Happy Friday everyone, Kris here!
Since the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the most searched for game after this year’s E3, I thought I would share the familiar and beloved Zelda game that got me interested in the franchise so long ago, the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Although not the first game in the Legend of Zelda franchise, Ocarina of Time is arguably one of the most popular. Released in Japan and North America in 1998, it was the first Legend of Zelda game to boast 3D graphics with the help of the now twenty-years-old Nintendo 64 console.
Ocarina of Time has received some of the highest praises and reviews of all time, with perfect and near-perfect scores from all sorts of game reviewers, such as GamePro, GameSpot, and IGN. It has been rereleased for the GameCube, the virtual console for both the Wii and the Wii U, and for the Nintendo 3DS, all to similar acclaim. It was fan-voted as the greatest Legend of Zelda game back in 2011 for the franchise’s 25th anniversary, beating out Majora’s Mask in the final round.
Ocarina of Time was one of those games that got me into video games in the first place. Like Super Mario RPG, Ocarina of Time was a game that I watched my uncle play until I had gotten the courage to play it myself. As a child, I had never beaten the game myself. Instead, my favorite part was when we became adult Link and saved Epona. Riding around on the horse, like in Twilight Princess or flying a Loftwing in Skyward Sword, was the best part of the game in my little child opinion.
A couple of years ago I had played it on the Wii’s virtual console, my memories transporting me back ages like Link himself when he time travels. The dungeons, the landscapes, the characters… Everyone, every piece of scenery — from the sages to the princess to the Gerudo king to Death Mountain to Lon Lon Ranch — had their own story to share and it was utterly amazing.
And the music…! The music, written by the brilliant Koji Kondo, will always make me nostalgic. Hearing remixes and refurbished versions of the songs in the later Zelda games, like Windwaker or Skyward Sword, always makes me smile. The Song of Time and Sheik’s Theme will always be a couple of my favorite pieces.
I’m definitely looking forward to the Breath of the Wild and, despite how it is reinventing the series, I’m sure that it will evoke such feelings and create memories that are on par with those from Ocarina of Time.
Have you played Ocarina of Time? How did you enjoy the game?