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Fans have created a native ‘Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ PC port

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You don’t need to use the Switch Virtual Console (or any good emulator) to get the most out of it Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on modern hardware. VGC reports Harbor Masters fans have developed a native PC port (available on Discord) that supports many up-to-date features, including HD (and ultra-wide) graphics, modding, keyboard input, and even Switch-style gyroscope aiming. You could put a Steam Deck to good use in your latest round of gaming nostalgia, to put it another way.

And yes, Harbor Masters claims it can avoid Nintendo’s legal team. The Ocarina of Time PC Port revolves around Ship of Harkinian, a tool that turns a user-supplied (and hopefully legal) Nintendo 64 ROM for the game into a usable program. Since the software does not contain content from Nintendo, the developer would not be able to sue Harbor Masters for copyright infringement.

The conversion should also improve. The makers are working on 60 frames per second graphics, twin-stick controls, upgraded text-to-speech models, and higher-resolution texture packs. Mac and Linux support would also be in the pipeline, as well as a PC customization of Majora’s mask

Whether or not this port is legally secure, it reflects fans’ determination to preserve Ocarina of Time and other Nintendo classics without relying on official emulation or reissues. Lovers ported Super Mario 64 in 2019 for example. While this work isn’t as important as it once was with the existence of solutions like the Virtual Console, it does give gamers more control over where and how they play their childhood titles.

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