The Legend of Zelda is a series of video games created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1986, with the first game in the series, The Legend of Zelda. The adventures follow protagonist Link as he saves the land of Hyrule (or, in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Termina also in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Lorule), rescues the Princess Zelda, and follows numerous other plots. The series also revolves around a main plot of getting a sacred treasure called the Triforce, which can grant unlimited wishes. The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, role-playing, puzzle-solving, and occasional platforming and racing elements. The series is known for its beautiful and inspiring settings, creative gameplay, interesting characters, stirring original music, and high overall production values.
The game is set on a group of islands in a vast sea—a first for the series. What lies beneath this sea are the ruins of the kingdom of Hyrule from Ocarina of Time. The player controls Link, the protagonist of the Zelda series. He struggles against his nemesis, Ganondorf, for control of a sacred relic known as the Triforce. Link spends a significant portion of the game sailing, traveling between islands, and traversing through dungeons and temples to gain the power necessary to defeat Ganondorf. He also spends time trying to find his little sister.
The Wind Waker follows in the footsteps of Ocarina of Time, retaining the basic gameplay and control system from the Nintendo 64 title. A heavy emphasis is placed on using and controlling wind with a baton called the Wind Waker, which aids sailing and floating in air.