The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Hands-On

What's different in Hyrule with that fancy new third dimension? Find out here.

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It's funny how terminology tends to change over the years. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of the seminal titles to pave the way for how role-playing games would look and feel in 3D back when it was released in 1998. Of course, that was our '90s definition of 3D, when everyone was still learning to manipulate a free-floating camera around polygonal characters for the first time. These days, 3D is a term we use to describe the simulated sensation of images popping out of the screen thanks to the visual wizardry of blurring two images together. Now, with the impending release of Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo's highly anticipated 3DS handheld, we'll see new and old coming together for a nice little reunion.

Who's Making It: Naturally, it's Nintendo's own internal development staff working on Ocarina of Time 3D. Lately Nintendo has worked a lot with third-party developers to develop new titles (think Tecmo's Team Ninja working on the latest Metroid game), but it's Nintendo's own developers behind this one.

What It Looks Like: In a nutshell, Ocarina of Time looks like a much sharper, cleaner version of the Nintendo 64 classic. The textures have been improved, character faces are more detailed, and the whole thing looks comparable to The Twilight Princess in terms of graphical fidelity.

How It Uses 3D: The game itself hasn't been rebuilt from the ground up to add 3D-specific gameplay or anything along those lines. This is, for the most part, still the same game you played all those years ago. What you'll find in terms of 3D is more subtle. Things like speech balloons really pop up from the screen, giving the impression that the game itself exists on one plane and the display elements are sort of hovering slightly above it. And if you go into first-person mode to shoot your slingshot, you'll see that your hand seems to stick out from the background. It's more subtle things like that than anything else. It's not until you slide the 3D off altogether (which you can do at any time using the 3D sensitivity slider on the 3DS hardware) that you really notice the difference.

What You Do: As mentioned, this is still the same game that GameSpot originally gave a 10 to back in November of 1998. If you're not familiar with how the game plays, might we kindly recommend either reading the original review or playing practically any action role-playing game released within the past decade?

How It Plays: The controls have transitioned quite well over to the 3DS hardware. The four face buttons control your jumping and various weapon abilities, while the slide pad is used to run around the world. The only real change to the controls is a new feature that takes advantage of the 3DS's built-in motion-sensing gyroscope. When you jump into first-person mode, you can aim the camera around either by using the slide pad or by simply moving the 3DS unit around in front of you. The hardware does a remarkably good job of detecting slight movement, though in our experience we had a tendency to "lose" the 3D effect when we moved the system around too much. And then, since this is still a DS system, you've also got the touch screen on the bottom, which lets you access your gear and map without having to jump into a secondary options menu. Simply tap what you want to equip or a potion you want to drink, and it's taken care of.

What We Say: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D looks like a solid port of one of the true all-time greats. If you haven't played this game before, this one is pretty much a no-brainer. But if you have played the game before and are looking for a new reason to go back and revisit an old friend, this certainly seems to be as good a reason as any.

Discussion

280 comments
1cy_Shardz
1cy_Shardz

finally. i finally know when its coming out. 17 june 2011!!! i cant wait.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Kind of disappointed that it's just a port. Played OoT to death and would of liked to see some extras outside of just better graphics.

1cy_Shardz
1cy_Shardz

i own a 3ds but i cant wait to get zelda ocarina of time it is my all time favourite game. it comes out sometime in june so i cant wait.

eliebaz
eliebaz

Well the 3DS didnt start of with a great lineup, but its amazing hardware is what sold. I am eagerly waiting for my birthday to buy one, it looks great and this game is definatley one im looking forward to playing, ive never played zelda before but i guess this is a great place to start

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

i hadnt bought a portable console since the gameboy advance.. but since portables have the same and more capability than old nintendo 64 i think ill buy this one.. I enjoy old school games like ocarina's and mario land kind of games as i enjoy next gen games like halo reach

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@eliebaz Hey, don't sweat it pal :) I wasn't trying to shut you up necessarily. Some game systems just don't appeal to certain groups of people and that's okay. But, now that you've changed your mind on getting a 3DS, I welcome you to the club ;)

eliebaz
eliebaz

@dawnofhero Hey okay im going to sound like such a hypocrite but i really really badly want a 3DS now after serious research i have come to the conclusion its a great console and really deserves a great deal of credit nintendo have gone out of the usual box that we know as present day gaming and transformed it, and i hope they win big cause nintendo rock im sorry your probably wondering why the sudden change of heart, to be honest i have just opened my eyes and i am sorry if i ever said anything bad about the console you were more than right to shut me up :D thanks

eliebaz
eliebaz

@dawnofhero no im annoyed because im gnna have to buy another console :P and yeah i love KH you should play it, its really amazing

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@eliebaz That's alright. :) But are you saying you're pissed off because you'll have to buy another game system to play KH 3D, or just because you don't like handhelds in general? You sound like a pretty dedicated KH fan.

lionheart234
lionheart234

what better way to bring back a true classic then on the new nintendo console... will be the first game a buy if it is released on time =]

eliebaz
eliebaz

@downofhero hey dude listen im sorry but the 3DS doesnt appeal to me, and i understand you feel very strongly about this system so im not going to argue with you, because your probably going to win, it is a great system im just annoyed cause im not a nintendo DS fan, but i still have to buy it cause i am a huge kingdom hearts fan i dont know im probably preaching on the wrong page. I am more of a proper system person X360, PS3 i dont like all these handhelds but still have every single one just for one game kingdom hearts and to be honest im pissed off.

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

@dawnofhero thanks for the reminder, It's obviously been way too long since I picked up the title. . . =-p

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@eliebaz I wouldn't say the battery life is terrible. Also, the good games will come out shortly after E3: Kid Icarus, Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart, Metal Gear Solid, Star Fox, Mario Bros., etc. If you're just waiting for a 'Kingdom Hearts' game, then the 3DS may not be your forte. In the meantime, the rest of us will be having fun while you wait another two years for a '3DS Lite' and some 'good' games. @Distinctive_Fin Don't you mean 'Shadow Temple'? Either way, I know a great website that can guide you through all the temples.

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

I hope that I don't get stuck in the Temple of Darkness again. .. =-p

eliebaz
eliebaz

@dawnofhero No you see the thing is, the battery life is terrible and by the time the good games come out they wouldve made a new one, im just saying im in no rush to buy this console. Ill get it when kigdom hearts comes out, till then im not going to think of buying it.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@eliebaz I don't think there will be a 3DS Lite anytime soon. It took Nintendo 2 years before they gave the old DS a much needed re-design. (2004-2006) Besides, Nintendo has had plenty of time to perfect their DS lineage, so the 3DS model should be set in stone for a good while.

linkman3
linkman3

hate it when they just make the game for one system

eliebaz
eliebaz

I hope they make the 3DS as good as possible because nintendo have obviously worked very hard on it, and it would be a shame if they dont do as good as they should. They have a good game line up, but all the good games dont come out till a later date. i.e. Kingdom hearts im afraid nintendo have also ruined something about them they always seem to improve their systems ALOT so im not going to buy the 3DS just yet im going to wait till they make 3DS lite or something because i bought the first DS and tbh a year later they improved it by 100x the screen was sharper, the battery lasted longer which is a real issue with the 3DS so im going to wait for quite a while before thinking of getting it

Lozzi933456
Lozzi933456

I'm definitely getting the 3DS maybe this game BUT DEFINITELY PROFESSOR LAYTON!!

burstdragon
burstdragon

@mariomaster16: I like the series but I would prefer another game that is similar to StarFox 64.

mariomaster16
mariomaster16

I was planning on getting a 360 so I'd have something to play Skyrim on, but I may end of getting this instead...

mariomaster16
mariomaster16

@burstdragon:Not a Starfox fan? Starfox 64 also looks like an excellent port. To each his own ;)

burstdragon
burstdragon

Kid Icarus and Ocarina are the only reason I'm going to buy a 3DS.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

oh no its a remake everyone start crying..... heres a tip dont buy it. nuff said.

Roger01
Roger01

Well, I always wanted to play it but never had the opportunity, now is my chance.

markfisher2112
markfisher2112

pretty sure the only reason im gonna buy a 3ds is for this game.

cspark809
cspark809

lg decided to bring out 3d no-glass screen on there new "soon to be release" cell phone. I wonder how long this 3d gimmick will last.

DKfan08
DKfan08

This game is going to be amazing!!!! Now newer generations will know the beauty of Ocarina Of Time!!!!!

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@Malefactor7 Relax, dude, the 3DS has plenty of years to come up with newer titles. Besides, I'm a fan of OOT and wouldn't mind traversing through a graphically enhanced remake of Hyrule. It just proves how much OOT is appreciated.

Malefactor7
Malefactor7

RAGE RANT: I want some remake reprieve, please. I LOVED this game, but I played it into the ground, then I even replayed it as wii-ware. I don't need to hear: " . . . still the same game you played all those years ago." These companies need to start actually creating new ips or all new entries. Plus, personally, if you are going to release a system on rehashes, at least make it great ones. We don't need Pilotwings, Animal Crossing 4.0, or Starfox 64 (loved that too, don't need it again, make a new one). How about, I dunnnnooooooo, Pikmin, or a new Fire Emblem, orrrrr, even a portable Brawl? Come on!!! EDIT: Oh yeah, and didn't they release the DS over 5 years ago with an N64 remake at launch? It just feels a little cheap.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I will gladly re-play a re-make of a classic title.

trenton5
trenton5

I missed out on Link's Awakening. That's a game I'd love to see remade on the 3DS.

jjmonster2006
jjmonster2006

after nintendo 64 i had officially switched to sony, then to xbox 360. Because of this, I'm going back to Nintendo...but I'd never ditch my 360 lol

zaeroxe
zaeroxe

I love zelda oot. I've played through the game dozens of times and it still doesn't feel old. The reason I'm getting the 3ds is because of this game. Even though it allready is a perfect game I was hoping for something new though. It feels a little cheap with all these titles cointaining the word "3d" then just beeing old games with new/better graphic. Don't get me wrong the game was perfect in -98 but I wan't more. More items, dungeones, side quests, things to look for. Just more bushes to slash in worse case. A golden chicken or an extra heart cointainer.... I hope you get my point. Still zelda oot and ff7 will always be my 2 favourite games of all time. thanks

Mustangooos
Mustangooos

I dont see the point in bringing this out again, dont get me wrong best game of all time but I agree with Cymbiot that it would be better if they made a new zelda instead I can still play OOT on my N64 if I want to.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

This game is my most anticipated 3DS game. Period.

Making_A_Legend
Making_A_Legend

Can't wait to get this, even though I have it for Gamecube, seeing it in a 3D perspective will make it even more awesome.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Oh great not another genre debate...

Ghosting_42
Ghosting_42

If your wondering what the genre is, take a look at the top left, under the game image. It tells you what type of game it is. And I don't see role-playing on there.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@Cymbiot Nintendo is doing a favor for fans of OOT, not only for graphics sake, but for newer generations and portability reasons. If you don't want to play it, then you don't have to. I'm sure Nintendo will make a brand new adventure in the future right after they remake Majoras Mask.

taddia
taddia

I will get this.Its oot. And it's my childhood.

Cymbiot
Cymbiot

A good games is a good game ,but it feels like this 3ds is nintendos way of giving you a hand held version of a nintendo 64 .Dont get me wrong OOT is my most favourite game ,but its a waste of time to just upgrade the graphics , save the 3DS for another zelda title

drummerboy71
drummerboy71

Aww, I thought I was gonna see a special dungeon or something...

dbourque7
dbourque7

Break out your wallet and buy about 30 games.

socom987
socom987

@Chopsuay The most important element of an rpg, in my humble opinion is the story. and another aspect of an rpg would be character development, so some might says that ocarina of time match the category and some might not and neither is wrong. Thats because Nintendo did such a great job at combining the element of an rpg and an action adventure game into this masterpiece.

Chopsuay
Chopsuay

@Wolflink001 Wait a minute I'm sure that Ocarina of Time isn't an action Rpg. You're getting me all mixed up man, I don't like :O. I never seen any Rpg elements in the game, there's no leveling system (or EXP what evever you might say), I don't why you say it is an action Rpg. I wanna know why I'm wrong. I'm not trying to start anything here. I just want to know why you call it an action Rpg.

capncarl
capncarl

Looks like a great idea to me, although I can't decide if I would rather re-play this great game or want a new Zelda game that wasn't cartoony and more like Twilight Princess..

Sly_Boogy07
Sly_Boogy07

My personal favorite Zelda title was Wind Waker, just the humble music, nice art style, and well mapped long dungeons made it great. Now PHG and ST sucked, i hated the touch screen only controls, they were just finnicky. And no ZWW was not my first ride, my first Zelda experience was Links Awakening on oldschool Gameboy, lol i was 4 and because of Zelda i learned to read before i was in kindergarten because my mom had it and i wanted to play too. But yes OOT was an amazing title, and im glad its being remade, my only other complaint in a Zelda game was, dont get me wrong but TP was an amazing game, but it rehashed A LOT of OOT. Some of the temples were pretty much carbon copies, like the sand temples. but still it was awesome, loved TP 100%ed that game twice.