We love never-before-seen footage here at Nintendo Life, especially when Zelda is involved. N64 games have often been gold mines for this, with original trailers appearing years later on VHS tapes and revealing a whole host of unseen virtues of some of the classics.
One such example recently was a small indie game called The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – ever heard of it? Found on an old VHS tape, media preservation specialist. @tanks404 revealed some promotional material for the N64 Spring ’97 line, which includes some first look footage of the Ocarina of Time’s Link in action.
The full trailer features a range of instantly recognizable games, including Star Fox 64, Yoshi’s Story, and Blast Corps. We’ve added footage in full at the bottom of this article so you can see what else Nintendo was looking to show off in ’97.
With the trailer put together in the classic sizzle cutscene style, it’s a little hard to tell what we’ve seen before and what’s new. Luckily, @Mr Talida took each OOT-based frame and put them together into something like a cohesive display. It might not be the N64 link we all know enough yet, but you can actually see the gameplay of the prototype.
True, there is not much to do here, but this does not mean that new discoveries should not be made. The footage shows Link running down a brick passage, entering a cave (possibly an early attempt at Dodongo’s cave), and running through Castle Town past buildings that never made it into the final cut. Why these elements were cut from the game, we will never know, but now we can see that they definitely existed at one time.
There’s of course the usual chest opening, Stalfos fight, sword shenanigans that we can always expect to see in early promotional material, but we love seeing how certain elements have evolved while others have been completely removed – tearing apart a mysterious brick alley .
What do you think of this glimpse of what once was? Roll in the comments and share your thoughts!