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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:28am 06/11/14 | 21 Comments
One of the bigger announcements to emerge from this morning's Nintendo Direct was the (expected) revelation that the N64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask would be coming to 3DS in the US spring of 2015 (our autumn).

Many argue that Majora's Mask is the better Zelda title of the N64 era (though the counter argument there would be that without Ocarina of Time you wouldn't have Majora's Mask), and for those who've never experienced it, it is perhaps one of the darkest Nintendo games ever developed.

From Nintendo Australia:
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: One of the most talked-about games in the history of The Legend of Zelda series is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Launching in autumn 2015, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D brings Link’s engrossing, spooky quest through the mysterious world of Termina to a handheld system for the first time with enhanced 3D graphics and added features to for users to streamline gameplay for a more comfortable experience. Also releasing at launch, and to be available for pre-order from selected retailers, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Special Edition is a limited quantity software offering including a specially-designed SteelBook™, a copy of the game delivered in its standalone packaging, a Majora’s Mask pin badge, and a double-sided poster showcasing the game’s iconic art style.
Watch the video for the reveal below.




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Trex0321
Posted 12:21pm 06/11/14
jeez, and people hate on COD doing the same thing every year... nintendo just remake everything every new console/ like a sick joke.
greazy
Posted 12:30pm 06/11/14
jeez, and people hate on COD doing the same thing every year... nintendo just remake everything every new console/ like a sick joke.

Yeah this is getting really ridiculous. Either make a proper remake with whole new graphics and new dungeons, or make a sequel or create a whole new franchise. Porting it to a new device is f*****g lame. No idea why people are getting their pants wet over this, it's a f*****g port the graphics actually look worse and you could easily emulate it with mods to make it look awesome.
Khel
Posted 01:14pm 06/11/14
Yeah, any other company kept pulling this s*** and they'd be crucified for it. Nintendo does it and people gush over it. The nostalgia is strong I guess
glynd
Posted 01:24pm 06/11/14

Either make a proper remake with whole new graphics and new dungeons, or make a sequel or create a whole new franchise.


Like A Link Between Worlds which was released not even 12 months ago and met with critical acclaim?


Porting it to a new device is f*****g lame. No idea why people are getting their pants wet over this, it's a f*****g port the graphics actually look worse and you could easily emulate it with mods to make it look awesome.


Probably because the sheer amount of begging from people for it to be made since OOT 3D was released (over 3 years ago) and up there as one of the greatest Zeldas made.


Pretty much this current gen so far has been nothing but "remakes" and "remasters" anyway. Zelda MM 3D has been the game people have been asking for and glad it's coming.
Mantorok
Posted 01:38pm 06/11/14
Either make a proper remake with whole new graphics...
Have you actually compared it to the original?
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Raven
Posted 02:20pm 06/11/14
Never played Majoras Mask when it first came one on N64, but ALBW was one of the best Zelda games ever made.
Theonlyway
Posted 05:01pm 06/11/14
I'll just you know... emulate the game for free on my PC or any modern mobile device if I feel like playing the exact same game from 14 years ago. If Nintendo isn't even going to touch up the game they certainly don't deserve the money for trying to resell a 14 year old game.
greazy
Posted 05:05pm 06/11/14
glynd I didnt know that, super cool. It's more like an equal (thanks reddit) than anything else. Damn it! no 3ds to play it.
Meddek
Posted 07:19pm 06/11/14
I never played Majoras mask so keen for this!
dais
Posted 07:24pm 06/11/14
same here
Meddek
Posted 08:31pm 06/11/14
The OOT 3DS remake had improved graphics and some game mechanics such as inventory management but also included the Master quest mode which was only available on the Gamecube version so it isn't a straight port.
Midda
Posted 11:23pm 07/11/14
Yeah this is getting really ridiculous. Either make a proper remake with whole new graphics and new dungeons, or make a sequel or create a whole new franchise.

This is a proper remake, you obviously haven't looked at the original version recently. And they have made/announced new entries. More often than remakes. I'm pretty sure this is their second Zelda remake, ever. OMG SO RIDICULOUS.

I'll just you know... emulate the game for free on my PC or any modern mobile device if I feel like playing the exact same game from 14 years ago. If Nintendo isn't even going to touch up the game they certainly don't deserve the money for trying to resell a 14 year old game.

You are dumb.

Yeah, any other company kept pulling this s*** and they'd be crucified for it. Nintendo does it and people gush over it. The nostalgia is strong I guess

Many, many people have been begging for this exact product ever since they first showed the Ocarina of Time remake. It's also one of the only Zelda games which is a direct sequel to a previous entry in the series, so it's not unreasonable for them to create this after OoT 3D was so widely loved (and is generally considered to be the definitive version of the game).

I barely played Majora's Mask back in the day, and I can't really tolerate how badly most of the N64/PSOne era games have aged visually, so this sounds good to me.
greazy
Posted 09:35pm 10/11/14

Not sure what you're taking about. This article says nothing had been released about the game apart from the trailer so we are both jumping to conclusions. Just graphical updates (rounded corners yay!)
http://gamerant.com/legend-of-zelda-majors-mask-3d-comparison-videos/

And so what if everyone was begging Nintendo to do this? I can still be an angsty child about it like you are on defending it.

I finished this game on the the n64 and the graphics were great.

P.S no you are dumb.


tspec
Posted 11:21pm 10/11/14
Never played Majora's Mask back in the day though OoT is one of my favorite games of all time. The idea of a Zelda game with a time limit with the only way around that time limit is going back in time and replaying sections of the game you've already completed didn't really appeal to me, maybe that's not the case but it's what I remember reading about it when it was first released. I really shouldn't write it off without actually playing it though, seems this might be a good opportunity.
greazy
Posted 12:54pm 11/11/14
Yeah don't write it off because of that, if I remember correctly the game allows you to slow down time. You have 3 in day games to do things then you need to go back to go back to day 1. You lose coins and non essential items a long the way. But there are ways to preserve them (like going to a bank for coins). It's an amazing game because of the all the side quests you can do. Things activate at different times during the days which means you need rewinds to discover the world.

Also it's really dark.
Khel
Posted 01:18pm 11/11/14
I think I just don't have the patience to go back and play old games.

I got the OOT re-release on 3DS and played it for about an hour and hated it and haven't touched it since. The game mechanics felt so painfully dated and clunky, I just couldn't put myself through it. Maybe if I had played it when it originally came out, that nostalgia factor would keep me going, but I was playing it for the first time as a new game and it just didn't even come close to the games of today. That may be an unfair comparison, but if they're going to sell it as a full price game, it needs to stand up next to other full price games.
Raven
Posted 02:05pm 11/11/14
There's good and bad 'old games'. It's like cartoons - I tried to go back and watch Voltron as an adult and realised "holy crap, what the hell was wrong with me?"

Games are much the same. Try going back and play Warcraft 2 or 3 with all the things we'd consider normal not being available in those games.
greazy
Posted 04:51pm 11/11/14
I think what you're experiencing is akin to Windows users going to OSX/Linux (not so much these days but back in the I guess the differences were big). There were a few articles about it years ago but the topic seems to have disappeared with merging of functions. Anyway, to sum it up: You're either getting old (:P) or you are too used to playing games with certain mechanics.

I think playing OOT on the 3DS is a bad move, the Z targeting was really unique and made extremely easy by the N64 controller. The gamecube used the L button which IMO didn't feel as good as the Z button location. Anyway, I think if you throw out your expectations you can play any game and enjoy it. Of course that maybe too much but I think certain things should be left at the door when you start playing an old game.

OOT still holds up, maybe not graphix wise but certainly gameplay and store. I remember playing the original Zelda and LTTP and the jump between those two games was surprising. Imagine going from OOT to today. The graphics is the biggest killer for me but after a while you forget how s*** they are and just enjoy the game, even a pixelated boss becomes scary.

Try emulator + graphics patches + xbox360 controller and you will have a better time.
Khel
Posted 05:15pm 11/11/14
Yeah, the graphics didn't bother me. I think I'm just spoiled by all the quality-of-life improvements we've seen in games since then. Like, I was expecting a compass and some kind of guide pointing me in the direction of my next quest objective, or a map showing me where to go or something. Whereas OOT was made in a time where you didn't get that sort of assistance, you just wandered around exploring every nook and cranny till you found the next thing you were supposed to do or the next place you were supposed to go.

Maybe its also just because back then, I had a lot more spare time and no real pressing concerns on my time so I didn't care so much about spending hours just wandering and exploring and backtracking and trying to use every item on every other item to find what works through trial and error. These days though, I might only have a few hours here and there to spend on a game like that, so I want that few hours to be quality game time and not (what feels to me like) wasted time spent trying to figure out where to go next. Which is what I was getting at with my original comment, I just don't think I have the patience to play old games anymore.

Or yeah, maybe I'm just getting old :(
glynd
Posted 06:21pm 11/11/14
^ iirc, the world map was tagged with yellow dots on where to go next in OOT 3D.

Shame you didn't enjoy it though. Each to their own. You can't really pop in for 15 minutes for a Zelda game though. I absolutely loved the 3DS remake.
dais
Posted 08:25pm 11/11/14
It's worth playing if you can figure it out. It really is a beautiful and engrossing game.

The music alone is worth the price of admission.
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