You won’t need to use the Switch Virtual Console (or a good emulator) to get the most out of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on modern equipment. VGC reports that Harbor Masters fans have developed a native PC port (available on Discord) that supports many cutting-edge features, including HD (and ultra-wide) graphics, modding, keyboard input, and even Switch-style gyro aiming. You could put a Steam Deck to good use in your latest round of gaming nostalgia, to put it another way.
And yes, Harbor Masters claims he can avoid Nintendo’s legal team. The Ocarina of time The PC port revolves around Ship of Harkinian, a tool that turns a user-supplied (and hopefully legal) Nintendo 64 ROM for the game into a usable program. As the software does not include any content from Nintendo, the developer cannot sue Harbor Masters for copyright infringement.
Conversion should also improve. The creators are working on 60fps graphics, two-stick controls, improved text-to-speech models, and higher resolution texture packs. Mac and Linux support is also said to be in the works, as is a PC adaptation of Majora’s Mask.
Whether or not this port is legally safe, it reflects fans’ determination to preserve Ocarina of time and other Nintendo classics without relying on official emulation or reissues. Enthusiasts wore Super Mario 64 in 2019, for example. While that job isn’t as vital as it once was with the existence of solutions like Virtual Console, it does give gamers more control over where and how they play titles from their childhoods.
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