With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D looming, there are still 3DS owners out there who are yet to play the 2011 remaster of Ocarina of Time on Nintendo’s latest handheld.

With this in mind, a 3DS owner who was planning to do exactly that prior to the release of Majora’s Mask next month has been hit with some disappointing news when attempting to order a US copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D from Play-Asia recently.

According to a reply message from Play-Asia, Nintendo has reportedly discontinued production of the NTSC retail version of the title, with the only remaining option being to purchase a digital copy via the 3DS eShop:

Thank you for purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 3DS (3DS), US, NTSC U/C).

We have carefully checked our records and was able to confirmed that your order for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo 3DS (3DS), US, NTSC U.C) is still not available as of this time. We have been trying to contact Nintendo about the re-stocking and unfortunately, they have stopped the production. This game is now officially discontinued. We are truly sorry for this, rest assured it is not our intention.

You are one of our valued customer, and we don’t want you to feel left out so here is one best option we could provide, the game is available digitally on Eshop at the price of US$39.99. We have the following Eshop prepaid card that you may use to purchase the game

At this point in time it is unknown if this discontinuation of stock applies to other regions as well, but given the time frame since the title's release, retail copies of the game are mostly few and far nowadays.

If reports are true, why would Nintendo stop production of a predecessor game prior to the latest re-release? Is this just unfortunate timing, with many 3DS owners now seeking out a game they perhaps missed earlier on in the life of the 3DS, or is there perhaps a grander scheme yet to come into play?

Right now, it may come as a blow to anyone who was hoping to pick up a copy of the original remaster prior to the re-release of Majora’s Mask.

Let us know what you think might be going on in the comments below.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip!

[via gonintendo.com]