The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's lack of online connectivity is by design and not a glitch, Nintendo has confirmed.
Users have discovered that playing the title has caused the Nintendo 3DS to go offline, rendering features such as Spotpass and the Friend List unusable.
Nintendo revealed that any such online connectivity is software dependent and not a "bug or malfunction".
"Nintendo is aware that some customers have noticed that they do not appear online in the Friends List of their friends while playing certain software," the firm said in a statement issued to Digital Spy.
"Whether you appear online in the Friend List or not during gameplay is dependent upon the software you are playing.
"Some games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, will not simultaneously be able to connect to Wi-Fi through Nintendo 3DS. This is a design specification, not a bug or malfunction."