The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Dark Side Of The Moon
Release Date: 9 March Format: 3DS Publisher: Nintendo
The Legend Of Zelda series has never been one to shy away from the weird, but Majora’s Mask is undoubtedly the most unusual entry. It’s also among the very best.
Termina is a doomed land. A menacing, grimacing moon is plummeting towards the ground and will destroy everything in three days unless boy hero Link can put a stop to it. To aid him in his quest Link seeks out a collection of masks that imbue him with new powers, allowing him to converse with the undead or transform into one of three races in moments of traumatic body horror. It’s strange, sinister and scary. But it’s also wildly inventive.
Amazingly, 15 years later it feels more inventive than the day the N64 game came out. The groundbreaking, Groundhog Day- style system – which sees Link repeat the same three days over and over again by travelling back in time – is inspired, giving you tense time limits to complete dungeons and allowing for an unusually intimate insight into the daily routines of Termina’s weird and wonderful inhabitants.
The original game was a melancholy masterpiece hindered only by its hardware. This 3DS port updates the visuals, corrects niggling frame rate issues and tweaks a few of the boss battles for the better. It’s the definitive version, well worth playing again if your last experience was in 2000, and all but essential if this is your first time. Jordan Farley Majora’s Mask was made in little over a year – nothing compared to its predecessor’s five years in development.
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