The lights are on
The Legend of Zelda needs no introduction. It’s one of the few series that had its start in the infancy of console gaming, but still remains strong. With 25 years of sacred temples, mystical sages, and fierce battles, one moment shines the brightest to me. The last confrontation with Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Spoiler Alert: End of game material
When The Wind Waker originally debuted, it was shunned by some for its drastic change in art style. After release, most fears were put to rest as gamers enjoyed exploring a vibrant and colorful sea in hopes of saving Link’s little sister. In true Zelda fashion, a greater plot unfolds and the fate of the world comes down to the three individuals that each holds a piece of the Triforce.
Throughout the entire game you play as a child who isn’t your typical sword-wielding destroyer of evil. The game doesn’t have an especially mature tone until the last series of events. After you have traveled the world and claimed the Triforce of Courage, you encounter Ganondorf next to an unconscious Zelda. Even though he is the incarnation of evil, the setting and tone is small and intimate.
He begins to tell a tale of his youth to the sound of rushing water all around you. He explains how the winds brought promise and joy to the land of Hyrule when they blew, but only death and hardship in his desert homeland. When the moment of reflection is over, he beats Link and calls upon the Triforce. Due to the King of Hyrule’s intervention he is prevented from using the Triforce and the decisive battle between Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf begins.
The conductor cues the orchestra and Link exchanges blows with a dual-wielding Ganondorf, as Zelda stuns him with light arrows. Everything is going well, until Ganondorf becomes irritated and delivers a powerful backhand across Zelda’s innocent face. Things get more difficult without the aid of your friend as you fight to stay alive against a never-ending onslaught of will and metal.
In time, Zelda awakens from the blow and decides it’s time to finish the conflict. Through some coordination and timing, Link delivers the final strike, which can only be described as epic. With a giant leap and classic “AYHHHHH” battle cry, he drives the Master Sword through Ganondorf’s forehead, which causes the seal of the Master Sword to shatter along with his opponent’s skull.
The first time I beat the game, I was in pure awe. I had no words to describe what I just saw in a game that was, for the most part, cute and charming. The best part was that, as The King of the Gerudo stood there with a sword impaled in his forehead, he laughed and stated, “The wind … It is blowing,” – a simply beautiful conclusion.
Dust in the wind
Spoiled! episode for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
I fell in love with Wind Waker from the moment the game started. It's still one of my favorite games ever.
My dad and I were just discussing this! This is a perfect example of how incredible the finales of Zelda games can be. Plus there's that insanely awesome laughter.
I had the same feeling with the ending of Twilight Princess. Probably because it was my first game in the series, but yeah...
And some people say that video games aren't art... I remember that my first Zelda title officially was Ocarania of Time, but I did play Oracle of Seasons, Majora's mask, this and Twilight Princess. I have a bad habit of never completing certain games all the way through even though they tend to be really good. This one, however, I did beat.
I can't wait for Hyrule Historia. I haven't played some of the more important games in the series like the Wind Waker, so I'm excited for the series storyline.
I think Twilight Princess's ending is the best.. In my opinion!
That ending... its full of feels...
This game was fantastic
The ending would have been better if the final fight didn't suck so much. Seriously, you just throw your boomerang at him non-stop and he can't do anything about it.
To be honest, all Zelda's have awesome stories. I love every single one of them different, but equally (if that makes any sense). To ask me which Zelda is the best or even my favorite would leave me speechless. It is a question which I simply have no answer for. But you are right, that ending was awesome. Epic if I do say so myself.
It has been a several years since I completed Wind Waker, but I deeply recall the epic battle with Ganondorf and feeling a sudden relief that his evil was again dispelled over the land of Hyrule. I love Wind Waker and still have my same copy to this day. ^_^
My favorite thing about Wind Waker was the sailing.
This was such a great moment. I did not expect it to end the way it did, with the sword strike and his final words. Truly spectacular.