Guide: Playing Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time in High Definition Mode

Legend-Of-Zelda-High-Definition-Graphic-Retexture-PackWhile the video game world's focus is currently on the soon to be released remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, we felt it was time to cast more light upon a cheaper high definition alternative for those without a Nintendo 3DS. RetroCollect gets ready to push a Nintendo 64 emulator to its upper limits.

Despite the native resolution of the Nintendo 64 being a mere 640x480 at best, emulators have been capable of running at 720p (1280x720) for quite some time. As the majority of games would look rather stretched and compromised running at the emulator’s maximum settings, a community of fans begun creating texture packs and graphic modifications to bring the classics up to date.

A selection of Nintendo 64 games have been upgraded to enter the modern era including Super Smash Brothers, Castlevania Legacy of Darkness and Super Mario 64, however our focus will remain on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Introducing the Ocarina of Time Community Retexture Project

Believe it or not, but those high definition textures and graphics are the product of a Nintendo 64 emulator. With the clever trickery of replacing textures, the Nintendo 64 adventure is reborn with plenty on offer to rival the Nintendo 3DS.

How to install the Ocarina of Time High Definition Rextexture Pack

In order to get equipped and ready to dive into a more detailed Hyrule, you’ll need the following:

We are to assume you all legal have access to your own Ocarina of Time ROM and will not be providing links to any copyrighted content.
Once you have the above at the ready, it’s time to combine the three to enter Hyrule.

  1. Extract the Project64K Emulator into a folder of your choice.
  2. Inside the Project64K folder, navigate to the Plugins folder, there should be a hires_texture folder within here. Open this folder. (If not, create it)
  3. Inside the hires_texture folder, extract the Retexture Pack here. This should create a new folder titled THE LEGEND OF ZELDA inside the hires_texture folder.
  4. Install the Rice Video Emulator Plugin. Open the installer and follow the on screen instructions to install the plugin to the Project64K Emulator folder.
  5. Once all the above has been done, open the Project64K Emulator (Project64k.exe)
  6. With the emulator open head to the settings section in Emulation > Edit Settings
  7. In the Graphics downdown box, ‘Mudlord’s Rice Video Build 6.1.4’ should be visible. Select it and click Ok.
  8. With the new plugin selected, the plugin will now need to be configured. Head to Emulation > Configure Graphics Plugin.
  9. Untick the ‘Hide Advanced Options’ box.
  10. Now click the tab across the top labelled ‘Texture Enhancement’.
  11. In here, look for a tickbox titled ‘Load hi-res textures if available’, tick it and click Ok.
  12. Now we need to tell Project64K where the game ROM is kept. Head to Roms > Choose Rom directory and instruct the emulator as to where The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is kept.
  13. Load The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. If all the above has been done correctly, various white text will appear on screen before the game loads detailing the high resolution textures are loading.
  14. Once running, the audio will need to be synced up. Head to Emulation > Configure Audio Plugin.
  15. Click the tickbox for ‘Sync game to audio’.
  16. Enjoy!

Behold, a modern version of Ocarina of Time using the original Nintendo 64 game code, with a little extra help from textures. With this guide at your disposal, you can also look into some of the other readily available texture packs for the Nintendo 64.

And as one final note... To optimise the playing experience, you may want to consider investing in one of RetroUSB’s fantastic N64 RetroPort adapters to plug any Nintendo 64 control pad into a USB port.

Link: Download The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Community Retexture Project
Further Reading: LAN Party Guide’s Retexture Tutorial
More Further Reading: Other N64 Retexture Projects

Last Updated ( 02 June 2011 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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