Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ocarina of Time 3D Release Date & US Boxart

Nintendo released a press release today giving us the release date for Ocarina of Time 3D. It's June 17th here in Europe and June 19th for North America. That's basically just two months from now. And there's the not too shabby looking looking boxart as shown above. I was first wondering about the harp in the upper-right and lower-left corners, since Skyward Sword will feature a harp, but that's probably just Shiek's harp. Well, here's what the press release has to say about Ocarina of Time 3D:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series to Nintendo's newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link™. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark releases in video game history.

So, again Master Quest confirmed. And there's talk about "new challenges", I hope they don't simply mean Master Quest with that, because that wouldn't be a new challenge. And the ESRB rating of the game is 10+, because of "Animated Blood", "Fantasy Violence" and "Suggestive Themes". Nice to know the blood effects stayed, even though it's probably just the green effects.

On a side note, in the press released Wii Play Motion was announced. That's special, because it's Nintendo's first MotionPlus game since WiiSports Resort. So, Skyward Sword doesn't have all the weight on its shoulders when it comes to delivering some MotionPlus experience.

Source: Zelda Informer

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