video games, Wind Waker was the perfect introduction to the Zelda series, and it’s the game I remember playing most often growing up. It was fun yet challenging, charming yet serious, and all around a perfect game that I never got tired of. It’s become such a huge part of my childhood, and the fact that it continues to garner positive attention over the years is indicative of just how amazing it is. It may not have Twilight Princess’s realism, but it looks so much better and more distinct because of its unique and gorgeous art style. For all of these reasons, Wind Waker has sailed to the top as my favorite Zelda game, and I doubt that’s going to change anytime soon.