25 Years Ago, The Greatest Game of All Time Was Released
It has been 25 years since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That’s right – you’re officially old. In 1998, Ocarina of Time was released on Nintendo 64, bringing one of the most beloved games of all time into the market and setting up a legacy that would still be felt a quarter of a century later.
Since then, Ocarina of Time has been re-released on every Nintendo home console, and it remains the only game ever to hit a score of 99 on Metacritic. It’s internationally lauded and has been labelled the ‘Greatest Game of All Time’ by millions.
Everyone who contributed to the development of Ocarina of Time is someone. It was directed by the likes of Eiji Aonuma and Yoshiaki Koizumi and was produced by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. From the moment Ocarina of Time hit the shelves, it became a best-selling title the world over, launching first in Japan on November 21, then in North America on November 23, and in Europe on December 11, 1998.
Even today, it seems that even the toughest critics can find very little wrong with Ocarina of Time. In even the quickest of glimpses at the game’s review history, you can find almost nothing but full marks – 100%, 5/5, or 10/10 gradings. It’s a multi-award-winning game, and within a year of its release, it had sold around 7 million copies, grossing more than $700 million in today’s money.
From the soundtrack to the visuals, the puzzles to the world, and the story to the characters, Ocarina of Time offered up a monumental adventure from start to finish, and it shall forever remain a shining gem in the history of gaming.