The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is widely regarded as one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time, so when the company announced that it was remaking the title for Nintendo 3DS fans Worldwide were overjoyed. The good news is that not only have Nintendo reworked the title with a graphics boost and 3D support, but in doing so it has made this the best version yet.
It couldn’t have been easy to improve on what many regard as perfection, however somehow Nintendo has managed it, down to the very last detail. Those who feared Nintendo fiddling with one of the greatest games in its history shouldn’t worry as Ocarina of Time 3DS is the same game that it’s always been, therefore the locations, characters and other areas all remain intact, allowing those who know the game inside out to relive this 13 year old title in all its reworked glory.
As far as the story goes this version is still very much Ocarina of Time. You play as Link, the soon to be hero from Hyrule whose quest it is to stop the evil Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo tribe, from carrying out his evil deeds. In order to stop him you will find yourself traversing the land and its dungeons, while also traveling through time.
Of course given that the game is now on 3DS there are some differences in terms of the controls. Utilizing the touchscreen you can perform various actions such viewing your gear, equipment and items, you are also able to assign items to the X and Y buttons from here. This allows you to target the enemy quickly and efficiently with ranged weapons such as your slingshot, boomerang and bow in a first person view, while also making use of the 3DS’s built-in gyroscope to aim. Another important item on the touchscreen is the Ocarina, a musical instrument you will find on your quest. This instrument becomes a big part of this adventure as you must learn to play and learn new songs throughout your journey. The new control method certainly makes the game a lot smoother; it’s great to be able to access your inventory so quickly and easily without interrupting the flow of play.
Apart from the control method, another new addition is the inclusion of video clips called Visions. These generally appear when you are killed or struggling and give you hints as to what to do next; similar in fashion to the renamed Shard of Agony (previously named Stone of Agony), which lets off a sound when a secret is nearby.
The main difference you will find in Ocarina of Time is the graphic overhaul. Using the 3D effect to the full, Nintendo has really added a great level of depth to the game; in fact I’d go as far as saying this is probably one of the best uses of the 3D effect yet, perhaps just being pipped by the LEGO games. Either way using 3D in Ocarina is a pleasing experience, although even if you turn it off you will be pleasantly surprised by the visuals. Nintendo has done a sterling job of updating the graphics in Ocarina of Time. The game just looks fantastic, colourful and easily rivals any other title on the 3DS to date. The general formula and story of the game has been left untouched and quite right too, so all Nintendo had to get right was the graphics while also adding in some 3DS features, and in this respect it’s done an amazing job.
Outside the main story there are a few new additions which will please players. Completing the game first time will see the difficulty ramped up thanks to the unlocking of Master Quest. This basically allows you to play the same story but with a higher difficulty level. Nintendo has also added in the Boss Challenge and Boss Gauntlet modes. Boss Challenge allows you to fight the bosses that you have already defeated by visiting Links treehouse, although you do not need to wait until you have completed the game to use this feature as it becomes available once you have defeated the Forest Temple and spoken to Shiek. Boss Gauntlet allows you to take on the bosses one after another and gain a completion time, which you can compare with friends. The Challenge and Gauntlet modes are a welcome distraction, especially since I would have been happy with the changes to the game alone.
If ever there was an example of how publishers should bring a classic game back to life, then this is it. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on 3DS is almost a perfect remake of one of the greatest games of all time. If you have never played this game before then you and in for a treat, and if you have and can’t wait to play again, then get ready for a wave of nostalgia, and bring a shield, because this is going to hit you like a brick in the head.
Gamers who own a Nintendo 3DS and don’t have Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time right now are missing out on something quite special with every minute that passes. Gamers who don’t own a 3DS? This is your reason to buy one.
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