The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
(GameCube, Wii U)
Wind Waker is everything good about Zelda boiled right down and distilled into a friendlier package. While Ocarina of Time was a marvel for its time and can still wow today, Wind Waker is a Zelda for everyone, a game that delights where others might intimidate, one that makes no attempt to make Zelda ‘gritty’, instead focusing on the joy of being a child and exploring the world. Zelda has always been a series about finding out what’s around the corner, or over the horizon, or even in the next room, and knowing that there’s a good chance it’ll be something exciting. Stretching that exploration out over an ocean of undulating waves, full of hidden treasures and enemies, specked with islands begging to be explored, gave us the most joyously childlike Zelda experience in the series. Play it before the staggering Breath of the Wild and you’ll go into that one knowing what makes Zelda so special.
Series best: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild