Fans Recreate 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's’ 'Ur a Zelda'; Modders and Hackers Re-living the Failed DreamBy Ava Jones, UniversityHerald Reporter
Fans keep on reviving "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" expansion, "Ur a Zelda", which was destined to fail from the very beginning. It was supposed to add more dungeons to the base game but it was never completed. Now fervent modders and hackers have turned back the clock to keep the story of the lost future alive.
"Ur a Zelda" was intended as a disk for the 64DD peripheral which could've added new content on the N64, Kotaku reported. It's a quixotic project, which was ahead of its time and was destined to fail, and which fans have expected from Nintendo. "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" was more of a misguided augmenting attempt that ended shortly after its release in 1996.
The thing is, "Ocarina of Time's" "Ur a Zelda" can still be uncovered today on Zelda 64 cartridge display. The kit gives developers more storage to play with and allows players to mod their game textures, levels, and characters and upload them over the internet, Euro Gamer reported. This was all possible years before user-generated content became a thing.
But the 64DD was a project destined for failure since its inception in 1996. While many of the games released for it found homes elsewhere, "Ocarina of Time" "Ur a Zelda" was remastered and turned into "Master Quest". But fans were not fooled, especially when Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma led the fans on way bach when.
Both Miyamoto and Aunoma told the world back in the 90's that "Ur a Zelda" would have added new dungeons, overworld areas, bosses, everything; yet it was abandoned and left in the cold. That's why the idea of the game remained ingrained in the imaginations of fans since then. Some of these fans have formed a community to complete Nintendo's unfinished work.
One prominent attempt is Project Ur a, which is lead by an environmental artist Zeth. Zeth brought other modders and developers like him but their project too failed under the weight of its ambitions. Another who brazed the wild was Project Beta: Triforce.
But Project Beta: Triforce, among many others, have never reached completion. Nevertheless, the dream lives on with more hackers and modders trying to finish the dead project up to their hearts' content.