Review by NeoNess

"Link Is Revived - In This GCN Classic"

If you own the original copy of Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, you already know that this by far is one of the best platformers Nintendo has released to date - and getting these 2 games as a bonus is nothing to shake a stick at. Complied with the unreleased Ura Zelda (Named Master Quest in the states), this game will serve up a bit of nostalgia for hardcore fanboys, and a pleasurable experience for newcomers alike.

» Graphics: (9/10)
The graphics remain untouched from the previous Nintendo 64 installment, sans some minor tweaking you'll probably not even notice. They trashed the blurness of 2D graphics, so you might be a little paranoid if you're trying to compare it to the Nintendo 64 version exactly. Nonetheless, with beautiful graphics and detailed landscapes, the graphics remain amazing even to this day.

» Story: (8/10)
The story is exactly the same as the first. Boy saves princess in the end, defeating enemies along the way, all the while collecting items and gathering friends and clues alike. The story is rich, and set apart from any Zelda game in the past or future. You'll most likely get caught up in the story, for one fun joy ride. No new additions were made, even in the Master Quest version.

» Control: (9/10)
Controlling Link on the new Gamecube Controller is really no difficult task compared to the N64 controller. The C stick is used, but getting used to the controls might take you some time if you're generally used to playing the previous version. Nonetheless, the controls were pretty much saved in the conversion, so you might not have any troubles whatsoever.

» Extras: (8/10)
Nintendo decided to release Master Quest along with this nifty bundle, a game full of new options. From new puzzles in dungeons, from the bosses being much harder, playing through the new game will feel like a new experience in itself. The only problem I have, is that no new items were added, or even some extra Ocarina songs perhaps. Rumor has it that there's a hidden dungeon tucked away, but only time will tell.

Good Points +
- 2 games for a measly $5.00 extra dollars.
- One of the greatest games on the GCN.
- Master Quest, a previously unreleased game.

Bad Points -
- Controls can be tricky.
- Blurness of N64 fixed.
- No new items in Master Quest.

» Overall (9/10)
For just preordering the Wind Waker, you'll receive these games for just an extra shipping charge, so passing off on this is insane. Nintendo always tries to please it's audience, and this is no short of that pleasure.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 02/08/03, Updated 02/13/03

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