The one thing that bothered me about Majora’s Mask was the 3-day time limit. I play games at a slow-pace, I enjoy taking my time, exploring as much as I can and taking in the environment. When I’m playing a game and it forces a time-limit on me for certain quests or challenges, I get annoyed, frustrated and feel like I’m missing out on certain things by rushing through as I try to get to the goal.
A few years ago I was able to download the N64 version of Majora’s Mask through the Wii’s Virtual Console but had a hard time getting into the game. It felt over-whelming and it was difficult to keep up with all the side-quests. If I was younger I would have loved the game, but now that I’m older and working, along with other responsibilities, this sort of game can be a burden.
So I was relieved when I read that the 3DS version of the game would be a little different. Besides the updated visuals, the game now features a notebook that keeps track of all the side-quests and rumors you come across and it also keeps track of the quests you’ve completed. You can also set alarms to remind you of time-specific moments that are critical to side-quests. Another useful feature that has been added is a song that Link can play that will move time ahead to any specific hour of your choice, which is extremely helpful when it comes to completing side-quests. The save-system has been beefed up too. In the original Majora’s Mask there were two ways to save. You either suspended the game or by reseting time and going back to the first day. In Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, there are save-points scattered across Termina that also serve as a quick-travel system.
I’ve only played a couple of hours and just completed the second dungeon, but I’m loving Majora’s Mask and I can see why it had such a strong cult following. Every character in the game feels alive, they all have schedules to keep. You can follow any person in the game and see what they do and listen in on their conversations. Each character has a unique personality. There are a lot of little stories to discover in Majora’s Mask, the side-quests are interesting to follow and aren’t simple fetch-quests. The main villain, Skull Kid isn’t just straight-up evil, his story is sad and the more you find out about him the more you feel sympathy.
Majora’s Mask is a great change of pace for the Zelda franchise, it’s nice to be doing something besides saving Zelda, Hyrule and fighting Ganondorf. So if you own a 3DS and need another great game to play, Majora’s Mask just might be it.