The plastic ocarina that Nintendo's sending around with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is quite the coveted piece of swag. Until we got ours, only French journalists and Australian customers were on the chosen list of recipients. Does the thing actually work? Joel Johnson put it to the test.
French gaming site Le Mag Jeux Video got pictures of what appear to be the official premiums for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D; it includes a wooden (or wood-patterned) pen and a plastic ocarina with the holes identified by their note. I had no idea an ocarina looked like a blue athletic cup.
When the DS's The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks showed up in bargain bins four months after release, for less than the price of lunch at McDonald's, it was rather embarrassing for Nintendo. Rumor has it the 3DS' Ocarina of Time will get a small shipment to avoid such a fate.
Heather in St. Louis appears to be obsessed with playing the ocarina. She's got a hit YouTube channel full of dozens of videos of her playing Zelda songs, along with Donkey Kong songs, Final Fantasy songs, and even a Nelly song. (She manages to have a different ocarina in just about every other one of these videos.)
When the St. Louis Ocarina Store opened back in 2005, they quickly became aware of the large overlap found between fans of the quirky musical instrument and fans of Nintendo's Zelda series. Realizing that they owe a great deal of their sales to Nintendo's classic N64 title, they've issued a press release celebrating…