Every Ocarina Of Time Release, Ranked From Worst To Best

The beloved classic The Legend of Zelda has a few different re-releases, but each version of Ocarina of Time has its pros and cons.

Since the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time debuted on the Nintendo 64 in 1998, it has received numerous re-releases, including significant variations for the GameCube, 3DS, and Nintendo Switch Online. Each is fully playable and will deliver an experience still widely regarded as one of the best in video game history, but the different versions of Ocarina of time are not equal.

The initial release of Ocarina of time is a decisive moment for The Legend of Zelda. For Nintendo as a whole, Super Mario 64 is usually the quintessential 3D milestone, but Ocarina of time has been Zeldais the first foray into this new era of gaming and many still consider it unmatched in the series. Ocarina of time remained in high regard until 2002, when Nintendo offered an improved version of GameCube (with quest for master, who changed Ocarina of Time’s original formula) as a pre-order bonus for The awakening of the wind. The classic N64 was again made available on the GameCube the following year, when it was bundled into The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Editionwhich included the original The Legend of Zelda, Link’s Adventure, Ocarina of timeand Majora’s Mask.

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In 2011, Zeldathe most iconic title of got its biggest update in 3D Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. This version also comes with main quest, and had remastered the graphics among other improvements, including using the 3DS’ glassesless 3D displays. Although many hoped Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask be grouped on the Switch – just like The awakening of the wind and Twilight Princess were on Wii U – best fans were an emulation as part of Nintendo Switch Online’s retro collection. Unfortunately, it got stuck behind Nintendo Switch Online’s new overpriced expansion pack subscription tier. The Wii Virtual Console and Wii U also have similar adaptations, but these mimicked the original N64 version more closely and have been omitted from the list below for brevity.


NSO has the worst version of Ocarina Of Time


Nintendo Switch Online has the worst version of Ocarina of Time

The latest version of Ocarina of time is also unfortunately his worst. In a cruel destiny monkey’s paw, the game finally arrived on Switch – as many had hoped – but it was part of the NSO expansion pack and is ultimately a technical inferiority to previous versions. Players who start Ocarina of time on the emulated version of NSO will immediately notice that there is a significant amount of input lag. The original had a bit too much, but it wasn’t nearly as bad. There are also a host of graphical downsides, including missing atmospheric effects, Switch Ocarina of Time’s water textures worse than the original, missing reflections, lighting and shadow issues, etc. The ONS version of Ocarina of time is still perfectly playable, but it still doesn’t match the original version.


The original Ocarina Of Time is retained by the N64


The original Ocarina of Time is retained by N64 hardware

Retro video game enthusiasts would proclaim that the only true way to live Ocarina of time is on its original hardware. There can be incredible sentimental value to playing on an N64, but it also comes with hardware limitations that have been addressed by later versions of the game. The packaging states that Ocarina of time East “Designed for N64 Rumble Pak“, which was a separate peripheral to bring rumble to the N64 controller. Without the Rumble Pak, the Death Stone (admittedly a non-essential item) was useless. The dated nature of the original N64 version also has some modern concerns over resolution and frame rate, although neither of these were particularly bad for the time. Overall, the original iteration is basically a benchmark for comparison with others, and is still the hallowed title which may have only recently been surpassed by breath of the wild as the best game of all time.


The GameCube elevates the N64 version of Ocarina


Link learns Epona Song Ocarina of Time

In the big comparison diagram, the GameCube and N64 versions of Ocarina of time are essentially the same. A major advantage of the GameCube version, however, is that of posterity. The N64 may have more trouble running on new screens, and the higher resolution of the GameCube version will look better on LEDs and OLEDs anyway. Coupled with a higher frame rate, the GameCube version works better for modern sensibilities. The GameCube controller also has built-in rumble, which means the Death Stone will still work, but the controller is simultaneously causing a minor inconvenience. The C Stick is less intuitive for Ocarina of Time’s controls than the original C buttons, and while these inputs are doubly mapped to X, Y, and Z for the GameCube as well, these are just as confusing since Z (above the controller) maps to Down C.


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The 3DS has the best version of Ocarina Of Time


The 3DS has the best version of Ocarina of Time

3D Ocarina of Time is the most complete reinvention of the classic N64. With help from the developers at Grezzo, Nintendo made significant graphical updates for this remastered version, which many fans want to port to Switch. 3D effects may come down to personal preference, but the overall graphical fidelity of environment textures, character models, and lighting is unmatched by any other version of Ocarina of time. The 3DS version is also the most complete of the bunch. Not only does he understand main questas mentioned before, but it also has a boss challenge mode where players can fight individual bosses for new highs or take them all one after the other in a gauntlet with just five hearts.

The 3DS version also brings gameplay improvements, taking into account the hardware. Major annoyances like having to enter the pause screen to equip and remove Iron Boots (one of the reasons the Water Temple is most hated Zelda dungeon) have been fixed using the 3DS touchscreen to allow for more intuitive inventory management. Likewise, the Agony Stone has been replaced with the Agony Fragment, as the 3DS does not have rumble abilities. Gyro aiming is also available for items like the Slingshot and Fairy Bow. Ocarina of time is a timeless classic, and can still be fully enjoyed in its original incarnation, but the 3DS remaster is the definitive version of the game.


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