The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess review

  • Pretty much everything
  • Huge quest
  • Midna
  • Same faults as always
  • No controller support
  • Waiting for the next one

For all the heaping praise that can be said, there are still a few, minute things that tug at our nerves. The fundamental gameplay hasn't changed at all, so from that viewpoint Nintendo had eight years to change something and it didn't. Link still has to be squarely lined up with ladders and doors to interact with them, a necessity that often makes him feel clunky and robotic. And still no jumping? Okami plays just like Zelda and its canine protagonist can jump to no end. What's the deal?

One of our issues with 2003's Wind Waker resurfaces here too. At times, the game feels like the same story told by a different person. You still find the same items in roughly the same type of place, use them against the first boss you see and then practically never again. Nonsensical puzzles also crop up occasionally, usually involving tiles or pushing blocks. If Midna can teleport and the world is in danger, why doesn't she just, you know, teleport the blocks where they need to be? True, Zelda is all about puzzles, but here's hoping block-and-tile showstoppers stop interfering with heroes chosen by the gods.

Savvy gamers will know that Princess was initially a GameCube game, and was only announced this year for Wii. Early hands-on reports suggested that the gesture-based controls were horrid (ours included) and that the GameCube version would be the one to get. Not quite.

Item selection and freehand aiming have been improved since those early days, and within a few moments of gameplay you'll be ready to save the world. But, that doesn't mean they're perfect. Having to keep one hand relatively free to point at the screen for certain things is a slight nuisance, and on the whole, the game doesn't benefit from swinging the remote like a sword. A regular controller would have sufficed.

More Info

Release date: Dec 12 2006 - GameCube
Nov 19 2006 - Wii (US)
Available Platforms: GameCube, Wii
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence


  • Dadyo238 - November 19, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    Skyward Sword coming out tommorow, so @Momolad you can have your Zelda Wii.
  • insidiousFox - September 10, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    $20 now on the Nintendo Selects label. Can't beat that. I picked it up yesterday and will play it when done with 3DS Ocarina of Time. This is literally the first Wii game I bought in years, I think the last was No More Heroes, which I never even finished. Reading this review made me realize how old this Zelda is, and how old I am. :'(
  • GameManiac - October 1, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    I'll be getting it any moment now.
  • MomoLad - December 5, 2009 2:11 p.m.

    And we are still waiting for Zelda Wii.
  • Gamejunkie9214 - June 29, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    I agree this game is AMAZING!!!!! but im having a hard time beating it. Can anyone help me??!!
  • WBxRelentless - March 26, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    @shadowleon you didnt even comment about the game or even zelda in general... anyways i want to get this game sooo bad im crawling out of my skin!! me and my friends are still hooked on ocarina of time after what 12 years? finally a game our generation can call a classic. leave it up to link to deliver. =]
  • foarthelulz - March 21, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    did u play the ones not from nintendo but from phillips
  • shadowleon - March 14, 2009 4:39 a.m.

    You are reading the comment of America's #1 fan of Legend of Zelda I have played every single one
  • Fransinn - January 27, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    God I LOVE THIS GAME! I have beaten it like 7 times by now. :)
  • bonerachieved - July 16, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    I havent played this game yet definately gonna pick it up soon, nobody talks about Majoras Mask, That was epic
  • Kikyabut2 - July 15, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    dude, this game is SICK, although the z-targeting kind of tones down the experience for me. i tried to go through the whole game without using it, and died in the battle with the flaming goron XD

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