A new Nintendo Expansion Pack tier update for Switch Online’s N64 emulation appears to have brought the classic fog of war back to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, NintendoLife reports.
As noted by Twitter users like @OatmealDomethe new version 2.0.0 fixes the visual issue in Ocarina and other emulated N64 games, which were previously accused of not visually matching the originals.
[Nintendo Switch Online – N64]
Version 2.0.0 is now available. There seems to be a bunch of game config updates which I will cover in another tweet.
Notably though: the infamous Water Temple room is completely repaired, as the fog has been restored. pic.twitter.com/LdYX7t4lHS
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) February 25, 2022
N64 Switch Online: they added fog. I believe Choco Mountain in MK64 didn’t have fog either? The final image shows what the entrance to the Forest Temple looked like at launch. #Nintendo64 #NintendoSwitchOnline #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/Cnvvpw3g4Z
— Fernando 🇲🇽🌬 (@Ferchou_27) February 25, 2022
“Fog of war” has several meanings: in strategy games it is used to refer to areas of a map that are shrouded in darkness until you have explored them. In more retro games, like Ocarina of Time, fog was used to mask distant objects that couldn’t be rendered thanks to weaker hardware than we’re used to in modern times. It’s ultimately a small change, but as the images above show, it can have a big impact on a game’s visual style. Previously, Ocarina of Time players using the N64 emulation of the Switch could see the Mojo Tree in all its wooden glory from just about any distance, as demonstrated in this video from YouTuber ZFG.
This update follows a similar improvement made to visuals from last monthwhen Nintendo appeared to fix water reflectivity in Dark Link’s boss room.
Nintendo’s 2.0.0 update also appears to have fixed some currently unknown issues with Banjo-Kazooie.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.