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Lost Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Demo Now Playable Over 20 Years Later

A fan recreation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time demo from Space World '97 is now available online. This playable build is possible thanks to a number of Ocarina of Time leaks that surfaced over the past year or so, some of which were part of the infamous "Nintendo Gigaleak." This cavalcade of illicit code included beta versions of games from series like Super Mario, Star Fox, and Pokémon.

The Nintendo Gigaleak also featured content from early versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, including some assets which were used for demos shown at events and screenshots for gaming magazines. More was learned at start of 2021, when an early Zelda build was discovered on an F-Zero X Nintendo 64 development cartridge. The combined information from both leaks showed a picture of a much more ambitious game, even including ideas from Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, but the Ocarina of Time prototypes seem to have been scaled back in the end (likely due to the limitations of N64 hardware).

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of the Nintendo 64 games exhibited at Space World '97, with players of the famous demo able to choose from different gameplay scenarios. 24 years later, a playable version of this long-lost demo has been developed by zel640 and released online. The demo can be downloaded on GitJub, in the form of a patch which needs to be applied to an existing ROM of Ocarina of Time. The download links can be found on zel640's Twitter account.

The demo was made achievable due to the assets from the leaked builds of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This isn't a full recreation of what an early concept of the game could have been as that was never finished, having instead been reworked into the version of Ocarina of Time fans are familiar with. Instead, the Space World '97 demo lets players explore different maps and scenarios from earlier versions of the N64 game. These include being able to explore an early version of Hyrule, which was massive and more open. Some early versions of dungeons can also be experienced, including the Great Deku Tree and Dodongo's Cavern, where various enemies can be fought, such as early versions of Gohma.

What made N64 games like Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 special is that they came about during an era when developers were just learning how to use 3D hardware. Despite the limitations of the 25-year-old Nintendo 64 and the tiny amount of memory its cartridges contained, Nintendo still managed to produce some of the best-regarded games of all time on the console. This came with some trial and error, and it's fascinating to see how different The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time could have been.

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Source: zel640/Twitter

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