A Previously Unseen Prototype Of Ocarina Of Time Has Been Found

The build reveals unused weapons, locations, and much more!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/20/2021 23:56 Comment on this     ShareThis

While the Nintendo data leaks from last year certainly felt exhaustive in their relative wealth of content, as the idiom goes “there’s plenty more where that came from.” As uncovered by the video game preservation aficionados at Forest of Illusion, a never-before-seen build of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been discovered. Considering Ocarina of Time came out nearly a quarter century ago, it’s astounding that this gem had yet to be unearthed.

As the story goes, a prototype cartridge containing the code for F-Zero X was revealed to also be housing code from a demo of Ocarina of Time. It’s estimated that this version of the game was from around the time of Space World 1997. Space World was ostensibly Nintendo’s own Japan-only version of E3—an opportunity for fans to get glimpses and even some hands-on time with upcoming projects from the company. Thus, the data mined from this F-Zero X demo cartridge holds quite a lot of material, much of which has never been seen by fans.

There’s a lot to list, so we’ll go through some of the highlights of what has been found:

  • Special medallions could be obtained which granted Link a number of different abilities, including one called the Soul Medallion which let him transform into Navi herself.
  • An entirely different world map for Hyrule (see below)

  • Light and dark arrows.
  • Link’s Pegasus Boots were bound for the game at one point.

There’s more to see, with much being rediscovered and catalogued by dataminers across the web. Sadly, the ROM is not complete, with estimates being that roughly 50 percent of what was once on the cartridge being able to be recovered. Regardless, this is some fun stuff to see. If you’ve spotted any other notable discoveries from this data dump, share with us below and on social media!

Source: Forest of Illusion Twitter Page

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