For most folks holding or looking to hold the wonder of the 3DS in their hands, there's just one game that will justify all the money and all the waiting: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The opportunity to play one of Nintendo's most thorough and revolutionary adventures with a new polish and full 3D effects is too sweet to pass up, so it's no wonder so many of us are in a fairy fit to get that tasty package into our 3DS slots.
The skeptic might say that paying $39.99 for a 13-year old game is willful ignorance, but one glance at the above comparison shot should dispel any notion that Nintendo is phoning this one in. Some important design decisions from intermediate Zelda titles show an appearance here, such as the more colorful and prominent mask shop, a fence explaining the inaccessible central area, and path-like tiles decorating the plaza.
That's to say nothing of the extra features for seasoned players. We already knew of the Master Quest, a dungeon-remix playthrough that was previously only available as a limited-edition bonus on GameCube. Now we have word of a Boss Challenge mode, whereby true heroes can test their might against any boss from the game, or take them all on in a continuous onslaught. As someone who favors (and occasionally obsesses over) the ultimate-challenge dungeons in games like Wind Waker, this is great news - the only thing for which I can hope further would be some sort of online leaderboard amongst my 3DS friends. SpotPass is already capable of such data-transfer, but it's up to Nintendo whether they want to invest in it.
The promises just keep piling up for this revisit of one of the best Nintendo games ever. Will Nintendo pull through on Link's 25th and give gamers something extra, like a shiny gold 3DS cartridge? Stay sharp til June 19!