Link and his quest to save Princess Zelda and the magical land of Hyrule from the evil clutches of Ganon has been a part of our lives since 1986. Today marks the 20th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which is highly considered one of if not the best game in the franchise and fans of the video game are reflecting on its impact on Twitter.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time rose to the status of instant classic immediately when it was first released on November 21, 1998. At the time it was Nintendo’s biggest game ever made and lived on the Nintendo 64 system and gave us our first look at Link and all of the characters have come to love in 3D for the first time ever. Ocarina of Time introduced Legend of Zelda players to the idea of time travel, which would go on to become a staple in other games that followed after.
Fans quickly fell in love with young Link whom they as when he is thrown into the massive undertaking to save the world from being thrown into total chaos. We don’t get to encounter the adult version of the mythical video game hero until he retrieves the famed Master Sword. Young Link is forced into a seven-year slumber after using three Spiritual Stones to pull out the sword out of its resting place because he can’t use the Ganon slaying weapon as a child.
It’s quite clear immediately the impact the game has had on fans. Stories of its importance in gamers childhoods and where it sits in the pantheon of great video games are being shared on Twitter. Some consider Ocarina of Time the greatest game ever made, but that is definitely subject to debate. There is no debate its importance to the video game world though. Hit the gallery below to see why The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is so beloved by gamers below.
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Ocarina of Time is almost solely (along with Mario 64) responsible for my obsession with video games. so on it’s 20th anniversary i would like to send out a very special fuck you to OoT for cursing me with this burden.— 9 V O L T (@9_volt_) November 21, 2018
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ocarina Of Time. The glory days. pic.twitter.com/kvTsSPqBlj— Chris Scullion (@scully1888) November 21, 2018
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time celebrates its 20th anniversary today. The largest game Nintendo ever created (at the time) was initially designed to be played entirely in first-person. pic.twitter.com/fLbKDQiYTk— RPG Site (@RPGSite) November 21, 2018
Today, 20 years ago, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released in Japan on the Nintendo 64. (November 21, 1998)— Zelda Universe (@ZeldaUniverse) November 21, 2018
Happy 20th anniversary to a legendary game and adventure!! pic.twitter.com/4ynOGstg8H
Ocarina of Time played a bigger role in molding me into the person I am today than most of the people I've ever met. I will never forget the jaw-dropping awe, wonder, and amazement I felt at every turn in that game.— Liz Finnegan (@TheGingerarchy) November 21, 2018
Happy Birthday, OOT pic.twitter.com/k2dgXrqe6W
Released on November 21, 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is 20 years old today. ⌛️ pic.twitter.com/y1cid7NgPI— Zelda Gif World (@GifZelda) November 21, 2018
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time released 20 years ago! Is this the best Zelda game ever?! pic.twitter.com/HQUOsWZs1I— GameSpot (@GameSpot) November 21, 2018
‘legend of zelda: ocarina of time’ is twenty years old today. such vivid memories watching my older brother play it in our basement when it came out. replayed it recently & it COMPLETELY held up. an iconic game with solid story & gameplay. LEGENDARY!! pic.twitter.com/MjUvQQfne3— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) November 21, 2018
20 years ago today, ‘Ocarina of Time’ was released and completely blew the gaming world away ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/g8CqYJ10uT— Fandom (@getFANDOM) November 21, 2018
Happy 20th anniversary, Ocarina of Time✨💚 pic.twitter.com/klF8T2WRj8— Evy 🌸✨ (@Evelink_86) November 21, 2018
20 years ago the long awaited Ocarina of Time hit the shelves in Japan. What are your Ocarina memories? pic.twitter.com/2AsMOC5fNU— RetroAzz🎮🕹 (@timson72) November 21, 2018
Happy 20th anniversary, Ocarina of Time!— Forsaken Sheikah (@ForsakenSheikah) November 21, 2018
A timeless coming of age tale that still holds up well to this day in the modern gaming world. It was a true pleasure to experience this game and seeing the huge impact it left to the gaming community as a whole.#LegendOfZelda pic.twitter.com/Ft6lmkr9G6
Bosses of Ocarina of Time pic.twitter.com/0Msr7c4LMR— Zelda Gif World (@GifZelda) November 19, 2018
Concept art and sketches for Link in Ocarina of Time pic.twitter.com/h8i1vhV29j— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 18, 2018
20 years ago today, the greatest video game of all time (in my opinion, whatever) was released. My strongest childhood memories are tied to this game. I still replay it regularly to this day. Thank you, Ocarina of Time, for everything. pic.twitter.com/tP1Gmqb4x0— Emma Blackery 🩸 (@emmablackery) November 21, 2018
HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME! 🥳🍾🎉 pic.twitter.com/0H9v69KVC0— N64 Today (@N64Today) November 21, 2018
The first #legendofzelda game I ever played was Ocarina of Time and it celebrated its 20th anniversary this year! To commemorate, I’ve drawn Sheik for #artistsoflegend 🌟 #linktober #zelda pic.twitter.com/1j7O3gjoBK— Amanda Oei Wells 🐱 (@AmandaOeiWells) November 19, 2018
I started my 20th anniversary playthrough of OCARINA OF TIME this evening. It's amazing how this game can still surprise you. For instance, Ganondorf's first appearance surprised me by compelling me to yell "MY DUDE!!!" and pump my fists. pic.twitter.com/SmV015GUzF— Clare McBride (@omnivoreal) November 18, 2018
Happy 20th birthday to Ocarina of Time. This game helped define my childhood and my love of gaming. I was very young when it released, so I have fond memories of playing it alongside my dad. It will always hold a special place in my heart. pic.twitter.com/ckDlelmwS4— Rebecca (@forestminish) November 21, 2018