So everyone who’s been a Nintendo fan certainly has a favorite Zelda title, right? I know I’ve certainly got a few! Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask, Ocarina, but right now I wanna bring up a specific 3D-Zelda game from the gamecube era. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker! This game was met with criticism upon release only to become a beloved entry in the franchise, even now being regarded a classic.
Well, if some of you enjoy a bit of the modding and hacking scene, you may have noticed a rise in popularity among Zelda related randomizers, most being in the Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time area. Recently, fans of the series and the randomizer scene have begun their focus on a Wind Waker Randomizer. I saw a few posts about it on twitter and disregarded it until I ended up coming across it in a hunt for any kind of randomizer for Twilight Princess (which I never found). I decided to look into it and if I liked what I saw, I’d give it a shot.
Come to find out, there was a lot more into the randomizer than I had initially thought. For starters, you can customize Link’s outfit color, and if he’s in the “Hero Clothes” or not, and if you do the teensy bit of searching, you can even play as Tetra or Medli, which is completely awesome. Then there’s choosing how your progression items got randomized, and around where they would be randomized at. You could have the grappling hook at some lookout post all the way across the great sea, or the Master Sword just sitting underneath your grandma’s house, or in some very unlucky cases, getting a green rupee for beating Phantom Ganon.
I ended up streaming the randomizer only twice, but over the course of about 13 hours on two days, completely beating all of Wind Waker Randomized, with only the telescope being a main item never picked up. Throughout those streams, I can say it was a major breath of fresh air to go from the modern, normal routed Wind Waker (HD) into a completely randomized state, where even your initial island can be completely random. Also having the Swift Sail in the original Wind Waker was definitely a perk, so major props to that!
This is just to say, if you’ve found yourself growing stagnant in the games you play, and are looking for a way to make an old experience that you’ve got memorized to the last detail into a brand new one, definitely look into the randomizer scenes of your favorite games and series! It’s amazing on what all you can find, there’s some for Pokemon, Mario, Paper Mario (Scott, I’m lookin’ at you.), and of course, Zelda!
If you wanna see some more of the Wind Waker randomizer, I’ll definitely be streaming it again in the future, so you can see it for yourself over at The Jester’s Room twitch or check out the highlights over at the YouTube variant. In the meantime, feel free to check out the current on-going playthrough of Sonic Adventure 2 where I’m joined with a friend for the Dark Side, or if you’re more interested in Pokemon, check out Toondise’s very own Alolan Adventures!
Til’ next time!