The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    Nintendo Wii U
  • Genre
    Action-adventure
  • Guide Release
    1 July 2014
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Wind Waker Strategy Guide

Wind Waker Strategy Guide

The Differences Between Wind Waker and Wind Waker HD

The GameCube's version (sub-HD with original HUD) on the left and the 1080p Wii U HD-edition on the right.

Important! Our guide was written for the GameCube original release and therefore is designed with that version in mind. We have used Wind Waker HD screenshots as:

1). They look better

2). Are still relevant for 99.9% of the game.

We’ve detailed all the major differences between each version below so you what to expect (and we’ve also added in the Triforce Shard chest locations (for the Wii U version) in that relevant section as well.

Apart from, much, shinier graphics; there’s been a wealth of new additions and tweaks made to the original version that was released in March 2004 (in the US). Let’s take a look at each of these differences:

  • The Wii U's gamepad now functions as the map/inventory screen (saving you the hassle of bringing it up mid-game).
  • You can use motion controls to use the Wind Waker itself.
  • Some weapons can be aimed by using the Wii U pad's built-in gyroscope.
  • The 'Tingle Tuner' from the GC original (that used a Gameboy Advance to hook up with) was swapped out for the 'Tingle Bottle' instead. This allows you to send messages via the Wii U's Miiverse community.
  • You can now use the **Picto Box** to take 'selfies' and screenshots. These can then be posted onto the Miiverse for the community to comment on.
  • You can now purchase the **Swift Sail** at the WIndfall Island auction house. Offering a 50% speed increase and auto-wind direction adjustment.
  • Shorter cranes and sped-up animations reduce time waiting when collecting sea-based treasures.
  • The 'Triforce Quest' has, thankfully, been shortened. You now only need to find **three** Triforce Charts as the other **five** shards can be found in treasure chests on-land (compared to **all** **eight** being underwater on the orginial version).
  • You can now carry **500** rupees from the beginning (instead of a measly 200).
  • **Hero Difficulty** mode is available immediately and doubles up enemy damage *and* health can only be replenished via potions.