The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been a labour of love and dedication by the development team Grezzo and it clearly shows. Everything about it just oozes class; from the initial introduction, to the final credits. It wouldn’t be too difficult to say that this is one of the greatest remakes of all-time, and it’s most certainly the game that justifies purchasing a Nintendo 3DS.
So how has the game aged?
Initially this was something I had worried about. I haven’t played Ocarina of Time since I purchased it on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. I was curious as to whether the game was still relevant given that it was released so long ago. But I’m happy to report that the gameplay mechanics are still extremely robust and the interface is now more intuitive than ever thanks to the 3DS touchscreen. The game literally grabs you from the start and whisks you back off to the many familiar locations you became acquainted with in your past; next thing you know the hours have completely disappeared and you’ve become completely engrossed in a timeless classic.
How do the visuals stand up?
The sharpness and the sheer clarity of the visuals are the first thing you’ll notice. Gone is the fuzzy and muddy Nintendo 64 look, which is now replaced by vibrant colours and razor sharp visuals. It looks impressive and makes you wonder how this game might have looked if the developers had fully harnessed the power of the Nintendo 3DS. Still, the game looks visually impressive. Character models have been rendered beautifully and the shops and houses are teaming with minute details. You really notice the the painstaking lengths Grezzo have gone through once you visit some of the games many interiors.
How’s the 3D, is it put to good use?
I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of 3D, so I generally play my Nintendo 3DS with the 3D settings off. With Ocarina of Time I’ve fiddled around and played with the slider to get the optimum image and have come to the conclusion that the 3D isn’t really necessary to enjoy this game. The 3D does look amazing during some of the gorgeous cut scenes, but I haven’t felt like I’ve missed out by not using the 3D. It’s all down to personal preference. That said the 3D does give a tremendous amount of depth if the sliders set to maximum, but I did find it can cause issues with ghosting.
If you’re looking for a game that’s going to stay glued to your Nintendo 3DS and a game that’s going to occupy many hours of your time then The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a must buy. Many of the Nintendo 3DS games have been criticized due to shortness in length. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I put into Ocarina of Time 3D, but however many it was, it has been worth it. This is without a doubt the definitive game for the Nintendo 3DS.