The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a 1998 action-adventure video game
developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for
the Nintendo 64 video game console. Originally developed for the Nintendo
64DD peripheral, the game was instead released on a 32-megabyte cartridge,
at the time the largest-capacity cartridge Nintendo had produced. Ocarina of
Time is the fifth game in The Legend of Zelda series in terms of release,
but is set before the first four games. The player controls the series'
trademark protagonist, Link, in the land of Hyrule. Link sets out on a quest
to stop Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo, from obtaining the Triforce, a sacred
relic that grants the wishes of its holder. Link travels through time and
navigates several dungeons to awaken sages who have the power to seal
Ganondorf. Music plays an important role—to progress, the player learns
several songs for Link to play on his ocarina or the Ocarina of Time. The
game received wide critical acclaim and commercial success. It won the Grand
Prize in the Interactive Art division at the Japan Media Arts Festival, and
won six honors at the 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. Despite a
November 1998 release, it was the best-selling game of that year, and has
sold over 7.6 million copies.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Edward I became King of England, succeeding his father Henry III who died
five days earlier.
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes made the
first successful untethered flight by humans in a hot air balloon, which was
constructed by the Montgolfier brothers.
Irish War of Independence: On Bloody Sunday in Dublin, the Irish Republican
Army killed more than a dozen British intelligence officers known as the
Cairo Gang, and the Auxiliaries of the Royal Irish Constabulary opened fire
on players and spectators at a Gaelic football match in Croke Park.
The Sino-Indian War ended after the Chinese People's Liberation Army
declared a unilateral ceasefire and withdrew to the prewar Line of Actual
Control, returning all the territory they had captured during the conflict.
God Defend New Zealand became New Zealand's second national anthem, on equal
standing with God Save the Queen, which had been the traditional one since
Wiktionary's word of the day:
nickel and dime (v) 1. (US) To quibble over trifling amounts of
2. (figuratively) To quibble or obsess endlessly over trifles.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.