|Release: June 19, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Fantasy violence, animated blood, suggestive themes|
In addition to the new 3D visuals, interface, and controls, Ocarina of TIme 3D has a decent amount of new content as well. If you have never played Ocarina of Time before, the game has an all new "hint" mode that allows you to see "visions" (small video clips) of the future that depict the solution to some of the game's tougher puzzles. In order to access these hints you will need to touch "Sheikah Stones" that lie unobtrusively around the landscape. These stones won't give you hints all the time, and if you are having trouble with one specific area they may not be all that helpful, but if you are in an area that the game has identified as difficult, you will be able to see at least part of the solution during the vision-based video clip.
Of course, if you are a veteran, you won't need silly hint stones to get through the story mode. But don't worry, there's some new content in Ocarina of Time 3D for you too. First up is the game's boss mode, which is like a time-trial mode. You can go straight to all of the game's bosses, and you will be able to enter your best times on a personal leaderboard. This is a great way to re-experience pivotal battles and refine your gameplay style.
However, what will probably be most exciting to old players of the Zelda series is the Master Quest mode. This mode features re-designed dungeons and new puzzles, and is presented as a mirror image to the regular quest. Even if you already have experienced the Master Quest mode, the reversed setting should provide a new challenge so even the most die-hard fans won't feel like they're just going through the same game over again.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is more than just a re-make. Sure, the story is the same, and if you've played it before, everything will feel instantly familiar. But if you fell in love with Ocarina of Time when it originally released, the revamped visuals, new interface, and bonus content will be enough to get you back into the game. Ocarina of Time 3D truly shines on the 3DS, and even though this version is optimized for handhelds, it is definitely the ultimate version of the game. If you have never experienced Ocarina of Time before, this is a great place to jump in. If you've already been through the game several times, get ready to say hello to an old friend made new. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is truly the first "must-have" game for the 3DS.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer