14. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Update since the last time we published a Majora’s Mask article in these here parts: No, I haven’t played very much of it yet. I’m still working on that whole “foregoing sleep in order to make time for gaming” thing. Majora’s Mask helps! That creepy moon about to crash into the world is the sort of thing to keep a person awake the whole night.
GameSpite Quarterly 2, #14: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
14. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
11 thoughts on “GameSpite Quarterly 2, #14: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”
This article intruges me. It almost makes me want to give Majora’s Mask another shot.
Yeah, one of my favorite things about Majora’s Mask is how it ditched the arch melodrama of the Link/Zelda/Gannondorf relationship in favor of focusing most of it’s narrative on how the lives of all those relatively normal villagers are affected by events beyond their control – MM is The Seven Samurai of Zelda games, which is a pretty cool pedigree.
Every time there’s a mention of quest rewards in Zelda games, Janis Joplin’s Piece Of My Heart floods my mind. It’s fitting.
MM might be the most underrated Zelda game out there.. I’d prefer to play it than OoT, just because it’s such a wonderfully twisted take on the universe at times. Given TP was OoT for the new generation, maybe they should try another MM in a similar vein…
In a lots of ways, Majora’s Mask was too different for its own good. Outside of Zelda 2, it’s probably the most polarizing Zelda game out there. And no, the art style of Wind Waker doesn’t count, given the underlying gameplay is basically unchanged.
Actually, this is the one Zelda game that I haven’t finished. I put in some substantial time, but put it down, and now can’t remember quite where I was at within the Stone Tower Temple.
All that being said, it’s probably the most wildly creative of the Zelda games, and that is going to make it some people’s favorite, simply for doing something that differs from the rest of the series. I have to admit, the three-day mechanic is incredibly interesting.
This got me thinking (of course) about Groundhogs Day, and that made me think of Bill Murray as Gannon, which I think we can all agree is a brilliant idea on my part.
It warms my (piece of) heart that we voted this game above Ocarina of Time.
Mine too. Best game ever? According to a survey consisting of myself, the answer is “Could very well be”.
Let’s not let this turn into some kind of Gamefaqs-esque talk about how the games were ranked. I love both Majora’s Mask and Ocarina for different reasons.
I bought my N64 some time in 2000 with a copy of OoT that I played to hell and back. I finished it with a 100 percent completion. After playing Ocarina, my mind was only on one thing: playing more Zelda games. In 2001 I found a copy of Majora’s Mask, and at first, I didn’t get it.
The more I played though, the more it sank in just how much life the world had. Each person had set routine; they didn’t just around day and night waiting for you to come around so they could tell you how the c buttons worked.
What really cemented that in my mind (and apparently in Mr. Driggs’ as well) was the Anju Kafei sidequest. It is, to this day, one of the most emotionally resonant scenes I’ve seen in a game, and it’s one of the things that has really stuck with me along with the story of the Stone Tower Temple.
Majora’s Mask is probably my favorite of the series, but I tend to consume (and like!) each new entry regardless of how people rank them. As a disclaimer, though, I don’t really care for any Zelda game that came before before Link to the Past or Link’s Awakening.
Also, I was going to ask why this game is only the second-most controversial Zelda game, on account of the CD-i games, but then I remembered that those really aren’t a controversy!
I remember feeling smug when I went to buy Majoras mask, seeing the people lined up to buy a PS2. Enjoy Fantavision, suckers!
Zelda:MM makes me think of the classic movie Groundhog’s Day where Bill’s
*spoiler if you haven’t seen the move SEE IT*
character finally stops acting like an ass and gets himself together by making himself better and helping and saving people of the town. Everyday as the same day repeats for him
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