One of the many new features with the remake of Ocarina of Time 3D is the inclusion of the Boss Challenge. At any point during the quest, Link can return to his tree house in Kokiri Forest. Inside his tree house this time around, Link will have the option of talking to his own bed. In doing so he’ll have choice of going to sleep, which basically allows you to rest up and fill up your hearts. However, the more interesting decision is the option to relive the various boss battles in the game. It is here that you literally can just battle with any of the bosses that you have already defeated in the game.
There are a few new features this time around during the boss battles. The first of which involves simple record keeping. Each time you defeat a boss during the boss challenge, it will tally up your victory and will always show the total number of times you’ve defeated that particular boss. Additionally, it will give you a time stamp of how long it took for you to defeat this particular boss. If you click the screenshot to the left, you can see that the record for beating King Dodongo for that particular user was 40.16 seconds. This is a cool feature that basically will allow you to compete with friends for the fastest completion times.
The coolest part of the Boss Challenge has got to be the Boss Gauntlet. Just as the name suggests, this feature will allow you to take on the bosses, starting with Queen Gohma, then to King Dodongo, and going all the way through. However, throughout the challenge you will not be able to restore your life between battles. Thus, you are limited to your full health, as well as any bottled items that you might have with you. This is similar to the Savage Labyrinth or Cave of Ordeals from the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Although personally, it feels more like the Take ‘Em All On challenge from Spirit Tracks, since in that mini-game you actually fought all the bosses again consecutively.
That’s not all, but the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time 3D will have its own Boss Challenge guide. This main difference here is with the Master Quest all enemies do 2x the amount of damage to Link. So just imagine that challenge… Going through every single boss… with no recovery time in between battles… and with each boss doing double the amount of damage! Now that is truly something for the hardcore Zelda fan!
During my playable demo with the game, I battled with Phantom Ganon of the Forest Temple and with Morpha of the Water Temple. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled with easy boss battles in recent games such as Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass, but these battles actually gave me a hard time! I clearly was a bit rusty with my Ocarina of Time play, but I actually lost a life when battling with Phantom Ganon. (I definitely blame that on me trying to adjust to the Nintendo 3DS Gyroscope controls). I battled Phantom Ganon a second time and crushed him before moving on to my battle with Morpha. I didn’t quite complete that battle as it was time to move on to one of the other portions of the demo. Either way, this feature is definitely a huge bonus, and with the record keeping, the boss gauntlets, and the more difficult master quest versions, it truly is an amazing bonus feature.
There is still so much more to talk about from my experience with Ocarina of Time 3D, so be sure to check back very soon to get the latest from the game. Until then, let us know what you think about this newest addition to the game. Do you think you’ll be able to make it through the Boss Gauntlet on the Master Quest all the way through? Are you looking forward to the competitive battle times with your friends? Be sure to let us know by posting in the comments below.
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