Ocarina of Time early build discovered on F-Zero X prototype cartridge

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Early Build prototype F-Zero X cartridge Nintendo 64 Forest of Illusion

Video games tend to go through a lot of changes during development. The final version of a game can be completely different from pre-release trailers and screenshots. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a game with a fascinating development cycle, as seen with interviews and secrets uncovered by fans. This time around an early beta build of Ocarina of Time has been discovered on an F-Zero X prototype cartridge, currently estimated to predate Nintendo Spaceworld ’97.

All of this was uncovered by Forest of Illusion, a Twitter account dedicated to preserving Nintendo’s history. Although, Forest of Illusion tempered expectations for what was found on the cartridge, explaining that there are mostly “minor differences in the audio, text, and gameplay” from what has been seen before.

The user has made everything in the Ocarina of Time early build available to the public, meaning you can download it for yourself. This is so the internet can try to make all of it playable, which has already begun seeing success.


This early build is an interesting find, especially considering that Ocarina of Time is 23 years old now. Fittingly, this year is also the 35th anniversary of the franchise. It is definitely an exciting way to begin the year! What are your thoughts on this discovery?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.