The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Nintendo
Pub: Nintendo
Release: June 19, 2011
Players: 1
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.

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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.

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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.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Ocarina of Time looks better than it ever has, and the 3D effect is used to grand effect here.
4.7
Control
Controls are tight overall, and motion controls work surprisingly well.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The score sounds just as good as it ever has, and you'll certainly get that nostalgic feeling all over again.
4.9
Play Value
Even if you have already experienced the Ocarina of Time, the new gameplay interface, 3D visuals, and bonus content make this an adventure worth having all over again.
4.8
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A graphically re-mastered Zelda classic now in glasses-free 3D: Dynamic glasses-free 3D visuals and a complete graphical overhaul bring one of gaming's most beloved and celebrated franchises to life, putting the vivid world of Hyrule in the palm of your hand.
  • Experience the foundation of the legend with new enhancements: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D retains the analog control of the original via the Circle Pad. Players can use motion controls by moving the Nintendo 3DS system to aim their slingshot or bow at an enemy with speed and accuracy. This also allows for seamless equipment and item changes with an added touch-based inventory system.
  • Master Quest: Players who finish the main story can look forward to the Master Quest - a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game.
  • Hint movies: For the first time in a Zelda game, players can access a hint movie if they are stumped by a particular puzzle. Hint movies can be accessed by visiting the Sheikah Stone, which is located by Link's house and in the Temple of Time. When a new movie is available, the Sheikah Stone glows green and allows the player to choose from a menu of available movies.

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