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The Wind Sails in the Morning by BLARGEN69 The Wind Sails in the Morning by BLARGEN69
Good lord if King Harkinian were to attain the power of the Triforce in his hands, what would he wish for? I can only imagine the horrors his idiocy would reign upon the people of- oh who am I kidding, he'd just wish for Dinner.
This was a piece I strived to make years ago when I first played Wind Waker, I didn't play WW at launch and it took me years until I finally obtained a copy. I adored that game when playing it initially but I just, stopped playing it once it came time to search for the Triforce shards. I can't say why, because after beating it finally after a long hiatus I loved that admittedly shallow fetch quest to death so I can't really pin it down to finding it boring, I guess I just lost interest? I really can't say, but the fact of the matter is believe it or not, huge Zelda fan I am, have never beaten Wind Waker until just about two days ago.

And BOI do I feel awful for having taken so long doing so, I am just infatuated with the game even more than I already was. This game's just amazing, not perfect, but totally incredible in so many facets it might as well be considered such as it's closer than most any game can claim being. It's still my third favorite Zelda game behind Majora's Mask and Link's Awakening though.

I am just so deeply in love with Wind Waker in regards to nearly every little detail. The Great Sea is in my opinion the most entertaining and ambitious hub they have ever made and probably ever will, the entire concept is such a radical departure from the norm of the series, that coupled with the beautiful cel shading which in my eyes is the best the series has ever looked just makes it feel so unique and I can't imagine how Nintendo will ever find a way to make a Zelda as NEW as Wind Waker was. Wind Waker does such a good job taking iconic imagery, npcs, tropes, locales, and especially music from the franchise and does such wonderfully creative things with them. The game is so much fun to play and an absolute joy to look at so many details and little things dot the vast expanse of the Sea you just never get bored every thing has such a vast amount of personality to it. The quest is amazing, the story is great and surprisingly one of the darker entries in the series, I can't believe people actually dismiss the game as a whole solely based on it's art direction. The first time you go to Hyrule Castle and get to hear that somber remix from Link to the Past is just so gripping and powerful, the stain-glassed pictures of the sages, it's paying homage and reference to Ocarina done right. It doesn't feel contrived nor forced. The end of the game is without a doubt my favorite final boss(es) in the entire series, I was NOT expecting a three stage charismatic marionette battle. I LOVE PUPPET GANON. And the maze fighting the Phantom Ganon from Ocarina, and good LORD that ending... That final duel against Ganondorf, that line, you know what line of dialogue I'm talking about.... This game was really the only time I can say I thought Ganondorf was an interesting and badass villain. He's awesome, this game is awesome oh GOD I LOVE WIND WAKER!!!!

As for complaints, I think some of the side quests are the most tedious of the entire series, the flower stuff is time consuming enough but what breaks my heart is the freaking Pictograph stuff for the Nintendo Gallery it is now one of my favorite side quests in the series but it SUCKS, because well, it's just so dang tedious!!! Seriously they should have made it not as much of a pain in the ass I mean my god they should have at least done something like make a way for Lenzo to reward you for some stupid thing by upgrading your Pictograph to carry more pictures. Going around, snapping your THREE pics, then flying back to the Gallery, giving the THREE pics to the guy, then leaving, then Song of Passing, then go in rather rinse repeat jesus christ it's so time-consuming it makes the quest unplayable to me and I LOVE collectathon type quests in any game.
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DuskPlatinum Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
He'd wish himself a Dinner Blaster for all I know!
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E-Man276 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
The fate of Hyrule depends on one true King... Too bad that king is an idiot.
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ChaosDisclosed Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
"I can only imagine the horrors his idiocy would reign upon the people of- oh who am I kidding, he'd just wish for Dinner."

That is so perfect, you don't even know.
YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

I loved Wind Waker so much, it was my first Zelda game. The sailing and fighting alongside treacherous pirates, the deep and dark dungeons, the wide array of characters, all of it was so fantastic. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, GANONDORF. He was so moody and so brooding...so sentimental. He saw the Hero of Time in Link, he was the only one who could recall a shred of memory that belonged to the kingdom lost beneath the waves. He was one of my favorite incarnations of Ganondorf. He wasn't driven by rage and revenge, it was almost like he had been done some sort of injustice. Even though he's one bad mamajama, but still, I felt bad for the guy. And then The King of Red Lions, telling the children to flee and sealing himself in the old kingdom with Ganny, and he tells them to find a new land of their own. FEELS.
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I hated the ending at first, I really did. I was cranky that day and hated Puppet Ganon with a burning passion, but I was so sad and horrified that they just left Hyrule there at the bottom of the sea. It was the land of the Gods, the land the Hero of Time had fought for and defended from Ganondorf hundreds of years ago. The Hero was remembered, but the memory of Hyrule vanished beneath the sea. ;A; Now looking back on it, I love it. It paved the way for Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, and I loved Spirit Tracks so much. New Hyrule is a new beginning and a chance for the new generations to be rid of the curse of Ganondorf, to live without the Triforce and finally have a chance for peace.

Sorry we haven't talked in so long, this have been crazy lately. ^^;
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TheMeleeMaster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very neat! Never thought of something like it. I like it!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a bunch! When I first played Wind Waker years ago and I met the King in the submerged Hyrule I instantly thought he looked like Harkinian.
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BloodhoundYellow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I've yet to beat Wind Waker myself. ;u; But since I'm taking on this game completion challenge, it's definately on my to-beat list.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
AWWWW SWEET then get your butt in gear girl cause you just gotta beat it YOU JUST GOTTA! It'll be a nice refreshing escape from the dancing games! Take a nice relaxing island(s) vacation on the Great Sea. Just curious, what part of the game did you leave off on? It'd be funny if we both abandoned it at the same place.
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BloodhoundYellow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I don't remember. I think I stopped at the Tower of the Gods, but I started over and now I don't know where I'm at now.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
Sounds like it's time to START OVER AGAIN! Whatever you do don't do that haha, just today I finally picked up Twilight Princess again, which I stopped playing about halfway through, jeez probably when it first came out.
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