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What are the differences between The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest?

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The only gameplay difference as far as I know is the dungeon layouts. Overworld and quests are identical. The master quest version of some dungeons are much easier than the originals (in particular the Master Quest water temple is much easier and most of it is optional). –  jw013 Apr 12 '13 at 15:17
@unor It is apparently clear that your question has been thoroughly answered, so please have the kindness to mark it as so by accepting an answer. –  SaadBen Apr 19 '13 at 9:56
The smegging COW HEADS!! THEY'RE IN THE WALLS!!! –  IG_42 Nov 23 '14 at 23:24

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The story stays the same, but there are obvious differences concerning the game and level design. Most of them are visible in the dungeons, which kept around the same "architecture", but the puzzles that we could find in every room changed a lot, having been remasterized and often made more challenging. The progression of the player also changed (concerning the obtainement of key items in a different order). Also, the normal ennemies (not including mini-bosses and bosses) also change in their numbers (more numerous) and locations. To my opinion, they were also a bit "smarter". There are even some new ennemies which were not present in the original Ocarina of Time game, such as Puddings and cows in the belly of Jabu-Jabu).

Another modification concerned the islamic symbols present in the original game. Instead of the originally present crescent moon on the Mirror Shield, we can see the symbol of the Spirit Temple in the Master Quest version. On the other hand, the music theme of the Fire Temple has also been modified, since the original one contained islamic chants. This last modification had already been applied during the localisation of Ocarina of Time for the european region. So this musical difference will not be obvious to you if you played an european version of the original game.

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Apparently no released version of Ocarina of Time has the fire temple chants according to: youtube.com/watch?v=qluizQkBDes. Although there is room for error in their method so it's still kinda up in the air. –  Shykin Apr 12 '13 at 21:24
The original Japanese version and some unawarely imported american versions contain them. I, myself, bought a old american version from eBay 5 years ago and was shocked to hear those chants in it (I'm from muslim origins). –  SaadBen Apr 15 '13 at 9:26

The master quest differences are detailed out here: http://gamedifferences.com/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

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While that link does contain interesting and relevant information, answers that only provide a link are typically discouraged. It is preferred that we at least quote the relevant information here (properly attributed to the source of the information, of course). –  Trent Hawkins Dec 30 '13 at 20:20
Alright. I will keep that in mind going forward, thanks for the feedback! –  Ninjakreborn Dec 30 '13 at 23:31

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