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When it was first revealed at E3 2010, the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time appeared to be just that - a direct conversion of the N64 game, now with 3D effects. Closer inspection of the provided screenshots, however, suggested the new edition may sport enhanced graphics as well. At the time, it was hard to tell, as we only had a few images to work with. Now it's a bit easier, as Nintendo recently released five new shots from the first and second dungeons that we can directly compare against the aging N64 classic.
Above: A Link to the past... and the future
I've gone about this two different ways. First, I blew up the 3DS screens so they would be the same size as the N64 shots. You'll see more jagged edges in the 3DS images this way (they're not meant to be scaled up) but you can make out the differences much easier. On the next page, I flipped the process and left the 3DS images alone while shrinking the N64 images. For the record, I'm playing the N64 version of OoT as it appeared on the GameCube collector's disc.
N64: Notice the sprout on top of the hut in the background, and the fact you can't see the Kokiri villager standing next to the blue rupee until you're like 10 steps away
3DS: The same area of Kokiri Village. Compare the hut, the now-visible villager and even Link against the N64 version. Higher poly count, better textures, though still somewhat hazy. That could be for "mystical fairy" effect though
Above: Another angle from the N64 version. Notice how many goddamn button prompts are on the screen, most of which are moved to the touch screen on 3DS
N64: Link swiping at a giant Skulltulla in the first dungeon
3DS: The exact pose from this screen was tough to match, but you can still get a feel for the improved, cleaner visuals. Link is noticeably less angular and the webs aren't a blurry mess
N64: The game's very first boss, as seen with 1998 technology
3DS: Ghoma in 2011, with sharper colors, a more defined "lair" and less misty fog along the floor. It's also easier to tell what the hell Ghoma even is
N64: Link swinging at Ghoma with the target reticle locked on. Again, the 3DS version has far less clutter on the top screen, so, it'll be nice to see more of the actual game once that stuff is moved to the touch screen
Next page: More comparisons, including the titanic Dodongo!