GameSpot Video Review – 85
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D takes the best-reviewed game of all time for a brand-new experience. Now in 3D all of the graphic textures and colors have been vastly improved, taking advantage of the considerable graphic power of the Nintendo 3DS system. This game tells the epic story of Hyrule and Link™, Zelda™, and Ganondorf in remarkable depth and gives context to the many tales of their struggles. As such, this title represents a perfect entry point for players new to the Zelda franchise.
Phenomenally Improved Graphics Beyond even the incredible 3D effect, every graphic texture and character model has been lovingly built from the ground up to create the most dynamic and vivid vision of Zelda’s kingdom yet. This is Hyrule as you’ve always imagined it. Playing the Ocarina Link needs to play the eponymous Ocarina of Time many, many times over the course of the game. This involves a specific series of button presses to play one of the twelve songs in the game. In the original title, you would need to assign the ocarina to an item slot, then likely review the button prompts to your song, then play them from memory.
The Nintendo 3DS version has the ocarina constantly available on the Touch Screen, and playing with the button prompts for each song right in front of you. Enhanced Game play While the greatest care has been taken to preserve the classic game play and story, a number of new features make this the definitive version of this extraordinary game.
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Giant Bomb – 100
It’s almost as important as a historical record as it is a game that’s still enjoyable today.
Gamereactor Denmark – 100
Improvements are everywhere, and if you’ve already played this gem on the N64, there’s enough goodies here to warrant a re-visit. If you’re new to the game, there’s a whole world of experiences waiting for you. This is the reason to get a 3DS – it doesn’t get any better than this.
Eurogamer Italy – 100
Just like the original game, Ocarina of Time 3D is simply the best action-adventure ever created… and maybe the best reason to buy a Nintendo 3DS.
Modojo – 100
We’re also huge fans of the gyroscopic controls, allowing you to aim Link’s slingshot by physically tilting the system, or going into a first person view to get a better look at the beautiful world. Great stuff.
Metro GameCentral – 100
A perfectly judged makeover for what remains possibly the best arcade adventure ever made.
Gamereactor Sweden – 100
A remastered masterpiece. A reminder of why we play video games. A slice of interactive heaven. A damn good game.
N-Europe – 100
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Not much more really needs to be said. The title is almost eponymous with quality and should be in every gamer’s collection.
Eurogamer – 100
This game is one of the greatest things that video games have ever achieved.
Nintendo Life – 100
Beautiful visuals, improved controls, exceptional pacing and engrossing gameplay are all present and correct. The N64 version is an all-time gaming classic, but this is truly the finest edition of Ocarina of Time.
Pocket Gamer UK – 100
Ocarina of Time 3D is, and forever will be, pure unadulterated bliss, taking the original title and making it essential gaming all over again.
Gameblog.fr – 100
Diving into this 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is proof enough of how much the original was ahead of its time, thirteen years ago. Today, with but a subtle graphical overhaul of its hero and game world, Ocarina of Time 3D manages to become a must-have of 2011. Even though you’ll probably not experience the whole adventure with the 3D on, the touch interface, so comfortable for such a game, is a major enhancement of the comfort one has when diving in this epic tale blessed with a charm and some magic that seem, indeed, timeless.
Vandal Online – 98
A legendary game that returns as strong as ever thanks to its enhancements, the 3D vision and the addition of extra modes. A must-have for videogame lovers.
Official Nintendo Magazine UK – 98
The pacing of the story has a Disney-like quality to it, building moment by moment to the crescendo of its conclusion. It is nothing short of magical.
GameFocus – 97
There’s still a part of me who questions the reason why Nintendo didn’t release this remake on day one alongside the handheld. It would have incentified hardware sales considerably. Still, the game is releasing this weekend and every single 3DS owner around the world needs to own it.
Da Gameboyz – 96
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the perfect 3DS game for those looking for a title that will last for a long time. Although it is a port of the 13 year old original, the improvements in graphics, and new gameplay features, add just enough to the original formula to make this a must have title for everyone. I for one am happy to recommend this game to all those 3DS owners out there, from those who played the game so long ago, to those who have not had a chance to experience Nintendo gaming at it finest.
Cheat Code Central – 96
If you fell in love with Ocarina of Time when it originally released, the revamped visuals, new interface, and bonus content will be enough to get you back into the game. Ocarina of Time 3D truly shines on the 3DS, and even though this version is optimized for handhelds, it is definitely the ultimate version of the game.
Digital Chumps – 96
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a near perfect redesign of one of gaming’s most iconic titles…Nothing more needs to be said.
NintendoWorldReport – 95
If you’ve never played Ocarina of Time before, run out and buy this immediately. If you’re intimately familiar with the game, there’s nothing too new in this version to pull you in, though if you ever get the urge to play it again, Ocarina of Time 3D lets you experience all your wonderful memories with a brand new modern feel.
Destructoid – 95
More than any other game, I feel the decision to purchase or not was made by gamers the moment it was announced. However, if for some reason you are on the fence, let me tell you that Ocarina of Time 3D is the ultimate version of one of the most endearing videogames you could ever hope to play.
IGN – 95
If the graphical boost isn’t enough – and let’s be honest, we’re already seeing some games on the 3DS that look better than this – you’re not going to have much else to satisfy your interests. It’s clear this game is being released to find a new generation of gamers that are just discovering Nintendo’s franchises. The rest of us will have to determine if it’s worth re-visiting a Hyrule we’ve known for nearly 13 years.
Meristation – 95
It’s one of the most acclaimed classic games in history and continues working as well as before. Ocarina of Time 3DS shows its mechanics never grow old and its magic doesn’t succumb over time. 3D, redesign and extra content for which is, indisputably, the best game of the portable console.
Nintendo Power – 95
As amazing as Ocarina of Time has always been, it’s gotten substantially better on the Nintendo 3DS handheld…In my opinion, Ocarina of Time 3D benefits more from 3D than any other N3DS title so far.
Computer and Video Games – 94
Still a classic, still an explosion of nostalgia. Ocarina of Time 3D is a blissful rediscovery for veterans and an unmissable opportunity for newcomers.
Game Informer – 93
My new favorite way to play one of my top 10 games of all time. Its updated visuals look great in 3D, the touch-screen streamlines inventory issues, and aiming with the gyroscope feels like much more than a gimmick. [July 2011, p.92]
Level7.nu – 90
One of the greatest adventure games of all time in it’s finest edition. Improved graphics and smart use of the touch screen for the equipment.
Worth Playing – 90
Without a doubt, I think that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is worth picking up for 3DS owners. While I’ve enjoyed a couple of other 3DS titles since the system’s release, Ocarina of Time is the first game on the system that makes it feel like a must-have device.
Wired – 90
WIRED One of the best games ever, remastered; looks fantastic in 3D; improved controls. / TIRED It’s the same game you played 12 years ago and remember exactly how to beat.
Joystiq – 90
It sets a new standard for modern remakes of past-generation titles, proving that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a publisher capitalizing on gamers’ nostalgia, so long as they can find a developer who loves the source material just as much as — if not more than — we do.
GameSpy – 90
A sterling example of epic 3D adventure done right — the likes of which you won’t find on any portable until Nintendo announces an original adventure or gives The Wind Waker the 3D treatment. I’d prefer something new, but if I’m going to relive decade-old stories, this is a helluva way to do it.
GamePro – 90
In short, it’s given me a new perspective on a classic that I had (foolishly) written off. It’s not quite enough to sell me on owning a Nintendo 3DS; but if you’ve already taken the plunge, Ocarina of Time 3D is pretty much the best 3DS game on the market right now. I can’t promise that it’ll give you a new perspective on the series as it did for me, but I can promise that it’s still one fine adventure.
Games Radar (in-house) – 90
The definitive version of gaming’s most revered and respected adventure. From obvious graphical touches to minor gameplay tweaks, Ocarina 3DS updates an aging classic and makes it presentable to an entirely new generation of adoring fans.
Cubed3 – 90
An excellent remake of the much loved Nintendo 64 classic: refreshed, renewed but still very much familiar and fun.
GameSpot – 85
Though its roots show through from time to time, the improved visuals remove any barrier of entry that age may have posed. The new elements enhance the core adventure to create the definitive version of this classic game, making Ocarina of Time 3D the best way to embark on (or relive) this landmark adventure.
Everyeye.it – 85
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been left almost untouched by the passing of time. It was a masterpiece, and still it is, but maybe the 3DS version is not the best one, lacking a little in graphics and audio quality. Anyway, a title that everyone should enjoy with delight.
1UP – 83
As a portable gaming enthusiast, I love being able to play a game of this quality on the go. I just wish as much attention had been paid to the nuts-and-bolts of the game as was lavished on appearances.
The Escapist – 80
Everything that made Ocarina of Time one of the greatest games ever is still in the 3D version, but all it does is make you reminisce for a simpler time and a better controller.
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