I can’t say that I know ocarinas well outside of THE Legend of Zelda, but I remember seeing several attempts to build an electronic version of this ancient wind instrument over the years. Purists may want to stick with Zelda-themed standard ocarinas, but I have to imagine that an electronic version would offer practical advantages. It looks like we’re about to find out.
ThinkGeek has developed a officially licensed The Legend of Zelda Electronic Ocarina of Time, which I can only assume will appear in the highly anticipated sequel, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time II: Electric Boogaloo.
The electronic Ocarina of Time offers two modes: Classic mode unlocks a hidden song when you play the corresponding 6-button melody. Free-Play mode lets you create all the melodies you like.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any sort of volume control or headphone jack – which seems like an oversight. Again, this Legend of Zelda ocarina plastic electronics is only $ 30, so a lack of functionality is not that surprising. I bet that would be a good starting point for a mod.
• The Legend of Zelda Electronic Ocarina of Time
• Officially licensed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time merchandise
• A creation and a ThinkGeek exclusivity
• Classic Mode – Play the corresponding 6 button melody to unlock a hidden song or try again.
• Free-Play Mode – Create melodies without constraints!
• The illustrated songbook lists the six notes for the ocarina to play Zelda’s lullaby, Epona’s song, Saria’s song, song of time, song of the sun, and song of storms
• Use the buttons to play 8 different notes and adjust the pitch at will
• Includes stand for display
• Batteries: 3 AAA (included)
• Dimensions: 7 “long x 4 3/4” high x 2 1/4 “deep (5 1/2” high on the stand)
• Weight: 6 ounces. (without support because you are going to PLAY it, not watch it)
• Includes Ocarina of Time, stand and illustrated songbook