It goes without saying that the original Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 is considered to be one of the best, if not the best video game ever created. Now, taking a classic and converting it into 3D doesn’t always work so how does Ocarina of Time 3D compare to it’s N64 counterpart?Â
A Legend Is Reborn
The story behind Ocarina of Time is something that almost all gamers know so I won’t drag it out. Basically, Ganondorf has taken over the land of Hyrule and it’s your job as Link to save the kingdom.
Back in the N64 era of gaming, Ocarina of Time was considered the poster child for games making their move from 2D and 3D. While it worked well for Mario, Ocarina of Time was a near flawless shift in design. The thing is, Ocarina of Time was released in the late 90′s and as a result, many kids from the newer generations haven’t had a chance to enjoy this masterpiece and that is exactly where Ocarina of Time 3D comes in.
First things first, Ocarina of Time 3D is not a simple port of the original that was converted into 3D. The first and most noticeable difference is the graphical upgrade the game has been given. It’s ironic that one of the best looking games on the N64 is now one of the best looking games on the 3DS. Every texture in the game has been vastly improved and looks absolutely gorgeous. Â Objects in the original that were so difficult to identify because of the graphical limitations of the N64 are now easy to see. Because of this, it’s almost like playing through a new game.
The control scheme and inventory system has also been improved. The biggest of these improvements is the ability to map any of your items to the buttons on the 3DS. Yes, I know you could already do that in the original but now you have the touchscreen at your disposal. This means that instead of having to constantly bring up your menu to keep equipping and un-equipping items such as the Iron Boots, now you can just touch the screen. This alone is such an improvement that I don’t even know how happy I should be. Not to mention the map is constantly on the bottom screen so you never have to open a menu to find it.
You can also utilize the 3DS’ gyro system when using items like the Bow or Slingshot or when using the First-Person perspective. What this means is that you can actually move the 3DS itself to look around in an almost entire 360 degrees. You’re just going to look like an idiot doing it, that’s all. It works though and it works well.
My only issue is the 3D. Shocking right? The 3DS screen on it’s own is already a pain to work with but for some reason it gets worse with OOT3D. I don’t think I was able to play any of the game in 3D without terrible ghosting and double images so eventually I just turned it off. Yes, you can turn off the 3D meaning the game’s only issue is fixable with the flick of a switch.
Don’t Tamper With A Masterpiece
With all these graphical improvements and control changes, you may be feeling like the classic you love is gone. Rest assured my friends that Ocarina of Time 3D is exactly how you remember it. Every dungeon, every aspect of the story, every classic musical score, and every memory you have of the game is still here. It’s the same game that we all played and loved back in the 90′s but for a newer generation.
Does anyone else remember the Master Quest? It was Ocarina of Time but..not, at the same time. Dungeons were re-arranged, enemies were stronger, ect. Well, when you complete Ocarina of Time 3D, you unlock the Master Quest so you essentially get two games in one and once Master Quest is unlocked, it has it’s own save section. This means you can keep your 3 OOT3D save files as well as 3 Master Quest files. It’s a small thing but to me it’s fantastic.
An Old Legend For A New Era
What Grezzo and Nintendo have managed to do here is take a masterpiece from one generation and bring it back as another masterpiece for the new generation. Everything that older gamers loved about OOT is still there but with enough improvements to make it appealing to everyone else. If you have a 3DS than you owe it to yourself to grab this game and step into the kingdom of Hyrule once again. If you take nostalgia out of the equation I would even call OOT3D the definitive version of Ocarine of Time to own. Plus, what’s better than being able to play Ocarina of Time anywhere you go?