Possibly the most beloved of all the Legend of Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is coming to the 3DS. Whether or not the game ends up bundled with the system, the translation to the new hardware is looking very smooth. In fact, it almost looks seamless.
Footage of the game in action was captured via shaky-cam at Nintendo World, and it shows the first half of the game with young Link and some memorable moments like collecting the Slingshot and battling some bosses. Have a look at the footage below. Be warned, the sound quality is not good.
Although the video is short, it does a good job of showcasing how the graphics and gameplay have been translated to the 3DS. Who would have thought way back when that the 64-bit epic would someday be squeezed into a tiny cartridge?
It appears that the A button will still control many of Link’s actions, but the rest of the control scheme has not been revealed. It seems likely that the 3DS Ocarina of Time port may use a control scheme that is somewhat different than that of the original Nintendo 64 game.
While the gameplay looks as amazing as ever, and the graphics appear to have been given a touch-up, it may end up being tough to stare at the system’s somewhat small screen for extended periods. Nintendo’s initial health warnings advise against it, though Satoru Iwata doesn’t think it’s dangerous. Otherwise, Ocarina of Time 3D looks to offer a very faithful experience that fans of the game should be more than happy with.
Still, with the availability of Ocarina of Time on the Virtual Console for Wii, for much less than the rumored high price of 3DS software, one has to wonder about the sales potential for this particular title. The Zelda franchise has long been popular, but are 3D remakes of N64 game like Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 really what gamers want from the new system?
Are you planning to pick up a copy of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS? Are there other N64 classics you’d like to see ported to the system?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is expected to release sometime in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS.