|Release: June 19, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Fantasy violence, animated blood, suggestive themes|
by Peter Eykemans
Just how many "best game ever" lists has The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time made it onto throughout the years? A lot. I don't even want to hazard a guess as to how many people call the title their favorite game of all time and how many media outlets regularly feature the game in their annual greatest-of-all-time lists. And do you blame them? The game is simply fantastic. It's completeness in vision and overwhelming polish of design truly defined the age of the Nintendo 64. You'd be hard pressed to find an original N64 owner who didn't have some story to tell about this legendary title.
The game reappeared on GameCube as part of a collector's edition disc, and to this day you can download a version on the Wii's Virtual Console to get your fix. But it wasn't until this past June, when Nintendo dropped the bomb that they'd be releasing an updated version of the game on the upcoming 3DS handheld, that the potential for this game to touch a whole new audience grew to fruition. With the advent of the remake, featuring a new control scheme, processing power, and three dimensions in which to experience the game, a whole new generation of gamers will surely add the game to their favorites list.
To put your concerns to rest, the game is, at its heart, exactly the same. The maps and items are the same, and you aren't going to see any story tweaks along the way. What you will see is an updated version of Link that tends toward a friendlier vision of the sprightly young man. If you've been following The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, then you'll have a glimpse of what the new game is going to bring. The vast open areas of the game, Epona, the castle, and more get a graphical update from the original version of the title, although the music and sound effects will be the same as the original version of the game.
In screenshots you're also going to notice the omission of the three yellow buttons indicating your available equipment. In its stead we'll be getting simple touch screen controls that easily allow players to switch equipment and available tools without blundering through the surprisingly annoying menu system of the original (yes, I said it, I hated the menus and equip screens). And if you recall the segments requiring the Iron Boots, you'll be getting a smile on your face right now as you consider the possibility of putting them on and taking them off with the simple touch of your finger.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is scheduled for a release in spring 2011 which we can only hope and assume means it's a launch title. I, for one, am going to be snagging this remake of the original in order to experience it in a whole new way. This remake can transcend the years and truly enchant a new generation of young gamers. I'm getting the Epona tune stuck in my head just thinking of taking on this game world once again. We'll be tracking any and all updates about the game as they're released to the world in the coming months. The only question left to ask is if this remake can surpass the original in terms of making a whole new generation of "best game ever" lists. Only time will tell.
CCC Freelance Writer