The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the fifth main installment of The Legend of Zelda series and the first to be released for the Nintendo 64. It was one of the most highly anticipated games of its age, and is listed among the greatest video games ever created by numerous websites and magazines. Released in the United States on November 23, 1998, it was the first game in The Legend of Zelda series that was visually displayed in 3D.
It is widely considered to be a classic, most famously scoring the first perfect 40/40 score in Famitsu Magazine - a feat that only 26 games (including The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild) have ever achieved. In addition, G4 television declared it "the #1 game of all time" as well as Nintendo Power. Ocarina of Time is listed in Guinness World Records - Gamer's Edition 2008, as the highest ranked game of all time. In the 2010 Gamer's Edition, Ocarina of Time was updated as "the most critically acclaimed game of all time." It is also the highest scoring game of all time on Metacritic, at 99/100. It has also been ranked the greatest video game of all time by dozens of other publications.
Events leading up to Ocarina of Time
Approximately ten years before Ocarina of Time's story begins, there was a war known as the Hyrulean Civil War. This war explains the origins of several characters and provides extra backstory to their motives.
The Boy Without a Fairy
In the Kokiri Forest, all the forest children have their own guardian Fairies, bestowed upon them by the Great Deku Tree, except for one boy named Link. Link has recently been plagued by nightmares of Zelda fleeing from an evil man clad in black. For as long as he can remember, Link has been ostracized by the other children and has never quite fit in. One day, the Great Deku Tree sends Navi the fairy to summon the boy to him. In order to test young Link's courage, the Great Deku Tree bids Link to venture inside his hollow and break the curse cast upon him by a "wicked man dressed in black."
Link complies, but his efforts are for naught; the Great Deku Tree's death was sealed in the pages of fate before Link's attempt had even begun. With his final breath, the Great Deku Tree bestows upon Link the Spiritual Stone of the Forest, the Kokiri's Emerald, and entreats him to travel to Hyrule Castle and meet with Princess Zelda.
After traveling across Hyrule Field and passing through Castle Town, Link does not take long to realize that speaking to the princess of Hyrule will not be a simple matter; many guards stand watch, alert and ready to catch any trespassers. However, he manages to infiltrate the castle, bypassing the front gate and evading all of the guards in his path. When he reaches the castle itself, the raised drawbridge seems like an insurmountable obstacle. However, Link discovers an unguarded water drain by the castle moat and manages to crawl through the hole, emerging within the castle garden. Many more guards are on patrol here, but Link is able to dodge all of them and sneak into the Castle Courtyard. In this Courtyard, his fate converges with that of the young Princess of Hyrule.
Princess Zelda tells Link of her prophetic dreams, explaining that she had seen him come from the forest and break through a veil of darkness, accompanied by a Fairy guide and bearing the Kokiri's Emerald. She also warns him about Ganondorf, the man clad in black whom Zelda believes is symbolized by the dark clouds of her dreams, and his evil intention to steal the Triforce of legend from the Sacred Realm. With the power of the goddesses, his desire to subjugate the world would be realized. In order to do this, Ganondorf would require not only the three Spiritual Stones of Hyrule, but also the mystical Ocarina of Time. Zelda insists that Link track down the other two Spiritual Stones, so that they might beat Ganondorf to the Triforce and put an end to his plot.
Link sets out for Death Mountain and Zora's Domain, where he succeeds in assisting both the Gorons and the Zoras in quelling the calamities that Ganondorf had wrought in his pursuit of the Triforce and is awarded with the other two Spiritual Stones, the Goron's Ruby and Zora's Sapphire for his efforts.
He returns to Hyrule Castle to inform Zelda of his success, only to witness his nightmare come to pass. Ganondorf attacked Hyrule Castle in an attempt to steal the Ocarina of Time, and Princess Zelda was forced to flee with her loyal attendant Impa on horseback in order to keep the Triforce from Ganondorf's hands. As she passes Link on the drawbridge of Hyrule Castle Town, she throws the ocarina into the moat to give him the chance to enter the Sacred Realm and retrieve the Triforce. In hot pursuit, Ganondorf charges across the drawbridge on horseback, blasting Link with dark magic when he tries to stand in his way. Dismissing Link as no credible threat to his power, he speeds off in pursuit of the princess.
When Link retrieves the Ocarina of Time from the moat, he receives a telepathic message from Zelda, telling him to play the "Song of Time" in front of the Temple of Time's altar. Link makes his way to the Temple of Time and proceeds to use the three Spiritual Stones and play the "Song of Time" to open the Door of Time. Beyond it lies the Master Sword, the Blade of Evil's Bane, resting in the Pedestal of Time. Link draws the blade, unlocking the gateway to the Sacred Realm. Despite the Master Sword accepting Link as its wielder, it seals him away in the Sacred Realm. Ganondorf, who had suspected that Link might have already acquired the keys to the Sacred Realm, appears and mocks him for leading him to the Triforce. Link watches helplessly as Ganondorf crosses over into the Sacred Realm.
The Hero of Time
Seven years later, a grown-up Link is awakened by an old man in the Chamber of Sages. He introduces himself as Rauru, and reveals himself as one of the ancient Sages that preside over the Sacred Realm. Rauru explains that only the Hero of Time can pull the Master Sword from its Pedestal. However, Link was too young to be the Hero of Time, so his spirit was sealed in the Sacred Realm for seven years until he is old enough to be accounted for. Rauru further reveals that Ganondorf obtained the Triforce after gaining access to the Sacred Realm, and used its power to transform Hyrule into a land of darkness. Rauru urges Link to seek out the remaining Sages, and grants Link his power in the form of the Light Medallion.
Link returns to the Temple of Time, where he is greeted by a mysterious man named Sheik, one of the survivors of the ancient Sheikah tribe. He tells Link of Ganondorf's conquest over the last seven years, and of the legend of the Sages. He urges Link to awaken the five remaining Sages in the five Temples mentioned in the legend, which are scattered throughout Hyrule. Wielding the Blade of Evil's Bane, Link sets out to break the curse on all of the sacred Temples and awaken the Sages within.
After all Six Sages are awakened, Link returns to the Temple of Time and encounters Sheik again. Sheik tells Link another legend of the Triforce passed down by the Sheikah. The Triforce is a scale that measures the three virtues ruled by the Golden Goddesses: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. If the heart of someone who holds the sacred triangle carries all three of these forces in balance, that person will acquire the Triforce intact, the divine authority to govern all. If one's heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts, and only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce: that part which embodies the force that one most believes in.
If one with an unbalanced heart would seek the Triforce, then that person must strive to acquire the two lost parts, which will rest within two others chosen by destiny who will hold the crest of the goddesses on the backs of their hands. When Ganondorf laid his hands upon the Triforce, the prophecy came to pass. The Triforce split into its three parts, and only the Triforce of Power remained in Ganondorf's hands.
Ganondorf proceeded to conquer the Sacred Realm, and became the self-proclaimed King of Evil, but his lust for power was not yet satisfied. Ganondorf began hunting for those chosen by destiny to obtain the other two pieces of the Triforce that had escaped his grasp. Sheik reveals that Link wields the Triforce of Courage, and sheds his disguise to reveal himself as Princess Zelda, the seventh Sage who wields the Triforce of Wisdom.
Zelda tells Link that she thought that giving him the Ocarina of Time seven years prior would be the best way to keep it out of Ganondorf's grasp. However, she did not predict that Ganondorf would follow Link into the Sacred Realm and take the Triforce of Power for his own. Zelda disguised herself as a Sheikah to hide from Ganondorf, and waited seven years for Link to return. Zelda tells Link that the Sages must seal Ganondorf inside the Sacred Realm, and that she must seal the door to the Sacred Realm itself to keep him imprisoned. However, in revealing herself to Link, Zelda also exposes herself to Ganondorf, who has been waiting for such a moment. He promptly encases her within a large magic crystal and brings her to his Castle, constructed where Hyrule Castle had stood before its destruction. Link rushes to the Castle to save the princess.
The Final Confrontation
Link breaks the barrier around the fortress with the help of the six awakened Sages. Storming the keep, he confronts Ganondorf, and a climactic battle unfolds over the fate of Hyrule and the Triforce.
|The ending and credits of Ocarina of Time|
Without a strong and righteous mind, Ganondorf cannot control the power of the gods, and is ultimately defeated by Link's hand. With their power now fully restored, the Sages cast the evil incarnation of darkness into the void of the Evil Realm that had been the Sacred Realm before being stained by Ganondorf's evil. Zelda then seals the gateway, imprisoning Ganondorf within the Sacred Realm. Before he is sealed away, Ganondorf warns Link and Zelda that he will return to exterminate their descendants when the seal is broken.
Zelda instructs Link to place the Master Sword back in its Pedestal and close the Door of Time, closing the road between the two timelines, and she sends him to his original time. After Link returns to his original time, he still retains his knowledge about Hyrule's fate. With this information, he visits Princess Zelda in order to prevent such a fate from ever occurring. Link, who traveled through time to save the land, would be forever known in legend as the Hero of Time.
The gameplay of Ocarina of Time was revolutionary for its time. It has arguably made more of an impact on later games in the series than any of its predecessors, even though they had the same cores of exploration, dungeons, puzzles and item usage. The Z-targeting mechanic introduced by Ocarina of Time has retained its core values in later 3D console games, as well as having been introduced in other video game series. Another key feature is the introduction of the "Action button," which has different uses depending on Link's environment; for instance, standing next to a door prompts the Action button to change to "Open," allowing Link to open the door.
The three-dimensional environment, enhanced sound, and greater graphical capacity of the Nintendo 64 allowed Nintendo to create a truly immersive environment beyond what had ever been done before, allowing for greater separation between cheerful environments, such as Hyrule Castle Town and Kokiri Forest, and comparatively dark areas such as Ganon's Castle and the Shadow Temple.
Among the game's particular gameplay mechanics, one of the most noteworthy is the time-traveling system. The game is divided into two periods. In the first, the protagonist Link is a child, and his mission is to retrieve sacred stones that are the key to open the Door of Time, where the Blade of Evil's Bane, the Master Sword, lies. As a child, he explores a peaceful Hyrule, the dangers he faces are not too concerning, and the dungeons are not too complex. In the second period, Link is an adult, and has to visit temples to free the ancient Sages whose goal is to seal Ganon from the world of light. This is because the Gerudo King turned Hyrule into a much fiercer land, thus most regions of it suffer from curses that affect the inhabitants in various ways. Other differences between these two periods are the tools, items and treasures available. Because of this, some parts cannot be accessed by child Link or adult Link, the sidequests vary, child Link cannot use adult weapons, and adult Link cannot enter small holes. Both periods, from a point of the game onwards, can be alternated anytime; in fact the only way to clear the game is to properly take the actions corresponding to each version of Link. This is similar to the Dark/Light dichotomy from A Link to the Past, and thanks to its notability in the game, adult Link became a trademark image of the young hero for most players, despite most Zelda games featuring Link as a child.
Music and Transportation
Ocarina of Time also introduces the use of music to solve puzzles. This mechanic would later appear in Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Spirit Tracks. As new songs are learned, they can be used to solve puzzles, gain access to new areas and warp to different locations.
The game also introduces Epona, a horse Link can travel with after retrieving her from captivity in Lon Lon Ranch; she is very useful for travel in Hyrule Field, and there are certain sidequests that require her assistance. Epona can only be used in the adult parts of the game, as she is too young to carry children in the child timeline.
Link can also change his equipment through the pause subscreen. Over the course of his adventure, Link may find different swords, shields, boots, and tunics. Many areas can only be explored when the hero is correctly equipped.
As a child, Link is initially equipped with the Kokiri Tunic and the Kokiri Boots. Early in his quest, he obtains the Deku Shield and the Kokiri Sword. Link may acquire the Hylian Shield later on, but due to it being too big for him, he cannot properly use it. After transforming into an adult, Link keeps his Kokiri Tunic and Boots, but is unable to equip the Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield. During his adult quest, he acquires the Goron Tunic to withstand extreme heat and the Zora Tunic to breathe underwater. Link also receives the heavy Iron Boots used to sink to the bottom of bodies of water, and the Hover Boots to hover in midair briefly. Link also finds the Mirror Shield, which allows him to reflect light. Optionally, Link can also obtain the more powerful Giant's Knife or Biggoron's Sword.
Other items, which remain stacked for a permanent effect on Link, including the Goron Bracelet as a child, the Gauntlets as an adult (each allowing him to lift stronger objects, from Bomb Flowers to giant rocks), and Zora Scales to dive deeper underwater as a child. Link may also obtain a collection of bag upgrades for Bombs, Arrows, Bullet Seeds, Deku Nuts, and Rupees.
Ocarina of Time was originally intended and designed for the Nintendo 64DD peripheral for the Nintendo 64 game console. It was supposed to be the flagship title of the 64DD, while the Super Mario 64 was to be the counterpart for the main system itself. However, as the release of the 64DD became progressively delayed, Nintendo chose to move Ocarina of Time to a standard N64 cartridge with 32 MB of storage, only half the size of the 64DD disks, however it is still the largest cartridge ever produced for Nintendo systems up to that time, which saved most of the important content. This shift from 64DD disk to N64 cartridge contributed to the game being delayed significantly.
In early stages of development, the game was structured similarly to Super Mario 64, with Ganon's Castle as the only setting, and various different rooms in the castle serving as the dungeons.
Being the first 3D Zelda game, a new engine was used for both this game and eventually Majora's Mask. Because the engine is based on polygonal graphics, they would require a significant amount of memory in the cartridge, and generating the graphics with simultaneity and consistency would imply the sacrifice of other aspects, such as music or textures. To solve this difficulty, some techniques were used so that the game wouldn't have any problems in this regard: When the camera is facing forward, the game only loads the memory of what is in that direction, be it enemies, characters or simply the space of the territory placed there. This means that there is literally nothing currently loaded on the sides not being witnessed by the camera angle.
Despite being a 3D game, there is no voice acting from the characters, with some slight exceptions: Navi when she is calling Link, Link when he yawns or sneezes, when he is shocked or when he sustains damage. A few characters scream, such as Ganondorf, Sheik and Link when he falls from high altitude, or laugh, such as Ganondorf, Saria and Malon.
Like most older Zelda games, Ocarina of Time has its music composed by Koji Kondo. Surprisingly, the main theme of The Legend of Zelda series is absent in this game, as the overworld tune for this game is new. The game also uses interactive music: Normally, a background theme correspondent to where Link is can be heard; when an enemy is close to him, however, a particular combat theme can be heard, and won't stop until the enemy is defeated. In a similar way, the aforementioned overworld theme changes (not only in presence of an enemy, but also when Link is standing on a place). Koji Kondo composed the Ocarina melodies with only five tones of the first three musical notes.
The game can be saved at any point through the Subscreen. This will save the game's progress and items obtained up to that point. Upon the loading of a save file, Link's location will revert to one of several possible locations, depending on the progress made and where the game was last saved.
- Link's House: If Link is a child when the game is saved, and was not in a dungeon, he will start in his house in Kokiri Forest regardless of his prior location.
- Temple of Time: If Link is an adult when the game is saved, and was not in a dungeon, he will start in the Temple of Time regardless of his prior location.
- Dungeon Entrance: If the game is saved while in a dungeon, loading that save will return Link to the entrance of that dungeon, regardless of his progress within it.
Ocarina of Time is the first title in the series to show Hyrule in three dimensions. The sacred land is a vast region that portrays various different ecosystems, which are populated by Hylians and other races. Hyrule Field is the central territory, and is connected to the other areas. It also surrounds Lon Lon Ranch, where milk is produced and where numerous animals are raised. Located east from the field is Kokiri Forest, where Link lives (and where the game begins) along with the Kokiri race (who inhabit the place and, as long as they do so, do not age); the forest is governed by the Great Deku Tree until his death early in the game. Found north of the field is Hyrule Castle Town, where most of the Hylians live, and where Princess Zelda is raised until her turn comes to lead Hyrule. It's also where the Temple of Time was built to house the legendary Master Sword.
East from Hyrule Castle Town is Kakariko Village, a place formerly inhabited by the Sheikah tribe until Impa made it public for people to live there, and where the Graveyard houses the remains of the deceased Royal Family members. Kakariko Village itself is the starting point to reach Death Mountain, the rocky home of the proud Goron race, as well as the fierce Dodongo population, and where an active volcano can be accessed. Northeast from Hyrule Field is Zora's Domain, a crystalline river and fountain inhabited by the Zoras and governed by King Zora until Princess Ruto takes the throne to accept her royal duty. Lake Hylia, found south from the Field, is not ruled by any race, but the Zoras did build a Water Temple in the Lake itself. Finally, Gerudo Desert is located west from the Field, and consists of a Valley, a Fortress, a Haunted Wasteland, and the surroundings of a Temple. It is inhabited by the Gerudo tribe, and is considered to be a ground isolated from the rest of Hyrule.
Initially, most of these areas are relatively safe from evil, and the few exceptions (Kokiri Forest, for example) have problems too specific to cause any major impact on its inhabitants, mostly having to do with the search of the Spiritual Stones. Seven years later, however, every single part of Hyrule is affected greatly by Ganondorf's evil influence, so Link must visit the sacred Temples so that the Sages can be awakened and the curses can be undone, one by one.
Changes Between Versions
Five different versions of the game were produced for the Nintendo 64. Three versions were made for Japan and North America and two for Europe. The Japanese and North American versions themselves are identical aside from a byte that sets the game's region and determines the language of the game. Several minor changes were made between each version, with a variety of text corrections and glitches fixed. Further corrections were made in version 1.2 and the European versions, as well as the recoloring of Ganondorf's blood from red to green, and the alteration of the music heard in the Fire Temple to remove a sample of an Islamic prayer chant. The sample was taken from a commercially available sound library, but the developers did not realize it contained Islamic references. Contrary to popular belief, the chanting was not removed due to public outcry, but instead after Nintendo discovered it violated their own policy to avoid religious material in games. All five Nintendo 64 versions of Ocarina of Time were completed prior to the game's original release date of November 21.
A further modified version of 1.2 was produced for the Nintendo GameCube release. The Crest of the Gerudo, as depicted on blocks, switches and the Mirror Shield, was changed from an inverted crescent moon and star symbol (associated with Islam) to a unique design introduced in Majora's Mask. Further changes and corrections were made to the game's dialogue, along with minor technical changes. The Virtual Console versions of the game are identical to the version released for the GameCube, but with the Nintendo 64 button colors.
Between December 1998 and 1999 a Special Edition bundle was released exclusively by German mail order company Cyber Games. It included a physical copy of the game, a T-shirt with the Ocarina of Time logo on the front and a unique artwork of Link on the back, a relief pin in the shape of the Master Sword and a Hylian Shield with the word "Zelda" stamped onto it and a gold butterfly clutch, and a flyer promoting merchandise by Cyber Games.
When it comes to the Zelda Timeline, Ocarina of Time is one of the most important and decisive installments, which is attested by both its placement and the connections with past and future games. According to the book Hyrule Historia, it is indicated to be the final Zelda game in the Era of the Ancient, which starts with Skyward Sword (which, shortly after its official announcement, was confirmed to take place before Ocarina of Time). The other games preceding Ocarina of Time are The Minish Cap and Four Swords. Regardless, Ocarina of Time has always been a pivotal game in the chronology with the events at the end of the game, where Zelda sends Link back to his youth, splitting the timeline. When the official timeline was revealed in Hyrule Historia, the placement of Ocarina of Time in the series was revealed to be of even greater value, as the events of the game actually split the series' timeline into three branches.
- Related page: Imprisoning War
At the end of Ocarina of Time, there was one outcome in which Ganondorf actually defeated Link, which resulted in the formation of the "Downfall Timeline". It starts with the Hero of Time, Link, failing to defeat Ganondorf, which allowed him to obtain the remaining Triforce pieces from Link and Zelda. The seven Sages proceeded to quickly seal him within the corrupted Sacred Realm. Years later, greedy people entered the Dark World seeking the Triforce, turning into monsters and becoming part of Ganon's army. In the war that ensued, the Knights of Hyrule protected the Sages of that era from Ganon's minions, while they cast a seal to close off the entrance to the Dark World. This marked the conclusion of the Imprisoning War, which laid the foundation for the events of A Link to the Past. After A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, A Link Between Worlds, Tri Force Heroes, The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link take place, in that order.
If Link succeeds in defeating Ganondorf, the timeline branches into one of two more timelines. When Zelda sends Link back in time, the "Child Timeline" is formed. Although Ganondorf is not granted access to the Sacred Realm, it is very possible that unbeknownst to him, he acquired the Triforce of Power as a result of Link returning back with the Triforce of Courage in his possession. Link informs Zelda of the "future" events and leaves Hyrule shortly afterwards, setting the events of Majora's Mask in motion. Ganondorf is executed several years later according to the backstory of Twilight Princess. Many years later the events of Twilight Princess take place. Following Twilight Princess Four Swords Adventures takes place featuring Vaati and another incarnation of Ganondorf.
In a third branch of the events in Ocarina of Time, the "Adult Timeline" continues after Link defeats Ganondorf and the Sages seal him in the Sacred Realm with the Triforce of Power in his possession. Link is sent back to his childhood, leaving this branch without a Hero, as told in the prologue to The Wind Waker. Ganondorf eventually overcomes the Sages' seal and attempts to take over Hyrule, but with no Hero to face the evil, the Goddesses flood Hyrule, leading to the events of The Wind Waker and consecutively Phantom Hourglass, and later in the timeline, Spirit Tracks.
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Ocarina of Time was the best-selling The Legend of Zelda game as of March 31, 2004, with 7.6 million copies sold worldwide. It was later surpassed by Twilight Princess, which had had cumulative sales of 8.85 million as of September 30, 2015, when the sales of the Nintendo GameCube and Wii versions of the game were combined. With the number of sales of the original N64 version combined with the ones from the 3DS remake (being 6.22 million copies), Ocarina of Time is the second best-selling game in the franchise (with a total of 13.82 million copies sold), right behind Breath of the Wild.
The game was universally praised by critics when it was first released, receiving perfect scores from many reviewers, such as Famitsu, Gamespot, IGN, and Edge. Metacritic gives the N64 version of the game a score of 99/100, and the GameCube re-release 91/100. Features such as the Z-targeting system and context-sensitive Action button were well-received. The GameCube and Wii versions of the game were praised as well.
The game's graphics were called "beautiful" by IGN reviewer Peer Schneider, who commented that "rarely is there such a perfect mixture of graphics, sound and gameplay," giving the game a 10/10. Gamespot editor Jeff Gerstmann agreed, also giving the game a perfect score, saying that "this is the masterpiece that people will still be talking about ten years down the road." Criticism on the game focused on the occasional slow pace associated with some parts, such as the Water Temple, as well as the use of MIDI for the music quality.
Nonetheless, Nintendo Power placed it first in their list of best The Legend of Zelda games and stated that, despite its age, is still a great game and called it a "masterpiece".
Many years after its release, Ocarina of Time continues to be a very popular title, frequently being featured on compiled lists of all-time best games. For some players, the game's high success has overshadowed the potential success of later Zelda games, therefore becoming a difficult act to follow, and marking the downfall of the series in some degree. There is also a debate regarding whether the game is overrated or not, with IGN editor Levi Buchanan analyzing this subject from a historical and technical perspective; this debate was revisited when current Zelda director Eiji Aonuma said that he would not quit working on the franchise until he created a superior game, as well as when he said that the game hasn't aged very well.
Greatest Game of All Time
It has been ranked the greatest video game of all time by dozens of publications, including Computer and Video Games, Edge, IGN, Metacritic, Next Generation, Nintendo Power, GameStats, GameFAQs, GamingBolt, VideoGamer, Game Informer, Slant, FHM, Joystik, and PALGN.
Ports and Remakes
Ocarina of Time was ported to the GameCube twice. Once was for a pre-order bonus for The Wind Waker, in which customers would receive Master Quest (The Wind Waker/Ocarina of Time/OoT: Master Quest bundle was available as a "limited edition" general release in Europe, in addition to preorders). The second time was for a special GameCube bundle that came with Collector's Edition.
Ocarina of Time was ported to the Chinese iQue Player (a localized version of the Nintendo 64) released in 2003. The dialogue was fully translated to Chinese. This marked the first Zelda game to become available in China. The game is downloaded to the iQue Player using a points card. The iQue version of Ocarina of Time is based on version 1.2. Lag is virtually non-existent due to iQues more powerful hardware than the Nintendo 64, most noticeable during the collapse of Ganon's Castle. In the cutscene, the castle falls at such a speed that the audio falls out of sync with the cutscene.
On the Wii Virtual Console, the Japanese and American 1.2 and European 1.1 Nintendo 64 version is available for download for 1000 Wii Points. The Virtual Console does not support the rumble feature, which renders the Stone of Agony useless. Although based on the Nintendo 64 version, it still contains the changed moon and star symbols. This is due to a patch which was put in the Virtual Console emulator which changes them.
On the Wii U Virtual Console, the game is available for download for approximately ten US dollars.
A Nintendo 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time was announced by Nintendo during the E3 2010 conference. Various tweaks were made to the popular title besides improved graphics, including a new system for equipping items, specifically the Iron Boots and the constant swapping necessary in the Water Temple and the introduction of the Shard of Agony in place of the Stone of Agony, which alerts Link of hidden caves using a sound effect rather than a rumble.
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
Ocarina of Time was announced to be included in the Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online along with 8 other Nintendo 64 Titles with more to be added.
Ocarina of Time introduced many design elements that would be repeated in later games:
- Character models: Ocarina of Time was the first game in the series to feature an in-game blond-haired Link (although the official art of previous games had depicted Link with blond hair, none of the character sprites displayed this characteristic). It also produced the first detailed model of Zelda's character, particularly her dress designs which have been the same ever since. It was also the first to portray a human form of Ganon, Ganondorf. Many of the character models of Ocarina of Time were reused in its sequel, Majora's Mask.
- Races: Many races also made their debut in Ocarina of Time. The Kokiri, Gorons, Gerudo, Hylians, Deku Scrubs and Sheikah all originated or were at least identified in Ocarina of Time. The Zoras technically appeared first in the original game as enemies and were given the ability to walk in A Link to the Past, but their widely accepted character model - the slender, sky-blue, aquatic design - was first made in Ocarina of Time.
- Ocarina of Time, while not being the first game in the series to feature a musical item or a list of songs, is the first game to allow the player to play the songs note by note rather than simply selecting the item or the song being used.
- As mentioned before, it introduced the Targeting system, eliminating difficulty for camera control, and also helping to focus visually on very distant spots, enemies or characters.
- It introduced the ability to wear masks.
- The game also introduced many sidequests allowing Link to collect hundreds of optional items.
- It was the first Zelda game to include quarter units of health; previous games only featured half units of health.
- Outside of the Zelda franchise, the game caused an unprecedented impact on the video game industry, to the point that many other games and series were influenced by the gameplay style from the game.
- Many properties of this game were borrowed by both Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, including several characters, stages, soundtracks, and numerous trophies.
- Ocarina of Time runs on a heavily modified version of Super Mario 64's engine.
- Due to time constraints, the Spanish localization was not included in the European release of the game. However, a 150 page text guide was bundled with the game in Spain, which included the entire Spanish localization alongside the English text.
- An early logo used in some promotional materials and ESRB's section for the game used the subtitle "The Ocarina of Time".
- Although there are twelve Dungeons to explore, two of them are not designated as Dungeons in the game's data, which means the official total is only ten. Ganon's Castle and the Gerudo Training Ground both have the Dungeon entrance icon on the maps, but because the Dungeons themselves do not use a Map and Compass or allow the player to use a warp song, they are not true Dungeons.
- Out of all the boxes that were produced for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Special Edition, 75 units are proven to never have been filled. Estimations suggest that a maximum of 25 units were ever sold, making it the rarest limited-time available edition for any Zelda game to date.
- After the staff credits in the game's ending, when Link returns the Master Sword to the Temple of Time and Navi flies away, bells from a clock tower toll. This may be a reference to Link's next adventure, Majora's Mask, which may have began development around the game's release.
- There was a commercial featuring Link as an adult where he is in Kakariko Village and finds a chest full of a soda drink called Mirinda, this commercial supposedly aired in India during the 90's
|Names in Other Regions|
|塞尔达传说：时光之笛 (Sàiěrdá chuánshuō: Shíguāng zhī dí) (OoT)|
|젤다의 전설 시간의 오카리나 (Jelda-ui Jeonseol Sigan-ui Okarina) (OoT)||Same as English.|
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- Previous Official website (archived)
- Official North American 3D Edition site
- Official Japanese site
- Official Japanese 3D Edition site
- Nintendo Online Magazine Nov. 1998
- Ocarina of Time page on Zelda.com
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- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 7
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- "Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny, whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him into the forest. After the mother passed away, the baby was raised as a Kokiri." — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time)
- "In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule... Long have I served as the guardian spirit... I am known as the Deku Tree... The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "It seems the time has come for the boy without a fairy to begin his journey..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "Hey you! "Mr. No Fairy!" What's your business with the Great Deku Tree? Without a fairy, you're not even a real man!" — Mido (Ocarina of Time)
- "Navi…go now! Find our young friend and guide him to me… I do not have much time left. Fly, Navi, fly! The fate of the forest, nay, the world, depends upon thee!" — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- "I have been cursed... I need you to break the curse with your wisdom and courage. Dost thou have courage enough to undertake this task?" — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- "Thou must never allow the desert man in black armor to lay his hands on the sacred Triforce... [...] That evil man who cast the death curse upon me and sapped my power..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- "Though your valiant efforts to break the curse were successful, I was doomed before you started..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- "Link... Go now to Hyrule Castle... There, thou will surely meet the Princess of Destiny... Take this stone with you. The stone that man wanted so much, that he cast the curse on me..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- "Wha-ha-ha! What a crazy guy! Can you believe this guy was crazy enough to try to sneak into the castle to see Princess Zelda? All because of this idiot, they've tightened security at the castle. Wha-ha-hah!" — Hylian (Ocarina of Time)
- "I had a dream... In the dream, dark storm clouds were billowing over the land of Hyrule... But suddenly, a ray of light shot out of the forest, parted the clouds and lit up the ground... The light turned into a figure holding a green and shining stone, followed by a fairy... I know this is a prophecy that someone would come from the forest... Yes, I thought you might be the one..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Can you see the man with the evil eyes? That is Ganondorf, the leader of the Gerudos. They hail from the desert far to the west. Though he swears allegiance to my father, I am sure he is not sincere. The dark clouds that covered Hyrule in my dream... They must symbolize that man!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "What Ganondorf is after must be nothing less than the Triforce of the Sacred Realm. He must have come to Hyrule to obtain it! And, he wants to conquer Hyrule... no, the entire world!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "You go find the other two Spiritual Stones! Let's get the Triforce before Ganondorf does, and then defeat him!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "You obtained the Goron's Ruby! This is the Spiritual Stone of Fire passed down by the Gorons!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "You obtained Zora's Sapphire! This is the Spiritual Stone of Water passed down by the Zoras!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "All right! I'll give you my most precious possession: Zora's Sapphire!" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
- "Her most precious possession? You don't know what she's talking about, but you've finally collected all three Spiritual Stones!! Go back to see Princess Zelda!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "You want a piece of me?! Very funny! I like your attitude! Pathetic little fool! Do you realize who you are dealing with?! I am Ganondorf! And soon, I will rule the world!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "Now, Link. Play this melody in front of the altar in the Temple of Time. You must protect the Triforce!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time....Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "Geh heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "I am Rauru, one of the ancient Sages..." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Master Sword is a sacred blade that evil ones may never touch... Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can pull it from the Pedestal of Time... However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time... Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "Though you opened the Door of Time in the name of peace... Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used it to enter this forbidden Sacred Realm! He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil...His evil power radiated from the temples of Hyrule, and in seven short years, it transformed Hyrule into a world of monsters." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "When evil rules all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm will call those destined to be Sages, who dwell in the five temples. One in a deep forest... One on a high mountain... One under a vast lake... One within the house of the dead... One inside a goddess of the sand... Together with the Hero of Time, the awakened ones will bind the evil and return the light of peace to the world... This is the legend of the temples passed down by my people, the Sheikah." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you believe the legend, you have no choice. You must look for the five temples and awaken the five Sages..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "If the heart of the one who holds the sacred triangle has all three forces in balance, that one will gain the True Force to govern all." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "But, if that one's heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts: Power, Wisdom and Courage. Only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce...the part representing the force that one most believes in." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "If that one seeks the True Force, that one must acquire the two lost parts. Those two parts will be held within others chosen by destiny, who will bear the Triforce mark on the backs of their hands." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Seven years ago, Ganondorf, the King of Thieves, used the door you opened in the Temple of Time and entered the Sacred Realm. But when he laid his hands on the Triforce, the legend came true." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used it to enter this forbidden Sacred Realm! He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil..." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "He went on to invade the Sacred Realm... Ganondorf had become the Evil King, and the Sacred Realm became a world of evil." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "To gain complete mastery of the world, Ganondorf started looking for those chosen by destiny to hold the two other Triforce parts." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "The one who holds the Triforce of Courage is... you, Link!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "And the other, who holds the Triforce of Wisdom... is the seventh Sage, who is destined to be the leader of them all... It is I, the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "As long as you had the ocarina in your possession, I thought Ganondorf could never enter the Sacred Realm, but... But something I could never expect happened... After you opened the Door of Time, the Master Sword sealed you away in the Sacred Realm... Your spirit remained in the Sacred Realm, and then the Triforce fell into Ganondorf's hands. He went on to invade the Sacred Realm... Ganondorf had become the Evil King, and the Sacred Realm became a world of evil. All of this is an unfortunate coincidence." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "I apologize for meeting you in disguise, but it was necessary to hide from the King of Evil. Please forgive me..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "I passed myself off as a Sheikah and hoped that you would return. I waited for seven years... And... now you are back. The dark age ruled by Ganondorf the Evil King will end!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "The six Sages will open the sealed door and lure Ganondorf back into the Sacred Realm. I will then seal the door to the Sacred Realm from this world. Thus, Ganondorf the Evil King will vanish from Hyrule." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Princess Zelda...you foolish traitor! I commend you for avoiding my pursuit for seven long years. But you let your guard down... I knew you would appear if I let this kid wander around! My only mistake was to slightly underestimate the power of this kid... No... It was not the kid's power I misjudged. It was the power of the Triforce of Courage! But with the Triforce of Wisdom that Zelda has... When I obtain these two... Then I will become the true ruler of the world! If you want to rescue Zelda, come to my castle!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "Link...can you hear me? It's Rauru, the Sage. We six will gather our power to create a bridge to the castle where Ganondorf dwells... The castle's keep, which is known as Ganon's Tower, is protected by six evil barriers. Bring down the six barriers and save Princess Zelda!!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ganondorf...pitiful man... Without a strong, righteous mind, he could not control the power of the gods..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Thank you, Link... Thanks to you, Ganondorf has been sealed inside the Evil Realm! Thus, peace will once again reign in this world...for a time." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "YOU... CURSE YOU... ZELDA! CURSE YOU... SAGES! CURSE YOU... Link! Someday... when this seal is broken... That is when I will exterminate your descendants! As long as the Triforce of Power is still in my hand..." — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "You must lay the Master Sword to rest and close the Door of Time... However, by doing this, the road between times will be closed... Link, give the Ocarina to me... As a Sage, I can return you to your original time with it. When peace returns to Hyrule... It will be time for us to say good-bye... Now, go home, Link. Regain your lost time! Home... where you are supposed to be... the way you are supposed to be..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "As I see you standing there holding the mythical Master Sword, you really do look like the legendary Hero of Time..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
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