Nintendo Showdown Wind Waker Twilight Princess Zelda

Welcome back to another edition of Nintendo Showdown! This is a weekly series at Nintendo Enthusiast, and it requires some audience participation. Every week we’ll compare two (or more) Nintendo games and pit them against each other in a showdown. Your votes decide the winner, so choose wisely! In celebration of the upcoming launch of the Link’s Awakening remake, we’re doing a month of Zelda matchups! For this contest, we’re looking at a pair of GameCube Zelda games with Wii U remasters. It’s Wind Waker vs. Twilight Princess! Help us decide the winner by sating your vote below!

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Wind Waker

Wind Waker left Hyrule behind and set sail on the Great Sea. This pirate adventure featured a new cel-shaded “toon” look that caught fans by surprise. The familiarity of the past was washed away, but it still felt like a true Zelda experience to the core. It showed us a calmer, more contemplative side of Ganondorf, a more expressive Link, and a more adventurous Zelda. It was a beautiful and memorable experience that reminded players sometimes change is good.

Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess was, in many ways, a return to form for the Zelda series. The cel-shaded graphics of its predecessor were left behind in favor of a darker, more realistic style. The Great Sea was abandoned in favor of the Hyrule of old, re-imagined as a much bigger land. It felt like the true successor to Ocarina of Time that many fans so desperately craved. Toss in Wolf Link and the unforgettable Midna, and you’ve got one of the highest-selling games in the franchise.

Which one of these GameCube legends is the best? Cast your vote and help us decide the winner of Nintendo Showdown!

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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