Miyamoto: Ocarina of Time could have been an FPS

Miyamoto: Ocarina of Time could have been an FPS

Ocarina of Time could have been an FPS game instead had Miyamoto not changed his mind.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most important games ever made, according to some, and certainly helped to define a generation of gamers and cosplayers. The 3D free-roaming action-adventure was massively revolutionary at the time and one of only three real reasons to even own a Nintendo 64.

But it all could have been so different.

In a recent internal discussion at Nintendo between game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Miyamoto revealed that the design for Ocarina of Time could have followed a very different path and ended up as an FPS instead.

Apparently prompted by a love of Rare's Nintendo 64 shooter GoldenEye, which is another of the three reasons to own a Nintendo 64, Miyamoto wanted to make OoT a first-person shooter too.

"I thought that the FPS system would be the best way of enabling players to take in the vast terrain of the Hyrule Field. Besides, by not having the player’s character on the screen, we can spend more time and machine power on creating enemies and the environments," said Miyamoto.

In fact, the main reason that the presentation of the game was changed was so that players could see that Link was growing and getting older as the game went on. That and Miyamoto wanted everyone to see how cool Link looked.

Can you imagine an FPS Ocarina of Time, or are you not that bothered? Maybe you can settle an age-old Bit-tech debate about which is the best game ever; Ocarina of Time or System Shock 2? Let us know in the forums.


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banshee256 12th May 2008, 10:09 Quote
Not having bothered, ever, with any Zelda game at all, or any other console game, for that matter, my vote goes to System Shock 2.
sotu1 12th May 2008, 10:14 Quote
having never successfully played SS2 (it's never seemed to work on any of my PCs EVER), i can't comment. I'm interested to know what the third reason for owning an n64 was.
CardJoe 12th May 2008, 10:17 Quote
Mario 64, d'uh :p
Tyrmot 12th May 2008, 10:30 Quote
Not Mario Kart then Joe...?
Mentai 12th May 2008, 10:31 Quote
The third is obviously diddy kong racing, best racing game eva!
sotu1 12th May 2008, 10:31 Quote
mario kart, Smash bros, lylat wars, there's three reasons, golden eye, zelda, and whatever the other reason is. there's 6 good reasons.
Baz 12th May 2008, 10:34 Quote
not Donkey Konga?
Tomm 12th May 2008, 10:42 Quote
I can certainly think of more than three!

But i'm glad it was 3rd person, it worked really well and I'm not convinced that the first person view lends itself to that kind of game, they'd have had to alter the game a lot I reckon. But all this is re-writing history. It seems funny that this makes the news page given that OOT is 10 years old, but it's still interesting.
Hugo 12th May 2008, 10:47 Quote
Originally Posted by Article
Maybe you can settle an age-old Bit-tech debate about which is the best game ever; Ocarina of Time or System Shock 2?

It's not so much a bit-tech debate as a bit-tech/TrustedReviews inter-company dispute. And it's not so much a dispute as Joe being wrong and Ocarina of time clearly being the better game. :D
Zurechial 12th May 2008, 11:19 Quote
System Shock 2.
SHODAN would kick Ganondorf's ass.
The Zelda games are overrated.

This is all.

Let the flames commence. :P
DougEdey 12th May 2008, 11:43 Quote
Originally Posted by Hugo
And it's not so much a dispute as Joe being wrong and Ocarina of time clearly being the better game. :D

This man speaks the truth, Joe is a SS/Bioshock fanboi :p
theevilelephant 12th May 2008, 12:25 Quote
i remember wasting weeks of my life trying to complete OoT and majoras mask, awesome games. Infact i still have them and an n64 somewhere..
TomH 12th May 2008, 12:31 Quote
Originally Posted by banshee256
Not having bothered, ever, with any Zelda game at all, or any other console game, for that matter, my vote goes to System Shock 2.
Your vote is invalid. Ocarina of Time was a fantastic game, by any account. SS2's great too, but you should really play OoT before making such snap judgements. I assure you, you'll find yourself wondering why you hadn't before!
Arkanrais 12th May 2008, 12:58 Quote
what about perfect dark? I loved playing 4 way split screen multiplayer even if it was on a freaking 21" crt screen. loved playing rounds wtih only remote mines, only proximity mines or the rocket launchers that you could remotely control the rockets.
still Oot kicked ass (I've got it on my gamecube) though I haven't played any of the system shock games.
Jordan Wise 12th May 2008, 13:44 Quote
tch you're all stupid, FF7 is by a very long way the best game ever made. though SS2 and ocarina are definatly top 5 material, along with metal gear solid and half life 2
Omnituens 12th May 2008, 13:46 Quote
While it is true that Diddy Kong Racing is a reason to own an N64, the REAL issue here is that SS2 clearly wins the "best of those two" award.
salesman 12th May 2008, 15:19 Quote
If you're going to say any final fantasy game is the best game ever made it would have to be none other then FF3 but the original FF to me is the best game period plus it did it first. Look at it this way, all games are a waste of time, thats not to say that the game that takes the longest to beat is the best, or the game that looks the most amazing is the best for if it were that the best game would never get here, but rather the game which takes the least amount of time to beat but you play the most because you're having too much fun playing it you don't want it to end, that game has the mark to be one of the best games ever made. Have you ever played a RPG so much that you maxed your character's level? Played the game so much that there is nothing else you can do. Spent tens of hours looking for hidden things, long after you could have beaten the game, stuff that nobody else has found, and you had fun doing it. And then start over and play the game through again because its that much fun( or scary like SS2). But what do i know I've only wasted my whole life looking for the next best thing to the original final fantasy, because it was that good, and in the process I've played alot of great games but have never wasted as much time as i did on the original final fantasy of FF3 for that matter. So if you have got the same reasons as to why you're calling (insert what you think is the greatest game here) the greatest game ever made remember i said it first. Oh and i wouldn't have my life any other way.
C0nKer 12th May 2008, 16:47 Quote
Haven't played both. But given that was around the time Half Life(before/after, I'm not too sure) came out, I'd probably lean more towards System Shock 2.

I got into Zelda through Majora's Mask. Yes, I own an N64 and missed out on OoT, because I knew nothing about Zelda when I bought my N64, which was years after OoT came out. My attempts on OoT were only on emulators, but it got me bored due to the fact that I'm using a 2003 hardware to play a late 90's console game using a keyboard, clearly not the way it is meant to be played. Still, Majora's Mask was a fantastic game, followed by Wind Waker which has an unprecedented level of charm. Twilight is ok for me, nothing to complain, but nothing to write home about either. I didn't grow up playing Zelda games since the 2D days, instead I got hooked by one of the side story games.
Bluephoenix 12th May 2008, 17:55 Quote
I always take the view that every game is unique, and if it is worth playing at all, then it must be a decent game. if I enjoyed it, it mst be a good game, and if I really loved playing it, it never gets resold. :D
dslickness 12th May 2008, 18:55 Quote
I don't think Zelda in a FPS mode would have worked. But then again it might have been a similar game to Half-life, being a FPS with the use of puzzles.
Overall, I think Zelda is NOT a FPS type of game. Good thing he changed!
Oh and I think the top 3 sure be expanded to 5.
Mario Kart, Mario 64, Goldeneye, Zelda, Turok (and 2 please!).
Thacrudd 12th May 2008, 19:38 Quote
zelda fps? Would've looked kinda like Morrowind lol. I'm still wondering what he thinks the 3rd reason is though. (I think he did this to us on porpose)
Jordan Wise 12th May 2008, 20:18 Quote
salesman, the only version of FF3 i've played is the ds version, and i really wasn't hooked by the whole diamond heroes kinda thing, and there is little to no back story for the main characters. 7 on the other hand had SO MUCH story, even the optional characters had very interesting backgrounds (vinnys story is ace) and all the stuff on the side you could do

And i don't know why nobody's mentioned Banjo Kazooie as a reason to have an N64, it was brilliant
johnnyboy700 12th May 2008, 20:44 Quote
Nah, SS2 for me.
Major 12th May 2008, 20:49 Quote
Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Goldeneye 64, Banjo Kazooe, Bomberman, FIFA 98, F Zero X, those were the days (and still are, N64 is in the TV atm) :P
Mentai 13th May 2008, 02:40 Quote
I think I'm semi correct in saying that Zelda OoT really defined the 3d action/adventure game genre. Do you think if it was first person all the crappy spin offs would be as well? Like an entire genre being altered. Hmm.
salesman 14th May 2008, 15:22 Quote
I played 7 alot loved it. I don't see how anyone could enjoy playing any rpg on a handheld, just doesn't give you the same thrill. But yeah 7 was an amazing game in its own right, but is was only better on few levels of gameplay then previous Final fantasy games, which is really my personal preference. Hell i enjoyed 8 bit animations from the original. My thing is that 'They will never top anything they have already done', but thats me and highly doubt they will cater to just my needs in a game, theres new people out there playing games everyday who they will cater to.
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