The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is often times given the label as the greatest video game of all time, but it was quite a long road for it to get to that level. Part of what made Ocarina of Time such a huge commercial success, was the massive buildup for the game, and much of that started way back in 1995. At Nintendo’s video game trade show known as Space World, Nintendo showed a video filled with clips from a bunch of games that were being developed including Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, and what was known at the time as simply Zelda64. The clip for Zelda was spliced up, but all together it ran at under 12 seconds and here it is. The silent video below is the first glimpse of what would eventually become known as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Link is shown battling with a shiny metallic knight and the Link resembles that of the Link from the original Legend of Zelda and Adventure of Link. Ocarina of Time was originally being built on the same engine that Super Mario 64 used, as can somewhat be seen in the video, but was later modified so much that the end result was far different than this original demo.
This video has been added to a new section at the site, Zelda Trailers and Demos. I will be uploading videos and adding more to this page over the coming weeks. Be sure to head on over to our Zelda Forums to discuss this interesting clip.