The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask review round up

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Majora’s Mask, along with Ocarina of Time, stand as two of the very best and most fan-favoured of all of the Legend of Zelda games. The decidedly odd and quirky Majora’s Mask is certainly a favourite of mine – and it’s coming soon, rejiggered, remastered and given a fresh three dimensional coat of paint. It’s ready for release to coincide with Nintendo’s brand new New 3DS.

We’ve yet to get our hands on Majora’s Mask 3D, but we’re all rather excited – especially Alessandro, who’s busy fighting his way through his first Zelda game, Ocarina of Time at this very moment. There’s a lot of reason to be excited – beyond being a great game, this remaster defies its age, and sets itself up for renewed classic status. Critics agree, and the consensus is beyond favourable. If you’re picking up a New 3DS when the system launches, this is the game you want to get with it.

GameSpot — 9/10

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“The overall package for Majora’s Mask 3D preserves all the weird delight of the original game while lowering the barrier of entry for new players. There’s still a lot that’s challenging about the puzzles and fights, but a few minor tweaks make your hard-won heart containers and masks feel that much more satisfying. The changes to how you can control and manage time mean the otherwise dense Majora’s Mask is comfortable for shorter play sessions, making it a great fit for the handheld. It’s evident that Nintendo put a lot of thought into updating this classic, which takes the game beyond a simple remake to become a new-old classic.”

Polygon — 9/10

“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is the best version of a game that’s still unlike any other game ever made. And that makes this remake something very few remakes are: Unconditionally fresh.”

VideoGamer — 9/10

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“The game feels perfectly designed for a handheld thanks to its time and mission structure, meaning you can speed through a loop in just a few hours on your journeys. Majora’s Mask is brilliant, and disappointingly still the most innovative Zelda game ever released. For those looking to get lost in an ever-so-creepy adventure, Clock Town is the place to be.”

Game Informer — 9.25/10

“Purists will decry the changes made to Majora’s Mask no matter how slight they may be, but I am seated firmly in the ‘change is good’ camp. It’s everything you remember, but without the boredom or frustration related to the passage of time. Majora’s Mask was a game ahead of its time in 2000, and revisiting it under this new lens only confirms that sentiment. Whether you’re returning to Termina or visiting it for the first time, Majora’s Mask 3D is the ideal way to experience this classic.”

Nintendo Everything — 10/10

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“It’s strange, perhaps, that a game in which the main premise revolves around repeatedly travelling back in time was so ahead of its time. In its enhanced form, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D defies its age and manages to stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best games on 3DS. Quite simply put, it’s a masterpiece that every 3DS owner should play.”

IGN — 8.7/10

“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D proves that interesting game design and strong world-building never get old. Even 15 years later, it still delivers charming characters, tense resource management, and a world rife with personality. Despite some cumbersome menus and a single drag of a dungeon, Majora’s Mask is a great adventure that (repeatedly) stands the test of time.”

GamesRadar — 4.5/5

“Majora’s Mask is still as much of a joy to experience as it was a decade and a half ago. Play it for the fancy graphics, the lighting, and the added portability if you want, but just make sure you play it. At first glance a sort-of sequel to Ocarina of Time that’s long been seen as the quirky younger sibling that’s not to everyone’s taste, Majora’s Mask blossoms into a sweet, scary, timeless tale that’s a showcase of Nintendo’s brand of creative genius at its most unconstrained. It might only be a remake–but it’s only a remake of one of the most interesting, experimental games of its time.”

Last Updated: February 5, 2015

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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