Ocarina of Time

Will We Ever See an Ocarina of Time HD?

Mases HagopianAugust 24th, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

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Ocarina of Time is one of the greatest games Nintendo has ever made and it’s become apparent that Nintendo will do everything it can to recycle that game over and over. It released on the N64, and then re-released alongside the Master Quest on the GameCube. It was released yet again as part of the Zelda Collector’s Edition on the GameCube, and then when the Nintendo Wii launched, Ocarina of Time was one of the first games on the virtual console. Jump ahead to 2011 and Ocarina of Time was graphically upgraded for its Nintendo 3DS release.

Now that Nintendo has made the Wind Waker HD… it makes me think that it is inevitable that Nintendo will eventually make an Ocarina of Time HD as well. With Hyrule Warriors coming out this year, Zelda Wii U sometime in 2015, and of course the possibility of Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as the next new Zelda title for the 3DS, the Zelda series looks to be a bit crowded in 2014 and 2015. Ocarina of Time HD seems like such a sure-fire way for Nintendo to pull that much needed extra bit of revenue. So what do you think, will Ocarina of Time HD ever be made? Make the jump to hear my thoughts.

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Ocarina of Time: The Musical

BrookeAugust 22nd, 2014 by Brooke

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 4.47.46 PMThere are several elements of the Zelda franchise, including multimedia projects and materials. However, musicals based on video games are considerably rare, and there is one based on Ocarina of Time available on YouTube. A group by the name of The League of Extraordinary Thespians uploaded a fan made musical based on the events of Ocarina of Time, all for a fundraiser for pediatric cancer.

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Hyrule-Warriors-OoT-27With Hyrule Warriors release in Japan, we’ve been gaining a lot of information and footage the last few days.  And with Hyrule Warriors’ release drawing near North America, we’ve been ever-so impatient to get our hands on the next installment of the Zelda Series.

Recently, footage showcasing Link sporting his Ocarina of Time Costume has been uploaded via YouTube, and you can see it after the jump.  I think we’ve all been waiting for the chance to watch Link wiping out hoards of enemies in his classic attire.  Pre-ordering the title at Gamestop will score you his Ocarina of Time Costume, along with Princess Zelda’s.

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zelda3dsxl618pxhedimgTo some, it may be no surprise that both Legend of Zelda 3DS titles, Ocarina of Time 3D and A Link Between Worlds currently remain on the Top 10 list of of best selling 3DS games to date. According to a Nintendo’s latest Press Report, both games combined have sold over an astounding 2.48 million copies in the U.S. alone.

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EPONA USA

Colonel-MajoraJuly 29th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

UntitledEvery now and then, one of those “what did I just watch?” kind of videos pops up on YouTube, that is just so random and absurd that you feel the need to watch it watch it several times to absorb its strange alure. When we are really lucky, a Zelda-related one appears, like this one featuring Epona. And cars. There are really no good ways to describe it.

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Deku_ShieldKickstart your Zelda adventures with a original Deku Shield! Brian Rice recently created a project that includes a wooden Deku shield, leather keychain, and a handcrafted Triforce bracelet made available on the website Kickstarter. This Kickstarter campaign has a modest goal of 300 USD but has now pledged over eight times that amount.

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post-for-zeldaVideo games can serve as a sanctuary and personal journey. Solidarity can be found within the positive and even therapeutic results as referenced by a touching story about a young girl and Ocarina of Time. Producer Eiji Aonuma shares his moving words with fans about this young girl and how Zelda changed her life.

Hit the jump to hear what he said!

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UntitledLongtime members of the online Zelda fandom have likely come across the “BEN Drowned” creepypasta (essentially an internet horror story) about a haunted Majora’s Mask cartridge. Drawing inspiration from the already creepy qualities of the N64 classic, the story has long captivated Zelda fans with its disturbing imagery and themes. Not all Zelda-related creepypastas, however, can match its quality. YouTube personality Yuriofwind recently took a look at a hilariously bad Zelda creepypasta on his popular video segment, “Bull**** Creepypasta Storytime”. Hit the jump to watch the video. Read more…

0Egoraptor, popular online animator, has made a new episode of his Sequelitis series, comparing A Link to the Past with Ocarina of Time. He examines many of the things that many Zelda fans never do. Honestly, he has probably signed himself up for some major backlash, since any argument against Ocarina of Time can be a dangerous venture, which he admits in the video itself, but he certainly makes some interesting arguments that one should hear before making any judgments.

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220px-OoT_HookshotZelda fan products are now branching off into 3D printed objects! On Etsy, user AmphigoryDesign creates an amazing Hookshot replica from Ocarina of Time through the complex technology of a three-dimensional printer.

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Lyrical Associations with The Legend of Zelda

A childhood obsession with The Legend of Zelda series is a difficult thing to put behind you as an adult. All it takes is the crow of a bird to send my mind into a spiral of nostalgia, reminiscing about the first time I gazed upon the sheer terror of Ganon’s Castle in Ocarina of Time.

The Legend of Zelda has never provided us with an ending song such as Xenoblade Chronicles’ ‘Beyond the Sky’ or The Last Story’sToberu Mono.’ Never has the series ended with a song that succinctly sums up the experience of the game through verse.

That’s why when I listen to the lyrics of some songs, I just can’t help but let my mind wonder back to those times spent with a controller in hand, Link on my screen and an adventure beckoning. The following is a look at some lyrics from songs that I have come to associate with The Legend of Zelda.

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1SpeedDemosArchive and SpeedRunsLive are now live on Twitch.tv for their joint effort to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. For the next full week, 24 hours a day, speedrunners will play games from loads of different series, and giving out awesome prizes to people donating for the cause. Make sure to look out for the Zelda games coming up throughout the marathon!

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Life Lessons From the Gorons

RabbitJune 19th, 2014 by Rabbit

OoTGoronFor many gamers, the most memorable games are those that make impressions on us, show us new things, or give us some food for thought. Large games incorporate philosophy to build up the moral environment and bring life and character to NPCs, creating contrast between you and the various locations you are allowed to visit. Though simple in comparison to multi-player online games, the Zelda franchise excels at providing differing “communal” personalities, where each race has their own universal values and thoughts throughout the games. Philosophy is, in itself, an act of interpretation and justification, something that we fans do all the time with any and all Zelda games. If the potential of the franchise to teach and guide was not there, none of us would have such passionate beliefs regarding the characters, circumstances and worlds within the games. Though these aspects are more apparent in modern titles, like Ocarina of Time, it’s understandable that a good story took a backseat to mechanics in early game formats.

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n0KW2m4Ocarina of Time is one of the most well known titles in the series. Ports of the game have been made available for several different Nintendo platforms, including an official remake for the Nintendo 3DS. In the past, modders have created a countless number of texture packs, made the single player game multiplayer, has been recreated in Minecraft by our good friends at GenGAME, and an attempt was made to recreate the entire game in a 2D A Link to the Past style game.

Now a small group of modders on the Maco64 forum are attempting to recreate the Nintendo 64 classic with a brand new engine.Go ahead and make the jump inside for some pictures, a video, and how you can help.

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Taylor Davis Covers Bolero of Fire on Violin

Colonel-MajoraMay 15th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

1Popular YouTuber and violinist Taylor Davis has covered Ocarina of Time‘s Bolero of Fire. Of course, the Bolero itself is rather short, so Taylor took the liberty of adding her own spin on it, and added some epic backing music.

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UntitledMichael Eurek, an avid animator at Vimeo, has recreated the Temple of Time from Ocarina of Time, using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. It is always great to see old games we love recreated in modern quality, but videos like this also give fans an idea of what we might be able to expect for future games.

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Ocarina of Time Hack Makes Link a Violent Assaulter

Colonel-MajoraApril 28th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

Navi___Hey_Listen_by_GENZOMANA YouTuber named Hextator has created some interesting Ocarina of Time hacks, and among them is a code that lets you run straight up to NPCs and strike them down. Whether that is cruel or fun is really up to the player. Hextator has made some videos demonstrating the results, so that you can decide for yourself whether it is a hack worth making.

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1 Archaois of Zelda Informer is currently making his way through Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask over at his Twitch page, but rather than play them both seperately, he has decided to player them at the same time with only one controller He is making great headway, considering the clearly difficult control scheme.

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Greed and Hatred: A History of the Sheikah

Former StaffApril 25th, 2014 by Former Staff

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It’s no secret that the Zelda universe is filled with many different races, some humanoid, like the Gerudo and the Kokiri, and some with traits from other creatures, like the Zoras and the Mogmas. And while none of the races have any extensive backstory behind their presence in the land of Hyrule, it seems that there could be one for the the Sheikah, also known as the Messengers of the Goddess. Through many subtle clues and much research, one can see the shadow of a story behind the Sheikah race, and it is, unfortunately, not a happy one.

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Master Sword Replicas

DevonApril 21st, 2014 by Devon

Master_Sword_in_the_Lost_WoodsWe all have our way of showing our love for the Zelda series. Some show it by cosplay, others do it with tattoos, and then you have some make real life replicas of the Master Sword. Yes, life sized replicas of the sword that repels all evil and helps Link save the princess and free the land of Hyrule game after game. Over the course of two years, hard work, and trial and error, creator kevlargorilla has step by step created amazing Master Swords. The swords that he has chosen for his art are the ones from Ocarina Of Time and Skyward Sword.

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Super-Smash-Bros-Final-DestinationMasahiro Sakurai has revealed a new feature of the Gerudo Valley stage in the 3DS version of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. As was revealed in the recent Nintendo Direct, almost every stage will have its own Final Destination mode, leaving a blank, unobstructed platform to fight on, and Gerudo Valley is one of those special stages.

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1000px-Kokiri_ForestFew Zelda games, or games in general, have made as big of an impact on the world of gaming as Ocarina of Time. While all of the areas in this game are memorable, intriguing and challenging, none are more important than Kokiri Forest. This wooded village might seem like a wonderful place in which to live, especially since the game sets it up to be nothing short of an in-game utopia. However, the personal fairies and the lack of any real responsibilities cannot change the fact that Kokiri Forest would be a horrible place in which to live, especially for the Kokiri. Hit the jump to find out why!

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UntitledA group of musicians on YouTube by the name of moonbowmusicmovie has done a great cover of the Hyrule Field theme from Ocarina of Time. The cover is a collaboration with an ocarina player named Milt Ocarina, and the entire composition works very well.

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UntitledPopular Zelda speedrunner Cosmo Wright has recently beaten the world record time for completing Ocarina of Time. The previous “any%” world record holder, skater82297, had beaten the game in a solid 19 minutes, but Cosmo managed to sneak past that time by a mere four seconds, landing a record of 18 minutes and 56 seconds.

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Milk Bar logoWelcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings. Today we will be continuing in the mini-series, where we look at various songs from the Zelda Series for Guitar sheet music book, filled with songs from nearly every Zelda game out when the book was released. This time, we will be looking at songs from Ocarina of Time, that have been included in the collection. The book features six different Ocarina of Time songs, but like usual, we will be looking at three specially chosen songs, for both story and technicalities. Of course, since the songs have been adapted for guitar, numerous things have been changed, and from that the story has also been changed With that in mind, hit the jump below to see what we have in store!

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Fan Makes 14 Karat Gold Zora Sapphire Ring

Colonel-MajoraMarch 11th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

Zora's_SapphireA talented jewelry maker named mooredesign13 on deviantART has made a very impressive ring based on Ocarina of Time‘s Zora Sapphire. It is a solid 14 karat gold ring with inlaid sapphire and is accented with real pearls and a diamond at the center. It may have already been claimed, but it hard not to simply view the piece and appreciate the work put into it.

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UntitledA Minecraft map-maker named Kezsonaj is on the way to creating a full-scale remake of Ocarina of Time‘s world. Everything is set to be recreated – Hyrule Castle, Kakariko Village, all of the dungeons – every single area and structure that you can freely enter, and more. Plus, players will apparently be able to move between the two time periods that Ocarina of Time spans. This really seems like the Minecraft map that many Zelda fans have been waiting for, and you can get a preview of it in Kezsonaj’s new trailer!

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NFL Player Tweets His Love for Zelda

Colonel-MajoraFebruary 12th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

UntitledIt is always great to see celebrities post on the web about their love for Zelda, and any other video game really, but what we tend to see very little of are such posts coming from sports players. Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and self-proclaimed nerd, has tweeted an ever-so-popular Ocarina of Time joke, showing us that the stereotypical line between jocks and geeks is slowly fading away.

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zelda3dVery rarely do we take notice of the emotions of fictional characters within video games. While some games have an emphasis on emotion as a central theme, the Zelda games, especially in earlier installments, generally do not. Due to the subjective nature of emotions, it is difficult to determine what makes any particular person happy, sad, angry, etc. However, Link’s experiences in Majora’s Mask would seem to suggest that his time in Termina was more emotionally satisfying than his time spent in his native land of Hyrule. Hit the jump to read about Link’s strife in Hyrule in Part One!

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Milk Bar Mornings: Fire Dungeons

MaanavLinkJanuary 15th, 2014 by MaanavLink

Milk Bar logoWelcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings, a weekly block where we analyze songs for their story and technicalities. Since it is so cold outside here, I thought there would be no better way to get nice and warm than listening to themes for some of the hottest places in the series, the fire dungeons. Fire dungeons have played a major role in the series, appearing in nearly every game in the series. The dungeons often include fire bursting out of the ground and shaky bridges over pit of lava. Numerous games in the series have featured these dungeons in Death Mountain, a mountain that occasionally is portrayed as an active volcano. So let’s hit the jump to see what dungeons we will be looking at today!

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Zelda and Philosophy: Fate and Free Will

Former StaffJanuary 13th, 2014 by Former Staff

SocratesWhat is it that controls our respective destinies? Do we have a choice in where life takes us, or is every chapter of our lives mapped out, fated to follow one singular path despite our feelings of our own freedom? Questions like this have plagued the philosophical world for centuries, and The Legend of Zelda is a franchise where the debate is prevalent. Do the people of Hyrule and its many parallel countries have a say in their futures, or did the goddesses devise a plan for the world that would undoubtedly play out the way they had designed? Hit the jump to see how this philosophical conundrum plays out in a myriad of ways in the different games!

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images-5 The Legend of Zelda games will sometimes have an instrument with magical properties that are needed to complete the game. These instruments are a core part of the game they’re featured in and can be fun to play with. This will be a general overview of the instrument use in the game and plot. The instruments that I will be discussing in this series are actually instruments and are vital to completing the game, so you will not see me discuss things like the Ocarina of Winds or Wolf Link’s howling. Read more…

What Happened While Link was Asleep?

BrendaJanuary 9th, 2014 by Brenda

GanondorfOcarina of Time has been claimed to be one of the most popular games of all time. Part of its fame is due to its central plot mechanic: Link’s seven year period of unconsciousness, which separates the two time periods of his life; child and adult. Players may travel back and forth between the two eras, each presenting a different atmosphere as well as varying mini-games and activities. But there is a third section of time which is often overlooked: those seven consequential years of Link’s sleep, during which the land of Hyrule was revolutionized. Hit the jump to read about the changes that occurred during this time period and the general order in which they happened.

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Top 5 Dramatic Moments in Zelda

Former StaffJanuary 7th, 2014 by Former Staff

3582.link_In both of my last editorals, I mentioned how one of my favorite things about Zelda was how dramatic it can be when it wants to be. So, I decided to make a top five list of my favorite dramatic moments in Zelda’s history. These moments were chosen by me alone, and are among my favorite moments in Zelda all together. But there are also some major spoilers, so keep that in mind. Hit the jump to see my picks!

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Zelda Challenges: Three Heart Challenge

Former StaffJanuary 6th, 2014 by Former Staff

3heartchallengeIt seems to be the general consensus among Zelda fans that the majority of the games in the series are not the most challenging. There is almost always a fairly generous learning curve, and after the first couple of hours, players can usually get into a groove and can progress rather smoothly throughout their adventures. However, some choose to increase the difficulty by introducing their own elements that make the experience more enjoyable. One such challenge is the Three Heart Challenge, and if you want to read about it and my experience accepting the challenge in Ocarina of Time, hit the jump!

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