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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Zeruda no densetsu: Toki no okarina (original title)
A young Kokiri boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.

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Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
Adult Link (voice)
Fujiko Takimoto ...
Young Link (voice)
Jun Mizusawa ...
Zelda / Sheik (voice)
Takashi Nagasako ...
Ganondorf (voice)
Kaori Mizuhashi ...
Navi / Various characters (voice)
Yayoi Jinguji ...
Various characters (voice)
Yoshinori Tsujimoto ...
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A young Kokiri boy Link, must defend Hyrule and the Triforce from the Gerudo King Ganondorf. Through the power of the Ocarina of Time, Link travels back and forth through time to set things right again. Basically a prequel to all Zelda games, it shows Link's original life and trials before all other Zelda games. Written by Anthony Einsel

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zelda | triforce | ocarina | link | hyrule | See All (67) »

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23 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Much like how Bowser's laugh in Super Mario 64 is sped up for use as the Boo's laugh, Ganondorf's laughter is sped up to create the laughter of the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple. See more »

Goofs

Link goes into suspended animation in the Temple of Time as a kid with no earrings. He wakes up with some on, but since he also is wearing a different and larger clothes, leggings, gauntlets, a shirt beneath his tunic, boots, etc., someone (presumably Rauru) must have changed his clothes when his body began outgrowing the old. See more »

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Kotake: [after they have died with halos over their heads] Hey, Koume, what is that above your head?
Koume: I don't know, but you have one over your head too, Kotake!
Kotake: But I'm only 400 years old!
Koume: And I'm just 380 years old!
Kotake: We're twins! Don't try to lie about your age!
Koume: You must have gone senile!
Kotake: Who are you calling senile? Is that how you treat your older sister?
Koume: We are twins! How can you be older?
Kotake: Keeeyaaah!
Koume: How heartless you are!
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Crazy Credits

If you had the optional rumble pack accessory on your controller, it would shake during the brief scene in the credits where the giant goron was dancing, to mimic the shockwaves his footfalls would cause. See more »

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31 July 2001 | by (Not Japan) – See all my reviews

A little while ago, I gave this game a bad review. Boy was I wrong at the time, and now I stand corrected. As quality goes, this is the BEST game I have ever played! There are still a few complaints, but other games have even more.

First of all, the graphics aren't the best out there. The characters look better than in many other games, but backgrounds still don't match up to Super Mario 64. But at least you can go there this time. There are no voices except Navi's annoying "Hey!", but that's a minor complaint. And finally, the biggest flaw is that you can't fight bosses anymore, which is a big pity. That means the only thing you can do after beating this game is to start another file over.

But now that we're done with the rants, let's get to the good stuff.

TLoZ: OoT has the biggest 3D world I have ever seen! They've got a giant volcano, a huge lake, a desert, a forest etc. And each place is filled with villains and people to interact with.

And each of the 8 dungeons Link must play through are nicely designed with intricate puzzles and wonderful music. In fact, the entire game has nice music. Kudos to Koji Kondo there.

The control system takes some getting used to, but once you get used to it, you'll find out it works very well. Some people complain about the lack of an auto-jump, but I find that it works quite well. The Z-targeting system is a good way to fight your enemies. It adds realism to your fights.

This game is also long. It would have taken me over 100 hours to beat if I didn't have a cheat sheet. Overall, in my opinion, as far as quality goes, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time snatches the title of best game away from Soul Calibur, both of which were given 10s by more critics than any other games.


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