The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 3DS

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Genre:Action, Adventure
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Date:Jun 19, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:E10+ - Everyone 10+ (Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes)
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Game Description:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series to Nintendo’s newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark releases in video game history.
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS Preview

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS Preview

By Harold Goldberg - Posted Jan 19, 2011

If there was any one game that thrilled for the 3DS at Nintendo's event this morning, it was The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D. Strangely, it was the game I believed would be the lease impressive. A reboot of a classic title, one of the highest rated games of all time, doesn’t exactly engender a positive reaction in me. But that changed just a few short hours ago.

Much more than Resident Evil, events in Zelda frightened me. As much Kid Icarus, the 3D environments made me go slack-jawed with awe, made me feel like a young adventurer in a glorious new world.

Admittedly, the 3D effects in the system I used were a bit off. I had to hold the device slightly at an angle to get the true illusion of depth. But, man, how very cool it was.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Screenshots

First off, the artwork is far better than that of the original. A simple thing like cutting down a flower with a sword to reveal an emerald becomes interesting. 3D leaves are left scattering in your wake. You just look and admire their snowflake-like descent. The same goes for opening a treasure chest – it gets your heart beating the first time you do it. And seeing Link riding a horse is a considerable delight. In other words, the small things pump you up for what’s to come.

But there’s big stuff here, too. When you go through a tunnel, for instance, and witness the giant, anthropomorphic Deku Tree in the distance, you really have to catch your breath. The stunning panorama is akin to that of riding your horse over the canyons in Red Dead Redemption. Bound by the beauty, you just want to stand there and take it in for a minute.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Screenshots

And take a boss battle starring the parasitic, armored arachnid-like Gohma. When you enter its lair, you see nothing unusual, except some brownish masses – food, excrement, who knows? – falling from above. Using the analog stick on  the bottom half of the console, you look up, all the way up. Lord, that one-eyed spider is ugly, and she’s hatching eggs. In fact, she’s coming after you, bigger and more frightening than in the 2D version of yore.

Clicking the ‘X’ button brings up Link’s slingshot, and you use it bam-bam-bam like you would a machine gun once the spider’s down. You shoot her in the eye, again and again with the 30 rocks you’re supplied. In 3D, it’s a total adrenaline rush.

It all makes you want to play the 3DS version now. I can only imagine the waterfall at the end of Zora’s River, diving underwater at Lake Hylia, sliding along the Ice Cavern and vanquishing Torch Slugs in the Fire Temple. Killer app for the 3DS? This just might be it – even though it’s a reboot of an old game.

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  • GM0530

    Can you imagine Twinrova and Bongo Bongo in 3D sweeeeet!

    Posted: April 5, 2011 11:20 PM
  • Antonio_r

    I have never played this games so im excited =)

    Posted: January 23, 2011 9:50 PM
  • qawsedrfuusiusiu

    I am definitely getting a 3DS now. Ocarina of Time is my all-time favorite LoZ game.

    Posted: January 23, 2011 9:04 PM
  • elpepe234

    damn this bring back some good memories of 12 years ago

    Posted: January 23, 2011 9:03 PM
  • Spybreak

    Man I grew up with Orcarina of Time and the good ol' N64. With higher resolutions, 3D options and nostalgia I'm bound to grab this day one.

    Posted: January 20, 2011 7:30 PM
  • MaxVonWolf

    I'M pumped for this game. The origonal Ocarina of Time consumed my childhood, and now this may ensnare me once again. Maybe this time I'll find all the Gold Skulitas. :)

    Posted: January 20, 2011 2:39 PM
  • DownwithBigBrother

    Not to be an advertising spammer ass, but ds.ign.com has direct feed off screen videos of Deku tree and close up of the new menu system, looks good and very promising

    Posted: January 19, 2011 7:37 PM
  • Draug419

    I can't wait to see the Spirit Temple in this new light. Just imagine looking up at the huge Colossus and seeing her in all of her 3D glory. And of course, the Wallmasters will be even more frightening. :D

    Posted: January 19, 2011 6:29 PM
  • firecloud42

    this just made me want to play it even more...

    this was my 4th Zelda Game I played and my Favorite. and I was looking forward to playing it in 3d but Thought the 3D was going to be a big add on but now that I've read what you wrote it makes even more crave this game and the 3DS

    now I'm wondering what they're going to do with Paper Mario?

    Posted: January 19, 2011 6:08 PM
  • solomon318

    Awesome i never doubted Nintendo when they first announced the 3DS...Almost all of the products they have produced lately sound gimicky and have there critics but Nintindo has always pulled through with something truly unique and fun to play

    Posted: January 19, 2011 4:03 PM
  • DownwithBigBrother

    Can't wait to fight ghost ganon in forest temple, awesome to watch him run away in the paintings would be great in 3D

    Posted: January 19, 2011 3:51 PM
  • H_G_P_Wellscraft

    I've never played this. Now i can. :D

    Posted: January 19, 2011 3:49 PM
  • DavidRyuu

    i've been wanting to play the oringal one for a long time..too bad it in storege. and another state. cant get to it right now..not yet at least. maybe soon

    Posted: January 19, 2011 3:24 PM