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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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"I... I shall consume. Consume... Consume everything..." - The Moon
Protagonist(s): Link, the Hero of Time
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo 64
Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo 3DS
Release: Nintendo 64
JP: April 27, 2000
NA: October 24, 2000
PAL: November 17, 2000

Nintendo GameCube
JP: November 7, 2003
NA: November 17, 2003
PAL: March 19, 2004

Nintendo 3DS
NA/EU: February 13, 2015
JP/AU: February 14, 2015
KO: July 14, 2016
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Country: Japan
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Successor: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (chronologically)


The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu: Mujura no Kamen (ゼルダの伝説 ムジュラの仮面), officially translated The Legend of Zelda: Mask of Mujura), is the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000 and like every Zelda game, it was developed and published by Nintendo. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003 and a remake was also released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2015 titled The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D.

Plot

After returning to his childhood, Link goes on a quest to find his friend, Navi. However, his horse Epona and the Ocarina of Time are stolen by a Skull Kid in a strange mask. Following him, Link finds himself in a parallel universe called Termina and must now stop the Moon from crashing down in three days and solve the mystery of the power behind Majora's Mask.

Why It Rocks

  1. In addition to older enemies from Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask also features new enemies to combat.
  2. Awesome and hauntingly-beautiful soundtrack composed by Koji Kondo. Some of the older musical songs from Ocarina of Time return along with some newer songs. Some older songs serve a different purpose in Majora's Mask than they did with Ocarina of Time, such as the Song of Time sending Link back in time rather than opening the Door of Time or removing Stones of Time.
  3. Tons of memorable and likable characters.
  4. Tight controls.
  5. Playing the Song of Time in reverse allows Link to slow time down and playing the notes twice in a row causes time to speed to the next night or day. The "Song of Double Time" on the 3DS now lets Link jump to a specific hour of the current day.
  6. Great story that takes a surprisingly dark turn for the Zelda franchise; you are on a quest to stop a moon with a scary face from impacting Termina, though unlike others that try too hard to be dark, it doesn't overstate its welcome as it also has a good sense of humor and lighthearted moments.
  7. Amazing boss battles, including the final battle with Majora's Mask.
  8. Owl statues allow Link to warp around anywhere in Termina.
  9. Though Link loses ammo and Rupees when he goes back in time, more important items remain with him.
  10. There exists a bank in Clock Town that Link can use to deposit Rupees. The bank is not affected by time travel and depositing 5,000 Rupees will reward Link with a Piece of Heart.
  11. Tons of numerous side-quests can be completed. They can often grant Link a mask or a Piece of Heart.
  12. The 3DS remake has extra features.
  13. There are some magnificent and memorable quotes, such as the unforgettable and famous line: "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you!"
  14. Tons of Easter eggs of not only other Nintendo games, but other media as well. For example, the Happy Mask Salesman's backpack has a bunch different masks, including a Mario mask, a mask resembling the late singer Elvis Presley, a mask resembling Darth Maul from Star Wars, a possible luchador mask, and a King DeDeDe mask.
  15. Various improvements in the 3DS version.
  16. Two Fishing Holes were added: one on the Road to Southern Swamp and the other in the Zora Cape. Each includes 12 different types of Fish that can be caught, some of which require certain Masks to be worn. Link can transform into the Fierce Deity Link inside the two Fishing Holes.
  17. 24 unique masks to collect in the game. Each one has a different ability:
  18. Collecting all the masks results in you receiving the Fierce Deity's Mask at the end of the game. It is easily the most powerful mask in the entire game, but is only usable during boss fights. Each earned mask also corresponds to a piece of the Segmented Ending, showing the happy ending of whomever you helped in order to earn the mask.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some characters and items can be nightmare inducing, like the Moon and Majora's Mask itself. However, this could be seen as a positive quality.
  2. Tatl can be as annoying, if not more annoying than Navi, though some people find her a bit less annoying. Besides, her ringing makes for a good notification sound.
  3. Bad camera angles can very easily give disorientation.
  4. There's no room for error in this game; everything you do has to be perfect. For example, the platforming can be rather precise.
  5. Whenever you return to the first day, if you defeated a boss, the area will return to its status before you beat that boss, which can be annoying for some side quests (like the Goron Races, which are required to obtain the Gilded Sword, and the Frog side quest).
  6. Whenever a day transitions to the next, everything fades to black in order to show a black screen with text announcing what day it is. This has the unfortunate side-effect of despawning and resetting everything other than Link in the current area, so if you're doing a puzzle, it resets. For example, the Angry Video Game Nerd carried an explosive barrel to a cave blocked by a boulder, but he did it at the worst possible time. when he successfully set the barrel down by the cave and waited for the barrel to explode, the second day began and reset the barrel puzzle. Even Simon's Quest doesn't do that.
  7. Going through menus can be tricky due to the controls.
  8. The dialogue choice in this game can be also annoying.
  9. You have to backtrack quite often in case you have messed up certain quests.
  10. The game is more glitchy than Ocarina of Time, and the bad glitches can be more easily be activated by accident.
  11. Only five bosses in total, which is somewhat of a step down from the previous game, which had nine (ten if Ganondorf's two forms are considered as separate bosses) boss in total. They are also repetitive and tedious to fight as well.
  12. If you're playing the game on the Nintendo 64 you need an Expansion Pak otherwise the game won't run. Adding the insult to injury, unlike Donkey Kong 64 that also requires the Expansion Pak in order to play it, copies of this game never came bundled with it, assuming players may have purchased Donkey Kong 64 that came with it, yet the Expansion Pak was also sold separately.
  13. The Great Bay Temple is infamous mostly because of the three same problems with the Water Temple and tedious stray fairy quest.
  14. An annoying boss battle with Gyorg, mostly because of the crappy camera that will make Link take a lot of damage and even be eaten if he stands in the water for too long. The fight was revamped in the 3DS version, but it's still a bit annoying.
  15. Some changes in the 3DS version aren't as pleasant such as the Zora swimming being replaced with a slower version more akin to using the Zora Armor in Twilight Princess while making the original, fast version require magic. This makes a puzzle in the Great Bay Temple harder to accomplish.

Trivia

  • This is the favorite game of Zelda Williams, Robin Williams' daughter who has been named after the titular character herself, Princess Zelda.
  • In 1998, North Korea fired missiles over Japan while a member of Nintendo's staff was getting married. Eiji Aonuma, the game's director, was in the wedding. The feeling of being in a wedding knowing missiles may fall down led to the creation of the Anju and Kafei side quest.
  • This is Tingle's debut.
  • This spawned the popular creepypasta known as "Ben Drowned".

Reception

Majora's Mask is considered the darkest of the Zelda games and while still a very good game was not as well received as Ocarina of Time, though it's still considered one of the best games of the franchise.

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