by Chris Capel
previewed on 3DS
So now you know why Ocarina of Time is so revered. It is easy to see why fans are so excited about a simple remake, especially since there is more than just better graphics to get the blood pumping. Music and sound are presumably being cleaned up too, and considering Ocarina contains some of the catchiest and most memorable tunes in the franchise it should be an absolute audio treat. And letís not forget that it is Ocarinaís first portable appearance and the first proper Zelda game in 3D on a handheld console (Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks were top-down games).
Still more, you greedy gits? There is more! For one thing, the controls have been streamlined, which will make the infamous Water Temple a lot easier. Camera control has been improved as well. The L-button locks on to enemies, but to manually aim you can either move the Circle Stick or use the 3DSí gyroscope to track the enemies. Iíll stick with the traditional method I think, as moving the 3DS does screw up the 3D image somewhat.
The map and inventory have been placed on the bottom screen, allowing a much less cluttered HUD while giving easy access to your items at the same time. I certainly appreciate the better view but I am not sure if I prefer having Linkís health on the lower screen as it might be hard to track your health during boss fights.
The fabled Master Quest - only released in Western countries as a bonus disc with some copies of The Wind Waker - is included in the package. Playing the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time is like playing a completely different game. It offers new puzzles, harder challenges, different layouts to dungeons and more powerful monsters at an earlier stage in the game.
If you are a veteran player but havenít played the Master Quest, then you havenít played the whole game. It might as well be completely new. Itís really that good. To those still not convinced: Frankly, I donít think I can help you. You must have some deep aversion to fun epic adventures, or not play games at all. As for me, I plan on picking my 3DS up on June 17th.