Ocarina of Time - Spaceworld '97 "Experience" released (ROM hack)

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A group of enthusiasts known as the sw97-team have attempted to recreate the renowned Ocarina of Time demo that was made playable to attendees of the 1997 Nintendo Space World event.

Using known video footage from the event as well as leaked content from one of the recent Nintendo gigaleaks, the team have today released their project which can either be patched onto an existing compatible ROM file or built from scratch alongside the Ocarina of Time decompilation project.

The project aims to be as faithful to the target demo as possible but as the team have stated - 100% accuracy is impossible. They have compiled a list with more details for those looking for specifics.

You can watch the trailer of the Spaceworld '97 Experience below and follow the links to find out more.

To celebrate both the anniversary of Ocarina of Time and Spaceworld 1997, today we are finally releasing Ocarina of Time - Spaceworld ‘97 Experience! We are very thankful to all of you for patiently waiting through this long development cycle and excited for you to finally experience what we have worked so hard on!

This project aims to be a mostly accurate representation of the Nintendo Spaceworld 1997 demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since this project aims to restore an experience that was originally a demo, it cannot be completed from start-to-finish like the final game. Instead, three gameplay "tours" featured in the original Spaceworld 1997 demo are available to choose from, each showcasing various unique flavors of gameplay.

In early 2021, a 32 MB development cartridge of F-Zero X was discovered and dumped by Forest of Illusion, a well known video game preservationist. F-Zero X is only a 16 MB game, so half of that 32 MB development cartridge should have went unused. As it would turn out, however, something was taking up the extra cartridge space at the end. Upon further inspection, exactly half of a 32 MB Ocarina of Time prototype dating back to 1997 was discovered. It is likely that this cartridge originally held the Ocarina of Time demo showcased at Spaceworld 1997, but the first half was overwritten by F-Zero X afterward when the development cartridge was reused. This extra data, now dubbed the "overdump," provided the basis for this project's conception.

Additionally, the "Gigaleak" that occured in mid-2020 provided both a significant amount of insight and assets that were used within this project.

Areas, dialogue, and most textures come from the F-Zero X overdump. The dialogue was translated from Japanese by GlitterBerri and has been formatted so it will fit within text boxes when using the English font. This translation attempts to be as faithful to the original dialogue as possible.



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loving oot on the switch, I'm a ways into the forest temple as adult Link. I plan to play through skyward sword next with the skyward sword joycons, but that will be after I make the oled switch my main after hopefully buying a 1TB micro=sd card from Amazon on black Friday. :D
 

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The credits alone clearly indicate a bunch of time into this, but they even put a lot of nice little easter egg things all the way in the menu. If you wait through the selection menu long enough it has an evening cycle where everything tints red.
 

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One nitpicky question: Can we tell this is really how it was back then?
Nobody can know what it felt like to be the people who did the gameplay for the demo, except for those few people themselves
This is nothing more than a faithful recreation (to the best of the ability of the creators)
 
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Interesting. Honestly, though, why recreate a demo? I would be pretty sure that Nintendo has that in an archive somewhere, and if it's on a server, just wait for another dump link on some site like 4chan. Considering what happened last year, it's bound to happen eventually, and then you'll have the actual thing.

Heck, for all we know, with so many ROMs and unreleased content having been dumped in GIGABYTES last year, including N64 ROMs, then it's already available. Did anyone actually take time to sort out all of that content, or did they just do a massive dump all at once? Since there is so much to sort through, who knows?
 
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found also a prototyp of the luigis mansion club nintendo diorama :)
 

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The way the top of the light is broken off makes me think of a printing error
get this from the same guy . these broken light its the reason that ninty sort it out ;) you can see some other differences when you look close enough. you can find infos online about this award 100% legit its like a oskar for games
 

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