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10 best Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker memories

On the tenth anniversary of the release of Wind Waker, you share your favourite moments from th GameCube classic

Happy 10th anniversary Toon Link! That's right, 10 years ago The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker was released for the GameCube in the UK.

We'd been shocked by the appearance of Toon Link at E3 2001 but it wasn't until 2 May 2003 that we truly fell in love with him as we played Wind Waker for the first time. Sceptical Nintendo fans were immediately won over by the charm of Zelda's cartoon adventure, with some declaring it to be the best Legend Of Zelda game ever made. Then they got to the Triforce hunt...

Only joking... We're celebrating 10 years of Wind Waker with you lot. Fans on our Facebook page have been sharing their favourite memories of the series and we've picked out 10 of the best. Have a read and share your memories in the comments.

1. Toon Link's face

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In the words of old BBC football commentator Barry Davies, Look at his face... Just look at his face. The main reason why Nintendo chose the 'Toon' art style was because it gave the designers the opportunity to show Link's facial expressions as he chatted to Tetra and his Grandma, stealthily sneaked against walls and threw pigs (more on that later), something that hadn't been possible in the past.

You almost felt as if you got to know Link as a character more just through the movement of his eyes.

Leham James Bateman says: "I love his shifty cat like eyes when 'siddling' along a narrow ledge. And how they always focus on nearby targets."

Danielle Le Brun adds: I loved the expressions on the faces of the characters, the best ones coming from Link as he is about to be catapulted into Forsaken Fortress from Tetra's ship!

Esmae Lenihan says: "The face that Link pulls when you lift up the big/fat pig."

Talking of which...

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  1. olrodlegacy Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:51

    I mentioned Tingle! The Tingle Tuner was the best feature of the whole game for me. It allowed me to use Tingle to make my brother's playthrough of the game easier - i think Wind Waker was the first game he ever completed. And it was a feature for the true Nintendo fans, because you could only use it if you also had a Game Boy Advance/SP.

  2. BattleGooseUK Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 16:12

    That Brau Long guy sounds like a really smart chap... 8)

  3. Darkblizz Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 16:27

    Did anyone else quietly follow the ghost ship around just listening to the music that played near it? It creeped me out but it was kind of hypnotic too.

  4. Twinkle Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 20:28

    An amazing game that I could play endlessly! I loved those times in Wind Waker when I was riding the King of Red Dragons. Amazing music with an awesome adventure. A game that could not afford to be missed... :D :D 8)

  5. blaziken411 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 20:36

    as for music i stayed on the title screen for so long listening to that catchy irish like tune

  6. Machi Friday 3rd May 2013 at 07:53

    Can't believe the bit when The Tower of the Gods rises up from the sea isn't in here! Truly epic.

  7. Amethyst Link Friday 3rd May 2013 at 08:16

    Wind Waker is the game that introduced me to the LoZ series and is definitely one of my favourites. Luckily for me I got the version that also came with OoT and the Master Quest! Hannah Johnson is right by the way, the name of the boat is 'King of Red Lions'

  8. Waldy565 Friday 3rd May 2013 at 11:06

    As for Link, he just had the shifty look of a little kid who was sneaking into the kitchen to snatch a biscuit without being caught by his Mum.
    LOL, fantastic! Haha. I can't share many memories, what with never having played the game and all, but I do know what I'm going to do right now, and that is to play some Phantom Hourglass and count down the days until October!

  9. Waldy565 Friday 3rd May 2013 at 11:07

    as for music i stayed on the title screen for so long listening to that catchy irish like tune

    Oh good, I'm not the only one who thinks it's a bit Irish!

  10. MartinIsAwesome Friday 3rd May 2013 at 15:46

    I love Wind Waker in general so it's hard to pick one stand-out moment. I could go for any of the things in this list, but in addiction the intro is prehaps my favourite of any Zelda game. First you get the illustrated scroll prolouge which gave us he now immortal line "this is but one of the legends of which people speak", then you get introduced to a much lazier Link than we'd seen before and his adorable little sister Aryll who potter's around calling out "HOY! BIG BROTHER!" in order to give him his birthday present. Such a sweet start to a game.

    Another highlight is the character of Tetra, the fiesty and sneaky young pirate captain. Once you think you've got her pegged, you sneak into her room on the pirate ship and things start getting mysterious, and then there's what happens when she comes to your aid when you first meet Ganondorf. No spoilers here, but I remember it, and the proceeding revealations, blowing my 16-year-old mind.

    Yet another highlight not mentioned in this list is the New Game Plus, which rewards you in various ways for playing the game again on a completed save file. You could play the entire game in Link's island clothes instead of the green tunic, you could have the Deluxe Pictobox from the start, and previously unreadable ancient Hylian language that some characters speak from time to time is translated into English. Nice little additions for added extra fun when you play it all over again, and you will want to.

  11. The_BAAD_Man Tuesday 7th May 2013 at 05:48

    It's so hard to pick one moment from this amazingly memorable game, and many of my favourites have already been something I haven't seen mentioned which I thought was great fun - parachuting with a giant leaf!

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