Eschewing the whimsical, cartoon-like design found in 2003's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the GameCube development team behind Nintendo's flagship fantasy series has opted for a mature approach toward the storyline and characters for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Players once again control the elfin Link as he fights to save Hyrule from a shadowy new threat, one that has cast a crippling darkness over the once vibrant land and its surrounding areas.
Link has a few new powers up his tunic's sleeve, however, as he can transform into a wolf with the help of a mysterious animal friend named Midna. Familiar elements from previous Zelda games have made the transition to Twilight Princess as well. Link will be able to slash at his enemies with a sword, fling a boomerang, block attacks with a shield, and fire arrows with a bow.Link can continue battles while on his trusted steed, Epona, running at full gallop into packs of mounted enemies such as goblins. Players must explore new puzzle-filled dungeons that culminate in epic boss fights as they figure out a way to return Hyrule to its pastoral state.
Twilight Princess also offers a mix of optional mini-games, including canoeing, herding, fishing, and several other surprises.