The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
System GameCube
Developer Nintendo
Genre Action / Adventure
Series The Legend of Zelda Series

Many generations ago, the evil Ganondorf returned and no Hero appeared to stop him. Hyrule was flooded in a Great Sea to prevent the evil king from acquiring the Triforce.

On Outset Island, a young boy named Link is celebrating his birthday by dressing in the garments of the Hero. His sister Aryll is kidnapped by the Helmaroc, so he join a pirate crew led by Tetra to mount a rescue. He fails but is united with a talking boat named the King of Red Lions.

Link must travel the Great Sea and control the winds with the Wind Waker as he faces his destiny as the Legendary Hero if he is ever to rescue his sister and stop Ganondorf's plan to uncover the Triforce.

Release Information

Region Name Release
Japan ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto 13 Dec 2002
US The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 24 Mar 2003
Europe The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 03 May 2003

Ports & Remakes

Wii U The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD


Carlov's Collection

Carlov's collection

On one of the islands near Forest Haven you will find the Nintendo Gallery where Carlov the sculptor transforms photographs into figurines.

Behind Carlov's desk you can see a collection of items from previous Zelda games, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask:

  • A Lon Lon Milk poster, and several empty milk bottles.
  • Bunny Hood
  • All-Night Mask
  • Goron Mask
  • Keaton Mask

If Carlov makes a figurine of himself, his description reads:

Lately, his club has been losing membership because he hasn't done anything "cool" with it, but as long as Link hangs around, everything will be all right!

Some suggest this is a parody of Nintendo's situation, as they were losing their share of the gaming market to "cool" competitors.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Manny's Satchel

Manny's Satchel

Also hanging around the Nintendo Gallery is a fan named Manny. The design on his satchel is an 8-bit Octorok sprite from The Legend of Zelda.

Submitted by Fryguy64


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After you get the Octorok figurine in the Nintendo Gallery, its description states:

"Winner of the Perfect Attendance Award"

This is in reference to the Octorok being in every Legend of Zelda game (at least up until the release of The Wind Waker).

Submitted by TV Eye

Stained Glass Windows

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In the chamber of the lost Hyrule Castle where you find the Master Sword, there are seven stained glass windows around the edge of the room, each depicting the seven sages from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Submitted by TV Eye

Tingle Tuner

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The Tingle Tuner is shaped like a Game Boy Advance.

If you use the Tingle Tuner on Outset Island, Knuckle will walk you through a scavenger hunt minigame. Clear all four stages and he lets you use his Hand-Me-Down Tingle Tuner as a submenu for the regular Tingle Tuner. The Hand-Me-Down Tingle Tuner is a light blue Game Boy Color.

Submitted by Teisama, Da Robot, TV Eye

Pearl Statues

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The three statues that unlock the Tower of the Gods each have a defining characteristic:

  • The red pearl statue has a nose
  • The blue pearl statue has a mouth
  • The yellow pearl statue has ears

In the Pikmin series, the red, blue and yellow Pikmin each have the same defining characteristics.

Submitted by Blink


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The working title for the GameCube was the Dolphin, and a number of Nintendo games make reference to this name.

In The Wind Waker, the old man on Outset Island who teaches you how to use your sword is named Orca. Orca, more commonly known as the Killer Whale, is the largest member of the dolphin family.

Submitted by Jeremiah Gammell

Hylian Writing

Each character in the Hylian alphabet represents a letter in Japanese, and so it is possible to translate the Hylian text that appears throughout the game.

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Phantom Ganon's Sword

The Hylian writing on the Phantom Ganon enemy's sword reads "Zubora Gabora". Zubora and Gabora were the names of two blacksmiths that lived on Snowpeak in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

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Windfall Café

The board written in Hylian at the Windfall Island Café is a Specials board which reads:

- Today's Specials -
Lon Lon Milk - 150
Deku Nut Cake - 300
Zora Coffee - 150

Lon Lon Milk and Deku Nuts both featured in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Submitted by The Qu, Shrikeswind (Phantom Ganon's Sword discovery by Forkball on NeoGAF)

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