When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time returns later this year for the Nintendo 3DS, it looks like it'll come with an extra bonus. Back in 2003, Nintendo offered a remixed Master Quest version of Ocarina for the GameCube for a limited time that changed several elements of the game to make it more challenging (and, in places, a little better balanced). Zelda fans who missed picking up the Master Quest have been overpaying for the disc on eBay for years, but now Zelda Informer has word that the Master Quest will be included with Ocarina of Time 3DS. The original source of this information — Conservative New Media — isn't exactly known for its gaming coverage, but considering that the bombshell came out during a brief video interview with Nintendo's David Young conducted by a former GameSpot staffer at the Game Developers Conference last week, I'm inclined to give this one some credence.
It's great to hear that the Master Quest is coming back around for another turn in the spotlight. The standard Ocarina quest is a long, challenging adventure on its own, but the inclusion of the Master Quest adds a fantastic replay incentive (particularly in my case, as I never got around to finishing it after deciding to replay the original Ocarina before trying the second quest, then becoming bogged down in that damned Water Temple again).