The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Game review on Nintendo 3DS
Kris Godwin / Sun 22nd Nov 2015
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Although not as successful as the epic Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask gained a rather dedicated following, with many proclaiming it as a superior offering.
Regardless of the aforementioned, it's taken 15 years for a remake to emerge - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, which has finally graced Nintendo's stereoscopic handheld.
Has time dulled this title's design genius? I'm pretty sure you know the answer to that. Much like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D proved in 2013, Majora's Mask is a masterpiece in design, with the game feeling just as fresh in 2015 as it did in 2000.
The story begins with young Link traversing the Lost Woods on his trusty steed, Epona. Whilst searching for his beloved 'friend' (it's never specified who), he is accosted by a masked Skull Kid and two fairies, who steal Epona and his precious Ocarina of Time.
After making chase (and being turned into a Deku Scrub in the process), Link finds himself in the land of Termina, where he meets the creepy Happy Masked Salesmen. This unnerving chap informs him that Skull Kid stole 'Majora's Mask' - a powerful, evil relic which has caused the moon to plummet toward the earth. In order to save the world, Link must find and stop Skull Kid in three days.
As you may be aware, this last plot point forms the stress-inducing core of the game. After reclaiming his Ocarina, Link learns that he can teleport back to the dawn of the first day after a 72-hour period - Groundhog Day style.
This time-travelling mechanic is where the game's magic happens, as Link experiences the same events repeatedly, and he must use this power of foresight to his advantage. People go about their lives as the days go by, and solving their woes will reward Link with essential items that will help him get closer to his goal - the most important of these being masks.
Forming the second pillar of Majora's foundations, these magical assortments of face-wear imbue our elven lad with special abilities, including the metamorphoses into a Deku, Goron and Zora.
Of course, being a remake has also enabled Nintendo to make improvements from the original. The Bomber's Notebook has been revamped, and the schedules of NPCs are now easier to look up. The Gossip Stone hint system returns, and both a new fishing pod and a revamped boss have been added.
GRAPHICS Much like Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora's Mask 3D's visuals haven't been drastically overhauled from the N64 days. Edges have been smoothed, and extra details have been added - but the game doesn't push polygons like Resident Evil: Revelations or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. It still looks great, nonetheless
AUDIO Put simply, Majora's Mask 3D has some of the most brilliant - and terrifying - sound design in gaming history. The off-key, Chinese-style warblings of the main theme will penetrate your soul, whilst the foreboding music of Clock Town underlines the sheer desperation the player feels throughout the game. Amazing.
To conclude, there really isn't anything negative to say about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. This is a sublime package; one that has been refined to the nth degree. However, the reason why it hasn't been given a perfect score is because of how divisive it may be to players.
Many will love - and many will no doubt hate it, due to how un-Zelda it really is. If you're looking for something different, though, you can do much worse than checking this out.