We’ve got some good news for Australian Legend of Zelda fans today! Nintendo of Australia have announced that Ocarina of Time 3D will be hitting stores down under on June 30th, not too long after the other English releases of the game. It will retail for $69.95, which, unfortunately, is a pretty average price for a handheld game in Australia.

As far as pre-orders go, EB Games stores in Australia have been offering an Ocarina of Time 3D poster with pre-orders of the game. Hit the jump to see the poster design, as well as the full press release from Nintendo about the Australian release date.

“Experience The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in the palm of your hand, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS

One of the most critically-acclaimed games of all time The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time has returned, this time in full 3D – without the need for glasses – and exclusively to Nintendo 3DS. Brace yourselves as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – a masterful enhancement on one of the landmark releases in video game history – comes to Australia and New Zealand on 30 June, 2011.

With re-mastered graphics and stunning 3D visuals, fans of the original game and newcomers alike will be able to marvel at this gaming classic. The Zelda series has spanned a quarter of a century; join Link, one of video-gaming’s greatest heroes in the masterpiece that is The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D.

Guide Link – a young boy who is tasked with saving the land of Hyrule from Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves. The evil Ganondorf is intent on gaining mastery over the entire world getting the God’d power which dwells in the land of Hyrule. It is up to Link to stop him in his tracks as you guide him on a magical journey through time. Explore vast landscapes, mythical temples, dungeons, towns and villages, as well as interact with many different characters and battle various enemies – all in stunning 3D.

The game’s original control scheme has been completely re-designed to fully make the best use of the capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS system. Players will be able to control Link by utilising the Circle Pad whilst the Touch Screen of the Nintendo 3DS is used to assign items, check maps and ensure that Link is wearing the appropriate equipment – all in a fresh and intuitive way. Players can also take advantage of the in-built gyro sensor of the Nintendo 3DS; the implemented motion controls allow you to look around your environment when in first person perspective simply by physically moving the Nintendo 3DS system.

Not only does the fully-3D gameplay experience provide easier in-game navigation, but an improved and intuitive interface gives you better control as you solve puzzles, travel through time and explore the immersive land of Hyrule. Players not so familiar to the Legend of Zelda

series can also get a helping hand through bite sized videos available in-game which will provide hints on how to solve puzzles encountered during your journey.

Fans of the original game will be pleased to know that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D also heralds the inclusion of two brand new additional challenges not available in the original game; Master Quest and Boss Challenge.

Master Quest mode will see some surprising changes to the game. Puzzles will have to be thought about and solved in new ways from the main Story mode, whilst items and enemies will be found in different locations. The land of Hyrule has also been reversed as locations are mirrored – so what would ordinarily have been on the right now appears on the left and vice versa. Enemies will also prove more difficult to beat, and as such the greater complexity involved in this new Master Quest will test the gameplay abilities of even the most seasoned fans and prove a new experience for all.

The new Boss Challenge mode acts as an extra treat for those players who reach a certain point within the game. It will provide players with the opportunity to face any of the previous Bosses they have defeated once again, or, the option to face and confront them one-by-one, all in a continuous battle.

The game’s graphical re-working coupled with the three-dimensional depth provided by your Nintendo 3DS breathes new life into this timeless classic. Whether you’re a first-time player or a regular visitor to Hyrule, the engaging, immersive gameplay features of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D offers a magical new adventure for all.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – SRP AU $69.95 and SRP NZ $99.49*

For further information, visit the official The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D website.”

Source: Nintendo Australia (via Zelda Dungeon)

  • anon

    O_____O $69.95?!

    • Siaarn

      Games are always expensive here, Xbox 360 games are usually atleast $100. Our dollar is usually worth less than teh US dollar, but.. not anymore, so.. I wish they'd change it XD; But oh well.

  • Keith

    Poor Cody… 🙁

  • Google Says

    June 30th is my birthday, epic day to release an epic game ;P

  • Craig

    Why is the price that high, that's obscene.

  • David

    Dang, that's 73 USD. I'm sure there's a reason, though. I doubt it would be that outrageous.

    I want the US preorder goodies to be announced!

    • AustralianResponse

      It really isn't you know,
      It's probally something about our dollar compared to your dollar

      • Soeroah

        The Australian dollar is currently worth more than that US dollar, so you'd expect the Australians to have to pay at most the same amount as the Americans.

        I don't know, I just feel we get somewhat shafted. Even when you convert the dollars to an equal level, Australia still pays a $10+ mark-up on games even though the AUD is worth more than the USD. Game prices haven't changed from when the AUD was worth 70 US cents and we paid to compensate that. Back then I could understand spending more money for a game, because in USD it was worth more, but now that the shoe is on the other foot, the prices haven't budged.

  • Astarael

    I'm not so sure I'd call this good news. D: We've known for a long time that it would be released in June in Australia – the 30th, two weeks after the rest of the world, was the worst case scenario.

    Ah well, at least we don't *have* to buy it for $70 – JB Hi-Fi is selling it for around $54. And of course, there's still the option to buy it online.

  • RPH1

    That picture of Hyrule Castle is amazing!

  • Soeroah

    I pretty much refuse to buy anything from EB Games anymore. JB Hi-fi and independant game stores tend to sell at LEAST $10 cheaper, plus they usually offer decent trade-in deals.

    I remember getting Pokemon Black and Pokemon White without opening my wallet by trading in four DS games I didn't particularly like at JB Hi-fi. I also remember getting a PS3 game $20 cheaper by trading in 3 Xbox 360 games at EB.

  • June 30th?! *is not amused*

    Oh well…

  • coolgirlluvsupre

    In Perth they say it will be June 11… but whatever… I JUST WANT IT!
    June 22 mask of miracle June 22 mask of miracle

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