Ocarina Of Time Demo Is Now Playable Over 20 Years Later

A fan recreation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time demo from Space World ’97 is now available for download, and it contains unused content.

A fan recreation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Space World ’97 demo is now available online. This playable build is possible thanks to a number of Ocarina of time leaks that have surfaced over the past year, some of which were part of the infamous “Nintendo Gigaleak”. This cavalcade of illicit code included beta versions of series games like Super Mario, Star Fox, and Pokemon.

The Nintendo Gigaleak also featured content from early versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time, including some items that were used for demos shown at events and screenshots for gaming magazines. More was learned in early 2021, when a start Zelda build was discovered on a F-Zero X Nintendo 64 development cartridge. The combined information from the two leaks showed a picture of a much more ambitious game, even including ideas for Zelda 2: Link’s Adventure, but the Ocarina of time the prototypes appear to have been scaled down in the end (probably due to N64 hardware limitations).


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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of the Nintendo 64 games on display at Space World ’97, with players of the famous demo able to choose from various gameplay scenarios. 24 years later, a playable version of this long-lost demo was developed by zel640 and released in line. The demo can be downloaded from GitJub, as a patch that needs to be applied to an existing ROM of Ocarina of time. Download links can be found at zel640Twitter account of.

The demo was made feasible using assets from the leaked builds of Zelda: Ocarina of time. It is not a full recreation of what an early concept for the game might have been as it was never finished, having instead been reworked into the version of Ocarina of time fans know well. Instead, the Space World ’97 demo lets players explore different maps and scenarios from previous versions of the N64 game. These include the ability to explore an early version of Hyrule, which was massive and more open. Some early versions of dungeons can also be experienced, including the Great Deku Tree and the Dodongo Cavern, where various enemies can be fought, similar to early versions of Gohma.

What N64 Games Look Like Ocarina of time and Super Mario 64 The peculiarity is that they appeared at a time when developers were just learning to use 3D hardware. Despite the limitations of the 25-year-old Nintendo 64 and the small amount of memory contained in its cartridges, Nintendo still managed to produce some of the most beloved games of all time on the console. It’s been through trial and error, and it’s fascinating to see how The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time could have been.

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