Nintendo added some new content to its Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles, including one of the greatest games ever produced by Nintendo: The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time originally launched over 15 years ago for the Nintendo 64, but at the time the game was a smash hit. It received either perfect or nearly perfect scores from virtually every game review website and magazine in the world, and some claim it to be the best game ever made.
Given the game's reputation, and because video games are timeless in a way, it isn't surprising that Nintendo is re-releasing it on the Wii U Virtual Console. If anything, it is surprising that the company waited this long to do so, but given that it has been available on the Wii Virtual Console and the 3DS Virtual Console for a few years now, it is a little less surprising. Regardless, users will be happy to add this classic to their Wii U Virtual Console collection.
Nintendo pushed out a few other titles today, too. For the Wii U, PadaOne Games released a retro 16-bit side scroller called Roving Rogue, and TACS Games released a quadcopter simulator game called Quadcopter Pilot Challenge.
Over on the Nintendo 3DS, Koei Tecmo released a new entry in the popular "Samurai Warriors" series titled “Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3.” This game incorporates the battle system and challenge mode from “Samurai Warriors 4” with the best features from previous games in the series, and a storyline with multiple endings to create a new more original game in the series.
The Nintendo 3DS also gets a puzzle strategy game called Mercenaries Saga 2 by Circle Ent. The game looks reminiscent of 16-bit games on the SNES from years ago, with lots of similarities in overall look and design to Final Fantasy III.
Although these aren't major AAA titles and are reminiscent of the 1990s, that doesn't mean that they aren't solid video games. Many gamers today grew up playing games just like this, and sometimes we forget that high-definition graphics isn't synonymous with a good game.
At the end of the day, these games represent a solid effort by a game maker that the most important aspect of a game is to be entertaining, not visually stunning, and that's why a game from 1998 can still make for a good time today.