They made it. After two years of hard work, one of the most ambitious fan-send-related projects has finally been completed. Nintendo, although it has nothing to do with the official plans of the company. Its about Zelda Reverse Engineering Team (ZRET), a group of fans of the saga of Link who finally completed a native version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for PC, considered by many publications as the best videogame of history.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time It is, like all first-party games of Nintendo, an exclusive title of one of their consoles, precisely from the Nintendo 64. For decades, the popularity of this game has sparked attempts by thousands of fans and modders for trying to get it to the PC; But now, more than 23 years since its official launch, it has finally been achieved.
The team could not be called otherwise, as its work is an example of reverse engineering. This means that the game has been completely decompiled and remade from scratch, which makes it, technically speaking, an authentic work, and not a simple reproduction of the ready-made source code.
The code of Ocarina of Time was rewritten for the well-known C programming language, which ensures high-level compatibility with all types of PCs. The same thing happened long ago with Super Mario 64, which has also been taken to other platforms.
One of the best sides of this news is that, since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Now running natively on a PC, thousands of hobbyists will be able to design mods with unprecedented ease. The community will likely unleash their imaginations in the coming months.
ZRET, the team responsible, has described that their work has not yet concluded, as they are already working on doing the same process for other versions of Ocarina of Time, such as the edition Master Quest from GameCube. For now, it is still awaiting an official launch through any distribution channel.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time it was released in November 1998 for the Nintendo 64. It is cataloged by some publications and community rankings (such as Metacritic) as the best game of all time.