The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released as The Legend of Zelda: Takt of Wind
(ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト Zeruda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda:
Baton of Wind") in Japan, is an action-adventure game and the tenth installment in The Legend of
Zelda series. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan on December 13, 2002, in North
America on March 24, 2003, in Europe on May 2, 2003, and in Australia on May 7, 2003. The Legend of
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the Nintendo DS is the direct sequel to The Wind Waker.
The game is set on a group of islands in a vast sea—a first for the series. The player controls
Link, the protagonist of the Zelda series. He struggles against his nemesis, Ganondorf, for control
of a sacred relic known as the Triforce. Link spends a large portion of the game sailing, traveling
between islands, and traversing dungeons and temples to gain the power necessary to defeat
Ganondorf. He also spends time trying to find his little sister Aryll.
The Wind Waker follows in the footsteps of Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask, retaining
the basic gameplay and control system from the two Nintendo 64 titles. A heavy emphasis is placed on
using and controlling wind with a baton called the Wind Waker, which aids sailing and floating in
air. Though controversial during development for its use of cel shading graphics and the
younger Link character, The Wind Waker was met with positive reception.