In fact, the entire world is brimming with that same level of personality. These are still some of the most visually interesting monsters, expressive characters, and varied gameplay types in any Zelda title. Link, in particular, benefits from a design that accents wide eyes and a varied expressions.
The story provides a fresh take on the Zelda mythos for those who haven't experienced it, but I enjoyed reliving the twists and turns over again. Unfortunately, the setting of this particular legend involves a world covered almost entirely with water, which makes for lengthy bits of sailing between dungeons. Nintendo has made a few concessions to reduce backtracking, particularly in the case of an infamous fetch-quest near the end. But, you'll still find yourself going on long sailing trips between islands, sometimes only to learn some new bit of information and then go on yet another journey. It's stirring the first few times the score kicks up as Link's trademark hat flaps in the ocean breeze, but too much of the time is still spent simply setting a course and sailing straight. You could go make yourself a sandwich.
The GamePad functionality does little to correct this issue, which feels like a missed opportunity. At the very least, I expected an easier toggle for the wind direction, rather than having to use the titular Wind Waker baton every time. In most other ways, though, it makes for a handy tool. It provides easy access to the dungeon map and swapping items without going through the trouble of entering a menu screen. Given that Zelda games depend on a lot of item-juggling, this was a hassle-saver.
Nintendo's tentative step into experimental multiplayer is a welcome one too. I've only picked up a few Tingle Bottles, placed as a simple diversion when sailing around, but it's always nice finding little messages left behind by other players. It even smartly lets you choose whether you want spoilers in your messages or not. First-timers would be theoretically safe, but it's hard to tell how closely Nintendo is monitoring that aspect. One message I collected had a story point where a shop owner is tied up, with a message about him being into "kinky stuff." Clearly some level of adult content is getting through, so spoilers might be too.
Link, standing at the edge of greatness (and also a cliff)