Universal acclaim - based on 85 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    Beautiful graphics, that wonderful soundtrack, the enthralling story and that damn annoying fairy, the 3DS version has it all and is easily the best port to ever be made of the legend.
  2. Sep 29, 2011
    Even though the game is just a remake of a twelve year old title it is still the best game currently on a handheld and the only reason to own a 3DS right now.
  3. Sep 16, 2011
    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still, thirteen years after its initial release, one of the best adventure games out there. The refurbished 3DS-version looks stunning with its improved graphics and the control had been successfully adapted for the handheld console. Games like these are the reasons we love gaming.
  4. Jul 24, 2011
    Whether revisiting Hyrule for the umpteenth time, or paying your first visit, prepare to be dazzled by one of the finest gaming experiences ever created.
  5. Jul 10, 2011
    In the end, a curious paradox remains: a game with a plot that is about time and does not care even a bit for it, because it's completely timeless.
  6. Jul 6, 2011
    If the thought of playing Ocarina of Time anywhere and anytime thrills you, or if you haven't experienced it before, this is the title that's worth buying a 3DS for. However, if you've bought it three times before, or you've had your fill of Ocarina, there's not enough new here to warrant a purchase. No matter what camp you fall into, this is the definitive version of a truly classic game, and a blast to play, 13 years on.
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    To give Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D anything other than a maximum score would be an insult.
  8. Jun 28, 2011
    Nintendo's masterpiece withstood the test of time and the years that passed after its initial release. Simply put, the best reason to own a 3DS!
  9. Jun 27, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is genius.
  10. Jun 27, 2011
    Ocarina of Time is just gorgeous on 3DS. It's incredible how well this game has aged, and even more impressive how this version managed to fix the few flaws the N64 original had.
  11. Jun 27, 2011
    I wonder how anything will ever better Ocarina of Time in its small but vital corner of this bloated industry.
  12. Jun 24, 2011
    We knew then that Miyamoto and co had made a classic, but it's only now that we can see just how revolutionary Ocarina of Time actually was.
  13. Jun 23, 2011
    Yes, the actual game has never looked or played better and the game stands tall more than dozen years after its release.
  14. Jun 20, 2011
    It's almost as important as a historical record as it is a game that's still enjoyable today.
  15. 100
    Improvements are everywhere, and if you've already played this gem on the N64, there's enough goodies here to warrant a re-visit. If you're new to the game, there's a whole world of experiences waiting for you. This is the reason to get a 3DS – it doesn't get any better than this.
  16. Jun 17, 2011
    Just like the original game, Ocarina of Time 3D is simply the best action-adventure ever created… and maybe the best reason to buy a Nintendo 3DS.
  17. Jun 17, 2011
    We're also huge fans of the gyroscopic controls, allowing you to aim Link's slingshot by physically tilting the system, or going into a first person view to get a better look at the beautiful world. Great stuff.
  18. Jun 16, 2011
    A perfectly judged makeover for what remains possibly the best arcade adventure ever made.
  19. Jun 16, 2011
    A remastered masterpiece. A reminder of why we play video games. A slice of interactive heaven. A damn good game.
  20. Jun 16, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Not much more really needs to be said. The title is almost eponymous with quality and should be in every gamer's collection.
  21. Jun 15, 2011
    This game is one of the greatest things that video games have ever achieved.
  22. Jun 14, 2011
    Beautiful visuals, improved controls, exceptional pacing and engrossing gameplay are all present and correct. The N64 version is an all-time gaming classic, but this is truly the finest edition of Ocarina of Time.
  23. Jun 6, 2011
    Ocarina of Time 3D is, and forever will be, pure unadulterated bliss, taking the original title and making it essential gaming all over again.
  24. Jun 2, 2011
    Diving into this 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is proof enough of how much the original was ahead of its time, thirteen years ago. Today, with but a subtle graphical overhaul of its hero and game world, Ocarina of Time 3D manages to become a must-have of 2011. Even though you'll probably not experience the whole adventure with the 3D on, the touch interface, so comfortable for such a game, is a major enhancement of the comfort one has when diving in this epic tale blessed with a charm and some magic that seem, indeed, timeless.
  25. Jul 18, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is not just a good game but it's a great game and really showcases the capabilities of Nintendo's latest and greatest console, the 3DS. With amazing visuals, a sturdy control system and 3D to die for, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a must have title for the 3DS and if you're into adventure games, than it doesn't get more adventurous than this.
  26. 99
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the best thing that could have happened to the Nintendo 3DS and its lack of hit titles. Epic, fascinating and unique in its genre, this remake is probably one of the best 3DS games of the year.
  27. Jul 6, 2011
    Ocarina of Time's poise and pacing were utterly perfect, and that hasn't changed at all for this iteration, despite the passage of time since release being some 12+ years (it's not quite 13) - a testament to the timelessness of the game.
  28. Jun 20, 2011
    A legendary game that returns as strong as ever thanks to its enhancements, the 3D vision and the addition of extra modes. A must-have for videogame lovers.
  29. The pacing of the story has a Disney-like quality to it, building moment by moment to the crescendo of its conclusion. It is nothing short of magical.
  30. Jun 17, 2011
    There's still a part of me who questions the reason why Nintendo didn't release this remake on day one alongside the handheld. It would have incentified hardware sales considerably. Still, the game is releasing this weekend and every single 3DS owner around the world needs to own it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 822 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 236
  1. Jun 19, 2011
    OoT was an amazing game in 1998. It was many gamers first experiences with such a large, seemingly open world game. There was so much to do,OoT was an amazing game in 1998. It was many gamers first experiences with such a large, seemingly open world game. There was so much to do, and such a highly rewarding feeling of exploration. Many of the N64 era of gamers consider this to be one of the greatest games ever made. Thankfully, this version of OoT doesn't change any of the original game features or mechanics, however it does add a few features that take advantage of the 3ds hardware. Is this game still to be considered the best game ever made? Or is nostalgia a greater factor than the actual aspects of the game?

    Well, many die hard Zelda fans may be dismayed to hear this, but nostalgia is a HUGE factor of whether or not gamers will feel that this game is still amazing. Players who have never played OoT before this are surely going to love the story, the music, and the exploration and atmosphere, but may not feel it is one of the best games of all time.

    But as for the many of us who fell in love with the original, this is the same game, plain and simple. The 3ds specific features are overall enjoyable, but not game changing or breaking for that matter. the gyroscopic controls are a surprisingly well implemented idea. The 3D effect adds depth, and definitely has some moments that actually pop from the screen, however, again, it isn't game changing or necessary. Like it or not, OoT is just as amazing now as it was in 98. With the revamped graphics, the master quest, boss rush, and optional hints for newer players, this game is surely deserving of the attention of anyone who enjoys video games.
    Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    This game is really one of the greatest games ever made, and has aged incredibly well. I havent played it since the original release more thanThis game is really one of the greatest games ever made, and has aged incredibly well. I havent played it since the original release more than a decade ago (although I played it for a while on the Gamecube collection) and this is an extremely well done remake. The graphics are much nicer, and the 3D really gives them an whole new level of polish. This is a must have for both old Legend of Zelda fans who have experience it before (so you can experience the absolute best version of one of the best games of all time) and for all the people who never got the privilege of playing this before. Dont listen to the haters, this is an absolute gem, a game I would gladly buy a 3DS just for playing it (although I didnt, there are a ton of announced games for it that im sure will be amazing). If you are still on the fence, stop reading and go BUY IT! And if you are about to play it for the first time ever or replay it since the original release (like me), brace yourself and get really to lose yourself in one of the most magical and just plain fun games ever. Full Review »
  3. Jul 5, 2011
    Quite possibly the best version of Ocarina of Time. The game is the same, but the graphics, some sounds and of course the 3D and gyro sensorQuite possibly the best version of Ocarina of Time. The game is the same, but the graphics, some sounds and of course the 3D and gyro sensor features add some welcomed improvements. As for the 3D in particular - it is excellent, it adds depth to everything and does not feel 'tacked-on'. I would definitely recommend this game if you have, or are considering a Nintendo 3DS. Full Review »