Proto:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Late 1997 Overdump
This is a sub-page of Proto:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
An unsuspecting F-Zero X development cartridge from NoA Product Testing was released on January 19, 2021 by Forest of Illusion. The cart is decidedly more notable for containing a substantial amount of an Ocarina of Time build from late 1997, starting at 0x1000000 in the slack space (0x19A4470 onward is empty).
Anecdotal evidence and various assets suggest that this build was either the playable demo seen at SpaceWorld '97 or was built very soon after the event.
The story structure at this point in development, as suggested by the resources gathered.
| 3D Maps|
A lot of early stuff in here, some of which was seen in prerelease screenshots and footage.
| Unused Textures|
Early weapon icons, menus, and more.
A dump of the build's text boxes.
Differences between IDs in the final version and the prototype, for objects and actors.
The assets revealed the existence of Landmines, a previously-unknown scrapped item. It was presumably replaced by Bombchus, which are not present in this build.
|You got some Landmines!|
Set them to C, and they'll explode on contact!
They'll also go off if you throw them with B!
At the very beginning of the Zelda data are these two faces of a cubemap for the Know-It-All Brothers' House, one of which has been partially lost. These images use the last two of four palettes stored immediately after the second image, hinting that two more faces of the cube and the rest of the first one above are missing due to being overwritten by F-Zero X.
Title Screen Cutscene
Within the overdump is data for a cutscene that was apparently used for the demo's title screen. It is an earlier take on Link's nightmare at the beginning of the game.
This particular version can be found within the final build, albeit in a more refined state.