Flashback Friday: Majora’s Mask

Double Jump Kris Mii How is everyone on this lovely Friday? For those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In light of a certain amazing video that has graced the Internet with its presence, this month we’re celebrating one of the most beloved Legend of Zelda games — Majora’s Mask.

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Released in North America in October 2000, Majora’s Mask is the sixth installment of the Legend of Zelda series, and appears to follow Ocarina of Time. Set in Termina, an alternate version of Hyrule, a young Link must relive the same three days over and over again as he attempts to stop a Skull Kid, corrupted by the evil Majora’s Mask, from destroying the world.

The game play consists of the three-day time limit along with the use of various masks to grant Link special abilities — such as the Bunny Hood to run faster — and even to change into different beings — a Deku, Goron, and Zora to be exact. Like most Legend of Zelda games, music also plays a significant role, and Link is able to learn songs on his ocarina to change the flow of time and help spirits rest.

Majora’s Mask is considered to be one of the more darker entries of the Legend of Zelda series, with many grim theories surrounding the game. Ben Drowned is a popular creepypasta originating from Majora’s Mask, and many believe that throughout Majora’s Mask, Link is dead.

Despite these (or perhaps because of) theories, Majora’s Mask is arguably one of the most popular of the Legend of Zelda games, earning high praises around the board. It was voted Game of the Decade by GameFAQs in December 2010, and was voted the second best Zelda game of all time in May 2011 in an event hosted by IGN, beaten only by Ocarina of Time. Majora’s Mask has had multiple rereleases, including being ported to the GameCube with The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition. It was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console during January 2012 and on the Wii U’s Virtual Console just yesterday, November 24, 2016. Like Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask also got a 3DS remake in February 2015.

For those of you who may not have seen it, below is the video of the Skull Kid’s origins showcased as film:

What do you think of Majora’s Mask?

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10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Majora’s Mask

  1. I love Majora’s Mask. It is so dark and unique within the Zelda series! It also holds the best Zelda dungeon ever, which is the Stone Tower Temple.

    That Skull Kid video is mesmerizing! I had never watched it! How I wish Nintendo would produce something like that and send it to movie theaters. Maybe now that they are finally branching out their franchises into other areas…. we can only hope!

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    • Confession time: I have never finished Majora’s Mask myself before. To me, it is one of the creepiest installments of the series, and I’ve honestly just never made myself complete it. One of these days I will correct this blunder!

      I’m glad I was able to share that video! I heard rumors earlier this year about Nintendo thinking of movies based on their games again, but I think they’re cautious after the Super Mario Brothers movie. But a Zelda movie? With everything they can do with special effects and CGI nowadays? That’d be amazing!

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    • I should try playing that again… It was so charming with the graphics, ya know? I know I had reached the final boss, but I couldn’t get past the timed battle with the bells and all.

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  2. Glad you wrote about this! Majora’s Mask is one of my favorite Zelda games, second only to Ocarina of Time. I like the repeating time loop aspect as well as the dark themes of imminent death and loss scattered throughout. Many of the stories and character arcs have grim or bittersweet endings. I also love the Bomber’s Notebook sidequests. I’ve never wanted to do so many sidequests than in this game. Learning about the large cast of characters made me feel like they were real. It’s amazing what they did with this game, reusing assets and models, but somehow making us feel more emotions regarding those characters. I love this game so much!

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