The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, and Link’s Awakening all rank among my all time-favorites, but when it comes to the one and only Ocarina of Time, I think I was a little late to the party. I’ve never been that into it. “What the heck kind of blasphemy is that?” you ask. Well, you can blame Sony and its tempting Final Fantasy VII for luring me into the realm of PlayStation back into the late 90s.
By the time I did get the chance to sit down with Ocarina of Time on the GameCube, it was too late. Time wasn’t kind, and I just wasn’t that into it. With that in mind, I would recommend the Virtual Console release only to fans who need the nostalgia. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will be available for $9.99 on the Wii U and those who wish to experience one of the most popular and universally praised games on the face of the Earth as it was originally envisioned should line right up.
For the rest of you, beginners and those looking to catch up on lost time, I would point towards the Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a much smoother experience, not to mention a prettier game, and it’s about as loyal and accurate as a remake can possibly get while still making improvements. You won’t lose anything in the transition apart from not being able to play it on a television.
The grand scale of Ocarina of Time on a television was once a selling point of the game, but by today’s standards, it’s quite dinky.
Either way, check out The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as you see fit. Then be sure to check out Majora’s Mask shortly afterwards. It’s secretly a much better game. Not as iconic, but much more endearing as the years move on.