I’m so jealous.
I’m jealous of all of those people, especially young people, who are playing Wind Waker for the first time with its enhanced HD release. It’s a marvelous game, and perhaps the Zelda title that most makes you feel like you’re on a journey. It’s a journey I experienced for the first time 10 years ago, like many others. It had a profound impact on my art, but more than that, it really helped me get lost in my own head when things were not so great.
I remember the first time I had even heard of Wind Waker. My mother took me to the theater, where she and her husband saw something separate, and I saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by myself. Before the film started, this commercial played and my mind was absolutely blown. I couldn’t believe that such an amazing, gorgeous Zelda game could even exist! It was exactly what I had always wanted out of a video game. I enjoyed the movie, but that cheesy Zelda commercial was what stuck in my head through all of it.
Not too terribly long after, I was removed from the very physically unhealthy, very poor situation with my mother. Her parents, my grandparents, had taken me in without question. Unfortunately, my experience with my grandparents was a mentally and emotionally abusive one (the details of which I’ll spare you). I was gearing up to move from Georgia to go live with my father in Pennsylvania, but as preparations had to be made, it would take two and a half months for that to happen.
Dad was aware, however, that I had kept my brain firmly locked on Wind Waker, and managed to send me a copy of the game to tide me over before moving up north. And when I got it, I was absolutely sucked in! There was so much to see, so much to do. Almost every minute was a glorious opportunity to ignore the hardships I had to deal with at school and with my grandparents. It was exactly what I needed at the time.
Wind Waker has always been and will always be a very special game to me on many levels. I’ve enjoyed playing through it again, and I’m thrilled with the changes they’ve made to it, despite how close I hold the original GameCube version. I’m so glad a new generation gets to experience this adventure.
Anyway…I just wanted to wax nostalgic. Enjoy the game, people!