A good game over all. A new direction for the Zelda series, the game being released in 2002. It feels good playing with a bunch of awesome new sword tricks and stuff.
Wind Waker is a great game for most people.
One of the best Zelda games of all time for the Nintendo GameCube. It takes place 100 years after Ocarina of Time, when Hyrule is flooded under the Great Sea. Link, for his 12th birthday, dresses as the Hero of Time spoken in the legends that reflect Ocarina of Time. Having his sister, Aryll, kidnapped, he goes on an adventure eventually involving saving the world.
Anyone who bashes the game is a graphics whore and/or an Xbox/PS2 fanboy who has never even played this game.
A pretty good game in the Zelda series, kept from being great by the fact that near the end you have to spend hours looking for thousands of rupees you need to buy stuff from that stupid Tingle.
The most common reason this game is hated, though, is that nintendo took a big risk with the graphics in this game, making them cell shaded.
Person 1-"Hey, I just got Wind Waker the other day."
Person 2-"OMG FAGGOT T3H GRAPHICS SUXXORS"
Reference to the game, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
It was an attempt by Nintendo to return to the original style of the Zelda games, such as that featured in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, and all the other 2D Zelda games (except for, possibly, The Adventure of Link).
Through cel-shading, Miyamoto attempted to create a fascinating, beautiful new world, and succeeded for the most part, even though many will agree that the ocean replacement for the world map was lazy.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of controversy going around with this game; many say the graphics are too kiddy and that the series should go back to the Ocarina of Time stylings.
Note that this game reinforced the "kiddy" label that is frequently pushed onto Nintendo, now practically tattooed on.
Most that have played it will agree, weather they like the graphical style or not, that it's a good game.
Guy 1: Game Informer gave Wind Waker a 10/10. You gonna buy it?
Guy 2: Nah, too kiddy. I think I'll wait for the next iteration of GTA instead.
The worst thing to ever happen in all of Zelda history. Now whichevert Link in the family line it is looks like a dumbass, especially when he slashes at a rock with his sword. Look at his eyes and tell me I'm not right.
P1:*salavating over his brand new copy of Wind Waker* "I can't wait to play this piece of shit!"
P2: "Me too! I heard it's so shitty that it makes us toss each other's salads (toss the salad)!
P3: "Whoa dude I can't wait for that kind of hot all-sweaty-ball-chugging-manly-action!"
P1: "Where the hell did the other ball chugger come from?"
P2: Hehe! You said "CUM"!
P1,P2,P3: *sudden unstoppable laughter*
At this point I walk in and kick all of their asses for being such dumb-fucks and not realizing that the Zelda series was just ruined for the time being because of the new ass-monkey look.