You won't meet a terrible fate by playing this game.
The Legend of Zelda has seen a wonderful stretch of quality games. 2013's A Link Between Worlds made for a Zelda adventure that was highly reminiscent of A Link to the Past in both worlds and quality, and the following year saw a risky endeavor, a Dynasty Warriors-inspired Zelda game that turned out to be magnificent and an embarrassment of riches and content. Despite a new home console Zelda game due out at the end of the year for the Wii U, Zelda fans have a different focus at this time. It's a highly requested remake in the same vein of Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. The Nintendo 64 original was a mighty significant alteration to the formula, and one that was really loved by a good portion of fans. Does this Nintendo 3DS remake and its new additions make for a reason to return to the land of Termina?
Where most Zelda titles have a strong emphasis on dungeons, Majora's Mask is more about exploring the world and interacting with the NPCs that inhabit it. Each NPC has their own schedule which, with the upgrade of the Bomber's Notebook in this Nintendo 3DS remake, allows you to track their lives and locations through the game's three-day cycle much more easily. The notebook makes note of rumored events that are told by the children in Clock Town and keeps track of events in progress and ones that are completed. Seeing the entire world of Termina's denizens go about their days with different different schedules still makes Majora's Mask the most realized world in Zelda series history. It's still impressive and remarkable to this day.
|Depending on the time and day, each NPC will be doing |
something differently and being somewhere different.
|"A benefit of being on the Carpenter's Union is being|
able to work overtime even when impending doom is near."
|Play that funky Song of Time music, white boy.|
You might wonder then how one even makes progress in Majora's Mask 3D if when the three-day cycle starts over everything reverts back to normal. Smart thinking there! Special things like Link's equipment, awarded items like Link's bow and hookshot, collection of masks, bottles, learned songs, Heart Containers, and remains from defeated bosses stay with Link no matter if time returns to day one of the three-day cycle. Owl statues that have been awakened by Link can also still be transported to. Meaning that if you did all of the events leading up to a dungeon and have awakened the owl statue outside of it during a prior three-day cycle, you can simply transport to that location via one of Link's learned ocarina songs and start the dungeon on a new cycle.
|Allow Epona to lend a hoof (or four) when Link's|
feet become a little bit too tired.
|Majora's Mask 3D may have but four dungeons,|
but they're still designed to series' standards.
|Was your brother a boss in Crash Bandicoot?|
|After a boss has been beaten, the land surrounding|
its dungeon is expelled from evil.
|Deku Link can use certain flowers to launch|
him, allowing him to temporarily hover in midair.
|I don't know. I don't think the bunny ears|
are intimidating this enemy.
|Majora's Mask and its 3DS remake feature a |
lot of enemies that only appear in this game.
[SPC Says: A]