Review: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Game: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Platform: 3DS
Developer: Nintendo EAD, Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date:
North America: June 19 2011
Europe: June 17, 2011
Australia: June 30, 2011
Japan: June 16, 2011
Number of Players: Single Player
Genre: Action Adventure
ESRB – 10+
PEGI – 12

This game is based on retail version of the game

 Since The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time was released on the N64 in Christmas of 1998, it has been viewed and rated as one of the best game to be made for the N64 and even one of the best game of all time.

With the remake of this classic game to be made in 3D on the 3DS, it had a lot of expectation to live up to because of how highly the original was held up to be. This version of the classic game hasn’t failed to make the die-hard Zelda fans like myself to regret picking up this remake.

Though it revamps alot of the graphics and controls, this game make the experience of play this game much smoother. With addition of the touch screen menu, which makes using items easier and the analog stick positioned on the left vs. the center of the classic N64 controller. This just makes it easier to control Link and use items.

For example, it was annoying for people in N64 version to constantly go into menu to switch to the boots. That has been redone and the boots have become an item and a touch of the screen just changes what you are wearing which make the task of the Water Temple less time consuming.

The graphics have been upgrade to make things look more realistic from 64 bit days of the original version and the 3D aspect to the game is nothing but an excellent addition to game. The graphics and the 3D are nothing to sneeze at.


As you can see in these two comparison image of the opening scene of Link and Ganondorf between the 3DS version and the N64 version. You can see the facial expression and overall look is more real and effect then original and this add a nice value    to the game just as you see in some of landscape shot at the end of this article. Thou i can’t show how effective and great the 3D works, it is good and you just have to take my word for it.

The gaming experience has been improved by those two aspects but the game itself. It add one new mode which I love a lot and that is boss battle mode which allow you to relive any boss battle and beat it under certain condition which is unlocked through the completion of the game.

The Gauntlet mode is a good challenge to any Zelda fan which is allow you to face all the boss in a row with a bonus chest at the end of each battle to improve your items or health through the challenge. This mode is nice addition to boss battle and to the game overall for those who just like a challenge.

As well as unlocking boss battle mode, fans have the option to play the Master Quest version of this game which some may not have opportunity to do so back in 1999. The version is like the original Master Quest which just make the game more challenging to beat for those that find the original too easy to beat.

My final words are that this game doesn’t disappoint and a great game to pick up for those who have played the N64 and those who haven’t. It is great improved on the N64 and still provide addition content to make it a playable remake and not just a game for money.

Graphics/Visuals: 9/10
Sound 8/10
Gameplay/Controls 9.5/10
Story 9/10
Overall rating: 9/10

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    • Holly on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Easily the best game on the Nintendo 3DS right now…to me, anyway. I would probably give that honor to Mario Kart 7, but for some reason, playing it for too long causes serious hand cramps for me.

  1. I’ve logged in ~15 hours on Mario Kart 7. It’s probably my favourite 3DS game for now. I’m planning to log in alot more time off and online for sure!

  2. and i logged way to many hours on legend of zelda oot 3ds, but i love the death out this game then again I only have this and mk 7 right now, I think 100+ hours on this game is crazy but i did it.

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