Back in 2000, Nintendo surprised the world with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, a dark departure from its usually bright and heroic franchise. Players have three days to save the world of Termina, a distant cousin of Hyrule, from a giant moon that threatens to destroy the land. The game dealt with some heavy topics, including using the souls of the departed contained in masks to progress through the game.
Last week, fifteen years after the original, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, a remake of the Nintendo 64 classic for the Nintendo 3DS. It was one of the most widely-anticipated releases of the season, with the special edition that came packaged with a limited edition figurine selling out in a matter of hours.
For the uninitiated, Majora’s Mask is a follow-up to its critically-
acclaimed predecesor, Ocarina of Time. Once again using the power of time, Link resets the clock, reliving the same three days in Termina until he is able to save the land. This opens up a variety of gameplay mechanics, and allows the player to delve into the story-rich characters in their day-to-day lives, and interfere as necessary. For example, one pathway is blocked by a giant boulder until the third day—unless you can find a bomb to blow it up sooner.
As far as remakes go, Majora’s Mask 3D is pretty solid. The controls can feel a little cramped for bigger hands, especially on a classic 3DS. Some of the game’s more tedious parts have been revamped slightly, making for more enjoyable gameplay. The Bombers’ Notebook, a small detail in the original, now plays a huge role in keeping the lives of Termina’s residents in order.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is a faithful remake, and is sure to please any fans of the Zelda series, old or new. It is available now at a retail price of $40.