Ocarina of Time visual patch released on Nintendo Switch

Zelda: Ocarina of Time is getting an unexpected rework as fans recognize that the mist missing since its release on Nintendo Switch Online is being restored.


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While reactions to a new Nintendo Switch Online subscription service were mixed, fans were excited to finally have classic N64 games on the Nintendo Switch. Among these was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Timeone of gaming’s greatest classics, but something was wrong.

The first players of Ocarina of time on the Switch noticed that there were certain performance and graphical issues with the game. Players reported that the game’s input lag was noticeable and things like water in Ocarina of time didn’t look quite right despite the Switch’s superior graphics capabilities, but those issues were resolved not too long ago. However, there were still some lasting issues which have now been resolved.

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While the emulated Ocarina of time problems could not be compared to things like the state of the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition at release, as the game was fully playable, some elements were missing from the visuals. Similar to the GTA trilogy, fans noticed that the fog was missing in areas where it had previously added an air of mystery and exploration. However, now that Zelda: Majora’s Mask was released for the Switch on the same service, it appears this issue has been changed.

Players have now shared screenshots showing how the game looked before and after the update. The fog is noticeably back in areas like the Water Temple and Forest Temple. While the missing fog did not destroy the landscape as in the Silent Hill 2 and 3 HD collections, players were disappointed to see that the game was not faithful to the original N64 release. Some might have preferred to see the game launch without these issues to begin with, or at least a faster fix, as the fog issue has been pending since October 2021. However, it’s a good sign that Nintendo is working in the behind the scenes to make sure these titles work and look as intended, even if it takes a while.


The update also improved the look and performance of some other games. One user pointed out that the Choco Mountain race track in Mario Kart 64 also had his fog restored, while another reported that a breakthrough crash in paper mario has also been corrected. An additional update has also been made for Banjo-Kazooiealthough no other information is known about it at this time.

Without full patch notes, it’s impossible to say how many games have been affected by these changes, but Ocarina of time players will likely continue to share any differences they notice.

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Source: NintendoLife


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