I first played The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask back in the good old Nintendo 64 days and it is definitely full of happy nostalgic memories for me. By some miracle, I happened to be near an internet connection when Futureshop (now only Best Buy) tweeted that they had a few more copies of the Limited Edition bundle with the Skull Kid figurine. A brief but mad dash through the checkout later, I was the proud owner of this awesome game. Take that scalpers!
How Far I Got
I have all of the heart pieces, all of the items, and Majora’s moon has been terminated. I do believe I have also helped everyone in Termina. I did play a bit of the new fishing mini game but only caught a few of the rare fish.
You would think that a game that essentially forces you to repeat the same 3 days over and over again would be tedious. Fortunately, it is quite the opposite and creates some interesting side quests. Each time you go back in time you get to keep most of the important items you’ve collected which can create some shortcuts so you aren’t backtracking too much.
I zoomed through the dungeons quickly since I (surprisingly) remembered most of the puzzles from when I beat this game back in the Nintendo 64 days. I can see how new players would feel a bit of pressure to get through the dungeons before everything gets reset near the end of Day 3.
This game has some of the best graphics I have seen on the 3DS. They have done an amazing job remastering the land of Termina. To truly appreciate how far graphics have come over the years I fired up my old Nintendo 64 copy of the game and compared the two games. I honestly don’t remember the game being that blurry when I played it as a kid… Most of the characters are “borrowed” from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time but there are a few quirky characters that are new to this game. I didn’t have a problem with this since I enjoyed seeing those familiar faces from my all time favourite game.
The environments are also spectacular. The mountain area has some chilling winter effects and the view of the moon from Termina Bay is oddly relaxing. The game is clearly divided into 4 different theme areas and the world felt a little small to me this time. I mostly blame this on the fact that modern day open world games have really raised the bar for exploration since the first time I beat this game on the Nintendo 64.
The soundtrack is still a treat to listen to. Clock Town has a nice upbeat track that speeds up as the big ugly thing in the sky comes closer. The track that plays in Clock Town’s final hours perfectly captures the fear and urgency of the situation. The haunting melody that plays in the Stone Tower Temple still sends shivers down my spine.
Each area has a similar pre dungeon clearing track but tweaked a bit to fit the theme of the zone. I thought this was a nice touch and tied the whole world together nicely. Of course Link still makes his trademark sounds and transforming into different forms sure sounds painful for the poor guy!
The Ocarina of Time also makes a return in this game. There are a few familiar songs from its predecessor title (Song of Time, Epona’s song, etc.) and a few unique ones as well. Each one of Link’s mask transformations also has their own instrument. Rocking out on the Zora guitar was one of my favourite ones.
My Overall Biased Opinion
I have fond childhood memories of this game so of course I’m going to love the remastered version. The Bomber’s notebook improvements and updated graphics really gave this title a breath of new life.
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! You have been warned.
Favourite Story Moment
When you finally get to call the four giants to the Clock tower to stop the moon. It’s a bit of a relief to finally see the moon held back from destroying the land.
Fierce Deity’s Mask. This combined with a healthy dose of Chateau Romani made for a fun but quick final battle with Majora.
Favorite “Oh S@#%” Moment
There is a sense of urgency throughout the entire game with that big monstrous moon inching its way closer to Termina. Nothing quite captures that feeling better than looking up in the sky with a few hours left on Day 3.
The Great Bay area. Swimming through the open ocean as Zora Link was one of my favourite ways to just spend time. Zora Link’s controls in tight areas is another story however… Honorable mention goes to the Stone Tower Temple. One of my all time favourite music tracks plays there.
Believe it or not, Tatl, Link’s new fairy partner. In Ocarina of Time I found Navi to be quite annoying (Hey! Hey! Listen!) but I found Tatl to be entertaining. She has more of a personality and made me laugh a few time during the game. That and she seems to let Link figure things out on his own most of the time.
Most Tedious Gameplay Moment
The postman and his little mini game that requires you to hit A in exactly 10 seconds. I needed the Bunnyhood mask to get past this part. Patience is not one of my strengths.