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Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D has been released on 3DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Terminus (Part One): A Link to the Past - A review in the form of a short story. A traveller in time tries to piece together the reasons he has visited his own past and is reunited with a great love. But is time itself against him?.."
- Novel Gamer (Mon, 22 Aug 2011)
"Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS matches Mario 64 DS as a well judged launch game. Although less about scale and more about visuals, Ocarina is a great run-out for the 3DS. The motion controlled first person view made a huge difference for me..."
- Family Gamer (Mon, 06 Jun 2011)
"Ocarina of Time 3D provides much more than a retro re-release, with improved graphics, intuitive controls and access to some of the handy functions provided by the 3DS..."
- Tech Gamer (Sun, 05 Jun 2011)
More details emerge as we draw closer to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Not only a re-mastered version of the epic original but it also benefits from a streamlined touch-screen interface that offers some newly implemented motion controls.
As well as new controls, Ocarina of Time 3D will also provide new challenges not included in the original. A new Master Quest offers a further challenge with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons so that veterans of the original will still have a genuine challenge.
Zelda Ocarina of Time 3DS turns out to be more than a quick port of the classic game. New screen shots give a glimpse at a re-mastered world, map and inventory system with considerable re-investment into Nintendo's critically acclaimed Zelda game.
As you can see in the screen shots, the draw distance is improved over the original N64 version, as is the resolution and general graphical fidelity. For the game to look this smooth is more than a simple up scaling of what was already there. It looks that we can expect new textures throughout.
The inventory map screen shows an entirely new layout taking advantage of the 3DS's touch screen and increased resolution. Alongside these improvements fresh art of items and menus creates a feeling of a modern Zelda game in an aesthetic that moves towards the Wii's upcoming Zelda adventure Skyward Sword.
Zelda Ocarina of Time returns again, this time on the 3DS.
Zelda Ocarina of time is considered a classic amongst the Zelda games. It was originally released on the N64, and was then later included in a Zelda Wind Waker special edition. Today at E3 Nintendo announced that they would be bringing this to their new Nintendo 3DS console.
As you can see from the screen shots, the game benefits not only from a fresh 3D rendering, but also by new textures and a higher resolution.
The game features Link playing the Ocarina to travel through time, which we expect will be an opportunity to incorporate use of the 3DS microphone. There is also an expectation that the interface will be reworked to use the haptic tapping with the stylus rather than original N64 style button presses.
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