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Zelda: Ocarina of Time early 1997 build emerges with pre-release assets, showcases changes from the final game

Posted on January 19, 2021 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

One of our earliest looks at The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came in 1997. It was fully playable at the trade show, which was a full year before launch. We’ve learned over the years that the build on display there offered up some significant changes from the final version.

Now more than twenty years later, assets from that early version of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have popped up online. Forest of Illusion obtained a prototype N64 cartridge for F-Zero X from a former Nintendo employee, which amazingly enough, has the unfinished build.

Here’s a roundup of notable findings:

We also have a gallery showcasing more of the early assets, most of which focus on the different areas:

If any additional findings are made, we’ll be sure to pass along the news.


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