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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D



Extraordinary remake of a classic adventure -- now for 3DS.
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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

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 7, 2011
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes

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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 in order to create the newer games today. Though with a remake of an old game, is it possible the mechanics are considered outdated? I for one can play this game over and over again, and still won't be bored. Though, one of my friends who got this game has never experienced the original. She was shocked with the game mechanics, and the stunning 3d environments. Even for a remake, she found this game to be quite impressive, especially with all of this in the palm of her hand! This remake retains its original style, and does so successfully. The protagonist Link, is a good role model aside from solving problems with his blade, arrows, bombs... though he never uses his arsenal of weapons for evil. The environments in this game are all interesting in their own way, along with a very appealing soundtrack to boot. If you have experienced the original already, don't pass this masterpiece up! This is NOT your basic nostalgic Zelda port on the go. Most remastered games have major flaws such as horrible sound, graphic, and storyline interference. Thankfully, this game keeps most things the same to ensure even children can experience our old memories the way we viewed them. You don't need to worry about clunky controls, or stiff camera angles anymore either. To save you time as well, you can now use the touchpad in order to swap between boots, the main reason why the water temple was difficult was due to the constant menu swapping in the past. Also, after you beat the original quest, you can play an even more difficult master quest! This master quest offers more challenge such as, revamped dungeons, double damage, and the maps are mirrored! This will keep you, and your child entertained for quite a long time. I should also mention you can fight previous bosses in a boss challenge mode, which is basically similar to time trials from Mario Kart. Finally, I would also highly recommend this game for kids 10+ like the official rating. Though today, we have 12 year olds playing shooters... so this game could be for some 8 year olds. Hell, most people I know played this game when they were 5. Let me tell you something first though, this is NOT a happy fairytale with a sword wielding boy. Even for 10+, this game does have many dark elements which you SHOULD be aware of. One major example takes place in a dungeon known as, "The Shadow Temple" which has given many players nightmares in the past. This area has disturbing music, and comes with a dark setting loaded with torture devices, some blood, bones, and even guillotines. The enemies in this area can range from basic undead enemies, to decomposing flesh which attacks you with its infinite hands (in the original this enemy had dry blood stains, though the advanced graphics doesn't make this more pleasant). Aside from that segment of the game, one character known as the "Great Fairy", is seen with little to no clothes. It's nothing major, but she also appears in seductive poses while she levitates over Link. Another character known as "Princess Ruto", flirts with Link as a child, and adult. She also appears naked as well, but at least Nintendo has covered her up a bit more in this version. I hope you take all of this into consideration, don't let Nostalgia overtake you to buy "the greatest game of all time", for someone who is 3 years old. Also, don't think that because you've never played the original, you're left out. The main goal of a video-game is to have fun, and this game has been doing that for years, and once again it does not disappoint to deliver the same factor.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bySovaso March 11, 2012

The Best Game of All Time Has Returned

When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was first released in America on November 23,1998 it was all the rage. Ocarina of Time inspired many 3-Dimensional games such as Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime (and many other FPS games), and many other games. Over 5 million copies have been sold and now, it's back. The remasterty is full of everything the old game had. You still ride on horseback across the fictional plains of Hyrule, play the same music as you first did and even go on the same adventure, but in 3D! This is exactly what a remastered version of a game should provides.The game is very educational. There are countless puzzles from something as simple as sneaking past palace guards using logic to something as complex as navigating invisible platforms and scaling water flows. The game relays the message to fight for what you love and to be responsible for your actions. It also relays that what you do in the past effects what you do in the future. Link is a good role-model because he always is resposible for his actions and will fix them when they are possible to fix. He fights for good and never for evil. He also only uses his varity of weapons to vanquish foes and never his friends. This game has a ton of violence. Don't think that the game will be great for your 6-year-old kid because it's the highest rated game of all time. It might scare them. Especially the "Shadow Temple". This is where the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) finds the rating for "Animated Blood". The Temple is chock-full of guillotines, skeletons, cryptic boats, tourture devices and stuff that looks like it came out of an Edgar Allan Poe poem. Link also uses bombs, arrows, swords, and even a boomerang to fight through 11 dungeons and 58 areas in all. Some foes weild weapons like giant hammers, knives and spears throughout the game. Axes, guillotines and swinging knives are seen in the game also. There is a little bit of sexy stuff in the game too. One of the first things that you see are a guy and a girl swinging each other round and round in circles at Castle Town. There is also a flirty character in the game too. She talks about "vow's" and marrige type stuff. She flirts with Link in childhood.... and adulthood too. Also, the "Great Fairy" is seen wearing ivy leaves that show off her um... full figure. Another part of this fairy is that she is seen in alluring poses. Overall, the game is a remastery of the best game of all time so therefore, it is the best game of all time. Content: 12+. Fun and enjoyment: 10/10! don't ever pass the game up!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byshallconsume May 3, 2012

Frightening Characters

Although I agree that Ocarina is a great game, but there are some scenes involving characters that might be somewhat frightening to gamers age 7 and below. One example is the dungeon "Bottom of The Well" which involves the player encountering characters, specifically the ReDead and the DeadHand which I think many Zelda players agree are quite frightening for younger gamers. If you want to know specifically what I'm talking about, look up "ReDead scream" or "ReDead moan" or even "ReDead attack".
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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