4) The Wind Waker
We’ve already talked a little bit of the fan backlash that The Wind Waker got when it was released. Many just wrote it off as a cartoon and didn’t enjoy it because of that. Yes the art style is cell shaded and cartoony, but you’re doing yourself a great disservice by not playing it. The game itself is beautiful, especially the HD remake on the Wii U. The characters oozes personality and that personality oozes to the world itself. The Great Sea is fun to explore and is filled with little islands each with its own secrets. There’s a swashbuckling sense of adventure that works surprisingly well in the Zelda world.
Link’s boat and partner The King of Red Lions is the perfect companion for the game. Bringing sage wisdom to the story and providing great direction to the Hero of Winds. Revealed to be the king of Hyrule before the flood, providing an interesting character. One who’s seen his kingdom die and being the only one left, besides Ganondorf. On the topic of Ganon, this is the most human version of the character. Yes, he’s evil, but the developers actually gave him a motivation besides simply wanting it because he’s evil.
This games version of Zelda is a totally new interpretation of the character. This isn’t your typical damsel in distress Zelda. This is Tetra! A badass pirate captain who adds a lot to the adventure,and serves as the catalyst in the beginning. While The Wind Waker may feel short, with only 6 dungeons including Ganon’s Castle. It makes up it lack of quantity with superb quality. Including an ending that will make your jaw drop with how brutal it is.
The original for the GameCube had one major flaw, The Quest to find the Triforce. All of that has been alleviated in the HD remake and is the definitive version of the game. Either way, you get an incredible Zelda experience.