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Video Game  Review:    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for Nintendo 64 - Now Also Available for the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console

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The legend of Zelda continues with this fantastic sequel.

The story begins with Link searching for his fairy companion, Navi. Two other fairies startle Epona, Link's horse, and Link gets thrown off and left unconscious. The Skull-Kid wearing Majora's Mask steals Epona and Link's Ocarina of Time. By the time Link catches up, Epona is gone and Link is transformed into a Deku Scrub. A fairy abandoned by the Skull-Kid decides to join Link on his quest into a parallel world where almost every character looks like someone from Hyrule.

In the meantime, the Skull-Kid has caused the moon to fall to the earth, which sets up the goal of the game--helping Link reclaim his Ocarina of Time and stopping the moon from falling in only three game days! Fortunately, the Song of Time allows Link to relive the same 3 days over and over again as he gradually fixes the problems scattered throughout the world on his journey to the moon.

Players guide Link on his quest, and collect masks along the way. Each mask has special powers--the Zora Mask, for example, turns Link into Mikau, the legendary guitar-playing Zora; the Postman's Hat allows Link to look into postboxes in order to find money; and the Mask of Scents heightens Link's sense of smell.

Players learn special songs that help them along. There are 10 songs altogether, each of which helps Link accomplish different tasks. The Song of Soaring, for example, allows Link to teleport to owl statues throughout the world in order to get around quickly. The Goron Lullaby lulls Gorons to sleep and can be used to get to Snowhead Temple.

A wide range of items and weapons can be collected, such as different types of swords and shields, bombs, deku sticks, and magic beans. These are useful in different degrees, depending on the item. Arrows of all types are especially helpful for Link's defence, while deku nuts are less essential.

While an excellent game overall, we have a couple of minor complaints. For one, the opening sequence in which Link is in Deku Scrub form requires many specific and unclear tasks to be completed within a time limit before players are introduced to the game proper. For another, save points are relatively infrequent when Link is out adventuring, and are in fact unavailable until the lengthy Deku Scrub section is completed! This means that the game is not conducive to quick play sessions. These small problems do not take away the fact that the game is quite excellent all around, however.

Majora's Mask features rich and challenging gameplay. Kids are immersed in a fabulous fantasy world, and they won't "beat" the game too soon, either. 

Note: This game requires an Expansion Pak if playing the game on the N64.

 

Pros:
  • Rich and challenging gameplay.
  • Long-playing.

 

Cons:
  • Lack of "save points", making it difficult to jump in and out of the game.

 

 

For N64 By: Nintendo    Published: 2001
 

 

Our Rating:

A

To Buy this :

Buy The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask at Amazon.com or buy it through the Virtual Console on your Wii or Wii U

Reviewed November 2001                                                                                                 Comments? Email us.
 
 

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