‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ Now Playable On Wii U

Ready to take a trip back to Hyrule in Nintendo’s iconic title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time yet again? Nintendo has announced that the universally acclaimed game is making its way to the Wii U by way of the virtual console.

Before you start jumping for joy at the prospect of playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the 3DS remake for Nintendo’s flagship handheld, you may want to sit down: this port of the title will be more faithful to the original than the most recent release.

With or without the graphical upgrade, critics still consider Ocarina of Time to be one of the best entries in the series. If you’re an adamant fan, you may not be alone in thinking it’s the best of them all. We can all agree that it’s at least better than Majora’s Mask, right?

In case you’ve never heard of The Legend of Zela: Ocarina of Time – and we’ll try not to pass judgment if you fit that bill – here’s the story directly from Nintendo’s press site. For those interested, you can find a list of the rest of the releases on Wii U by checking out this press release hosted on Business Wire.

“One of the most critically acclaimed games ever made arrives in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Set off on a legendary journey to stop Ganondorf, who has plunged Hyrule into darkness. Travel through time as child and adult Link, and experience Hyrule in peace and war to save the world and protect the Triforce. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of Nintendo’s most epic challenges and tells one of its most touching stories – it’s an absolute must-play for Nintendo fans.”

Story does indeed play an integral part in the game, but that’s certainly not all there is to it. A myriad of collectibles can be found throughout the world; some increase your health, and some even bestow you entirely new abilities to give you an edge in your fight against Ganondorf.

If you never have given the game the time of day, the asking price of $10 on the Virtual Console is a small price to play for one of the best-received video games throughout the history of the medium.

What do you think, readers? Interested in picking up the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, or would you rather go for the graphically-updated 3DS version instead? Sound off with your opinions in the comment section below!

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