The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

 

Much in the way that Super Mario 64 reinvented Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time did the same for Link’s adventures. It introduced (or at least popularized) “Z-targeting,” which was the name for using the Nintendo 64’s Z-button to soft-lock onto enemies and adjust Link’s movements relative to his foes. Z-targeting and context-sensitive actions would find their way into countless 3D action and adventure titles in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time often tops many “Best Games of All Time” lists for its excellent game design and revamp of a beloved series. Its influence would steer the direction of all 3D Zelda titles for nearly twenty years, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the first game to drastically change the series’ formula and presentation over that time.

Game Reviews

Review Author Platform Score
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Andrew Barker Nintendo Wii
96
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Esque Nintendo 64
95

Music Reviews

Review Author Released
A Melancholy Tribute to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Brigid Choi September 23, 2014
Gaming Fantasy Eric Farand May 20, 2012
Hero of Time (Music from “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”) Francis Li March 27, 2017
Legacy Sessions: GAME Generation 5 Brigid Choi January 16, 2015
Mario & Zelda Big Band Live CD Damian Thomas December 10, 2003
Melodies of Hyrule: Music from The Legend of Zelda Brigid Choi November 21, 2013
Nintendo Sound History Series – Zelda the Music Patrick Gann December 22, 2004
Retro Remix Revue Vol. 2 Neal Chandran November 1, 2009
The 30th Anniversary The Legend of Zelda Game Music Collection Francis Li September 28, 2016
The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time Vol. II: The Lost Tracks Patrick Gann January 1, 1999
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD Kyle E. Miller November 20, 2011
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Symphony SrBehemoth January 27, 1999
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Original Soundtrack Freddie W December 18, 1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Re-Arranged Album Matt Gordon December 22, 1999
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Sound Track CD Patrick Gann November 21, 1998

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