The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Jump into a Zelda Adventure like Never Before

What It Is

The original The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 game console, and to this day it remains one of my favorite Zelda games. If you had told me in 1998 that one day I would be playing Ocarina on a hand-held system in 3D, I would have said, “Who are you and why are you talking to me?” I also would have called you a nut-job and quickly walked away. It turns out past-you was right. Sorry about calling you a nut-job.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS is a nearly exact remake of the original 1998 game that tells the story of Link (our playable hero character), the creation of Hyrule and a magic Ocarina. It is a classic Zelda game with adventure, exploration, puzzle-solving and huge boss battles.

Why It’s Fun

I’m not going to go into why the original Ocarina is so much fun because we could be here for a while if I did. Let’s just say that Ocarina is one of the best Legend of Zelda games and we will leave it at that. Instead, let’s talk about what makes the new 3DS version of the game so much fun. For starters, it’s the console game from 1998 in your pocket and able to be played anywhere. Earlier this month, I spent hours on planes and layovers while traveling to CA for E3 so I had a lot of time to play Ocarina 3D. With each new area of the game that I reached, I couldn’t believe how the game so perfectly recreated the original 1998 game, while still managing to make everything seem new and exciting.

Nostalgia aside, there are some subtle enhancements to the original that make the 3DS version a must-play. One of the coolest is the view feature, which utilizes the 3DS’s motion control system to turn the 3D screen into a window. At any point in the game, you can switch to a first-person view perspective and then look around the game environment by moving the entire 3DS. If you want to see what is to the left of the viewable game area, just turn yourself and the 3DS left and have a look. You can also use this view system when attacking enemies with the slingshot. It’s very cool and super handy when targeting spiders high up on a wall.

Who’s Going To Love It

Most of the Zelda games have a wide ranging audience that runs from Nintendo fans of all ages to hardcore gamers. Ocarina 3D is challenging, as most Zelda games are, but it also features a newly introduced help system that will show players a hint movie if they are stuck in an area.

Even with the hint movies, Ocarina 3D is probably not the best game for kids under the age of 10. Teens, and adults are the main audience for this one. Among that group, anyone who is a Zelda fan will love Ocarina 3DS.

What To Be Aware Of

Like all 3D games for the 3DS, Ocarina 3D can be played in either 3D or 2D. There are times in the game when having the 3D set to full can be blurry and distracting. Fortunately, the 3DS has a slider button that allows you to set the level of 3D that you want. For Ocarina 3D, I tend to keep the slider at half way between 2D and 3D.


This is a long game that is going to take the average gamer many hours to play through. For everyone that manages to play all the way through the game, there is a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphics as the main game.

Fun Scale

5 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Publisher: Nintendo
Rated: Everyone 10+

System: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Action/Adventure
Players: 1

SRP: $39.99
Launch Date: June 19, 2011
Date of Review: June 21, 2011

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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