Majora’s Mask returns for a new generation

The darkest installment of the prolific Zelda series comes to the Nintendo 3DS.

Majora’s Mask returns for a new generation

Late on November 5, 2014 Nintendo made the announcement that its entire fan base has been waiting years for, the long awaited re-make of the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

If you are unaware of the 14 year old cult classic, it is the direct sequel to the highly acclaimed N64 game the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which is wildly considered one of, if not the, best games of all time. Majora’s Mask decided to completely throughout the usual Zelda formula, instead using a darker and more mature story than its predecessor, or any other game since, making it a favorite for.

Majora’s Mask follows Link as he ditches the usual setting of Hyrule for the new land of Termina, which is just three days away from being destroyed by a falling moon, and of course it’s now up to Link to stop the moon and save the world.

This darker entry in the Zelda franchise offers one of the best stories of the entire series, with each village symbolizing the five stages of grief (denial, Anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). The game has also inspired a plethora of fan theories and videos, which makes it one of the most deeply discussed games of all time.majora's 5 stages

So with this information in mind, it is no wonder that Nintendo’s announcement to have the cult classic re-made in HD and 3D garnered much hype from the students at Elder High School. Seniors Jordan Jacob, Cody Roseberry, and Kyle Hoffman, were all excited for the early 2015 release.

“I’m really excited for it, but also surprised that Nintendo listened to their fans for once,” senior Jordan Jacob commented, possibly referring to the eight year wait that Nintendo fans have been waiting for the sequel to the much loved Earthbound to make its way to America.

Senior Cody Roseberry has high hopes for the hand-held remake of the classic N64 game, stating that he “like Ocarina of Time 3D.” he later went on to say that the shift in gameplay from a controller to a handheld “felt natural”  reminisces Senior band member Kyle Hoffman, later remarking that the atmosphere of the game was creepy, but what he really remembers is the terrifying face that the falling moon had.

  The moon really freaked me out as a kid.”

— Kyle Hoffman

The only person who had a slight beef against the game was Senior Andrew Burke. Burke complained that Nintendo was relying too much on nostalgia and successful series and not producing enough new IP’s (intellectual properties). The only new IPs that Nintendo has had since the 3ds came out are the new multiplayer game Splatoon, and Captain Toad for the Wii U. That is not to say that they are lacking in IP’s, but rather that they may too reliant on the Mario and Zelda names.

majora's moon                Majora’s Mask, which is slated for release in spring of 2015, will no doubt be a must buy game for the owners of the Nintendo 3ds when it hits store shelves. Fans of the classic series, and many among them myself and the other seniors who were gracious enough to give their thoughts, are very excited to see Nintendo bringing another classic 3D Zelda game to the pockets of Zelda fans everywhere.