If you are on the fence, trying to decide weather or not to buy a Nintendo 3DS this holiday season I strongly urge you to do so. Nintendo has been putting out some amazing games for its latest handheld superpower this past year after a slow, rocky start. One example is the amazing re-work of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time now named the Ocarina of Time 3D.
Now I can not stress this enough, this game IS NOT a re-release of the classic Nintendo 64 Game, much like the GameCube version was, this 3DS version of the game, has drastically improved graphics from its predecessors, Link actually a few boxes anymore. The game has been beautify ported onto the handheld system and also features two new modes to the game. Master Quest, well that’s not EXACTLY new(it was in the GameCube version) but this time around its even more difficult. The Master Quest mode is now also mirrored, and you take twice as much damage as in the regular quest. Then there is the Boss Rush mode, which is basically exactly as it sounds. You go up against the many bosses of the game one after another in an attempt to beat your fastest time, and constantly improve your game.
Now for those of you who don’t know what the original Ocarina of Time game was, or just forget, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the first of the Zelda games to traverse into the 3D realm. This game features our young hero Link as a child who becomes the Hero of Time and transcends time itself to save the land of Hyrule from the evil Ganondorf, who has taken over the kingdom in an attempt at ultimate power. Ocarina of Time features a central field in which all major areas can be accessed, multiple dungeons with challenging puzzles and enemies to defeat, and a large arsenal of items and equipment at Links disposal to help him save the land of Hyrule. This is the game that started the major Zelda craze back in the N64 days and now you can have it anywhere at your fingertips, ready to play whenever you are.
I highly recommend this game for players of all ages. I personally played the original Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64, 13 years ago when I was only 7 and I still enjoy it today, maybe even more so. The original game along with Super Mario 64 still fuels my passion to pursue my dreams, and continue my degree in Game Design. If a game still has a lasting effect 13 years after its release, that says something of its quality that isn’t seen in many games now days.