There’s a sense of irony here. 13 years after the release of Ocarina of Time for the N64, Nintendo’s early venture into the realm of 3D storytelling will be re-released and updated for the 3DS for what the company hopes will once again become a flagship game for a system in question.
As of April, the 3DS has sold 3.61 million units. Not a bad figure, but nevertheless short of the 4 million Nintendo was expecting. With a relatively short battery life and 3D capabilities that can only be fully utilized if held in the right light and angle, some may question the lifespan of the handheld innovation, especially with talk of a Wii successor coming sometime in the near future.
In a perfect world, a new next-gen console release and a portable “3D” system that features re-vamped classics and old school favorites would be more than enough to compete with a Sony or Microsoft console announcement. Nintendo hopes to make that a reality through the release of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and the company has now released a new trailer that highlights the game’s updated features.
Nintendo promises that players will be able to control Link by utilizing the Circle Pad while the Touch Screen will be used to assign items, check maps and ensure that Link is wearing the appropriate equipment. Players can also take advantage of the in-built gyro sensor of the Nintendo 3DS as the implemented motion controls will allow you to look around your environment when in first person perspective simply by physically moving your 3DS.
From the looks of the trailer, the graphics look exceptional for a Nintendo handheld and it seems as though they have been able to incorporate the 3Ds’ features into the gameplay without it feeling forced or there simply because it can be.
The game launches across Europe this June 17, and the new features trailer can be viewed here: