Posted on October 10 2021 by Joseph Berlinger
Mases and Gooey are back with another episode of the Hyrule Compendium! Join our hosts as they discuss the introduction of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask to Nintendo Switch Online. The question they seek to answer today is: Do the Nintendo 64 versions of these two popular Zelda games still hold up today? Since the matter of how well a game holds up falls in the realm of personal preference, the issue is multifaceted.
The original version of each game is certainly still playable. Granted, the N64 titles possess dated visuals thanks to that era’s gaming technology limitations. A decade and change later, the team at Grezzo developed Ocarina of Time 3D and Majora’s Mask 3D for the Nintendo 3DS. These ports boast improved textures, vibrant shading, updated GUIs, and some minor changes to gameplay and progression. With both versions of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask out in the wild, which will fans choose to play?
The choice may come down to simple accessibility. If one owns a 3DS, they have access to the ports; however, if one is a Switch owner with no 3DS, then the N64 versions are your only option to play Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. For those who happen to have both consoles, then the choice of whether to play the ports or original games comes down to preference. For example, I find the 3D versions of both Zelda adventures to be more vibrant and appealing. The streamlined menu systems and minor changes give them an enjoyable refresh. On the other hand, there are many Zelda players who really dig the darker visuals and somber atmosphere that the N64 created. In their case, that style of artwork sets a more epic tone and makes Link’s journey feel more profound.
But what do you think? If you have Nintendo Switch Online, will you play the N64 versions of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask? Let us know in the comments below.