Universal acclaim - based on 85 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 84 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
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  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. Modojo
    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.
  31. Jun 19, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the perfect 3DS game for those looking for a title that will last for a long time. Although it is a port of the 13 year old original, the improvements in graphics, and new gameplay features, add just enough to the original formula to make this a must have title for everyone. I for one am happy to recommend this game to all those 3DS owners out there, from those who played the game so long ago, to those who have not had a chance to experience Nintendo gaming at it finest.
  32. Jun 17, 2011
    If you fell in love with Ocarina of Time when it originally released, the revamped visuals, new interface, and bonus content will be enough to get you back into the game. Ocarina of Time 3D truly shines on the 3DS, and even though this version is optimized for handhelds, it is definitely the ultimate version of the game.
  33. Jun 17, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a near perfect redesign of one of gaming's most iconic titles...Nothing more needs to be said.
  34. Sep 12, 2011
    Adding up to the graphical changes and minor gameplay tweaks Ocarina of Time 3D also increases the replay value of an already amazing package.
  35. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2011
    I tried to criticize this game for something but it really does age like a good wine and today tastes even better than in 1998. In most cases digging up the gaming past leads to disappointment but this time I was having a blast. [August 2011, p.71]
  36. Jul 20, 2011
    Those that have smashed through their first playthrough can unlock and jump in to Master mode, a significantly harder version with tougher enemies and a mirrored world to mix things up a bit the second time round.
  37. Jul 6, 2011
    Players who have never taken on the adventure and those who are old masters will find joy in unlocking Hyrule's hidden secrets, and felling its foes.
  38. Jun 30, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a lovingly remade version of a all-time classic, and is currently the best reason to own a Nintendo 3DS.
  39. Jun 28, 2011
    Easily the best game currently available on the 3DS. The incredibly story, fun and rewarding gameplay, and astounding soundtrack all make it clear to see why the original game was heralded as one of the greatest games of all time. Improvements like updated graphics, touch screen control for menu navigation, and the added Master Quest and Boss Rush mode make this port the definitive version of the game.
  40. Jun 28, 2011
    There are few games that truly define "classic" in this day and age, and Ocarina of Time is one of them.
  41. Jun 22, 2011
    Ocarina of Time is still a masterpiece, even after all these years; and this 3DS remake is hands down the best version, with improved graphics and the smart use of the touch screen. The first real must-buy for the new Nintendo handheld, hands down.
  42. Jun 21, 2011
    It's an opportunity to relive on of the most fascinating and precious milestones of videogaming, shining with new graphics and some 3D goodness. Don't miss it.
  43. 95
    If you've never played Ocarina of Time before, run out and buy this immediately. If you're intimately familiar with the game, there's nothing too new in this version to pull you in, though if you ever get the urge to play it again, Ocarina of Time 3D lets you experience all your wonderful memories with a brand new modern feel.
  44. Jun 17, 2011
    More than any other game, I feel the decision to purchase or not was made by gamers the moment it was announced. However, if for some reason you are on the fence, let me tell you that Ocarina of Time 3D is the ultimate version of one of the most endearing videogames you could ever hope to play.
  45. Jun 17, 2011
    If the graphical boost isn't enough - and let's be honest, we're already seeing some games on the 3DS that look better than this - you're not going to have much else to satisfy your interests. It's clear this game is being released to find a new generation of gamers that are just discovering Nintendo's franchises. The rest of us will have to determine if it's worth re-visiting a Hyrule we've known for nearly 13 years.
  46. Jun 15, 2011
    It's one of the most acclaimed classic games in history and continues working as well as before. Ocarina of Time 3DS shows its mechanics never grow old and its magic doesn't succumb over time. 3D, redesign and extra content for which is, indisputably, the best game of the portable console.
  47. Nintendo Power
    May 31, 2011
    As amazing as Ocarina of Time has always been, it's gotten substantially better on the Nintendo 3DS handheld...In my opinion, Ocarina of Time 3D benefits more from 3D than any other N3DS title so far. [June 2011, p.82]
  48. Jul 20, 2011
    A wonderful title that invokes the very best of both the RPG and adventure genres, incorporating exploration, puzzles, narrative and platforming into a extensive and splendidly formed package.
  49. Jul 7, 2011
    A must-buy. Loyal fans should play it again, because the adventure looks better then ever in 3D. Furthermore the game is suitable for new people. It is the best 3DS-game one could find in stores right now.
  50. 94
    Still a classic, still an explosion of nostalgia. Ocarina of Time 3D is a blissful rediscovery for veterans and an unmissable opportunity for newcomers.
  51. Games Master UK
    Jul 8, 2011
    The best version of one of the best games of all time. [Aug 2011, p.72]
  52. Nintendo Gamer
    Jul 6, 2011
    If Ocarina is gaming's Citizen Kane, this is the Blu-ray edition. [July 2011, p.53]
  53. Game Informer
    Jun 15, 2011
    My new favorite way to play one of my top 10 games of all time. Its updated visuals look great in 3D, the touch-screen streamlines inventory issues, and aiming with the gyroscope feels like much more than a gimmick. [July 2011, p.92]
  54. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 19, 2011
    One of the most definite games from the 90's is back better than ever. The new visuals brighten the epic adventure well, and the Master Quest is a nice add. All in all Ocarina of Time is a true classic belonging in every 3DS owner's shelf. [Aug 2011]
  55. Jun 27, 2011
    This is the definitive Zelda game, don't just buy it - put it on display. Zelda transcends the quirks that time has revealed in her and shines just as bright in the light of a new millennium.
  56. Jun 22, 2011
    It's a great showcase of the system's 3D capabilities, and a definite must own for a starved library devoid of any real killer apps. There's never been a better time to return to Hyrule.
  57. Jul 20, 2011
    Ocarina of Time 3D succeeds largely because it does not tamper with the original title, striking the perfect balance between old and new content.
  58. Jun 25, 2011
    Ocarina of Time 3D adds enough that this version has a clear leg-up on its predecessor while still keeping the flawless adventure intact. Whether you've already played OoT to death or never experienced this masterpiece before, this game is still the premier reason to own a 3DS right now.
  59. Sep 11, 2011
    But once you look past all fan-worship and hype, you'll discover just how well the game stands on its own. It addresses the numerous flaws of the original version, and remedies it with a vastly improved control scheme and item menu.
  60. Aug 18, 2011
    It's an adventure that defined a series for many, many years to come, and it's worth reliving once more.
  61. Jul 21, 2011
    OoT provides a worthy challenge, and I can't say many games today are making players think as much as they should.
  62. Jul 9, 2011
    Outstanding game, which requires all your skills and patience. As a reward you can get amazing adventure with beautiful graphics and new features, that makes this classic more accessible even for today's fussy gamers.
  63. Jun 29, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a classic that still works, even though it's essentially the same game as it was in 1998. It would surprise me if Nintendo in the future doesn't feel the need of releasing a new console with a battery that lasts longer between recharges, since that is the biggest issue with his remake. Using the gyroscope doesn't match well with the need of having your 3DS connected to the wall socket. But all in all, the excellent adventure remains intact.
  64. Jun 28, 2011
    What's remarkable about the game is that it's aged far better than most of its contemporaries. It's still fun, it's still relevant, and it's still Zelda.
  65. Jun 27, 2011
    Even though it doesn't shine that bright like in 1998, it might be the best 3DS title and is still a must have.
  66. Jun 27, 2011
    The 3DS incarnation of this classic adventure is in some ways, the definitive entry and yet falls short in others. Visually, this feels more like what the game was intended to look like - but it doesn't look as good as it seemingly could given the character models still looking like something between the N64 and GC. Still, it is the biggest single adventure available on the 3DS. But, given that it's available on other platforms, including the GC and Wii via Virtual Console, it's tough to recommend this as a full-price purchase if you already have it. If you don't and have never played it, then definitely give it a shot.
  67. Jun 27, 2011
    Ocarina of Time is still just as much fun to play. The gameplay turned out to be as timeless as we hoped for and the graphics have been improved to compete with nowadays standards. There are a few points of irritation that show that Ocarina of Time 3D is the remake of a thirteen year old game, but don't diminish the game whatsoever. This is still meant to be played by gamers of all ages and sizes.
  68. Jun 18, 2011
    One of the greatest adventure games of all time in it's finest edition. Improved graphics and smart use of the touch screen for the equipment.
  69. Jun 18, 2011
    Without a doubt, I think that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is worth picking up for 3DS owners. While I've enjoyed a couple of other 3DS titles since the system's release, Ocarina of Time is the first game on the system that makes it feel like a must-have device.
  70. Jun 17, 2011
    WIRED One of the best games ever, remastered; looks fantastic in 3D; improved controls. / TIRED It's the same game you played 12 years ago and remember exactly how to beat.
  71. Jun 17, 2011
    It sets a new standard for modern remakes of past-generation titles, proving that there's absolutely nothing wrong with a publisher capitalizing on gamers' nostalgia, so long as they can find a developer who loves the source material just as much as -- if not more than -- we do.
  72. Jun 17, 2011
    A sterling example of epic 3D adventure done right -- the likes of which you won't find on any portable until Nintendo announces an original adventure or gives The Wind Waker the 3D treatment. I'd prefer something new, but if I'm going to relive decade-old stories, this is a helluva way to do it.
  73. Jun 17, 2011
    In short, it's given me a new perspective on a classic that I had (foolishly) written off. It's not quite enough to sell me on owning a Nintendo 3DS; but if you've already taken the plunge, Ocarina of Time 3D is pretty much the best 3DS game on the market right now. I can't promise that it'll give you a new perspective on the series as it did for me, but I can promise that it's still one fine adventure.
  74. Jun 17, 2011
    A wonderful remake of one of the best video games of all times. The new graphics and the 3D effects are looking awesome. Master Quest and the Boss Battles are great. But always remember: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is only a remake.
  75. Jun 17, 2011
    For those who never experienced Ocarina: Play this visually enhanced version. For those who already played it, there is little incentive to do it again on the 3DS, since there is nothing new.
  76. Jun 17, 2011
    The definitive version of gaming's most revered and respected adventure. From obvious graphical touches to minor gameplay tweaks, Ocarina 3DS updates an aging classic and makes it presentable to an entirely new generation of adoring fans.
  77. Jun 14, 2011
    An excellent remake of the much loved Nintendo 64 classic: refreshed, renewed but still very much familiar and fun.
  78. Jun 2, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  79. Jun 15, 2011
    Ocarina of Time returns in Nintendo 3DS with an epic remake made for both fans and new players. A timeless legend which travels in time to present without losing the great gameplay and values that led to success in late 90's.
  80. Jun 17, 2011
    Though its roots show through from time to time, the improved visuals remove any barrier of entry that age may have posed. The new elements enhance the core adventure to create the definitive version of this classic game, making Ocarina of Time 3D the best way to embark on (or relive) this landmark adventure.
  81. Jun 17, 2011
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been left almost untouched by the passing of time. It was a masterpiece, and still it is, but maybe the 3DS version is not the best one, lacking a little in graphics and audio quality. Anyway, a title that everyone should enjoy with delight.
  82. Jun 17, 2011
    As a portable gaming enthusiast, I love being able to play a game of this quality on the go. I just wish as much attention had been paid to the nuts-and-bolts of the game as was lavished on appearances.
  83. Dec 12, 2011
    For Zelda fanatics, this re-release of one of the best Zelda titles out there seems like it could be a cash grab – but the additions, especially the great use of the 3DS graphical prowess and the 3D itself make it a must purchase for all gamers, new and old.
  84. Jun 17, 2011
    Everything that made Ocarina of Time one of the greatest games ever is still in the 3D version, but all it does is make you reminisce for a simpler time and a better controller.
  85. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 30, 2011
    Not entirely a bad remake – the great adventure catches everyone but controls are clumsy and 3D effects are far from what we expected. [July 2011]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 1897 Ratings

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  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.
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  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »