Fans of the “Legend of Zelda” franchise know this game very well. Released on Nov. 23, 1998 for the Nintendo 64, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time.
According to gamingprecision.com, the game was ranked No. 1 on three out of the four polls. Entertainment Weekly Magazine, the only one to not rank the game No. 1, ranked it No. 2 behind Tetris.
IGN.com, one of the video game world’s most popular online outlets, gave the game a 9.5 out of 10 rating, stating “improving upon perfection is not exactly an easy job.”
For those unfamiliar to this classic, the plot is for Link, the main character, to save the future of the land of Hyrule by using a special Ocarina, a flute-like instrument given to him by Princess Zelda to thwart an evil plot set out by Ganondorf, who seeks to rule both periods of time. With this Ocarina in hand, Link will travel to different regions of Hyrule in both the present and future to rid their respective dungeons and sacred temples of the evil of Ganondorf. That was the story that became a legend in 1998, and that is still the story that stands to this day.
This version of the game has no changes in that respect; so if you have already beaten this game, don’t expect anything different to jump out at you.
However, if you are looking for a bigger challenge, after you beat the main story for the first time, the “Master Quest” option will appear on the file select screen. The “Master Quest” version, originally released on a bonus disc for those who pre-ordered “The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker” for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003 features all the same things in the regular game except the entire game is mirrored, meaning everything that was on the left, is on the right and vice versa.
Also new to the game is the “Boss Gauntlet Mode.” In this mode, you can fight any boss that you’ve beaten as many times as you want. Your time is tracked and you don’t necessarily receive any weapon or item to aid you in your quest. However, once you defeat all of the bosses, you can fight them all one after another with health boosts as you go. That should make for a pretty good challenge.
For those who have beaten this game countless times, you most likely are not buying it for the story; you are most likely buying it for the graphics. They are incredible.
Gamers can now play through this game the way it was truly meant to be played through. Figure that Nintendo has been criticized in recent years for not staying up to par with the graphics on other console’s games. Those critics have not only been silenced, but also have been left in awe by the mastery shown in the revamping this classic.
Examiner.com describes the graphics in this game as the reason to buy a 3DS, stating “If you have been on the fence about buying a 3DS, this is the reason to get one.”