The lights are on
When Nintendo showed off a video of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the 3DS at a Q&A event last night, there was some confusion going around as to whether this was an actual project for their new handheld or just a tech demo. Today, we can confirm that Ocarina of Time 3D is a full remake and that Nintendo is hoping to have it completed in time for the launch of the 3DS.
In an interview with Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma this morning, the talented game maker said, "It is a game. We're working on it. We're in development. We already have the new Link model ready."
The game will not be a straight port of the N64 version either. In addition to new 3D effects, the video shown last night had much-improved graphics and a deep draw distance on the fields of Hyrule.
The gameplay will also receive some tweaks. At the Q&A last night, Aonuma said that it will be easier to quickly switch between items and outfits, taking out some of the frustration of the Water Temple, which Aonuma apologized for profusely.
In our interview, he added, "We're looking at how it controls and what we can do to make the controls work best for the new environment."
Asked about a potential timeframe for release, Aonuma responded, "What we're thinking at this point is that when the Nintendo 3DS is ready, we should have the game ready some time close to that."