Wind Waker: The game I should have already played - Destructoid

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Recently I've been having a grand old time going back in time and playing all of my old video games, mainly on my N64. Oh the Nintendo 64, with your 3 handed controller and multiple...where they memory cards? Lets not forget out good friend the rumble pack and GBA adapter that's only purpose (as far as I know) was to "Catch 'em All" with the Pokemon Stadium games. While on the trip down memory lane, my boyfriend (who's a game design major like myself) started talking about games he'd played as a kid. We were about half way done The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when he mentioned The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It went a little something like this:

Him: So that's where that mechanic comes from.
Me: ...Why...?
Him: Well there's something similar in Wind Waker.
Me: Oh. Well I wouldn't have know that.
Him:'ve never played Wind Waker......?

3 hours, 2 fights and 1 almost dropped laptop later I was set up in front of Wind Waker. It's been almost a year now since I started Wind Waker and I'm not very far into it still. Sadly it just hasn't been high on my priority list which is such a shame considering Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time are two of my favorite games of all time. I have this tendency to get stuck on simple things that, really, I have no excuse to be stuck on.

When Wind Waker first came out, I ran to my local back alley video game trade in store (Trade-A-Tape Videos in Trenton NJ) and bought, not Wind Waker but, the Ocarina of Time Master Quest bonus game that you get if you had pre-ordered Wind Waker. Back then ALL I cared about was Ocarina of Time. I was pretty obsessed. But what put me off about Wind Waker was the art. Now, being older and wiser, I look back on that decision and realize how stupid I was to think Wind Waker was lame just because the art was different. 

Having played finished many of the older Zelda titles and some of the newer ones (such as Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess) I feel confident saying that Wind Waker is a good Zelda game (at least from what I've played so far).

I like it. I want to play more of it but every time I look at my GameCube all I want to do is play Metroid Prime.

Where would you rank Wind Waker out of the other Zelda Titles? 
(best, top 5, top 10, eh it was ok, bottom 10, bottom 5, worst Zelda ever)

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