An installment in a popular fantasy video game franchise with a unique visual style was released in the United States on this day in history.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was a video game released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube in North America on March 24th, 2003. At the time of its release, it was the latest in the popular Legend of Zelda series that dates back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
The game, published by Nintendo, features a unique visual art style for the series that employs a technique known as cel-shading, giving it a more cartoon-like appearance.
The series follows Link as he ventures through a land with a vast sea, in his quest to battle the villainous Ganondorf. One unique gameplay element introduced in this installment of the franchise is the ability to sail though that sea between various islands.
Despite a negative reaction from some due to the switch in visual style from a previously displayed tech demo for the GameCube, The Wind Waker would become a hit, garnering many positive reviews and selling over 3 million copies.
The Wind Waker was later released for the WiiU, with improved high-definition graphics and tweaks to gameplay, in 2013.