Contrary to recent reports, Nintendo apparently hasn’t fully fixed the emulated graphics and effects of Zelda Ocarina of Time on Switch Online.
Some Nintendo 64 games don’t look so good on the Switch. The company charges $50 per year for its new Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription tier which comes with wonky emulation for specific games. One of the best N64 games ever made, Ocarina of Time is a game that sometimes looks better on the original 1996 console than on Switch.
Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn’t fully resolved these issues… but there have been some tweaks since launch. The Switch N64 version of Ocarina of Time still lacks the more enhanced reflection and fog effects that are used in the original N64 version, which are also seen in the GameCube and Wii VC versions. A Tweet from the code tinkerer OatsDome indicated that the OOT could have been fixed on the switch; the infamous water temple has been adjusted to make the water clearer. Highlights have also been added, but they are not as extensive as the highlights in the original version.
But the follow-up Tweets of Zeth Ryder reveal stark differences between the Switch and classic versions.
However, dataminer LuigiBlood says Nintendo has adjusted the N64 emulation, possibly to clean up the code and erase all unused data and content. Ocarina of Time’s adjustments were made at the emulation level, Luigi says.
Nintendo has yet to officially acknowledge these issues, and other issues remain in games like Paper Mario and Banjo-Kazooie.