The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Zelda Games Ocarina Of Time N64 Cartridge
Zelda Games Ocarina Of Time N64 Cartridge (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Legend of Zelda series is an action adventure gaming franchise that started on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • The fourth entry in the series, Ocarina of Time, brought the series into 3D for the first time.
  • Ocarina of Time was added to the list of greats in the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year, after a lengthy nomination process.

Ocarina of time has been lauded among the Zelda games as being one of the best ever since its release in 1998. Now, it gets to wear that badge with pride. The National Museum of Play is home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, where the best of the best are given their dues.

An ongoing project since 2015, the Hall of Fame is currently home to 36 games, from Tetris to Super Mario Bros. to The Sims. While anyone can nominate a game, the final selections are made "on the advice of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society". Games are chosen according to four main criteria: icon status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence.

This year, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was inducted alongside the iconic Sid Meier's Civilization, Ms. Pacman, and Dance Dance Revolution. Anyone who's been a fan of gaming over the years know how influential these titles are, having directly impacted many games in their respective genres.

If you're itching to play Ocarina of Time but don't happen to have a Nintendo 64 handy, you can always play it on your Nintendo Switch via their Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, which includes tons of Nintendo 64 games, Sega Genesis titles, and DLC packs for various popular Nintendo games.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.