The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D; review

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an adventure video game developed by Nintendo and released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. This particular title is the first Zelda game with 3D graphics.

Ocarina of Time got a port in 2003, as part of The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition, a compilation of four Zelda games which gamers could get as a pre-order bonus with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released in 2002.

However, the latest update of this title would be the enhanced port Nintendo released for the Nintendo 3DS console in 2011, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

This article will focus on the 3DS version of the game.


Ocarina of Time 3D boasts several visual enchantments on his earlier versions. Every change the developers made in this regard drastically improved the gaming experience.

Everything looks far better than the original. All the same locations are present, but the flat rendered backgrounds from before got replaced by full polygons, which enhances the visual consistency and makes Hyrule look more beautiful.

The cartridge includes Master Quest, a remixed version of the game originally made for the GameCube version, which features tougher difficulty and reworked layouts.

Unlike the GameCube port, this game is not a mere emulation with a remix. Ocarina of Time 3D is a complete rebuild of the original Zelda game that includes new animations too.

However, there are a few odd moments with these new visuals such as the lack of blood in some areas or overabundance of brightness in other places. But, for the most part the new looks are a clear improvement.

Ocarina of Time 3D also enhanced the menu system. Most of the hub got placed down in the 3DS bottom screen allowing for more room to enjoy the scenery.

Veteran players will have an easier time using the menu because they don’t have to move from screen to screen so often to find the item they need. You can instantly access your gear, the map, and other stuff with a single touch.

Items include nice descriptions, and players can customize the layer of the menu to their liking.

All these details are small but significant changes to both form and function that ultimately benefit the game.

Gyro technology got implemented nicely in Ocarina of Time 3D. For example, it allows player to augment traditional aiming with slight hand movement.

The game includes several changes that can make many players happy, such as faster text speech, and some panoramic shots that show the places where gamers can find items.

The water temple also had very welcoming improvements. The original version made it too easy for anyone to get turned around because of some sloppy designs.

It’s still a challenging dungeon, but this remake color-coded the areas where players can alter the water levels, and made things clearer to improve the gaming experience.

However, one of the most significant improvements in this remake is allowing players to assign the special boot to the item slots.

In the earlier versions, players who wanted to complete the water temple needed to follow these steps: pause, go to the item page, and equip the iron boot, un-pause, finish a small task, and then do it all over again to equip the regular boot.

To make things short, Ocarina of Time 3D treats items as a game should, which makes some dungeons and the whole game feel better.

Ocarina of Time 3D also has a brand new feature that allow players to challenge every boss they defeated at their leisure. It’s a fun mode that gets better every time you play it.

Despite the notable changes and improvements, this game is, at its core, the same Ocarina of Time from 1998.

It still tasks players with traveling back and forth across the Hyrule fields, conquering dungeons, and brings back all the classic side-quests.

However, even if the game offers a lot of fun and adventure, Ocarina of Time 3D couldn’t improve the fishing mini-game.

The fishing areas look better thanks to the graphical enhancement. But, it’s still the exact opposite of the excitement and wonder you can get from an adventure from the Nintendo 3DS.

Master Quest, for the most part feels like a hard mode for those who want to have more fun with this game. But, it shows how the original Ocarina of Time is superior to this remix.

Still, Ocarina of Time 3D is a chance for veteran players to relive the past, while allowing newcomers to know one of the games that shaped the history of the adventure genre and laid the groundwork for many other 3D works.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the definitive version of the game. It offers exactly what it promises, a fun adventure with memorable characters. We highly recommend this game.