Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS Preview

Zelda 3DS Link Fighting Gohma

The original Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is arguably one of the best games ever made so it’s no suprise that the most anticipated release for the Nintendo 3DS is the new Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS, a game based on the original N64 Zelda but with many cool extra features.

Let’s see which are the most significant changes:

Improved Graphics

Compared to the original N64 game, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS  looks much better. The textures are much more crisp, the animations more fluid and Link has been remodelled too (he looks like a “Smash Bros” Young Link now)

Besides the improved graphics there is also the famous 3D effect. Although it is supposed to be the main atractive of the game, you soon forget about it and instead focus on the masterful gameplay: slashing enemies, throwing bombs, using the Slingshot and solving puzzles has never been so satisfying! Still, the 3D effect is pretty good and it looks like the game is “coming out of the screen”.

Touch Controls

The touchscreen will be used to control the item menu and its going to be a huge improvement from the original game. Being able to put on the Iron Boots in the Water Temple or change between the Bow and all the other items with a simple touch is just awesome.

The touchscreen will also display the Map, Rupees, Hearts, the Magic Bar, Navi’s messages and some other dungeon-related elements.

Navigation around the world is done with the new analog stick and it feels exactly like the N64 Zelda:OoT, which is a great thing.

Gyro-based camera controls

An interesting feature though is being able to control some items such as the Slingshot and the Bow with the in-built gyroscope of the Nintendo 3DS. You will be able to tilt the device and aim very precisely at your target with this new feature.

More Dungeons

At this point this is just pure speculation, but knowing that Nintendo wants to make a game that “lives up to the original” and that everything in Zelda Ocarina of Time 3DS seems so polished and well done we should definitely expect an extra-dungeon after finishing the game, maybe even a cool new item too!

You can see an off-screen trailer of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS leaked from Nintendo World 2011 here.