Nintendo has solidified the launch date for one of the 3DS‘ guaranteed system movers, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (or Ocarina 3D as it shall be known in this article). Ocarina 3D will drop on June 19th in the U.S.
For a lot of gamers, Ocarina 3D is the major reason why they’re considering the purchase of a 3DS. The less than stellar launch lineup didn’t do much to entertain the fancies of lifelong Nintendo fans. If you’ve talked to those that have staved off the desire for the system, they’ll likely point towards the absence of quality games as a reason to avoid making a trip to their game store.
Still, Nintendo is looking to fill the void consistently throughout the next few years with better timed major releases. The company is trying to spread their system sellers out over time, rather than push them all through the door at once. Nintendo probably aims to generate a consistent level of buzz for new products, rather than a peak of interest that falls into obscurity.
Nintendo is championing Ocarina 3D as the definitive version of one of gaming’s greatest adventures. Included with the launch date announcement was a description of the game and what makes it, supposedly, so great. From Nintendo:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zeldagame series to Nintendo’s newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link™. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game.
I know I’ll be in on day one. What about you folks?