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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina remains a classic

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Credit: Nintendo of America)

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Console: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone 10+

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is widely considered the best game in the Zelda series, having been a fan favorite since its debut in 1998. Nintendo has brought back Ocarina of Time to its newest 3-D handheld with upgraded graphics, 3-D capabilities and improved gameplay.

Ocarina of Time is the tale of Link, a young boy tasked with rescuing the land of Hyrule from the clutches of the evil Ganondorf. Players will be able to play as Link as both a child and as an adult, using his sword's time-traveling abilities.

The game remains almost unchanged from the original version, but new features created for the Nintendo 3DS include a touch-screen inventory system and the ability to move the camera by tilting and turning the game system. The graphics have improved greatly since the original version, but retain a familiar cartoonish feel.

I found the 3-D effects to be dizzying after only a few seconds, forcing me to play in standard 2-D for the most part. I also noticed that the 3-D caused Link to blur, distorting the on-screen action. This is the only 3DS game in which I've experienced this problem.

Players will enjoy traveling the vast game world and interacting with its many diverse residents while on their quest to save Hyrule from Ganondorf and rescue Princess Zelda. Combat and exploration are mixed with deep storytelling and minigames, which should appeal to many different types of gamers.

The Bottom Line: Ocarina of Time remains a classic Zelda title after all these years, and is a great choice for fans of the original and those just discovering the series. You might want to turn off the 3-D, however, to save yourself a headache.

Tags: Cusanelli

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