The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Wind waker boxart.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Release date(s) JP January 13, 2002
NA March 24, 2002
EU May 2, 2003
AUS May 7, 2003
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods GameCube Controller, Game Boy Advance
Compatibility 4PlayableEdit rating: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released as The Legend of Zelda: Baton of Wind (ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト Zeruda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto) in Japan, is an action-adventure game and the tenth installment in The Legend of Zelda series.

The game is set on a group of islands in a vast sea—a first for the series. The player controls Link, the protagonist of the Zelda series, as he struggles to find his sister and save the world from Ganondorf.

The Wind Waker follows in the footsteps of Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask, retaining the basic gameplay and control system from the two Nintendo 64 titles. A heavy emphasis is placed on using and controlling wind with a baton called the Wind Waker, which aids sailing and floating in air. Though controversial during development for its use of cel shading graphics and the cartoon Link character, The Wind Waker was met with positive reception.


[edit] Problems

[edit] Sound Problems

With DSP HLE, sound and music may cut out at various points. This can be fixed with the DSP LLE plug-in.

When using DSP HLE and if the sound cuts out, it will be impossible to leave treasure-obtain notifications, such as: collecting a new heart container, opening any chest, or picking up a new item. This happens because the game awaits for the jingle that occurs when you get these items to end before letting you leave the notification. There is no fix, and you must stop and restart emulation to get the item.

[edit] Black/Gray Screens

A black/gray screen crash may occur after certain events in the game. To fix them use DSP LLE.

  • If you have to use DSP HLE and encounter this error, use the "fix item hang" patch in the patches section of game properties (right click the game in the main dolphin window to get to game properties). Using the fix item hack patch will cause audio issues, so use it only when encountering a black/gray screen crash. Adding too many cheats to the game may escalate this issue. If you are experiencing the "black screen" crash after cutscenes, manually set the FPS limit to Auto or 60. This issue seems to be caused by a rapid FPS jump when the cutscene has finished.

[edit] Game Boy Player

GBA Link is partially emulated since r6059 and requires a dump of GBA BIOS and VBA-M with joy bus options.

[edit] 16:9 Aspect Ratio Fix

The widescreen hack causes certain objects to disappear at the edges of the screen. Use the following AR Codes in the place of the widescreen hack to achieve widescreen with fewer problems. Remember to turn on "Enable cheats" and use the "Force 16:9" Aspect Ratio.

[edit] NTSC
[edit] PAL

[edit] Pink Water Highlights at Night

Various pools and ponds will have pink highlights at night. See issue 3313. Fixed with merger of tev_fixes_new in 4.0-1192.

[edit] Dragon Roost Heat Effect

The heat effect in Dragon Roost displays incorrectly, creating odd tears in the screen. Fixed as of 4.0-593. Older versions of Dolphin can use the workarounds below.

  • The following Action Replay code disable the fullscreen heat effect in the Dragon Roost areas. Be sure in the general config page to enable cheats, otherwise this won't work. Use the code that matches your version.
    • NTSC (GZLE01) - 003F6B2A 00000000
    • PAL (GZLP01) - 003FE32A 00000000
  • The glitches can be fixed by enabling free look and zooming in the camera significantly until the heat effects are behind the camera. This is performed by enabling Freelook in the Graphics -> Advanced menu, then holding Shift-W to zoom in past the effect. This will effectively fix the heat distortions, and breaks fewer effects in the game than disabling EFB outright; however it can cause other problems such as flickering, and can take some trial and error to position the camera at the ideal spot. Use Shift-R to restore the camera to normal.

See issue 2338.

[edit] Fire Effect Doubling

The fire effect is glitched, resulting in an odd doubling of portions of the screen exposed to the effect. Fixed as of 4.0-593, details of the fix are available in the Old Problem Meets Its Timely Demise blog post. Older versions of Dolphin can use the workaround below.

  • Using this custom texture for NTSC, the doubling effect can be removed. Extract to "Dolphin\User\Load\Textures". Be sure to check Load Custom Textures in the advanced graphics config & set "Texture Cache Accuracy" to position 1 (Safe). To get this fix to work in other versions, change the GameID for the folder and the texture from "GZLE01" (NTSC), to "GZLP01" (PAL) or "GZLJ01" (Japan).

[edit] Configuration

Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed. Please see the performance guide for an overview of performance related settings. A full list of options is available at Template:Config/doc


Config Setting Notes

Fast Depth Calculation

Off Causes wave flickering issues

Disable Destination Alpha

Off If enabled, Pictobox sidequests doesn't work


Config Setting Notes

DSP Emulator Engine

LLE Resolves a variety of sound issues, fixes crashes

DSP LLE on Dedicated Thread

Off Causes random freezes

[edit] Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

4.0-1426 (current)
2.0 (r5350)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

[edit] Testing

This game has been tested on the environments listed below:

[edit] Gameplay Videos