A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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.
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