T-shirt:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time T-Shirt

Oneitaca. 1998

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Released in 1996 for $199, the Nintendo 64 (N64) is the third home video game system in the Nintendo line. Although not as successful as its predecessors, the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the follow-up Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the N64 sold more than 30 million units in the United States. It was the first major system to incorporate pressure-sensing analog joysticks into their controller design, as well as Nintendo's last home video game console to sell games in the cartridge format. Popular N64 games included the groundbreaking 3D Super Mario 64, GoldenEye007, and Doom 64. However, one of the most recognized and revered games to grace the N64 was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The Zelda series has had a long history of success for Nintendo. The original game, released on the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicon) and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1986 and 1987, respectively, recounts the adventures of a young boy named Link. Living in the fictional kingdom of Hyrule, the boy embarks on a quest to obtain the Triforce, a triangular item that contains the essence and power of the Goddesses who created his world, and save Princess Zelda from the machinations of the malevolent Ganon. Three sequels followed before Ocarina of Time's release. Pioneered by legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo initially released this new installment in the Zelda franchise in 1998. The game begins with a young Link traversing the mythical land of Hyrule in order to prevent the insidious Ganondorf from stealing the Triforce and plunging the world into darkness. When Link discovers the Master Sword, a weapon capable of defeating Ganondorf, he is trapped in time for seven years as he is too young to wield it. Over the course of these seven years, Ganondorf finds the Triforce and decimates Hyrule. Link must journey between the past and present in order to beat the evil king and, ultimately, save Princess Zelda. The game is significant for being Nintendo's first attempt at a three dimensional Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has sold over seven million copies, making it the most successful Zelda game of all-time. A direct sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, followed in 2000.

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  • Title: T-shirt:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time T-Shirt
  • Creator: Oneita
  • Date Created: ca. 1998
  • Location: Jamaica
  • Subject Keywords: video game, electronic game, Zelda, Nintendo
  • Type: Character Products
  • Medium: cotton
  • Object ID: 109.17587
  • Credit Line: Gift of Joseph Qualls