Ocarina of Time 3D to include N64's deleted Master Quest

As if Zelda fans weren't already eager to lay down their money and/or lives for the forthcoming Ocarina of Time 3DS remake, Nintendo is hedging its bets for retail success by including the notorious Master Quest; an alternate playthrough mode originally cut from the N64 version.

Operating in much the same fashion as the classic Legend of Zelda's Second Quest, the Master Quest is a re-mixed playthrough of Ocarina of Time featuring redesigned dungeons, new challenges and a higher level of difficulty. Though sliced from the N64 release, it later surfaced on the GameCube as a pre-order incentive for Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. 

The news of its inclusion broke during a chat between Conservative New Media and Nintendo's associate PR manager David Young, wherein Young likened the addition to having “two games in one.” He did not clarify if the Master Quest would be offerred as an unlockable mode or as an option available from the start.

Fast forward to 0:52 in the video below to catch the blink-and-you'll-miss-it announcement:

Anyone else get the sense Young immediately regretted dropping that particular nugget of information? Nintendo has yet to confirm the Master Quest's resurrection for Ocarina of Time 3D, but since the company seems to be doing all it can to make the 3DS' version the definitive edition, this has about a 99.96% chance of being true.

Ocarina of Time 3D is on track to arrive later this year, likely in the summer.

[Source: Conservative New Media via Escapist]

Mar 7, 2011

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  • Averagegamer18 - March 8, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    I completely agree with Nodoudt. This is getting better and better, loved master quest; and I hope they make a Majora's Mask; that is my absolute favorite one
  • masterjoe123 - March 7, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Wow. There is so much awesome stuff on the 3ds that i might need to get two of them.
  • vadorsoul - March 7, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    Conservative New Media?
  • Gorlack312 - March 7, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    At first I was like, "Well of course there's MQ in it! I'm looking at the screen and I've never seen that before!" Then I remembered that they're updating all the textures and everything! INGLIP SPEAKS! chances wourel
  • Redeater - March 7, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    This has finally sold me on the 3ds.
  • Scammeleon - March 7, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I'm genuinely surprised! Pleased, but surprised. I always imagine the master quest to have been something Nintendo were trying to quietly forget about. Fingers crossed if they're redoing master quest they might 3d-remake Majora somewhere down the line. Imagine that moon hurtling towards you in 3d (I say hurtling... it's more edging than hurtling)
  • SirNinja - March 7, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Awesome news. Master Quest had some interesting dungeons, ranging from the bizarre (Jabu-Jabu's belly with cows embedded in the stomach walls everywhere), to the frustrating (finding the tops of crystal switches sticking out of the wall in Bottom of the Well), to the relieving (the Water Temple is actually easier this time around). I hope they'll actually make the Master Quest bosses harder this time, though. I was a bit disappointed to find that they were the exact same as they were in the original OoT.
  • IVIunky - March 7, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    THIS is why I bought the 3DS. Before I heard OoT was coming out, I was undecided; as soon as I heard it was, I went out and pre-ordered the 3DS. This news only sweetens the deal.
  • deathcab4booty - March 7, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    I'm excited for this. I'm finally old enough to play the Well and the Shadow Temple without getting too scared and passing the controller to my cousin!
  • Nemesis600rr - March 7, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    HA HA HA !! I thought he was having a 3DS induced fit too, Looks like he's foaming at the mouth!
  • mastersword369 - March 7, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    Already bought it once, don't like it that much. I thought his goatee was a stream of drool for a sec there.
  • Nodoudt - March 7, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    This gets better and better! Here's hoping they remake Majora's Mask!

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