The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Preview - New Features

Nintendo reveals some more new features that have been added to this beloved classic on the 3DS.

By now we know that the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a remake of one of the most memorable Zelda games and that it has been given a visual makeover. In our last preview, we went over the controls, the lack of StreetPass functionality, and how it looks in 3D (which is very lovely, especially cutscenes). Now you're probably wondering what Nintendo did add in that's new, so from our latest visit, this is what we have to share with you.

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Master Quest: For those who are looking for a challenge and want to play through the adventure again, Master Quest is included in this version of Ocarina of Time, and it will be available as soon as you've completed the game. It functions as a separate game, so you'll have access to three more save slots as well. The enemies are harder, and you'll take twice as much damage when you get hit. To throw you off even more, the entire game is mirrored, including Link's sword arm. It might not seem like a big deal, but have you ever tried a Mario Kart track mirrored?

Boss Challenge Mode: Here's a mode where you can brag to all your friends about how quickly you defeated a particular boss. Each boss unlocks after you've defeated it in-game (nine are included), and you'll be able to fight them again in this mode for the best time. Once you've defeated all the bosses at least once in Boss Challenge mode, you'll gain access to Boss Gauntlet, which is a chance for you to fight all nine bosses consecutively in one sitting.

Sheikah Stones: While these gossip stones are usually found all over the place, there are some new ones to look for--one by your house and several others scattered throughout Hyrule. They are special in that they give you access to "visions." You can think of them as hint stones if you find yourself stuck in a particular dungeon or area in the game. The visions are brief snippets of key locations and actions, and they might give you just enough info for that "aha!" moment. It's not a walkthrough by any means, and you can't even see these visions unless you've already explored that area. You might see Link jump over spikes in a room and then the camera switches to him pulling a key out of a chest. Another vision could be from a unique angle that could trigger something you might have missed. For veterans, these hints are meant to jog your memory, not necessarily give you all the answers. You can access any vision from any stone, as long as you've explored that area, and they're found only in the main game, not in Master Quest.

The Water Temple is less tedious now that you can switch boots on the fly.

Water Temple: During our demo, not only did we get a chance to wander around Jabu-Jabu's Belly to check out the new interior decor, but we were also able to spend some time in the Water Temple. Considered one of the least favorite dungeons in the game, it's tedious at best because you're dealing with water levels that rise up and down, as well as jumping in and out of menus to get your iron boots on. The biggest change here is the menu system, which is now on the touch screen where you can map shortcuts for special items like the iron boots. That way, you can just tap to switch instead of having to rummage through your inventory each time you need to change shoes. Having the touch screen also clears out the interface, so you have more freedom and visibility as you're wandering around.

By now you're probably itching to play the game again or for the very first time, as we are too. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is set to be released on June 19.

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Tristen95gi
Tristen95gi

God damnt my little sister only has a dsi. Any one know if you absolutly have to a 3ds or well it work on other versions.

MasterJ26
MasterJ26

MAJORAS MASK FTW 3D WOULD BE AWESOME

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

now remake majoras mask.. donkey kong 64.. plox

TwiliPrincess93
TwiliPrincess93

Can't wait! This game is the main reason I bought a 3ds! Definitely one of my favorite Zelda games

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

This is one of the first games I REALLLLYYYYY CANT WAIT FOR!!!!!! I WANT A 3DS

SaleemBlake
SaleemBlake

like a lot of people this game changed me forever the only other games being halo,ff7 and golden eye can not wait for the remake on the 3ds shaking all ready

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@cellshadingdumb nah if you do that you loose all the charm from the game. every LOZ has its dark elements its the way that everything still seems light that makes the journey so enjoyable. Plus Miyamoto would never take the series in that direction nor would he want to.

cellshadingdumb
cellshadingdumb

Yet again nintendo makes money on a games that is now 13 years old. Not that I'm complaining I'm just saying that is how good the game was and still is. Now I ask nintendo to make a zelda game that is darker and geared toward and older audience(after they release skyward sword obviously).

WaffleBlaster
WaffleBlaster

Looks fantastic, and I love the inclusion of Master Quest!

penpusher
penpusher

@meloen1987 indeed a massive shame, but look at the bright side, its one less thing to go wrong

Silos911
Silos911

I bought my 3DS about a month ago, been waiting to get this as my first game. One more month.

Shishio817
Shishio817

SO GLAD ABOUT THE BOOT SWITCHING!!!! Argh Water Temple you irritate me so..though I never had any real trouble beating it.

Kos1c
Kos1c

I can't wait for this game, but i'm one of those gamers who can't go back over a game the second time around, just because i've done close to everything i need on the main storyline. So i think the extra features would ruin the game for me, as i would just complete it and probably sell it. Even though it's one of my fav games i've completed close to 6 times on the N64 way back when.

neock2003
neock2003

it would be great if this game came with a bundled golden 3ds

meloen1987
meloen1987

really funny, i was talking about this last week with my friends. how will the Stone of Agony be used, since the 3DS doesnt have rumble feature? apparently they just confirmed it, that the Stone of Agony will be replaced by the Shard of Agony. now when Link approaches a hidden area, you will hear a metallic sound and an icon will appear in the top left of the screen. i think it will work! would have been cool if the 3DS had rumble feature...

Chaceace100
Chaceace100

I had a dream that I was playing last night.... June 19th can't get here fast enough...

lifemeister
lifemeister

One time, my brother and I beat this game, twice in a row, entirely, back-to-back, in our attempt to make a two hour VHS Ocarina of Time movie. I still have it after so many years. Hahaha, I remember the first time we played through, we used too much tape and couldn't fit the end, so I told my brother..."we have to start all over again," and he was willing. We were successful the second play-through, recording all the cutscenes, bosses, and other important points.

lifemeister
lifemeister

I've never played Majora's Mask, nor Wind Waker. If they give those two visual makeovers, slap on some extras, and release them for the 3DS - I'm serious, I hope Nintendo is reading this - I won't think twice about buying the 3DS. You'll have me at hello. Even Donkey Kong Country Returns, port that over too; that's a game that fits better on a portable gaming device. Tempt me more please.

taddia
taddia

I want it. I'd buy even without the gfx reboot. i'd buy even raw, just as it was made for n64 years and years ago. I still remember the thousands of shivers i had while my first playthrough. And i still remember tears droppin from my eyes when i stepped in kokiri forest the first time.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I hope that after Nintendo (or Grezzo) remakes Majora's Mask, we'll see more of this Link in newer, original games. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting annoyed of the toon link games.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

@stEElyDaN909 exactly, Ocarina of time was a masterpiece on the N64 days, Todays standards, its till awesome except for its graphics, This remake will pretty much show new gamers since back then why this game is known as one of the best games of all time! and with all the new additions and Masterquest its a big treat!

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

I can find a million reasons to complain about this, like saying this is just a rehash of an old game used to make money without any real effort, and that very well might be true. Regardless of whether it's true or not, I cherish many of my old N64 not just because they're good memories, but because they're also great games. Releasing OoT on the 3DS not only lets us old fogies relive our past, but it brings it to an entire new generation, and I can most certainly appreciate that. Everyone should get a chance to play this game.

Rafandrews
Rafandrews

@iAmAbel I totally agree with you. I would love a Majoras Mask remake too! Although I did get to play it, I still think it's an awesome game.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Still disappointed that there isn't any news about new areas or dungeons in the game. It would be neat if they added a new weapon you could get in the game, or maybe some new ocarina songs that do interesting things.

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

I hope his sells well and they decide to do a majora mask 3D because I never got to play it :( Oot FTW

TrueHeroX850
TrueHeroX850

I have checked this website about 30 times just to see if they had new details on OoT3d. I cant wait till the 19th!!!!!!

Superman_legend
Superman_legend

Cant wait Nintendo is awesome with first party games. I never got to beat this back in the day so I'm in for a real treat, update graphics, 3d, UI improvements, and Master quest all on the go. Good times for all of us. I would buy Majora's Mask too in 3D with an update.

rain_ishigawa
rain_ishigawa

my pokemon will thank link and get a well deserved rest after 2 months of straight grinding ...

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

Its nice to see Master Quest being added along with this. Didn't get a chance to finish that on the gamecube.

Gh05t_
Gh05t_

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GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

This game never gets old! No matter how many times I played it on the N64 I never grew tired of it. Now, I will never get tired of it on the 3DS! XD

maratain
maratain

ha ha ha :D Josh Butterballs from stupid obvious information magazine: "ive played the entire story mode of zelda ocarina of time... how about that water temple? ey?"

ad0234
ad0234

Gosh I am getting from day to day always more excited about the game: I like that you can now play the bosses whenever you wish, and the master quest also looks pretty sweat, though I though the master quest would be a completely different story, but oh well, looks still awesome.

Lenighma
Lenighma

This is just fan-spankin'-tastic! I still have my good ol' N64 OoT! I'd love to play it again, all over again, with these new awesome adds on 3DS!! GREAT JOB, NINTENDO! This'll be the only reason why I'd want a 3DS!

blacksayian
blacksayian

when i get this it a tear of happiness shall come down my chick and people will cheer for the greatness of zelda. yeah its going to be a great day on 19 of June

DGonlag
DGonlag

@Indyskater There actually are 11 3ds games? Anyway, can't wait for this game. Gonna be great.

Indyskater
Indyskater

Can't wait for this. Don't think I ever finished this game on the N64. Have 11 games for the 3ds at the moment so I have plenty to do while I wait for OoT.

Orvell
Orvell

I have always liked zelda, but I have bought OoT to many times to buy it again. Younger players who haven't bought it 3 times might really like it. But when a new mario game, and a new zelda come out I will probably have to check them out.

wetro
wetro

Can't wait for OoT, one of the main reasons I bought the 3DS.

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

My 3DS will collect dust every day until this is out.

lumpy_drendel
lumpy_drendel

Haven't got a 3DS yet. Reckon I might come June though.

neon_tiger
neon_tiger

ugh, i hate mirrored levels. if you wanna improve the game add some new dungeons or something. mirrored levels is just the lazy way out of doing your job. nonetheless im still getting this day one