Fans were certainly excited to hear a Legend of Zelda title would arrive shortly after launch for the Nintendo 3DS but anyone hoping for a fresh adventure may have been a bit let-down (especially while we wait for Skyward Sword) to hear that the upcoming 3DS launch title would merely be a 3D version of the Nintendo 64 classic, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
That said, there’s no doubt that plenty of gamers will be lining up to replay the fan-favorite title in 3D when it launches mid-summer. In order to tide us over, Nintendo has released a new US territory trailer for Ocarina of Time 3D.
Nintendo has built an empire on reimagining their iconic IPs over and over and over – often rereleasing carbon copies of certain fan-favorite games on updated console with a new feature or gimmick to stoke interest. In Nintendo’s 30+ year history in the electronics market, numerous franchises have enjoyed successful rereleases but very few have the cult following and commercial appeal of the Legend of Zelda series.
Obviously the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D trailer is presented in 2D, so a few of the likely immersive 3D moments featured in the clip fall a bit flat – since, without the 3D gimmick, the title doesn’t look that much better than it did on the Nintendo 64.
Check out the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D trailer below:
Certainly, fans of the series will be excited by the trailer – knowing that they’ll have an excuse to replay one of their favorite games with some new features in just over a month. However, the trailer doesn’t do a particularly great job of showing off any of the recent additions to the game (gyroscopic first person aiming, touchscreen equipment swapping, etc) for any players who might be less convinced they need to revisit the title.
Based on prior screenshots and footage, Ocarina of Time 3D developer Grezzo, has certainly done a great job of porting the title – with minor graphic tweaks and some smart enhanced features and modes. It’s just unfortunate this particular trailer doesn’t do a better job of featuring them.
Nonetheless, we’re sure plenty of fans will be lined-up at launch to purchase the remixed version of one of the most celebrated titles in video game history. If you’re one of them, make sure to be vigilant – as the game is expected to be in short supply.
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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D releases June 19, 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS.