Confession: I've Never Played Majora's Mask

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! How is everyone?
With E3 happening, many companies are showcasing new games and DLC and such for the world. Considering all the new games that are being shown off, I was going through some of our older games and came to a realization about one of my favorite franchises…
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I have a confession to make. I have never finished playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
The Legend of Zelda series has been one of my favorite franchises ever since I was able to pick up a controller. Even before then, Ocarina of Time was one of the titles that I constantly bothered my uncle to play so I could watch. The worlds, the swordplay, the tales of heroics about Link and Zelda… I love it.
Majora’s Mask, however, was never one of my favorites within the franchise. It’s arguably one of the most popular installments of the series, but I never found its appeal. In fact, it’s one of the only console Legend of Zelda games I haven’t completed (the other games being the Zelda titles that were on the NES, and my excuse is I didn’t exist back then). I know the story and the game play
I’m not entirely sure why I have no interest in Majora’s Mask. It has characters familiar from the Ocarina world with a sort of Wonderland feeling to them. It has a new world to explore, new items to discover in the form of masks, and an interesting story to boot — time travel with themes of death.
Perhaps it’s because I felt constrained by the time limit of three days. I felt as if my hard work from one set of three days was undone whenever I went back in time. The monkey I just saved from the Deku King in the woodlands? He’ll be sentenced to death for being wrongfully accused of kidnapping the Deku Princess, who is probably still trapped in the dungeon, when I play my ocarina. It brought about a repetitive mentality (“I already did this!”) instead of the liberated dungeon showing the positive influences on the world that Link is trying to save.
Maybe it was the collecting that came with the game. It had plenty of fun masks, all required to head off to the final boss of the game, but I was never a fan of collecting. Case in point was Super Mario Odyssey. It was a good game, but as soon as I was done with the main story, I haven’t turned it on again. I have absolutely no desire to run around and collect more moons, similar to how I never had the desire to collect masks.
Another reason could have been simply because Majora’s Mask just wasn’t my thing. An unpopular opinion? Probably. Maybe one day I’ll try to go back to it, but it probably won’t be anytime soon.

What do you think of Majora’s Mask? Do you have any popular games that you haven’t had the desire to play?

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Readers Comments (7)

  1. I am not sure you have tried this strategy, but you can slow down the passage of time by playing the Song of Time backwards. Maybe that way you won’t feel that kind of pressure.

  2. Hmmm. It’s not the most immediately likeable game, I agree. Love it as I do, even I don’t play it that often, because it is a bit stressful, and there is a lot of collecting and sidequesting to do if you want to make the most of everything. And what you said about your progress being essentially erased when going back in time is a valid concern. It does feel like that. But that’s kind of also the point. Everything feels futile. Eventually you have to accept that you can only do so much, save so many. When you make peace with that, it becomes a little easier to stomach. But yeah. Definitely not a game that everyone will take to. And I’m constantly surprised by its popularity nowadays. It’s not even trying to be likeable. Every bit of whimsy is balanced by a serving of anxiety, or dread. Yet I find it compelling. Anyways. If you’re not keen on it, theres nothing wrong with that. You’re certainly not alone!

    • You’re absolutely right, it does have that futility feeling — that’s a really good way to put it. If I had to pick a favorite aspect about Majora’s Mask, it is how the theme of the game is death — whether it be Link accepting Navi’s disappearance/death or Link himself is dead and going through purgatory, according to a couple of the more popular theories about the game. With that said, Majora’s Mask helped me realize how much I enjoy playing games to save the world. I want to help people, even pixel people in fictional universes. Majora’s Mask apparently doesn’t do that for me, which is disappointing to me.
      Considering how many Legend of Zelda games I love, I suppose there had to be one game that I wasn’t too keen on, as you put it. 🙂 Perhaps one day I’ll give it another try and try to keep your words in mind.

  3. If it makes you feel any better I’ve never played A Link To The Past!

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