The launch trailer for the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hit Japan early today/late last night. It shows off the visual and aural upgrades as well as the nostalgic bliss we all remember.
Check it out:
That trailer made me go on a quick Wikipedia and Google Image Search trip to relive the glory of what once was. And amidst all of the fan art, the sales figures, the re-releases and the overwhelming trove of critical acclaim was the release date.
Ocarina of Time originally released in the fall of 1998. That’s nearly 13 years ago. Let that soak in.
If you were alive and can remember attending the midnight release for that game or getting it for Christmas, as was the case with me, you’re probably feeling pretty depressed. It’s been 13 years since Nintendo released this titan. That’s a long time.
The crazy part of all of this is that it’s still remembered as one of the best gaming experiences of all time. In 13 years, not many games have upset this beast in its reign over our memories and our standards. Ocarina of Time served as a point of comparison for years after it dropped, and now it stands as a piece of art and an industry classic.
The chance to relive the glory on a new handheld that’s been struggling is exceptional. I will be getting The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS as soon as I can.