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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ( ゼルダの伝説 時のオカリナ , Zeruda no Densetsu: Toki no Okarina ? ) is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo 's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for the Nintendo 64 video game console . It was released in Japan on November 21, 1998; in North America on November 23, 1998; and in Europe on December 11, 1998. Originally developed for the Nintendo 64DD peripheral, the game was instead released on a 256- megabit (32- megabyte ) cartridge, which was the largest-capacity cartridge Nintendo produced at that time.