The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action/RPG for the Nintendo 64, released in November of 1998 by Nintendo. It is the fifth game in the Legend of Zelda series. It spawned a sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Full speed runs
- Main article: Speed-running OoT
It was once estimated that one of Ocarina's testers, knowing the game inside-out, could beat the whole game in 8 to 10 hours.
The first public full speed run attempt of Ocarina resulted in a time of 5 hours 45 minutes (NTSC) and was obtained by Mike Damiani, probably in late 2003 or early 2004. This run was never fully converted to digital format as it was superseded in late March 2004 by Mike's first serious run, which gained him a time of 5 hours 25 minutes. On April 21, 2004, this became the first Zelda run to be hosted by the Speed Demos Archive, and brought Ocarina speed running to the attention of the speed-running community at large.
On September 5, 2004, after extensive research and radical route-restructuring, Mike reduced his record to 5 hours 4 minutes, coming within an ace of breaking the barely-reachable five hour barrier. Mike said (lied) that he would never speed-run Ocarina again.
On July 17, 2005, after even further research and micro-optimisation, Mike again broke his own record and obtained a new record of 4 hours 57 minutes. Mike again announced that he was done forever with speed running OoT, although he is currently working on a segmented run.
A glitch run is defined as a run that utilizes several glitches that either: allow the player to complete the child portion of the Spirit Temple early, skip the Forest, Fire, and Water Temples entirely (save for acquiring the Fairy's Bow from the Forest Temple), only completing the Shadow and Spirit Temples, and skipping the trials in Ganon's Castle; or skip every adult dungeon using the "reverse bottle adventure" glitch.
On July 31, 2007, Lloyd Palmer obtained the current world record for a segmented glitch run, with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes 56 seconds. The run is classified under the category of "save warping" by Speed Demos Archive.
Mask and Skulltula runs
- Main article: Mask and Skulltula run
Twin Galaxies offered a bounty of $100 for the fastest complete run (received by the end of 2005) of Ocarina in which the player also collected all 100 Gold Skulltula tokens and the Mask of Truth. This bounty was won by Sam Hughes with a time of 6 hours 54 minutes.
- all 8 Heart Containers, all 36 Heart Pieces, plus the double heart fairy,
- all bomb/arrow/sword/magic/scale/deku stick/seed/nut upgrades,
- all 4 bottles,
- all 100 Gold Skulltula tokens (note that it is permissible to use the Skulltula-duplication trick to increase your Skulltula total ahead of time, if this helps, as long as you still collect all 100 unique Skulltulas eventually)
- all 13 Ocarina songs (including the Scarecrow's Song).
Notably absent are the Hylian Shield, Zora Tunic and Lens of Truth, which are nominally required to beat the game but can actually be skipped, as well as Farore's Wind, Nayru's Love, Dungeon Maps, Compasses, Masks, Biggoron's Sword and any requirement for Magic Beans.
- Main article: Minimal runs of OoT
As a formal definition of your "percentage" in OoT has yet to be formally defined, it remains to be seen how, exactly, this percentage can best be minimised. Three-heart runs, for example, may or may not prove to be good examples of minimal runs.
Ocarina sub-games are generally ranked by points or some kind of in-game timer. As the in-game timer runs just as slowly as the game itself, PAL players are actually at a slight advantage for these sub-games, as their records can be put on the same rankings, but they play in a very mild form of slow motion. Indeed, PAL players generally seem to dominate the rankings for these games.
N64HS also hosts rankings for some extremely easily maxed records like "Gold Skulltulas found", "Heart Containers found" and "Game Overs to finish game" (maxed at 100, 20 and 0 respectively).
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