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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Wii Review - -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 9.0
Sound 9.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Nintendo
Edward Millarion


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule, a young farm boy named Link must  awaken the hero – and the animal – within.


  • When Link travels to the Twilight Realm, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious girl named Midna. Using the power and unique control of the Wii console, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess features incredibly precise aiming control using the Wii Remote.

  • The Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controllers are used for a variety of game activities, including fishing, sword attacks and projectile-weapon aiming.

  • Players ride into battle against troops of foul creatures and wield a sword and shield with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.

  • Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfillment of his quest, so players must sharpen their wits as they hunt for weapons and items.

Link, a young man raised as a wrangler in a small, rural village, is sent to bear a gift to the royal family of Hyrule. Before he can leave, tragedy strikes the village and he is yanked into a twilight gloom that has covered Hyrule. When he enters that realm, he transforms into a wolf and is captured. A mysterious figure named Midna helps him break free. With the aid of her magic, they set off to free the land from the shadows.

Link must explore the vast land of Hyrule and uncover the mystery behind its plunge into darkness. As he does, he’ll have to enlist the aid of friendly folk, solve puzzles and battle his way through dangerous dungeons. In the twilight, he’ll have to use his wolf abilities and Midna’s magic to bring light to the land.

Besides his trusty sword and shield, Link will use his bow and arrows by aiming with the Wii Remote, fight while on horseback and use a wealth of other items, both new and old. Players can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller to initiate sword swings, spin attacks and shield shoves.

Twilight Princess is truly something special. A very ambitious project that took the greater part of three years to finish. Every fan knows the story of the development. We all lived through the delay, through the revelation Twilight Princess would be on Wii, to the new control scheme revealed in the eleventh hour. Fans endured droughts and information explosions; an emotional rollercoaster that some will wish never ended. But like all rides, there is an end. Twilight Princess’ ride ends leaving the gamer with nothing less than pure joy and excitement, wanting to run back to the start of the line for another go.

The Wii remote surprisingly simplifies the control scheme to something rather enjoyable for all fans. Basic controls are intuitive and never detract from the experience. Aiming mechanics may frustrate some in certain situations, and the lack of camera controls leads to a few issues. Controlling Wolf Link and Link on horseback is fun and refreshing. Game follows traditional Zelda model, but strays into some new territories and throws some wrenches into the common setup, with pleasant results. Wide array of weapons and unique game play mechanics to keep the game refreshing and entertaining.

The best looking game on Wii, though it doesn’t quite come in the same league as PS3’s launch titles and Xbox 360’s Gears of War or Oblivion. Still, the game is massive in scale and the world is just so vibrant and rich. Dungeons have very unique designs, and each area is simply breathtaking. Some animation issues, though a solid frame rate throughout the game. Overall, very impressive, and if you have component cables, enjoy the sharper visuals. Composite setup has some slight blurriness, but nothing horrible.

You can’t play this game just once. Alright, maybe you can, but to fully enjoy this title, you’re going to need to see and do everything, probably more than one time. There are plenty of side quests and minigames to keep you addicted for a long time, including the famed fishing. The difficulty is not at an insane level, but it is more difficult than previous outings, and it progresses nicely and fairly. Bottom line, you’re going to have fun, and you’re gong to be wowed. Get ready to say goodbye to life for awhile.


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