The Legend of Zelda BETA on the Oculus Rift

JessicaFebruary 23rd, 2014 by Jessica

Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 10.00.36 AMThe original Legend of Zelda has made it’s way on to various Nintendo consoles through the generations of re-releases and even emulated roms on other devices. While many games are currently being developed for the Oculus Rift, some classics such as the NES Legend of Zelda are already undergoing a beta revealing the virtual 8-bit reality of Hyrule in 3D.

Hit the jump for glimpse of the overworld and first dungeon in first person 3D!

Currently, beta 1.0 only allows enough progress to beat the first dungeon. The first video by YouTuber Vaecon shows a brief demo of  beta 1.0 in the overworld. The second video below by YouTuber YOGSCAST Martyn shows a playthrough of the first dungeon.

In case you’re wondering how to get a hold of an Oculus Rift, the Oculus Rift Developer Kit is available for roughly 300 USD. Hopefully the Oculus Rift Legend of Zelda version will be completed before the Rift is released for public retail. Perhaps there will even more of your favorite classic NES titles reworked for the Oculus Rift

How do you like the the 3D and first person perspective through Link’s eyes on the Rift? Would you play the NES classic more often having it on the Oculus Rift version? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: YouTube

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  • HeroofLime

    This AWESOME

  • DestroyerOfClockTown

    This is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen.

  • Ghirahim

    Wow, I really want to play this but 300$? I wish ZD would post an article with something reasonably priced.

    • LordSlayaton

      Not many things have reasonable prices if they aren’t or can’t be mass produced. Zelda stuff is in that category. Oculus Rift should be released in 2014-16? Maybe. Probably more 15-16. There isn’t much for it yet, it will take some time.

  • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

    I don’t really like the third person, it looks weird, but thats my opinion

    • Ghirahim

      I agree it looks strange, but it’s still very cool; and very unique.

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        and the system needed is 300$. I’ll just get the Wii U

        • Ghirahim

          That’s what I would do, actually, I’d try to get the WW one. That one is awesome.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I’m just going to get the regular one, besides, it will be out of stock by then, unless its still being made, cause I need to get more Xbox 360 games.

        • Vink

          The Wii U basic edition $348 AUD, so 300$ for the oculus rift is not bad but yeah you probably are better off getting a Wii U.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            whats’ AUD? I’m Canadian so if it is a currency for another country can you tell me the price for Canada?

          • Yuga

            It’s about 250-300$, or at least that’s what it says in most stores I’ve been to.

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            Australian Dollars. And right now it is equal to Canadian dollars.

        • LordSlayaton

          300$ plus a good PC. Not going to be on consoles for a few more generations.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I don’t like PC. never knew why I don’t.

          • Essence Of The Triforce

            It seems too…complicated. Consoles are more simple to use.

    • Vink

      If you are talking about this video, it’s actually first person view, the original zelda game is top down view third person view.

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        oops, I meant first person.

        • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

          I was typing really fast

    • Ty Trego

      Yeah, but I don’t really know how else you would go about making this game an Oculus Rift compatible game.

    • Essence Of The Triforce

      Now you’re Demise?!? I’m confused!!

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        how is it confusing? I’m just transforming. maybe its cause I live on Yoshi’s Island…

        • Essence Of The Triforce

          Will you ever be an actual Yoshi?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            no, I’m just a Yoshi Fan, and Demise, sort of

          • Essence Of The Triforce

            Okay.

        • Essence Of The Triforce

          Maybe you’ll be a Yoshi sometime…

  • MrE

    While the virtual experience and seeing the original zelda in 3D look absolutely amazing, it is painful to watch this video with the guys audio commentary. I’m speechless how little he knows of its gameplay.

    • Kincaid1

      Yeah, he completely missed the Boomerang (the Boomerang IS in the 1st Dungeon, correct?), he nearly missed 2 Keys, and he didn’t know what the Map was until he opened his Inventory.

      • MrE

        He also didn’t know that the Goriya froze because he picked up the stopwatch. He thought it was “stuck”.

        • Kincaid1

          I’m pretty sure this video gave me cancer.

          • http://zeldadungeon.net/ Deku_Ocarina

            what? random, and i don’t believe you.

    • Technomancer_Mechus

      This guy has never played the original Zelda because it is before his time. He isn’t as huge of a Zelda fan as some people are.

  • Vink

    Oh great, there making virtual reality consoles, this is gonna fuck peoples eyes up like the virtual boy.

    • Technomancer_Mechus

      The virtual boy screwed up peoples eyes because it was Red and Black. Not because it was a VR console.

    • MrE

      I actually owned the Virtual Boy from day 1. It was never as bad as people made it out to be. I’d still own it if one of the screens hadn’t gone bad on mine. The worst part of the Virtual Boy wasn’t the screens, it was the lack of games. Mario Tennis and Red Alarm are great games. Nintendo played it safe by posting warnings are enabling a break/pause every 15 mins. The warnings for the VB are not much different than the warnings the 3DS has. I’d really like to see Nintendo release Mario Tennis and Red Alarm for the 3DS Virtual Console. They could allow the user to change the Red/Black to White/Black much like the VB emulators do.

  • Vink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bgfx8t0fmI Ocarina of Time in first person.

    • TheMightyDekuWarrior

      That was kinda epic.

      • http://zeldadungeon.net/ Deku_Ocarina

        so koool

    • Shootdatrupee!…

      Cuccocalypse!!

    • The pirate Tetra

      Lol the cuccos!

    • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

      Link, we hardly knew thee.

    • Essence Of The Triforce

      …The ending.

    • hollander

      Hahah that looks very funny.

    • The Doctor

      If I was Link, then I’d just ring that chicken’s neck like they do in the real world.

    • StationaryBomb

      Cucco dodging in FP would be horrible 100% death rate! Anyways u dumb link walk into a darn house then Cucco love u again :P

    • Zaptoid

      I thought of this when I saw the article.

    • zombie_eat_flesh

      The horror…

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    Now I’m curious if somebody’s gonna make a First Person OoT, you know, because OoT was originally a first person game

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      it was originally first person? I didn’t know that….

      • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

        Yeah development started in first person, but the creator of Links model wanted him to be shown off more. (Or something like that)

        EDIT: Go ask the Google box, I’m sure Google knows all.

        • StationaryBomb

          I’m glad they went 3rd person because I feel that LoZ players need to be aware of their surroundings or else its too hard, but FP OoT nowadays should totally be a project for full production.

          • The Doctor

            I know right! Just imagine being in FP, then hearing a re-dead screaming from behind you.

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            Now I need new underwear, thanks.

          • The Doctor

            Oh my goodnes. Watch this in 1440p. If you have an HD monitor, these graphics are awesome!

          • The Doctor

            oops, heres the link i forgot:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY9kXNmxQ8o

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            That does look beautiful! And the reread isn’t as scary… I just need to get a door frame and carry it around with me.

          • StationaryBomb

            1440 pixels exist!? Dangit the family bought the 70″ TV too soon :( Anyways looks wondurfulllz :)

          • The Doctor

            Yeah, I’ve always thought 1080p was the highest. I’m pretty sure my monitor only goes up to 1080p, and so does the Wii U.

          • StationaryBomb

            Sadly my TV and the WiiU are only 1080, maybe in an update it can be 1440 :D I just know my monitor is 1440.

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            There are 4K resolution TVs out there, it is insanity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution

          • StationaryBomb

            Daymn I need to get a UHDTV quick before content comes and drives up the demand and price!

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            Yeah man. They have been mastering movies in 4K for some time now so when it does get widely used there will be a boat load of content available.

          • StationaryBomb

            Whoah forget about getting that 4K TV Sony announced an 8K one two days ago!

            Also funny stuff, 4K UHDTV 84″ is $25K, 4K UHDTV 65″ is $4K, ITS OBVIOUS WHICH ONE YOU WANT TO GET… I mean the 65″ is only 5″ less than my current TV so not much size difference. I’m guessing because 8K is new it will be $6-8K when it comes out and when the demand goes up it will be $10-12K

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            That is crazy! We don’t need that much resolution! We already have to manually add blur to 1080p stuff so we don’t get headaches. lol

          • StationaryBomb

            I’m just fine seeing things as they should with my own two eyes inside a TV :P its really crazy though. Seeing perfect sight inside of a TV with perfect sight.

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            I think you just had a televinception.

          • DestroyerOfClockTown

            I was unaware that the GameCube could display anything in 1080 let alone 1440.

          • The Doctor

            You’re right. The GC only supports up to 480p, I believe. I’m not sure how they did this. It’s probably a mod or texture pack on the computer. I don’t know much about graphic changes.

          • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

            Yes, now that the masses have OoT memorized (I can’t be the only one)I would love to play the game fully in FP.

  • Merylas

    So… when Nintendo does it and calls it Virtual Boy, its a failure. When someone else does it and calls it Oculus Rift, they can sell it for $300 a pop? I’m aware there’s a difference, but its the same basic concept updated with modern technology.

    • Adam

      The difference is that the Oculus Rift is actually FUNCTIONAL.

    • Guest

      When a games system gives you a migraine after 45 seconds of playtime, yes, that’s generally considered a failure.

    • Kieroni

      uhh… No it isn’t. Have you looked at the Visual Boy’s gameplay?

  • Good Ganon

    It looks cool, but it just amp up the difficult up which means that the regular death rate for LoZ is probably going to increase by 5.

    • http://zeldadungeon.net/ Deku_Ocarina

      how’s it amped up in any way?
      i thought he last a while on his first life.

  • Farore’s Chosen

    on the one hand it looks cool on the other, my eyes started to hurt. :s I give him props for this, truly I do, but I’ll stick to the original thanks.

  • Christburner

    on one hand it looks awful on the other it seems as if either neither of these two have ever played The Legend of Zelda or they are the worst “youtuber game player throughers” ever. watching them play was terrible listening to them talk was worse. the virtual reality looks like life through the eyes of a racing horse wearing blinders. i dont know what “oculus rift” is but based on this i will not be doing any further investigating. side note: everything about remakes makes me feel like vomiting in my own anus.

    • Elliptical Catten

      PKMN Heart Gold and Soul Silver were remakes that improved massively…
      and yet you hate them.
      The VR wasn’t worse than the original graphics.

      • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

        heartgold and soulsilver are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          *A*mazing *M*asterpieces *A*stounding *Z*tunning *I*ntense and *N*othing *G*reater

  • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

    It hurts my brain, but in a good way.

  • http://zeldadungeon.net/ Deku_Ocarina

    sooo awesome.

    i’m back btw.

  • Essence Of The Triforce

    That was the best way to remake the original LoZ.

  • hollander

    Very cool, the outside world is boring but the dungeon was very nice
    and that boss is weak.

  • The Doctor

    Haha, I think that first person really makes Link look unskilled with the sword. All he does it jab it at everything, and this makes it even more obvious.

    I think FPSs should stick with first person, as the name implies. Third person is more fitting for a game like Zelda.

    • Elliptical Catten

      On that second part…
      what? I couldn’t understand you.
      I KNOW NOTHING

      • The Doctor

        FPS = first person shooter (like call of duty)

        • Elliptical Catten

          I am not an idiot. I knew that. I meant that the second part made no argument and is just a circle.

          • The Doctor

            Well, I didn’t want it to be an argument. I was just stating my opinion. First person view is good for FPS games, but I wouldn’t like to see it in an adventure game, such as Zelda, as third person does a good enough job there.

          • Elliptical Catten

            I herd you disliek metroid prime

          • The Doctor

            Where did you hear that from? The only Metroid games I’ve played are Metroid Fusion and Super Metroid, and I love them both.

          • Elliptical Catten

            NONONONON
            Metroid Prime
            first person adventure game

  • StationaryBomb

    FP Link is confusing! If its not top down or 3rd person view then whu whu WHERE AM I AUUUAUUAUAAU! Then killing the enemies is weird, false sense of being able to jump the small blocks, the HUD bar moves weirdly and is displayed poorly. BUT I HOPE THEY FIX IT IN UPDATES :D

  • Technomancer_Mechus

    I actually first saw the second video on youtube, and spent the entire time laughing at how little the guy knew about the game, and he’s been around longer than I have, (though not much longer) so it’s kind of funny, since I got to level 7 without this website, (edit: in the original) and level 8 with it.

  • Anon.

    They got the overworld theme wrong. The one playing is from Twilight Princess.

  • Zaptoid

    I’m kinda new at “waiting for a video game to come out”. Can someone please tell me when Super Smash Bros 4 will come out? You are all probably very used to this, so when in 2014 will it happen? I know no one knows, but come on, an estimate? Please?

    • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

      i also would like to know :D
      would someone give us an estimate please :D

      • StationaryBomb

        Hey Yepper haven’t seen you in awhile :)

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          yeah not trolling gets rather boring……… sigh :’(

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Yepper, no need to spam but I got banned on ZI. just saying DO NOT spam. I sent an email to them

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            thats wierd cuz i didnt get banned, and i spam on there way worse than u do XD

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I never really spam. I did once then I was done. I post on-topic stuff now.

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            hmmm maybe we should start a war again…… heheheheheh >;)

          • Elliptical Catten

            Pl0x no.

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            R U SURE? he did get banned for a terrible reason, one or two spams should just get u a warning, nathanial rumpol janc owner of zi himself said that “it takes ALOT to get banned here” obviously with yoshifan that wasnt the case

          • StationaryBomb

            Ill make an alt account XD

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            be careful, they can ban IP addresses too,

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            what are IP’s?

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            your computer addres

          • StationaryBomb

            alright nevermind :P

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            NO! no spamming. that will make everything worse.

          • The Master Sword

            God, it’s like a drug for you…

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            what is? :O

          • The Master Sword

            Spamming. I hope there’s rehab for stuff like this…

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            spamming where and what?
            ive gone through trolling rehab 4 whole times btw

          • The Master Sword

            That’s good.

    • StationaryBomb

      Summer 2014 at earliest X-Mas 2014 at latest.

      • DawnofaNewDay

        knowing nintendo, its probably gonna be christmas

        • StationaryBomb

          I agree, it will bump up the sales by a ton.

          • Zaptoid

            Dang… Thanks though.

  • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

    coolio article :D

  • TwiliTetra

    I prefer the top down view. It’s hard to see landmarks when everything is larger than you and more less look the same. It’s also harder to keep an internal compass when there is no clear indication of north and south. I know there’s a map, but I almost never used it when I played it.

  • Son Goku

    Watching the second video made me feel how dumb people have gotten. I mean, when he didn’t even know he had the map, or thought he had Mana! Dear Kami!

  • zeldamonsuperwholock origami

    You could never find your way around in that game. The top-down games are made the way that they are with puzzles varying from the 3d games for a reason. One of those being that there would be no way to navigate the top-downs. The 3d games would look very strange top-down. Even with my criticism, it was interesting.

    • Elliptical Catten

      Most of the puzzles in the 2D games are similar, though. Like moving a pot to get to a switch in ALttP’s first dungeon and the same thing in WW’s Windfall Prison (Tingle held there)

      • zeldamonsuperwholock origami

        Not really top-down in ww’s windfall prison.

        • Elliptical Catten

          Edit
          thx

  • Reincarnation_of_Link

    Wuuugh, just watching that made me nauseous. XS

    • Elliptical Catten

      How? Watching the gameplay of the first Halo game makes you sick, too?

      • Reincarnation_of_Link

        Unfortunately, yes. I don’t know why but I get dizzy watching this kind of thing, especially when he got to the part where he was running around and spinning really fast. I can’t do Halo or any other FPS, I can’t do the virtual reality games where you put the helmet on either, it hurts my eyes and gives me a headache. It’s rather frustrating :(

        • Elliptical Catten

          dayum

  • DawnofaNewDay

    MY GOD that looks sick

    • Elliptical Catten

      -?

  • Kieroni

    It looks amazing, but I can tell that it would make me sooooo sick, and I don’t even get sick for things like that! XD (Anyone else having Disqus troubles?)

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      what do you mean by disqus troubles?

      • ZeldaFan70096

        Answering o YoshiFan101: I think he means getting a picture for his little Link there. Answer to Kieroni’s question: I dunno.

    • Elliptical Catten

      I do not see how it can make you sick. You won’t get the equivalent of car sickness because you know where you will move, and the 3D is like looking through glasses with the same image on each.

  • ZeldaFan70096

    This doesn’t make me sick or anything. Why are you guys saying it’s bad?

  • ZeldaFan70096

    Are they actually making this?

  • Elliptical Catten

    They should have remade BS Zelda.

    • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

      they should remake MM Zelda :D …………in HD WII U! :D

      • DestroyerOfClockTown

        YES!…or a sequel where Ganondorf comes to Termina and steals Majoras Mask.

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          :D

      • Churze

        Nintendo really shouldn’t when they are having financial trouble like they are now…then again, Nintendo could do it. They were delirious enough to think WWHD was a system seller (they ignored that the reason people didn’t buy gamecube was because the software wasn’t appealing enough, so why would releasing it on a new system help this).

        • Elliptical Catten

          I blame Minecraft on Nintendo’s financial troubles. It isn’t really that good yet EVERYONE LOVES IT and updates are like AOLJUHIU to them. The updates since 1.4.7 have been dump, the game too heavy on the system for nothing, and it is just not as smooth as it could be. But still it has millions of purchases and is insanely popular.
          I played it for a while, but I used Mineshafter because I dislike paying money to single people with solid gold rocket cars on the moon.

        • The Master Sword

          But TWWHD was a system seller. Maybe not as much as they hoped, but it certainly helped. It was a fantastic game, and I know several people who bought a Wii U exclusively for that reason.

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            I agree, it over doubled wii u sales i believe :D

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          bytheway *pride* is totally awesome

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          have u seen the hd trailer? that would look alot better than the 3ds could ever do, and WW more than doubled the wii u sales

        • lucas

          there not having financial trouble

          • Churze

            Well, by financial trouble I meant “Wii U is bombing so they shouldn’t make a move that would fail in the long run like this.” Should have made that more clear.

  • Zaptoid

    That’s awesome!

  • Biggie

    FIRST PERSON MARIO!

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    My Uncle Connor got Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG use
    this link B­i­g­4­1­.­ℂ­o­m

  • JSBailey

    Almost reminds me of the original DOOM games, but DOOM looks a little better. i noticed when he grabbed the clock, that is should freeze every enemy within the screen (Original zelda), but how does that work here? I think some complain about feeling sick. It’s more so when you watch than play. If I watch games, I may sometimes feel it. Playing, extremely rare, I woudl almost have to already be feeling sick to feel worse.