Zelda: Ocarina of Time PC port adds option to close Navi
A major update for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time PC port has arrived, as Ship of Harkinian version 3.0.0 introduces a host of cheats, new difficulty options, framerate support well above 200 FPS and a randomizer mode.
You can download the new version of the port on the Developers Discord (opens in a new tab). You’ll need your own Ocarina of Time ROM to provide the game’s assets – a move the developers seem to be hoping will keep the project from clashing with Nintendo’s lawyers. (It’s worked so far for the old Super Mario 64 PC port, at least.) This release adds support for Linux machines on Windows PCs and even introduces a Wii U port.
3.0.0 is big on difficulty settings, allowing you to multiply the damage Link takes for a more challenging experience. But there are also cheats if you want to make it easier – you can use a shield with Biggoron’s sword, get a fireproof Deku shield, remove Epona’s fatigue meter, or add Metal-style vision cones Gear Solid to the Hyrule Castle guards.
There are also cheats that don’t really adjust the difficulty, but just remove some of the boredom of the original game. You can speed up climbing or speed up chest opening animation. But perhaps more importantly, there’s an option to remove Navi’s constant interruptions – a sticking point from the original game that has remained an infamous frustration all these decades later.
The full list of new features is too long to list here – watch the video below – but you can also now bind more selectable items using a modern controller’s D-pad. There are comprehensive camera controls to allow you to rotate your perspective in 3D environments. Frame rates can now go well beyond 200 FPS, if you have the screen to support it. And you can even customize your UI, moving things like the dungeon minimap where you want them.
On top of all that, there’s a new randomizer mode, which can give you endless ways to replay Ocarina by shuffling the locations of key items. You could get an Ocarina Tune at the top of Dodongo Cavern, where you would normally get a Piece of Heart, or get the Master Sword by playing a mini-game in Hyrule Castle Town. Sheikah Stones will apparently give you clues on where to find items as you go.
Which of best N64 games will be next in line for the major fan update?