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The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D

by phnk

posted May 11, 2011 @ 7:04AM
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In 1998, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was a turning point for the Nintendo 64. Released early in the system’s life, it was an instant hit for both the Nintendo 64 and fans. Now, thirteen years later, Ocarina of Time returns in a way nobody expected it to: in portable form. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D, released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, takes the Nintendo 64 version and faithfully recreates it on the 3DS; every location, side quest and story element is exactly as you remember them. However, there have been a few changes made in Ocarina of Time 3D that will prompt even a series veteran to give the game another playthrough.

The game’s graphics have received an overhaul, as textures are more detailed and less jagged edges appear on the character models. Compared with its predecessor, it would be hard to tell that Ocarina of Time was originally a Nintendo 64 game. In addition, like most 3DS titles, Ocarina of Time 3D has been designed for use with the system’s 3D effects, which it pulls off very well, never detracting from the graphics or gameplay.

The graphics are not the only thing to get upgraded; many of Ocarina of Time’s controls have been reworked for the 3DS. For example, playing the ocarina now requires you to tap buttons on the 3DS’s touch screen, while aiming your bow or boomerang uses the motion sensor built into the system. In addition, the rest of the controls have been adjusted for the 3DS’s button layout making the game feel like it was created for the system, rather than being ported to it.

Ocarina of Time 3D also features the Master Quest version of the game, previously available on the GameCube, along with a new Boss Challenge mode. This mode allows you to challenge specific bosses or all of the bosses in the game one after another, with no health recovery in between; the perfect mode for gamers wanting a challenge.

Releasing June 19th, 2011, Ocarina of Time 3D is a game worth playing. Whether you are new to the franchise or have played the game countless times, this version is worth one more trip to Hyrule.

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