The Video Game Gods have smiled upon me.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered my favorite video game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Orcarina of Time was going to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. First, there’s Batman: Arkham City coming out, then I get the new American MgGee’s Alice: Madness Returns game, now you’re tell me I can play my favorite childhood video game whenever I so desire?!
And keep it in my pocket?!
And it’s in 3D?!
Pinch me, I’m dreaming!
And to think there was once a time where I thought playing Pokemon Yellow on Gameboy Color was the most cutting edge in portable video game technology. Oh, the naivete of youth!
This rendition of the Zelda franchise, originally released in 1997 for Nintendo 64, boasts an epic plot featuring Link as a kokiri boy setting off into Hyrule on a quest to save his kingdom and his princess Zelda, from the evil plans of Ganondorf. In Ocarina of Time, Link has to travel the four corners of the land of Hyrule, north, south, east, and west, as well as time itself, to save the world. On his journey, the gamer sees and hears some of the most amazing artistic creations to ever be featured in a video game. Now, you can carry this game with you wherever you go.
What I love the most about this game is that they kept the original graphic design of Ocarina of Time and only tweaked it just a little bit to give the player beautiful 3D images all while maintaining its original aesthetic features. I honestly remember as a child thinking that this was the most beautiful game design I had ever since. I still think that. Yes, video game configuration has come a long way since 1997 but the way this game was produced will forever remain breathtaking in my eyes.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of those games that stays with you like a memory. It is a memory. It’s one of those stories that stays with you from childhood to adulthood. I was not being cute when I said that Ocarina of Time truly did define my childhood. I remember sitting in my brother’s room with my brother and sister, spending hours trying to defeat Ganondorf. This game’s amazing story telling could honestly rival that of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in my eyes. Seriously, I hope in the future, they teach the Zelda stories in English classes. I really do.
Not only is this game mind blowing in appearance, but the soundtrack is positively haunting. The music is so emotionally stirring that I still find myself tearing up whenever I hear the Ocarina of Time’s theme. I get goosebumps to this day when I hear Great Fairy Mountain. I want to go outside and enjoy a lazy afternoon with my dog when Epona’s Song pops in my head. The soundtrack for Ocarina of Time inspired me to learn to play these songs on the piano. That’s right! I taught myself at 10 years old to play every song from Ocarina of Time. I bet my mom is reading this right now and thinking “All it took was a video game to get her to learn to play piano?!”
Tragically, our electric piano died a few years later and I lost the ability to play due to lack of practice as well as piano. I wish I would still play. It breaks my heart that I can’t do it anymore. At least I have the Nintendo 3DS to make me feel better!
To be brutally honest, this video game is so beautiful makes me cry. It is that awe-inspiring for me. If that makes me weird, fine. Call me weird. At least just check it out if you haven’t experienced Ocarina of Time yet.
You’ll understand. In time, you’ll understand. HA! Get it? Time?
One more thing. If my article has failed to convince you, here’s a commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo DS starring Robin Williams and very sweet surprise cameo!