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

  • 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
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 15:17
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    The smegging COW HEADS!! THEY'RE IN THE WALLS!!!
    – IG_42
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 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 remastered and often made more challenging. The progression of the player also changed (concerning the obtainment of key items in a different order). Also, the normal enemies (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 enemies which were not present in the original Ocarina of Time game, such as Like-Likes 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 localization 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
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 21:24
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    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
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 9:26
  • Basically, Master Quest feels like Nintendo lost all of their editing tools except for the one that places objects in the world. And they only used that in dungeons, to avoid messing up the storyline. Commented May 26, 2020 at 20:07

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