In Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the lone tree in Kakariko Village and one of the trees next to the entrance to Castle Town change between the two eras. While they look like any other tree when Link is a kid, if you visit these areas with adult Link you'll see the trees are thickening near the top and their branches point upwards.

I've played through different versions of the game (N64, GameCube, 3DS) and the above is true for all of them. However, I could have sworn I remember playing through the game at least once and not seeing any difference in the Kakariko Village tree between the two eras.

I had to re-buy the N64 version when I lost the original cartridge, so I'm wondering if my first one was a version of the game where the tree was the same in both eras. Was there ever such a version?

Here are some pictures that demonstrate what I'm asking about.

The tree in the village as it originally is, from the introductory cut-scene on Link's first visit (not the best view but I couldn't find another). It should be obvious that it looks like any other tree in the game.

The tree in the village as it originally is

The tree in the village once Link is an adult, in any version of OoT I can find nowadays. It obviously looks very different:

The tree in the village once Link is an adult

There is also this screenshot, which shows the tree while the village is on fire (which only happens when Link is an adult) but having its original shape. This is the way I remember it when I first played the game:

the tree while the village is on fire

  • From memory, there were at least 3 different versions of Ocarina of Time, but other than the Fire Temple music and blood color, I couldn't tell what changes they made.
    – Powerlord
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 22:23
  • @Powerlord they also changed some of the symbols in the spirit temple I believe. TheGameTheorists did a video that mentioned these changes if you wanted to see here: youtube.com/watch?v=59LHQ1bKS-M
    – Cyberson
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 3:09
  • Probably a region/localisation issue. What region did you originally buy the game from? Which version is the copy you are playing now? (US, EU, JP etc etc)
    – Robotnik
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 5:37
  • @Robotnik: All versions I've played are EU. This is part of the reason I find it surprising I've never seen the difference mentioned anywhere, as the first EU version was the 3rd or 4th US one. The only alternative is that I somehow finished the game at least once without ever noticing the tree looked different.
    – George T
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 8:04

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I was unable to see the tree change, even when I played through the entire game again. I do own the original game, so I conclude it never does change. Yes, i went back after each dungeon, and if i could i did it as a kid and an adult. The tree never changed.


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