When Nintendo first released The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, it was considered somewhat of an oddity. When it came out, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time had just changed the franchise – and console gaming in general – forever, with its wide-open fields and epic storyline. Comparatively, Majora’s Mask was unsettling and weird, with a grim plotline and a dark setting. Ocarina of Time chronicles the triumphant rise of a young hero who vanquishes evil; Majora’s Mask makes players watch the end of the world over and over again. The two games might share an engine, a few characters, and some mechanics, but they certainly aren’t the same.
Almost fifteen years later, Majora’s Mask is finally getting its due. Thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, many people are discovering (or rediscovering) the Nintendo 64 classic; removed from the shadow of its predecessor, the game shines. Newly streamlined gameplay and a complete graphical overhaul make the recent remake of Majora’s Mask the definitive version of the title, and gamers certainly seem to agree. Majora’s Mask 3D was the best-selling title of February 2015, and it single-handedly pushed the four-year-old 3DS to the top of the month’s charts.
Now that Majora’s Mask is firmly entrenched as a key Zelda title – and not, as before, a one-off curiosity – it wouldn’t be surprising to see some of its signature gameplay features reappear in later games in the franchise. In fact, that might already be happening. In a faux-interview on Nintendo’s Miiverse network, The Legend of Zelda developers (under the guise of Majora’s iconic Happy Mask Salesman) tease that masks could “pop up in a new Zelda game, too.” After all, the Salesman says, “I’ve got some new masks, if you’d like to try them on…”
While that’s purposefully vague, the most likely place for the Salesman and his mask collection to reappear would be this fall’s upcoming The Legend of Zelda Wii U, which marks the venerable series’ first entry on an HD platform. The game unfolds across a gigantic open world; while gameplay details have been sparse so far, fans are likely to get a much closer look at the highly anticipated title at E3 2015 – if not sooner.
Or, this could all be a red herring. It’s not hard to imagine that Nintendo has other The Legend of Zelda games in development, to say nothing of spin-offs like the proposed Netflix television series. Whatever the case, one thing is clear: Majora’s Mask is finally the unqualified success it always deserved to be, and this time it’s here to stay.
Source: Go Nintendo