Guest Review by Jordan Schmidt
Ocarina of Time is my favorite game of all time. That being said, I was extremely pumped for this new 3DS remake. If you’ve played Ocarina of Time before, you already know what to expect. It retains all the dungeons and areas we know and love. But, the 3DS version adds many great new features to the original formula, and also some… Not so great ones.
First of all, we have the touch screen. The touch screen works wonders for the game. You are able to assign 2 items to the touch screen for quick access, and you can also assign an item to X and an item to Y. The touch screen assigned items work fairly well, but can become a bit cumbersome when in an action sequence and trying to tap them. The touch screen also features a map of the area you’re in. The map is great and it’s a lot better than having to press start to bring it up.
As for the graphics, they simply look phenomenal. The 3D effect works wonders, like on Kokori Forest light sparkles seem to come out at you, or when you pick up a Cucco and feathers fly in your face. But even without the 3D, the game looks great. Ocarina of Time 3D shows off all new character models, and completely 3D rendered backdrops inside buildings. Although the remake does bring all those great new features to the table, it has one shocking shortcoming that I am astonished the developer even let it go without fixing it.
In the original Ocarina of Time, when Link jumps off a high ledge, you can tilt the analog stick in the direction he is facing to do a roll when you hit the ground, which breaks your fall and prevents you from losing any health. It no longer works, and it’s frustrating because it’s second nature for me to try and roll after a big fall, and I just can’t do it. Hopefully they release a patch of some sort somewhere down the road. But all in all, it’s just a fantastic remake, it also includes a remixes Master Quest and a Boss Rush mode, so you definitely get your money’s worth. So do yourself a favor and go buy this classic remake, you’ll be glad you did.