The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extraordinary remake of a classic adventure -- now for 3DS.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 60 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game is about good versus evil -- and you're fighting for the good guys. As Link, you're tasked with protecting the land from an evil being and his minions. This is a positive message, but there is plenty of combat and a little blood, too.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Link is a good-hearted, affable character who uses his abilities for good. He is well-liked in his village and he doesn't abuse his sword-wielding skills or the Ocarina instrument for malevolent purposes. But Link does engage in combat against enemies, therefore he isn't a flawless role model.

Ease of Play

The game is quite easy to play. Plus, for the first time in any "Zelda" game, you can access hint movies if you're stuck, which show you how to complete the puzzle. Simply visit the Sheikah Stone, located by Link's house in the Temple of Time, for the handy walkthroughs.


This game has a lot of combat but its against evil creatures, such as skeletons, wolf-like beasts, and giant crab boss characters. There is some blood, therefore you might see a brief plume after defeating enemies in a battle. Link uses his sword, bombs, slingshot, boomerang, magic, and other weapons to inflict harm. The violence, however, is very cartoon-like.



Players will encounter female fairy characters that are dressed suggestively. Their skin tight costumes almost seem to be painted on their bodies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a puzzle game in which you play as a benevolent hero who is trying to rid his land of evil. There is a fair bit of violence with a little blood, and some fairy creatures appear in very revealing costumes. The graphics aren't crystal clear as it's a remake of a 10 year-old game, and it's very cartoon-like, so the combat isn't realistic.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMilan D. May 30, 2017

Violent game

The content of this game is suitable for persons aged 12 years and over only.
It contains: Non realistic looking violence towards human characters
Adult Written byLegitSmarts June 22, 2011

The best game of all time? You tell me...

I think most of us adult reviewers have grown up with the original version of this game. Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64, has inspired 3d platforming... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 2, 2019

epic game

the legend of zelda ocarina of time is a good game you play as link a green clothed character that lived in the kokiri forest and every kokiri has a non witch c... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byNOSRAC May 19, 2019

Personally my favorite Zelda game!

In my opinion, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was (and still is) my favorite game in the series. I would say the mute hero Link isn't the best role m... Continue reading

What's it about?

The star of one of the most beloved console games from the '90s, Link, is back –- but this time he's in 3D. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME 3D is now playable on the Nintendo 3DS and is capable of delivering eye-popping 3D graphics on one of its two screens -– without requiring any glasses to see the effect. The remastered classic also adds new controls -– including the use of the touchscreen and built-in motion-sensor -– as well as a few new challenges and a revamped hint system not found in the original Nintendo 64 cartridge. Gamers play from a third-person perspective as Link, a young pointy-eared boy who vows to save the land of Hyrule from the malevolent Ganondorf. You'll start the game performing simple tasks such as talking to characters who live in the forest, collecting heart containers, and learning to use your sword. This will all come in handy as you venture out to explore exotic locations including ancient ruins, dungeons, and the countryside; solve environmental puzzles; and engage in combat against enemies, be it with your sword, bow, boomerang, slingshot, bombs, magic, and other weapons.

Is it any good?

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a blast, whether you're a longtime fan of the franchise or new to it. Link can run, climb, dive, ride, fish, and play an instrument called the Ocarina that performs functions such as teleporting between places, calling your horse, changing night to day, and opening locked doors. Gamers with a nostalgic connection to the original epic will no doubt have a blast rediscovering the magic of this well-crafted and beautifully executed remake.

Not only is it fun to play on a portable device that can slip into your pocket, but the 3D graphics add to the colorful, detailed world. Better depth and eye-popping effects help make this remake even more immersive than the 1998 classic. In fact, complete the main story and the Master Quest mode will be accessible, adding all-new puzzles and redesigned dungeons for an extra challenge and further replayability. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a highly enjoyable game with great graphics, smooth control, and a ton of adventuring for gamers on the go.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nintendo re-releases older games for new platforms more often than not. Is this a good thing as a good game should be enjoyed by multiple generations -- like a great movie, song, or book -- or do you think Nintendo isn't coming up with any new ideas and simply recycling older ones?

  • Families can also talk about the impact of violence on kids playing these games.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 7, 2011
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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