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North America

Official website

Zelda.com has been through many changes over the past few years, and this is what it looked like as it promoted the Master Quest preorder deal. In stark contrast to the Ocarina Of Time-ish medieval look it used to have, it was changed to be bolder and brighter to reflect the style of the new game.

Flash adverts

This is one of the Macromedia Flash adverts you could find on the web which took you to Zelda.com. The tower advert was used on many a games site, such as the now-defunct Planet Nintendo. There were also banner adverts used, and these popped annoying Flash mini-windows which you had to close before you could carry on reading the page.

This was another Flash advert, this time found on cube.ign.com. The scene unfolded first with Link and the label ‘You’, the tower with the label ‘Her’ and then the army of Moblin-type characters with the label ‘Them’. Pretty cool.

Japan

Official website

The Japanese The Wind Waker website was a lot calmer than the American version. There were character profiles and downloads, but as the site was all in Japanese you were out of luck making sense of it all.

Posters and print

This poster was no doubt used in train stations and game shops across Japan to announce that the first 100,000 preorders for The Wind Waker would be rewarded with a GameCube disc containing movies of up-coming Nintendo games and full versions of Ocarina Of Time and Ura Ocarina Of Time.

This poster would have been perfect for use in town centres, shops, trains, and anywhere else you care to mention. It shows the cast of The Wind Waker with some amazing artwork, on top of a water-heavy world, and announces the game’s Japanese release date at the bottom.

This three-page spread is heavy with information on The Wind Waker. At the top it shows the story of Zelda so far with very stylised artwork found on the in-game intro.

The pages highlight key aspects to the game, such as the Game Boy Advance connectivity, and the role wind plays. This advert would have been used in a Japanese magazine, but I’m not sure if it is actually an advert or a Nintendo-sponsored feature.

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