The advent of 3D meant that many successful 2D series would dive into the third dimension, with sometimes mixed results. While there were many games that didn’t survive the addition of another dimension, The Legend of Zelda was not one of them. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a landmark game and showed many developers just how 3D should be done.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is seen as one of the best games of all time, (possibly more to do to it contributions that its actual merit at this point) so when an entry for the then-new Gamecube was announced, fans were excited. Although The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was a massive success, it does leave one wondering: was it a worthy follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? To help fans make up their own minds on the subject, here are 5 qualities of each to better quantify which is the better of the two.

10 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Open Sea

One of the biggest changes between The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is that Wind Waker is set on a large open sea. Players can sail for hours and find some new treasures, islands to explore, hearts to collect, and more.

Wind Waker sets out to make players feel like a pirate, and it does a very good job of doing so. As The Great Sea song plays while the sun rises, everyone feels as if they are setting out on a real adventure on the high seas.

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9 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - First 3D Zelda

As mentioned before, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the first 3D game in the series. The addition of the third dimension brings the world of Hyrule to life. In 1998 when players traveled across Hyrule Field for the first time, they realized that video games changed forever.

The combat arguably suffered when the series moved to 3D, but the adventure and exploration aspects were heightened beyond comprehension, as the world was truly alive. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time showed the rest of the industry just how 3D gaming should be done.

8 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Acquiring the Triforce

Though the Triforce was often spoken of in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, with Zelda, the Sages, and the intro spoke of it and its significance, it is never actually seen throughout the game. The only instance it is seen is during Link’s fight with Ganon when a small triangle representing the Triforce of Courage shines on Link’s hand.

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In The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, players actually slowly collect pieces of the Triforce of Courage until it is complete, only then can the player take on Gannon and save Princess Zelda.

7 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Golden Skulltula

The Golden Skulltulas are spiders that are hidden throughout The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Once yplayers defeat one of the Golden Skulltulas, they earn and Skulltula token which can be traded in for different prizes. There are 100 of them, some hidden rather well, and some are right out in plain sight - luckily, when there is one in the vicinity, it will make a very distinct sound.

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The prizes players can earn for trading in your Skulltula tokens are: an adult wallet for 10, the Stone of Agony for 20, a giant’s wallet for 30, bombchus with 40, a heart piece with 50, and a huge rupee for 100.

6 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Cel-Shaded Graphics

Before the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, there was a tech demo showing off a much darker, more mature The Legend of Zelda game that really had fans excited. Little did they know that this was nothing more than a tech demo showing off what the Gamecube could do rather than an actual entry in the series.

Following this, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was shown off and many fans were disappointed due to its looks. However, before long, the cel-shaded look of Wind Waker was accepted and loved, as it gives off a timeless style that will always look phenomenal thanks to the more stylized take on the series.

5 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Age Changing

Many of The Legend of Zelda games have a gimmick that allows players to switch from one world or transformation to another, with many puzzles and ways of exploration attached to that gimmick. In the Twilight Princess, players turn from Wolf to Man, in A Link to the Past, players go from the Dark World to Hyrule, and with Ocarina of Time, players turn from Kid Link to Adult Link.

In all of the aforementioned games, the transformation or transition is not only linked to the gameplay with puzzle and exploration, but is also a prominent part of the story.

4 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - The King of Red Lions

At the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, players are introduced to a very colorful boat who talks to the player and guides them along, showing gamers just what must be done to save your sister.

Players later find out that he is actually the King of Hyrule, and he takes the player to the Castle under the sea that was submerged long ago to be rid of the evil that was brought by Ganondorf. As the players are under the waves, everyone sees that The King of Hyrule did all of this to guide the player as they plan to stop Ganon once again.

3 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Epona

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, when players finally pull the Master Sword out of the stone in the Temple of Time and turn into adult Link, the player can go to Lon Lon Ranch and unlock Epona.

After Epona is unlocked, the player can summon here by playing Epona’s Song on the ocarina, which is a very good way to quickly make your way across Hyrule Field. Not only does having the horse save players time while traveling, but everyone can also engage in mini-games on horseback to unlock more treasures.

2 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Wind Waker

Like in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in the Wind Waker, players are given another musical based tool that can help explore the world. In the Wind Waker, players are given a baton called the Wind Waker that can help change the course of the wind, and in turn, change the direction the boat is sailing.

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As the game progresses, players learn new songs that can help do things like teleport for easier travel, and a song that will change day to night or night to day.

1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Ocarina of Time

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Princess Zelda gives the player the ocarina of time, a magical instrument that can affect time itself, amongst other things like teleport from location to location, open certain entrances, summon Epona, and more. It has become one of the most iconic items in the entire series since the release of the game over 20 years ago.

The ocarina is usually at the core of most of the game’s puzzles, so players will be learning and memorizing many of the songs long after you have finished the game. Left, up, right, is Zelda’s Lullaby, but everyone already knew that.

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