While the 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time wasn’t a rousing success for Nintendo, it did mark the first must-have title for their exciting new console. As such, a new rumor is circulating that suggests the N64 follow-up to Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, will also be getting the 3D treatment.
The rumor should be treated with a heavy does of skepticism, though, as its only source is a product page for the game. However, the product page, after being brought online earlier this morning, was promptly taken down. The page’s vanishing act isn’t necessarily an outright confirmation of a Majora’s Mask 3D remake, but fuel for the rumor’s fire nonetheless.
For some, Majora’s Mask stands out as the superior N64 Zelda title for its use of a recycling timer and a more focused story, but it’s hard to compare it next to Ocarina of Time. The game doesn’t have the iconic version of Adult Link that Ocarina does, and it abandons a lot of the trademark elements from the series in favor of a wholly original story
The basic conceit of Majora’s Mask centers on young Link coming to the town of Termina, an alternate world in which the moon is set to collide with the planet in only three days. Using his ocarina, Link is able to grant himself an everlasting supply of time with which to complete his mission — stop the moon from colliding with Termina — but must balance progress with the threat of impending destruction. It’s the worst and best parts of a ticking timer mechanic, only blown up across an entire game.
Majora’s Mask is also noted for its creative use of (what else) masks. By wearing different masks Link could transform himself into many of the Zelda series’ iconic creatures, like the Goron or Zora, and unlock their unique abilities.
The inclusion of some very non-Zelda elements didn’t make Majora’s Mask a bad game, just a different one. One that arguably should be played by the series’ fans, even those who are turned off by outdated graphics.
And that’s, at the very least, what Majora’s Mask can provide: an opportunity to play a criminally overlooked Zelda title with some smoother textures and an added 3D appeal. We’ll keep you posted if this rumor turns out to be true.
Would you be interested in playing a 3DS version of Majora’s Mask? Are there any other Zelda titles that you would like to see get the 3D remake treatment?
Source: Nintendo Life