Nintendo marks a big event today, specifically the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time anniversary. The classic Zelda title turns 20 today, allowing us to celebrate the birthday of one of Nintendo’s best games and one of the most well-known Zelda titles. Ocarina of Time was the fifth Zelda game produced.
Ocarina of Time has a large number of different qualities that make it a classic and a huge benchmark in Nintendo history. It was the first 3D Zelda game, allowing players to move beyond the dungeons and flat screens of the previous Legend of Zelda games and into a fully built world that promises hours of adventures.
The game eventually got a remastered re-release in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS, alongside its next game, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. While the Ocarina of Time anniversary doesn’t give it yet another new game, the game has proven to be an example to every Zelda game after it.
Ocarina of Time, as every Zelda game does, tells the story of Link as he sets out to save Zelda from the evil Ganon (or in this case, Ganondorf). However, this game has interesting mechanics in the form of a magical ocarina, an instrument that Link can play different songs on in order to have different things happen, ranging from summoning your horse Epona, switching the time of day, warp you back to the entrances of the various temples, and more.
Since then, and now up to the Ocarina of Time anniversary, every major Zelda title has been in 3D, with large open worlds that players can explore over the course of hours, until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came and gave us the biggest world ever.
If you haven’t experienced Ocarina of Time yet, you can get the game’s 3D remaster on the Nintendo 3DS, so what better time will you have than the game’s anniversary to pick it up and play it?