Review by DarkMark42
"Quite the dark Zelda game"
The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask was released for the Nintendo 64 back in October of 2000. It has since seen re-releases on the Gamecube, and the Wii Virtual Console. It is the sequel to the highly praised Ocarina of Time. Ocarina of Time was indeed a great game. However, I personally believe Majora's Mask is even better. The game has quite an intresting history. See, the Nintendo 64 was at the end of its lifespan, and the Gamecube was already under development. Nintendo wanted to see if they could quickly release a Zelda game in a span of 1 year, so the game was rushed. Well, maybe Nintendo should rush all their games because this one is absolutely phenomenal. As a result of the limited time frame; most of the character sprites are simply recycled from its predecessor, Ocarina of Time. The game is also shorter than most Zelda games are. To add to the controversy, the game incorporates a 3-day-cycle; known as the time system, which I will get into.
Most Zelda games have a simple rescue the princess storyline(similar to Nintendo's famous Mario series). Well, not this one. Link, after defeating Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time, is sent back 7 years by Zelda to regain his lost childhood. Navi, his fairy from Ocarina of Time, mysteriously and suddenly departs. Link, with his horse Epona, is looking for Navi in the Lost Woods when he is attacked by the skull kid, the game's villain. Skull kid was friendly in Ocarina of Time but has stolen an evil mask known as Majora. He steals Link's ocarina, and gets rid of his horse. Afterwards Link pursues the menace only to be turned into a deku. Two fairies known as Tatl and Tael were with the skull kid, but were then separated. So tatl decides to join Link so she can reunite with her brother. Tatl is the fairy replacement in this game, although she's quite rude and arrogant with Link. Link eventually meets the Happy Mask Salesman who explains to him that he has 3 days to get that mask back or else. He explains the evil power within that mask is attempting to send the moon crashing down onto Termina, Hyrule's mirror world. Link throughout the game must travel the land and awaken the Guardian Giants and stop that moon! The game really has quite the dark and evil feel to it, something unlike other installments in the series.
Absolutely wonderful. Every tune is improved from Ocarina of Time. The field theme, battle theme, everything. Other than that, Majora's theme has a sinister and evil tune to it, and a lot of the other tunes are copied from Ocarina of Time.
The theme of the game is masks. Link collects a vast amount of masks throughout the game. Some are from Ocarina of Time, except they now have actual uses. For example, the Bunny Hood now gives Link great speed, a lifesavor considering how slow he was in Ocarina of Time. There's plenty of masks to collect all with their own use. Transformation masks allow Link to turn into a deku, goron, and zora. Way cool! Collecting all 24 masks results in quite the reward.The actual gameplay is much like its prequel. Go through an area, beat dungeon, etc. The difficulty is also higher. You must play the song of time on the ocarina to restart the 3 day cycle in addition to that. Riding baby Epona was also present.
Amazing Zelda game. If you're a fan of the series, you can't miss this one.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/19/12
Game Release: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Collector's Edition) (US, 10/25/00)
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