Ocarina of Time gets June release on 3DS

The popular title in the Legend of Zelda franchise will follow the June 13 release of Wii Play: Motion, a new motion-controlled Wii title from Nintendo.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Nintendo

One of the most celebrated video games ever released is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in June, Nintendo announced today.

On June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be hitting store shelves for $39.99. The game, which Nintendo says has been "completed remastered," brings players back to the land of Hyrule as Link solves puzzles and interacts with the characters around him to save Princess Zelda and the world. Nintendo said the title will also include a Master Quest, which is separate from the main game and includes "revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons."

As with other 3DS games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will feature full 3D integration without requiring users to wear special glasses.

So far, it seems that the 3D functionality in the 3DS has caught on with consumers around the globe. When the portable device launched in Japan in February , it reportedly sold out in its first weekend of availability. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in a research note yesterday that he believes Nintendo sold 500,000 3DS units in the U.S. in its first five days of availability .

However, reactions to the 3DS game lineup so far have been somewhat tepid. The upcoming Legend of Zelda launch could be just what the 3DS needs. The venerable franchise is easily one of the most popular of all Nintendo brands. And Ocarina of Time has been celebrated by some as being the best entry in the series.

Even so, Nintendo won't be the only company delivering 3DS titles in the next few months. The game company said today that Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions is coming out in June, along with Activision's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Edition 3D on June 14. They will be among many other third-party titles expected to launch in the coming months.

But Nintendo didn't stop at the 3DS. The game company also said today that it plans to launch Wii Play: Motion on June 13. That title will feature 12 new motion games. It will come bundled with the black Wii Remote Plus controller. Nintendo didn't reveal the bundle's pricing.

Along with Wii Play: Motion, Nintendo revealed a host of third-party releases coming to its Wii in the coming months, including Cars 2: The Video Game, Thor: God of Thunder, and Kung Fu Panda 2.

 

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