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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I have always had a special love for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It is my favorite entry in my favorite series in video games, a hobby I've always considered my favorite pastime. Needless to say, I was not going to pass up on buying a limited edition Prima guide for The Wind Waker HD, it itself a fantastic remake that truly is the definitive version of that classic, and a masterpiece even by modern standards. I already own several collector guides for other Zelda games, and anyone who owns one knows that these CE guides are the real deal, and this one is no exception.

The guide is organized very well. There's a "How To Play" section at the beginning, perfect for newcomers to the game and perhaps even the Zelda series in general. It is written very well and should get people up to speed quickly on the basics of the game. Following this is an "Equipment and Items" section that also complements the "basics" section well. I don't recommend looking at it if you're brand new to the game, as it goes over ALL items, including ones majorly important to the plot.

Next up is a "Characters and Enemies" section that is, rather strange. Every character, boss, and enemy gets a picture and little description. The descriptions are nice. What is strange is that each picture is of the character models of the characters from the "Nintendo Gallery," an in-game museum featuring shiny, toy-like sculptures you gain from undertaking the "deluxe picto-box" quest. It's always cool to have a "characters" section, but to have traditional screenshots or official artwork of major characters replaced by these weird pictures is kind of bizarre and, given that the official art and graphics of the characters in-game are so fantastic, disappointing. Ah well.

Next up is the meat n' potatoes of the guide and all that matters, the walkthrough. The original The Wind Waker Prima strategy guide was thorough and very well written. This guide is much the same way, even more so, actually, at almost double the length of the old guide (this guide is a whopping 352 pages, the old one was only about 190). If you're wondering if getting this guide is really worth it or better to get the old WW's guide, it's definitely a good idea to get this version. Why? Because The Wind Waker HD has some substantial changes to its main quest, such as in the infamous Tri-Force quest, that are pretty different. Thankfully, this guide rises to the occasion in covering everything in the remake. It's super thorough, perfect for completionists like myself, and is organized in such a way that, as soon as a quest, item, collectable, you-name-it, becomes available, the guide tackles how to complete it. The writing itself is pleasing enough to read.

Next up comes the "Islands of the Great Sea" sections. The overworld in The Wind Waker is a massive sea divided into a grid totaling 49 squares. The world in WW is full of islands, and much in the classical Zelda tradition, there are tons of potential for exploration filled with collectables. This section covers, in great depth, all content to be found in each of these 49 squares in the grid. It's fantastic.

Finally, there's the "Legendary Checklist" section. Think of this as a handy-dandy appendix of sorts. It's a very useful, quick resources for finding anything ranging from all quest items, songs, pieces of heart, treasure charts,great fairy locations, you name it. This is a fantastic feature of the guide. So that's the actual content of the guide, all top-notch.

The overall lay-out of the guide is decently pleasing. The format is clean and intuitive to navigate, although I do miss the "sacred" motif of their guides for Twilight Princess or Spirit Tracks. Here it's just white with Wind Waker-type markings in a teal color. Needless to say, it's quite different from past precedents for Prima Zelda guides. The book is filled with great-looking screenshots from The Wind Waker HD. This is good because the game itself looks fantastic and the high printing quality conveys that fairly well. There's also official art for WWHD and the original WW sprinkled a bit throughout the guide. Overall, pretty good. My only complaint about the layout of the guide is that I think it could have really done better with bigger sized official/concept art and a lot more of it. Compared to the excellent, beautiful Spirit Tracks guide, this WWHD guide doesn't do nearly as well in that regard. The Collector's Edition is beautiful. The golden gilded pages and highlights contrast very nicely against the sea foam green of the cover. It really lends this feeling of a historical tome to the guide, and feels like a great companion to the game. Great job Prima.

To be honest, I usually buy guides for adventure games such as The Legend of Zelda or Õkami, and I am really glad I bought this one. I like it so much, in fact, that I'm planning on buying another one for my baby sister, with whom I have always shared lovely memories playing of The Wind Waker, when she was a toddler and I was a young teen. So if you're a gamer with a heart container for The Wind Waker and want to dive into the new HD remake, or you know a Zelda fan in your life, I'd say getting this guide is a no-brainer. You won't regret. Thanks for reading. Toodles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
This was a really well done guide with a spot on walkthrough. The walkthrough does a great job letting you know where everything secret is as you are making way through the game except for one glaring exception. I get to the end of the game and I'm finishing up the Nintendo Gallery and I notice I don't have Knuckle so I go to the Nintendo Gallery section in the back and I was supposed to bomb a certain area in each dungeon to get him which was never mentioned in the walkthrough for any of the dungeons. Which makes no sense because everytime their is a Nintendo Gallery picture to take the walkthrough mentions it (so you don't miss it) except for the Knuckle picture. I ended up finding there was a picture with these locations on the guide's map (which I had never used because the walkthrough was showing me were everything was). So now my only option to get all the statues is to spend hours replaying all the dungeons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
First off: this is simply a beautiful book: clear photos, excellent quality paper and printing. Real proof of the value of the printed page.
More importantly the book's thorough covering of this incredibly vast game is a real treat. As a newbee to Wind Waker it cleared up all sorts of confusion. For anybody, the extremely well organized format including: Basics, Enemies, Items Walkthrus, Islands, Checklists (Hearts, Treasure Chests etc). There's even an impressive Table of Contents (all but unheard-of in guide books)
I especially liked that he included side quests etc following each main quest/dungeon even included a Table of Contents. And of course for the obsessive, every detail is contained.
KUDOs to Mr. Stratton and his publishers, The only improvement he could make would be to add an index.
Lastly, the book includes a link to an equally good AD FREE website (alas no vids).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
It's very good, really!
I actually knew what to expect, because I have the Twilight princess Prima official guide. (and love that too)

Clear pictures, all the treasures, everything... (of course) And I also like the cloth map, that comes with it, even if it isn't actually the game map.

And the book itself even looks good.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
I went ahead and gave this a 5 star rating because it is loaded with information. I debated between a 4 or 5 star. However, be aware a good number of pictures left a lot to be desired, imo. Some were small, some were too dark and some too blurry and/or dark to distinguish what a person was supposed to be looking at. Because of the pictures I'm glad I didn't have to give full US asking price.

I do rate it high for information. After looking at it, it seems to be complete with all information that is needed to complete all aspects of the game. This one also had a code so you could access a bonus eGuide. That code is located approximately half way through the book. I haven't done that yet but will by the time the game arrives from Amazon. I usually buy all guides for all Zelda games.

This book has 352 pages, a bonus poster included that is 2 sided. A chart of the great sea is on one side and Legend of Zelda art work on the other. If it hadn't been for the poor quality of some of the pictures, this book would have been A1. I still recommend it for those who want to complete every aspect of a game while completing the game itself.

I ordered this through Amazon and it was packaged very well so that the corners of the book would not be damaged in any way during transit. Arrived in mint condition.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
First I must say that I'm an avid gamer. I love the experiences you get in each world that you explore and the stories that you complete. The Legend of Zelda franchise holds a special place in my heart. It was the first game that I played when I was younger (A Link to the Past, to be more specific) with my father and its lush story and characters have been in my life for over 20+ years.

This guide is very well made. It helps with all the dungeons and the exploration that the Zelda games are know for. The pages are beautiful the writing is specific and is going to help anybody who becomes lost in the vast ocean or its many islands.

The guide is 352 pages that are lined in gold, the cover is beautiful. It also includes a code for a free e-guide of this publication. And the cloth map is of high quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
This guide is huge! It's got everything you need a guide to have. It has the walkthrough, the heart piece, treasure maps, & treasure locations, a character guide, & a small section on how to use your controller.
If you're looking for a guide for this game, this one is perfect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
Good guide and a big step up from the botched job they did on there guide for skyward sword. I recommend this guide as long is the price is right its no where near worth retail price as you can just use gamefaqs.
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on March 9, 2014
Others have reviewed this in enough detail such that there's not much more to add other than my stamp of approval for any parent who finds themselves in the same situation I did.. your child, excited over the release of this game, asks for it as a present only to find the game is complicated enough such that a child would have a hard time figuring out "what do I do next?" (Heck I'm a PC gamer myself and as an adult I still find myself forced to resort to hints from online walkthroughs for some of my games - which is the trade off to all that wonderful complexity that makes games so rich in detail, hard to figure out what to do next sometimes as a result :P ) ...

I tried online walkthroughs for the game which my 10 year old little guy declared weren't much help then bought this game based on the positive reviews of similar people who found themselves stuck.. and based on my son's experience can vouch that those reviews are true and the book does indeed help. My son has successfully resolved the issue he was stuck on and is now back to enjoying his (very expensive Wii U version at that ! ) game - thanks Prima :) ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
Love it. Must get for any Zelda Fan. The Guide Book really helped me out. I try to use an original guide book an it works but with all the changes you need this
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