Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D Review

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Genre: Action RPG    Players: 1     Online: No     StreetPass: No

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An all-time classic, brought back faithfully with improved graphic and 3D.

Zelda Ocarina of Time


I am unashamedly a Zelda fan, my first Zelda game was ‘Link’s awakening’ on the original gameboy. Since then I have played through most games in the series, enjoying some more than others. Although, Ocarina of Time has been one of my favourites. So when it was announced that the game was being released for the 3DS I was excited yet apprehensive if it could meet the high standards I had for it.

Zelda Ocarina of Time


For those who have never played Ocarina of Time before or a previous Zelda game. The story is about Link, a young elf like boy who is trying to stop Ganondorf from taking over the land of Hyrule and the world. To do this, Link defeats a number of dungeons (there are 8 main dungeons) in the game, collecting various weapons and items along the way, which allow him to explore further into the game world. During the course of the game, Link meets many memorable characters and can complete various other activities in game, such as fishing and ghost hunting. The mechanics are similar across many of the Zelda games, but its the quality of the dungeon design and excellent story telling that make Zelda games special to so many people. For many fans, Ocarina of Time was the height of these elements at their best. To give an idea, I must of completed the game over 7 times in the last ten years, either on the N64 cart or on the Wii virtual console. What I particularly loved about Ocarina of Time was how varied the locations are and how varied and unusual the various races are as well; From the mountain dwelling Gorons, to the aquatic Zoras and the Forest Elf Kokori.

Zelda Ocarina of Time

Link fishing.

When the original came out in 1998, it was also revolutionary in many ways. It was one of the first big 3D adventure games, the world of Hyrule was massive for a game at that time. The scope of the story and game world really was revolutionary at that time. That particular wow factor has been lost with the transition of time.

Zelda Ocarina of Time

Market Town

For those who have played the original, the question is how does this remake stand up? This 3DS version, has been made by an outside studio from Nintendo called Grezzo. This version of the game could be called more of an enhancement rather than any kind of remake or re-imagining. The dialogue is the same and camera angles used in cutscenes are the same as the original. Yet graphically, the game is a clear enhancement, the interiors of houses no longer look like empty shells, they now look colourful and bright, but they fit the game so well, like they should have always looked this way. I found myself looking forward to re-discovering certain areas and characters in the game, just to see how they looked with this graphical update. This is the ultimate version for what many people consider to be a masterpiece.

The second screen on of the 3DS makes it easier to have instant access to a map and additional items without pausing the game (as in the original). However, there are some slight niggles to this game; It is still the same iconic, catchy music, but the quality hasn’t been updated and its also a shame that some of the other 3DS functions such as Streetpass weren’t implemented.

Zelda Ocarina of Time

A Young Princess Zelda

Summary: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, is a gem in the 3DS catalogue. The story and gameplay which made the original so special have not been lost in this translation. The graphical updates make this the ultimate version of the game to own. For anyone who hasn’t played he original, I’d say you’re in for a treat. For the rest, you are getting a prettier and easier version of what you already know. There is also the added Master quest mode that appears after you complete the main story, giving you incentive to invest a few extra hours. It’s a shame other games of this scale in story and length are very rare on the 3DS.

Head Heart
Faithful to the original Brilliant Story
Updated Grphics Catchy music
MIDI Music
Great Level Design
 No StreetPass  
  Outstanding 95%

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David Lee
David is the founder of Heart Gaming. Regular writer, reviewer and editor. Has a strong passion for gaming; particularly the Legend of Zelda series.