The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on the 3DS is a remastered and enhanced version of the Nintendo classic that’s unlike any other Legend of Zelda adventure. In this shadowy tale, a masked Skull Kid drags Link into the world of Termina, where the moon is falling from the sky. Lucky for Termina, Link can reverse time and relive his last 72 hours in limitless ways. Each time, he’ll don any of his 20+ masks, help different citizens, battle different bosses, and ultimately change the fate of a world. This is the definitive version of a dark classic.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D on the 3DS is one of the newest entries into the storied franchise, developed by Nintendo, and it does what we've always wanted it to do: expand the universe, revitalize an old game, and put it onto a portable device. This 3DS game is a remake of the original 'Majora's Mask' for the Nintendo 64. It features a slew of upgraded elements to bring the game into the hands of a new generation.
What do we know?
'Majora's Mask' begins following the events that take place in 'Ocarina of Time'. Link chases down a masked Skull Kid and finds himself trapped in a whole different world, called Termina. This is where he finds out about the impeding crash of the moon onto the surface of the planet if he doesn't do something in the next three days. Tatl, a new fairy ally, joins Link as he travels all across this strange world in an attempt to wake up the sleeping Giants that could potentially stop the moons fatal crash. Along the way he runs into new enemies that will test him and push his abilities to the limit. The game is renown for its unique 'mask ability' system and it is in great shape for this remake. His iconic Ocarina plays a part in the game, as well, as it give shim the ability to work through time to redo the three day cycle.
So what's different?
If you are looking at 'Majora's Mask 3D' then you probably are interested in finding out just what is new. Outside of the obvious fact that the game has been ported onto a handheld device, in full graphical glory, there are a few other sleek additions. The game now is fully playable in 3D and it offers a slew of new controls as well that utilize the advanced capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS. Gamers can now use the touchscreen in order to accomplish tasks while also making use of the gyroscopic controls that are built into the 3DS. Alongside these technical elements we've also seen the game smoothed out. Boss battles have been retouched, or even newly added, and one of the most beloved elements from 'Ocarina' makes a return: fishing! Instead of being confined to the lake in 'Ocarina', gamers can now fish all over Termina. These aren't individually game changing elements, but when you combine them all together and stuff it into a sleek package then it is a sizable upgrade.
A full scale epic.
Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the true artistic visionaries of our time. His work with Nintendo has changed the way we play games and how we interact with entertainment media. TO even frame his accomplishments would take more time than we have with you. So to keep things short we'll put it bluntly: Miyamota created a genre of game when he released the original 'Legend of Zelda'. The journeying silent hero, on a quest to save the world, has become an icon. Link is the man of the genre and his work in the epic series keeps gamers playing far past when other games would grow stale.
In 'Majora's Mask' we have a game that is fully worth the title of 'excellent sequel' and that is a rare feat. Many games routinely fall apart the further they get from their original release. 'Majora's Mask 3D' not only improves upon itself as a sequel, but it improves upon the core of the game entirely. But we won't talk about that. What we will talk about is how thrilling this game continues to be, even 15 years after its original release.
In 'Mask' you will be fighting the clock as you try to save a strange world and escape back to your own home. Every minute that passes in real life is roughly an hour of actual time within the game. You can quickly see how your 72 hour time cycle will melt away. This is where your advanced musical repertoire will come in handy. Playing the right song will bring you back to the beginning and you'll have another chance, much like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day', to do it all over again. This element, far from being frustrating, adds a veneer of mystery and futility to the game as well as sadness.
Contrary to what many game developers will tell you, we don't want something that is easy and quick to complete. We want a game that challenges us and pushes us to do the best that we can do. When you play your Ocarina to restart the cycle, you aren't just saying you need another go. You are in effect admitting that you couldn't do it all. It's a strange feeling of frustration and ambition, because you are ready to get things going again with the promise that you'll do even better this time.
A beautiful exploration.
The 'Zelda' series has always been known for its iconic looks. All the way from the 2D graphics to the iconic first play of 'Ocarina of Time', there is something intrinsically magical about Link's world. The remastered version of 'Majora's Mask' is no different. The 3D effects push the action toward you while the original artwork makes you nostalgic for simpler times. You can play the 3D effect during the animated cut scenes or you can turn it off, it is all up to you. We know that the 3D puts some people off, but we think that it works exceptionally well in this case.
While this is merely a remastered and modified version of an existing game, it still stands as its own entity. You don't need to own or have played the original in order to appreciate just how special this entry is in the pantheon of LoZ.