Revisiting it shows that it still holds up. I love the open ocean, the exploration, the controls, the music, the art style. There are so many unique things about this game and it feels like they finally hit their stride with 3D Zelda games at this point in the series. This incarnation of Zelda as Tetra the Pirate always makes me happy too!
While it originally came out for Gamecube the last two times I've played it were the remaster on Wii U. It's extra gorgeous plus it has some nice modern features in it. The Wii U gamepad holds the map and inventory which is super useful. Not to mention the "swift sail" in the remaster. It basically lets you travel at 2x speed and always have the wind at your back without having to reposition the wind through song.
So, while this game is right up there near the top of my list it's not actually at the very top. This is the exact kind of reason I wanted to do this series playthrough and put every Zelda game in context for myself. This is how things look now:
- A Link to the Past (1991)
- The Wind Waker (2002)
- Oracle of Seasons (2001)
- Oracle of Ages (2001)
- Majora's Mask (2000)
- Ocarina of Time (1998)
- The Legend of Zelda (1987)
- Link's Awakening (1993)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988)