*By Darth Meatloaf*
About 3 days ago, I was bored, so came to this site. I was reading some
of the 3/10 reviews for WW, just to see if they made much sense.
I noticed many of them complained about the amount of sailing in this
game, how it took up half the game, how you see nothing but ocean for
(insert obviously made up percentage here) of the game, etc.
That got me thinking.
How much of the game is really spent sailing? It couldn't be that
much, could it?
I fired up my GCN and started a new file. I would play a straightfoward
game (no unecessary sidequests, no pieces of heart, figurines, etc). I
told my parents not to disturb me for a good solid few hours, readied a
good stopwatch, and set to work figuring out how much sailing you do.
Since I've finished this game a few times now, I breezed through the
Forsaken Fortress and got the sail for the KoRL. At this point, this
is the first time you actually sail. The moment I put up the sail, I
started my stopwatch and stopped when I reached dragon roost. For
simplicity, I rounded off the seconds.
Time to Dragon Roost from Windfall: App. 6 minutes.
So far, so good. I finished the Dragon Roost cavern, set the wind south,
and set sail again. As always, I popped on my stopwatch the moment I started.
Time to Forest Haven from Dragon Roost: App. 8 minutes.
I played through the Deku tree scenes and got into the forbidden woods.
I finished the dungeon, and at the end of it all hopped back into the KoRL
and set out for Greatfish.
Time to Greatfish from Forest Haven: App. 9 minutes.
After listening to the Rito Postman, I set off for Windfall.
Time to Windfall from Greatfish: App. 6 minutes.
Pirates and Rope-swings and Bombs, oh my. After finshing the whole bomb
quest, I set sail again for Outset.
Time to Outset from Windfall: App. 13 minutes. (ouch)
So far, we've got around 42 minutes of sailing done. That was more than
I expected, but still a relatively small amount of time.
So, after helping out Grandma and getting a bigger wallet, off to see Jabun.
After he and the KoRL talk, it's off to the Triangle islands.
Time to the Triangle Islands (all) from Outset: App. 12 minutes.
Finally, into the real meat of this game. After getting through the Tower
of the Gods, it was off to bed for me.
The next day, I started playing right away (thank God for spring break).
After whipping through Hyrule, I was off to the Forsaken Fortress once more.
Time to Forsaken Fortress from Tower of the Gods: App. 9 minutes.
After going back up to the top, beating the crud out of the Helmaroc
King and being rescued by the Rito, it was back to Hyrule. After watching
the cutscene with the King, it was back to sailing.
First stop find Cyclos. I got Lucky. He was at Mother and child isles.
After showing him who's boss, I got ballad of gales and the magic arrows.
Time to find Cyclos: App. 13 minutes.
Now, off to Fire Mountain. I warped to Dragon Roost and set sail due south.
Time to Fire Mountain from Dragon Roost: App. 2 minutes.
Got the Power bracelets. Now to go to Headstone island. Since I couldn't
really remember all the puzzles in the next two dungeons, I printed out an
FAQ, taking some time to post here on various things. After a few hours,
it was back to WW.
I warped to Forest Haven and sailed to Ice Ring Island.
Time to Ice Ring from Forest Haven: App. 3 minutes.
Finally, off to Headstone Island. I warped to Outset and went from there.
Time to Headstone from Outset: App. 3 minutes.
The Sailing time really cut down since I got the Ballad of Gales.
It really does make things easier.
After talking with Laruto, I warped to Dragon Roost, found Medli,
warped back to Outset and went to Headstone.
Time to Headstone from Outset: still App. 3 minutes.
After getting through the dungeon (not hard with an FAQ, but I
hardly looked at it anyway), I warped to Windfall to go to the Wind temple.
Time to Wind Temple from Windfall: App. 2 minutes.
After talking with Fado, I warped to Forest Haven and found Makar.
With him, I warped back to Windfall and went north again to the Wind Temple.
Time to Wind temple from Windfall: still App. 2 minutes.
Weee. More dungeon madness. After beating this Temple, I realized
I had been up past 11:00. I stopped playing and saved the Triforce
quest for another day.
Today begins. I started early, but I didn't get much playing time
in until about 8:00 AM.
Finally, I'm almost done. I ate lunch while playing. Using the
IN-credible chart, I located the triforce charts in about 3 hours.
As usual, I timed the sailing.
Time to find triforce charts (Sailing): App. 37 minutes.
Yeesh. Whole lotta sailing. This must be the part everyone didn't
like sailing for.
Finally, I'm nearly there. I find the Triforce Pieces, warping to
locations to shorten my sailing time. At long last, my collection is
Time to find Triforce Pieces: App. 18 minutes.
Finally, no more sailing. I finish the game quickly, and get the time it
Time to finish the Game: 17:38 (seconds rounded off), or 1058 minutes.
Time spent Sailing: About 146 minutes
Percentage of game spent sailing: 13.8
There you go. I can't guarantee that it's perfect, but it's roughly
correct. And before you ask, no, I have no life.