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Home > Review Archive > Video Games > Results: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
by Cary Woodham
November 30, 2006

The Nintendo Wii launches with a big new Zelda adventure!

Reviewed for Wii.

Also available for GC, Wii.

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GamerDad Seal Of Approval - 10+.  Click to learn more about our review seal. The ESRB says:
Animated Blood: If there is any blood in this game, GamerDad didn't see much of it. Nearly all defeated enemies disappear in only a burst of light and smoke. One defeated boss monster had silvery ooze, but it wasn't very bloody looking
Fantasy Violence: GamerDad made Link slash his sword to defeat all manner of evil beasts and monsters.

When it comes to video games, Zelda is synonymous with adventure. In the mythical land of Hyrule, evil being from the Twilight World are causing havoc all over, and only the chosen one can save the day. That chosen one happens to be a farmer youth from the edge of Hyrule named Link. Taking up sword and shield—and his traditional floppy green cap—Link sets out on the biggest Zelda adventure yet.

As Link, players do typical ‘Zelda' stuff in Twilight Princess. Venture forth through the massive land of Hyrule, over yawning plains, fiery mountains, and under the depths of mysterious waters. Exploring every nook and cranny brings forth rewards both big and small. While the massive world feels a bit daunting to explore sometimes, Link can mount his trusty steed to get to destinations quickly and later on he'll be able to warp to certain spots on the map as well. Link also spelunks dungeon mazes, solving puzzles and defeating giant boss monsters, gaining power and useful tools and weapons to tackle the next set of challenges he'll face.

Perhaps the best part of Twilight Princess is how you control Link with the Nintendo Wii remote and nunchuck controller. Players swing the motion sensoring remote around to make Link slash his sword at enemies. Point the remote at the TV and Link takes aim with bow and arrow and other projectile weapons. Link can even take a break from his adventure and go fishing, requiring players to pull up on the remote like a fishing rod when Link gets a bite. Controlling Link in this fashion takes a short while to get used to, but quickly becomes natural and fun.

Thanks to the evil in the Twilight World, Link gains the ability to transform into a wolf. Wolf Link gets new skills not available to regular Link. As a wolf, attack groups of enemies in one full swoop, dig in the ground to find hidden treasure and passages, and use Wolf Link's keen olfactory senses to sniff out danger.

But Link's adventure isn't always perfect. If you don't have Wii component cables and a nice TV, the graphics in Twilight Princess are going to look horrific. The smeary and gauzy visuals caused me to mistake a cliff wall for a foothold on more than one occasion, making me mess up. The previous Zelda game on GameCube: Wind Waker, had much clearer, sharper graphics than this. While Twilight Princess features some classic Zelda tunes, most of the music is subdued and bland. Also, most Zelda games have tricky puzzles, but intuitive ways to solve them. Some of the puzzles in Twilight Princess are tough, and even with Link's shadowy guide Midna, the solutions and goals aren't always apparent. Link's quest is very long, but a lot of the time is spent doing filler fetch quests and things. Plus the whole game in general starts out really slow, only picking up the pace about halfway through. However, even though The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess isn't the best Zelda game ever, it's certainly one of the best launch titles for the Nintendo Wii.

Click to learn more about GamerDad's Kid Factor review section. It's a fact: kids think Link is cool. Young gamers will have fun exploring and adventuring through the fantasy landscapes. Swinging around the remote to swordfight is also a hoot for any kid, just make sure they're careful and don't accidentally hit furniture or another person. Even though Twilight Princess is rated T for Teen, gamers younger than that would still probably be OK with playing it. If they watched movies like Lord of the Rings and didn't get scared, Wii Zelda won't even faze them. While Link slashes his sword at monsters and skewers bad guys with arrows, defeated enemies only go out in a puff of lights and smoke.

Really, the scariest parts of this Zelda are the cut-scenes. Some monsters handle a few kids pretty roughly in one scene, a bad guy gets a sword stuck in him and pulls it out unharmed, and others show people and monsters with really scary eyes and faces. Kids prone to nightmares may not like that. With all the puzzle solving and fights, Link's quest is pretty challenging, and young gamers might become lost and frustrated. The storyline refers to a lot of made up goddesses and other spirits, and strong religious families might be a little uncomfortable with that. Since everything in the game is text based, knowing how to read well is a must. But even with its quirks, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a fun Nintendo Wii game for young and old alike.

Which version to buy?
Wii: This is the ideal version to get, as the Wii remote makes combat fun and immersive.
GameCube: Should be identical to the Wii version except using a traditional game controller rather than the motion sensoring Wii remote.

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Game Info:
Wii, GC, Wii

ESRB rating:
T - Teen

Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence


Action Adventure



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