Majora’s Mask 3D (review) – By Contributor: Zack P.
Majora’s Mask 3D was released on February 13, earlier this year for the Nintendo 3DS. Today, I’m going to be talking about the game.
Warning – Spoilers Ahead!
About the Game
Majora’s Mask was a game originally released for the Nintendo 64 in the year 2000. The game featured things that gamers of that time had never seen before. It had a dark, and creepy aspect that may have even given some kids nightmares. Fortunately, some kids couldn’t even play it, because it needed the Expansion Pack Add-on to play. It has since become the favorite game of many gamers even now.
For people who played the game before, now you can re-live your nightmares in full 3D! This game has been asked to be re-made for almost 2 years since I can remember. And last year, we got the game approved. That personally got my attention, since I have only played the game a couple of times on Virtual console. But enough about me.
This game went through a lot of changes during development. A lot of them are very minor, but some are very big. I’ll try to go through most of them without boring you people.
Let’s go through some of the minor changes first. In the beginning of the game, when you meet the happy mask salesman for the second time, he gives you the bomber’s notebook. Normally, you would have to play hide-and-seek with the bombers a second time, but this time as a human. Another change they made was the reward for the boat cruise arrow mini-game; on the N64, your reward would be a piece of heart, but on the 3DS you get an empty bottle, which I personally think is better. A third change is, when you get to Snowhead and receive the Goron’s mask, you can punch almost instantly. Another change with the Goron’s mask is the texture for the Goron pound. Now heading back to Clock Town, the bank was moved from West Clock Town to South Clock Town. It sort of made it easier for me because the owl statue is right in front of the bank, so I can deposit rupees faster. Speaking of the owl statues, they were also given a change. You now don’t need to strike it with your sword to activate it. Another change they made to the owl statues is, the place where you get the Song of Soaring was moved from the entrance to Woodfall to the entrance to the southern swamp. In my opinion, this is better than before, because you can get back to the southern swamp or Clock Town without the wait. Now heading to Ikana Valley, to get past the cliff you need to get the Garo’s mask from the Gorman Racetrack. The Garo’s mask now looks like the Garo Master instead of a regular Garo Ninja.
Now, I think it’s time to go over some major changes in the game. Clock Town is now a lot bigger than before, and going back to the moving of the bank, it is now behind the clock tower leaving a gap between the upper platform and the clock tower. The second big change has to do with all the bosses. This one got a lot of mixed feelings from a lot of people. In one trailer for the game, there is a clip showing Odolwa (the first boss in the game) with a giant eye on the back of his head. (On my personal file, I just beat Stone Tower Temple so I don’t really know the changes they made after that.) This happened with most of the bosses in the game. I thought that it definitely made some bosses easier, but some bosses more difficult. Take for instance, the Twinmold Battle in Stone Tower Temple. It was drastically changed from the original. In the N64, you would get the giant’s mask before the boss room and then start the boss. But on the 3DS version, you would shoot the eyes on the bottom of the blue Moldorm, and then get the giant’s mask to finish off the second Moldorm. This no joke, it took me one full in-game day to finish it!
Final Grade: This game is honestly one of my favorites in the Zelda series. (After Wind Waker of course!) On a scale of 1 to 10 – I personally would give Majora’s Mask 3D; a 9! For so many reasons that I don’t even have time to explain it all in this review.
Recommendation: Overall, I think this re-make was a pretty big success. I thought the graphics looked amazing, and the changes didn’t really bother me. I personally think it would be a great idea to go out and buy this game if you already haven’t. That is, if you can even get your hands on a copy!
Nintendo YouTube announcement video: