The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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Genre Action-adventure
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Toru Minegishi
Asuka Ota
Koji Kondo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Wii, Nintendo GameCube
Release Date Wii
NA November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
AUS December 7, 2006
KOR August 27, 2009
NA December 11, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
EU December 15, 2006
AUS December 19, 2006
Mode(s) Single-player
ESRB:80px-ESRB Teen.svg.png - Teen
PEGI:60px-PEGI 12.svg.png - 12 and older
CERO:Cero b.gif - B
ACB:90px-OFLC small M.svg.png - Mature
GRB:Grb age rat 12.gif - 12

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an action-adventure game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Wii and Nintendo GameCube consoles. Originally planned for release in November 2005, Twilight Princess was delayed by Nintendo to allow its developers to refine the game and add more content and to port it to the Wii. The game is the last first party title for the Nintendo GameCube and the official last GameCube game released in Japan. The game is the first Zelda game to be rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and the only one so far to have it. The game has been re-released under the Nintendo Selects label.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The story begins with Link as a young adult working as a ranch hand in Ordon Village. One day, the village is attacked by monsters, who carry off the village’s children. Link pursues the attackers, but encounters a wall of twilight. A shadow beast pulls him beyond the wall into the realm of twilight, where he is transformed into a wolf and imprisoned. Link is later freed by an imp-like twilight creature named Midna, who guides him to Princess Zelda. Zelda explains that Zant, the King of the Twilight, has stolen the light from the three Light Spirits and conquered Hyrule. In order to save Hyrule, Link must first restore the Light Spirits by entering the twilight-covered areas and as a wolf, recover the Light Spirits. He must do this by collecting the multiple 'tears of light', and once all the tears of light are collected for one area, he restores that area's Light Spirit. As he restores them, the Light Spirits return Link to human form.

During this time, Link also helps Midna find the Fused Shadows, fragments of a relic containing powerful dark magic.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Twilight Princess is an action-adventure game focusing on exploration and item collection. It uses the basic control scheme introduced in Ocarina of Time, including buttons whose functions change depending on game context, and L-targeting (Z-targeting on the Wii), a system which allows the player to keep Link's view focused on an enemy or important object. Link can walk, run, and attack, and will automatically jump when running off of or reaching for a ledge. Link uses a sword and shield in combat complemented with secondary weapons and items, including a bow and arrow, boomerang, bombs, and the Clawshot (similar to the Hookshot introduced earlier in the Legend of Zelda series). L-targeting allows Link to lock on to an enemy and automatically defend himself. During L-Targeting, projectile-based weapons can be fired at a target without the need for manual aiming.

The context-sensitive button mechanic allows one button to serve a variety of functions, such as talking, opening doors, and pushing, pulling, and throwing objects. The on-screen display shows what action, if any, the context-sensitive button will trigger, determined by the situation. For example, if Link is holding a rock, the context-sensitive button will cause Link to throw the rock if he is moving or targeting an object or enemy, or place the rock on the ground if he is standing still.

The GameCube and Wii versions feature several minor differences in their controls. The Wii version of the game makes use of the motion sensors and built-in speaker of the Wii Remote. The speaker emits the sounds of a bowstring when shooting an arrow, Midna's laugh when she gives advice to Link, and the series' trademark "chime" when discovering secrets. The player controls Link's sword by swinging the Wii Remote. Other attacks are triggered using similar gestures with the Nunchuk. Unique to the GameCube version is the ability for the player to control the camera freely, without entering a special "lookaround" mode required by the Wii; however, in the GameCube version, only two of Link's secondary weapons can be equipped at a time.

The game features nine dungeons—large, contained areas where Link battles enemies, collects items, and solves puzzles. Link navigates these dungeons and fights a boss at the end in order to obtain an item or otherwise advance the plot. The dungeons are connected by a large overworld, across which Link can travel on foot, on his horse Epona, or by teleporting to one of several specified points.

When Link enters the Twilight Realm, the void which corrupts parts of Hyrule, he transforms into a wolf. He is eventually able to transform between his human and wolf forms at will. As a wolf, Link moves more quickly, attacks by biting, and digs holes to create new passages and uncover buried items.[ He also carries Midna, a small imp-like creature who gives hints, uses an energy field to attack enemies, helps Link jump long distances, and eventually allows Link to "warp" to any of several preset locations throughout the overworld. As a wolf, Link has improved senses and can follow scent trails. Using Link's wolf senses, players can see wandering spirits and hunt for ghosts named Poes.

The artificial intelligence (AI) of enemies in Twilight Princess is more advanced than that of enemies in The Wind Waker. Enemies react to defeated companions and to arrows or slingshot pellets that pass by. The AI can also detect Link from a longer distance than in previous games. There is very little voice acting in the game. Link remains silent in conversation, but grunts when attacking or injured, and gasps when surprised. His emotions and responses are largely indicated visually by nods and facial expressions.

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