This review originally went live in 2016, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the release of Majora's Mask on Switch, available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 library.
The Zelda games have a lot of fans and there's also been plenty of opportunities over the years to revisit previous instalments in the series, and indeed The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has seen a few re-releases since first appearing on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000. It was included on the GameCube's The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition compilation, then saw a Virtual Console release on the Wii and Wii U, and (most notably) appeared on the 3DS as a wonderful glasses-free-3D remaster that sanded off some of its rough edges and made it more approachable for modern gamers on a handheld system (re)experiencing Link's quest in the world of Termina.
If you've not played Majora's Mask before, know that it is an absolute cracker, providing plenty of entertainment with its dark, different-from-the-norm tale that engrosses from start to finish. You begin the game by encountering the menacing Skull Kid who promptly turns you into a Deku Scrub and runs off with your ocarina. It's not long before you find yourself in Clock Town where you soon realise you have more to worry about than simply returning to your normal form.
As the town prepares for its Carnival of Time celebrations, a menacing-looking moon slowly descends from the sky. You have three days to stop it (game time: a little over an hour) which, unsurprisingly, is insufficient. Luckily you are able to regain your ocarina and perform the Song of Time to throw yourself three days back in time. The good news? You're safe. The bad news? The maniacal moon is still falling. Cue lots of reliving the three days as you run around like a Hylian Bill Murray in a strange land trying to figure out a way to prevent the apocalypse and save the lives of the residents of Termina.
For the 3DS the extra power of the handheld was used to give the visuals an upgrade whilst retaining the look and feel of the Nintendo 64 original. The aim may have been to recreate the game as people remembered it, and if that was the intention then the reality of the source (or the cleanly upscaled version available to Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers) is somewhat blockier and with lower resolution textures.
Although you'll encounter polygonal objects with sharp corners that threaten to take your eye out, Majora's Mask is one of the later and better-looking N64 titles. A good variety of locations and characters combine with decent effects such as rain, flickering flames and an effective day-night cycle and make for a game that holds up well. If you play on Switch you also get option for the full-speed 60Hz version in PAL regions rather than the the slower 50Hz version used for the Wii U Virtual Console release. The GameCube disc release supported 60Hz but unfortunately suffered sound glitches and sometimes froze, so it's good to have the game on the TV finally running at full speed.
The quality of the game still shines through. As is to be expected from a Zelda game, there's plenty of exploration and battling throughout and it's as enjoyable as its ever been. The inclusion of the repeating three-day cycle works well, shaking up the formula and adding a sense of urgency to proceedings — although it's exactly this time 'limit' that put people off back in the day. Time loop games are ten-a-penny now, so if you've bounced off the game in the distant past we'd urge you to revisit it. Majora's Mask has a relatively slow opening, with the dark Deku Link section arguably putting up another barrier to entry for people expecting something more open and inviting — something more like Ocarina.
Persevere, though, and you will be rewarded with narrative that delivers some of the series' most touching, profound moments. You can keep jumping back in time as needed and additional songs can be used to manipulate time to your advantage, but you have to carefully consider your approach to a task if you are hoping to complete it before the moon comes crashing down. If you do run out of time, be sure to bank your rupees before travelling back, or your acquired wealth will be wiped out. No, it doesn't make sense, but hey, it's a video game.
Characters you — many of them strange alternate versions of people you met in Ocarina's Hyrule — encounter add immeasurably to the atmosphere. Initially unconcerned by the moon, their mood changes over the course of the three days until those who haven't fled are stuck looking on in fear as the end approaches. The music also plays a big part in this change, beginning with breezy cheerful tunes and ending up considerably more menacing towards the end.
As you make progress, more areas of the world open up to you and, as well as learning new songs, a number of masks are collected that allow you you to interact with different characters and provide some useful abilities. For example, the Deku Mask — which transforms Link into a Deku Scrub — allows you to shoot out of flowers for flight, whilst the Zora Mask is the preferred option for speedy swimming (and rocking out on an awesome fishbone axe), and the Goron Mask lets you roll around at breakneck speed.
This variety is a core part of Majora's Mask, and when you add in the innovative three-day cycle, the four main dungeons, and a rich narrative in a game that lets you follow and really get to know every single character in a manner unlike any other entry in the series, it's no surprise that there are many people who prefer Majora's Mask to the mighty Ocarina of Time.
Majora's Mask is a rich, complicated game and quite distinct from its predecessor despite appearances. As with Ocarina, the existence of the 3DS remaster only serves to highlight the game design shortcomings of the N64 original, but even if that updated version remains the 'easiest' way to get into the game — especially for newcomers — that doesn't render the original version 'unplayable' or undesirable. The fact is Majora's Mask is still magnificent, delivering the usual Zelda blend of action and adventure through a skewed, surreal lens that feels thrilling to this day and remains unique in the series. With music, visuals and characters that create an incredible mood, Majora's Mask turns watching the end of the world approach into a pleasurable experience.
Hopefully we'll see this in the U.S. soon.
I don't know if I would get this if it was re-released in North America. I do love the game and I would get it at a discount having previously bought it on the Wii. I have grown to love the controls of the 3DS remake. It just feels easier to control to me.
Let me see, I own this game on N64, GamwCube & 3DS... tempting to get again! ^w^ This game is the best of its generation, still can't believe it only too 18 months to create.
I know it's unlikely but it would be nice if the Wii U version was enhanced for HD.
Seems like a good score to mii! <3
Aside from frame rate troubles, I see no reason from not buying this. I've always been a fan of dark, that's what drew me to play Twilight Princess.
@SpykeKat Ditto in my case of Twilight Princess, well...if I was tempted to get the wii u version.
@Ed_Fairway I've had a go at Twilight Princess HD from a friend, it gives the game a whole richer feeling of you ask me.
Am I right in saying the Wii version was 60 HZ?I watched Alex's comparison video and it was but not sure if he was showing the US version.It's been years since I played it on Wii,I forget.
I've always felt this version aged better than N64 Ocarina of Time (though I would give the OoT remaster the edge over the MM remaster, both are terrific)
@SpykeKat Alright, once I'm secure with my money income and understand/trust the workings of the bank, I'll give it a buy. Probably name my character after Oki from Okami. Have you played Okami, if not then I'd definitely recommend it, you can get it fairly cheap on ebay. The copy I bought was sealed and only cost 13 quid.
@OorWullie The Wii version was 60hz and looks better, more vibrant. This should not happen! Another screw up by Nintendo on the Wii U Virtual Console!
@Ed_Fairway Awh haha yeah I wanted the game too but I got no money at the moment ^_^;;
I love Ōkami! Amaterasu!! That was the first game I got on Wii from 2007! I'd so play it again if it weren't for the sensor bar always misbehaving.
@whodatninja Yep I thought as much.I was going to upgrade it but I'm not going to bother now.It's incredible that this is still an issue in 2016.
@SpykeKat I've been there, especially with the lightning bolt sidequest. I especially loved the last section with Oki, who I always got in personality quizzes (my secret shame)
The Wii U version is like 30% darker than the Wii version (which has the original colors). Every N64 VC is like that this time around sadly.
Honestly, I can't play the N64 version after the 3DS one spoiled me. Though I played te N64 one first, I just couldn't get into it due to some archaic design choices of the times. The 3DS version took the original idea of the game and fixed all of those archaic parts, so there's not much reason to go back for me.
Why would someone buy this and play it when he/she can play it on 3ds with amazing graphics and better controls =
@peeks TV. I have the 3ds versions and the N64 originals and I replay the N64 versions because I don't want to stare at a 3ds for hours at a time. If Nintendo made a 3ds player for a home console I'd finish way more 3ds games in a more timely fashion.
So this isn't even optimised 50 Hz? From what I understand most of the 50 Hz releases thus far have been optimised to run at a speed that's similar to 60 Hz. That would be a shame, because I still like the N64 version much better.
I'll stick with the 3ds
PAL version... NOOOO!
Couldn't go back to that after playing the beautiful 3DS version.
Should really have the 3ds version. But I don't. I'll probably get this tomorrow, play the original.
Great game. I'd say in the top 3 Zelda's ever. I wish they had done the remake on Wii U. And seeing as this was uploaded today, here's a related clip that was also uploaded today.
@peeks Because they don't own a 3DS.
I don't know if I like the game or hate it I have no real clue what to do or where to go I like the time traveling but it also makes me nervous as hell.
It's a strange beast this game...
If you want a version of this game go with the 3ds version. Plain and simple.
@peeks I have the 3DS version and I'd go back to the N64 version for one reason - Zora swimming. Two main issues with it in the 3DS, one is speed. I understand why they changed and slowed it down but it just does not feel as graceful and powerful as in the original and you don't get that feeling of being an awesome Zora. And the second main reason is that there is no option whatsoever to invert the Y-axis controls. In the original the Y-axis was inverted with swimming, in the 3DS it is not and there's no option to change it and as much as I try it just doesn't feel right and I can't get used to it and it's very uncomfortable. Actually stopped playing the 3DS remake after a couple of hours as a Zora. Was really enjoying it up until that point.
I want this in America!
@TadpoleSHero Yess! forgot about the swimming. As a person who used to spend hours just freestyling as a Zora, messing up the swimming is an automatic detractor for me. What is it about the water elements that Nintendo has to nerf? Did that many kids have issues? I remember the water temple being a breeze (I had more issues with morpha itself) and didn't get all the complaints about the iron boots in OoT.
how come the Wii U's version is so dark? Nintendo has always prided themselves with quality work, but the Wii U still has a terrible N64 emulator. (o_O )
I have Ocarina of Time on both Wii U and Wii and can go back and forth pretty easily and the Wii version is way better. Sorry Nintendo. I want to buy this, but not until you fix your 64 VC games. Hopefully the NX won't have the same issue.
There's just something about Majora's Mask that I don't like. I can't really put my finger on it, but I just don't have a ton of fun while playing. I'm at the Water Temple, which is much worse than Ocarina but nowhere near as bad as Twilight Princess. I'm stuck, but that's not why I dislike playing the game.
It gets way too much credit. Majora's Mask is basically the hipster of the Zelda franchise. Everyone that says they like it says it's because of the "dark" atmosphere, but ignore the fact that it didn't tell a narrative as well and lacked as much substance as Ocarina. Ocarina of Time is the superior game, but because this is the popular opinion, hipsters have taken to Majora's Mask as the best because they see it as being overlooked compared to Ocarina, when it really wasn't. It got great reviews and sold very well at launch. It's not like Earthbound, another game made popular by hipsters, which sold horribly and was met with negative reviews. Gaming hipsters latched onto it and made it a very well-known SNES game, thus taking it into the mainstream. Majora was always popular, always well-liked and sold well, but because Ocarina was always more popular, more well-liked and sold even better, for good reason, Majora hipsters reject it as the best game. So not only do you have the fact that Majora is a really good game, but you've also got vocal hipster support, and all of a sudden it pops up at #3 on best Zelda games lists instead of where it should be in my opinion. I just think that the "dark atmosphere" isn't a reason enough to love the game over Ocarina, which is far better in every measurable way, and Twilight Princess, which was even darker. The only provided reason for liking Majora is atmosphere, which Twilight Princess had in spades. That's just my view on it, though.
This review seems to have come out of the blue. Was MM released on the Wii U eShop in EU or something?
Anyway, I already own the 3DS version so there is no reason for me to play the old version. Sure Zora swimming was changed for the worse but that's the only real negative change I can say there is. All the massive improvements are more than enough to still make the 3DS version the superior version in my eyes.
I don't think I could play the N64 version after the great 3DS remaster.
Emulators can make this game look pretty good. Wish Nintendo would try the same.
I'll wait till there's a discount on the 3DS version me thinks.
I feel like Nintendo are mostly releasing the same N64 games to the Wii U VC that they did on the Wii.
Now, I don't own a Wii U but if I did, I wouldn't rebuy them; I'd want new releases. There are plenty of Nintendo IPs from the N64 not released + few third party games. That would interest me more to see (as much as I LOVE MM).
@happylittlepigs Just my two cents. I prefer MM over OoT because it is more organic. You have a world on the brink of destruction and and still people are living their lives and having problems and successes that have nothing to do with the impending demise of a whole world (that they aren't even really aware is coming). So many smaller stories are woven together to create a more meaningful and yet still very simple narrative. The world is no longer pivoted only in focus of the conflict between good and evil...heck most of the citizens have no idea what awaits them. Unlike in OoT where the entirety of Hyrule felt the effect of ganon's rise to power and no hero to stop him.
Link is no longer a lofty, mythological hero as he is in the majority of the Zelda mythos. I say this in terms of his role as the bearer of the triforce of courage and the wielder of the master sword since his actual origins like many mythological heroes are footnotes most of the time. Instead you see this hero at a point in time that is often ignored by myths: his childhood. He still has the courage of a hero and the memories of his time as the Hero of Time but honestly at this point despite all that he is really just a kid looking for a lost friend. The counterpoint of skull kid who is also a child looking for friendship and belonging brackets this very human (mortal) story. Even majora is unique in that it doesn't lust for power. There is a hunger but even do this day given the reaction to the fierce deity mask I wonder if there is far more than a need to destroy in its actions. I will say that is the one thing that I wish Nintendo would flesh out. The manga has its own take but I don't accept that as word of Miyamoto. Ganon on the other hand is driven by a need to conquer merely for power's sake. He is evil because there must be evil in the world to balance good. Which works for a myth but fails to invoke an empathetic response (in me anyway).
Yet at the same time Link is the lynchpin in all of this. He is aware of the impending fate of the world and the scary part is if you take out the game mechanic he can't be hero to everyone. Just doing Kaifei's quest blocks out so much. Its a game of endless failure and yet endless success much like life itself. That is why it has always been one of my top three Zelda games. I played this game originally as a child and felt that gravity of the story line. Yet OoT has always felt like reading a myth...epic and fun but ultimately alien.
One of the best Nintendo games ever.
@MitchVogel I've played the originals a thousand times. If only Nintendo would remaster the 3DS remakes for Wii U. That would be amazing. I would buy a double pack of that day one!!!
@Ryu_Niiyama I never had issue with either game's water dungeons. Then again I did use a game guide!
Growing up Ocarina was my favourite but as I grew older I found myself preferring Majora for being more mature and interesting. I didn't know English very well as kid so many of the timed sidequests were lost on me, but now they're probably the best part of the game for me, aside from being badass Zoras and Gorons
@whodatninja Yep, it's a bit disappointing that this is the PAL version again and yep, the side quests made Majora's Mask a masterpiece.
Sooo, it's the 50Hz version, and it runs in 480p like on the GameCube/Wii?
Seriously though, things like that can't really break this game. It's still great.
Anyone who chooses to play this over the 3DS remake needs to see a doctor.
I could never go back to N64 version. The 3DS remake blows it out the water.
@kobashi100 Agreed, the 3DS versions of both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are better than the original games. Now Ocarina of Time 3D is discounted and probably Majora's Mask 3D will be discounted too. You guys should get OoT 3D if you haven't yet.
@kobashi100 Or as some of us stated we have our own reasons. No doctor needed. Glad you enjoy the 3ds versions.
@whodatninja Sigh I really hate the fact that it will look like I've typed way less text but when I post it... it is a brick wall. Good job on stepping outside your comfort zone and playing games outside your native language as a kid! I did the same with Japanese games growing up.
Edit: I never used a guide but I'm a firm believer of Zelda Logic (Meaning that because the game was helmed by Miyamoto who then personally trained Aonuma Zelda games follow a certain pattern). However I also believe that one Zelda game has to break you in so that you "get" the patterns that the dev team uses. Lucky for me my trial by fire was LttP. After I beat that game the rest of them have been smooth sailing. I'd say the only problem is that I now approach all adventure games like a zelda game.
How is this not in HD yet???
I adore the original versions of the N64 Zeldas but there is absolutely no excuse to give out money for the inferior and terrible 50hz versions.
I'll stick with the 3DS version but i'm still dissapointed that Nintendo still refuses to listen to its European fans and cut this 50hz nonsense out already.
@Mrclaycoat because they remastered it for the 3DS instead.
My first and favorite Zelda game, I simply love the dark theme, the masks and the transformations. And man, this game used to scare the hell out of me when I was a kid. XD
@Ryu_Niiyama "Walls of text" just show that you're passionate about the subject!
And very few games were translated to Danish so kids like me had no other option. Basically the first 5 or so years of my gaming life, I had little idea what I was supposed to do in most games! I asked my parents for help, but they didn't understand how video games worked. Gaming really did help me becoming fluent in English early in my life!
No guides???! Then you're a more honourable gamer than I
Though it's not like I use guides all the time, but sometimes (to my everlasting shame) I get so frustratingly stuck, that I need just a little nudge in the right direction.
Guess we'll be waiting till the end of the year for this.
After all, we just got Super Mario RPG.
Finally, I get the chance to employ the use of restore points on this game. This allows for me to perfect a 12 day 100% run, unlocking Epona during the first post-prologue cycle. That's always the hardest challenge.
I suffered doing this in the Wii version, and thanks to some questionable design choices, I was unable to do this in the 3DS remake. They sped up the slowed clock. I could no longer unlock Epona on day 1.
@Ryu_Niiyama Good work, you've nicely summed up all the reasons that Majora's Mask continues to stand the test of time better than others.
Lol, thanks. Just gave the reasons it moved me as a kid and then is still one of my go tos as an adult. Didn't actually think others would agree.
This is a great, odd, Zelda game.
Sometimes, it feels MM steps out the Zelda formula, but still manages to be Zelda, while giving the game a never seen before (or after) fresh feel.
I'm not one that buys remakes or ports of games I have already played, but Majora's Mask is the only one to which I have a hard time struggling desire against personal reason.
...I may end up buying it again.
It's not even fair to pit Majora against its own series. But, nothing wrong with being a good inevitable number two.
@happylittlepigs Like you, I didn't really like the game and I realized that by the time I was about to begin the water dungeon and since haven't played to completion. I can't cite anything particularly wrong with it. I want to say its rigid structure was a factor in losing interest. Maybe it was just a case of preference.
Don't forget your booties because it's cold out there.
Regardless of the version of it (seriously, stop bickering about that), it’s a fantastic game and one of the best Zelda games. Top 5 easily
Will never be for me. Playing an entire game with a timer is just no fun to me. At least I'll always have OoT (unlike NSO expansion members).
The last real good Zelda game in my opinion until Breath of the Wild.
I do enjoy this game but I’m not a fan of speed running games. This feels like forced speed running sort of to me. You miss a lot of the game’s beauty! It stresses me out too.
That being said I did beat the game back in the day and just about finished it on 3DS so it’s not unplayable for me… it’s just I wish you didn’t HAVE to rush through a lot of it.
@GrailUK there’s a hidden scene at the end of the game where Link and Zelda look at each other on the porch of Hyrule castle and Link says “Let’s live here” and an orchestrated version of that Nat King Cole song plays as they walk off into the distance. It’s wonderful but you have to be real quick when you enter the secret code or else’s you miss it.
The game that gave us Tingle and toilet hand man. One of the all time greats.
Just a reminder for people with a 3DS that its warranty is expired, Homebrew is an option, and there is a mod that transforms Grezzo's remake into something that isn't littered with questionable decisions outside of a harmless fishing minigame. It's called Project Restoration, and I have trouble going back to the original N64 version because of how much better MM3D:PR plays, especially since I can't get my hands on that elusive N64 controller!
How are the controls with joycons?
Tried this game a few times, never really got into it. The core mechanic just seems to conflict with the appeal of a Zelda game and exploration games in general, you want to take your time and discover things at your own leisure but you can't really do that in this game because the timer is too short to allow that, even with the Inverted Song of Time. Agreed with the notion that this game is basically designed for speed running, and that limits its appeal.
Would love HD remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask on Switch. Imagine running them at 1080p 60fps and Nintendo adds free camera movement (like in Skyward Sword HD)
Too bad NSO doesn’t include the instruction manuals. Or include QR codes like the mini consoles.
@Tandy255 if only there were some resource where you can search for any information you need….
Meh, it's a 10/10, as long as you can deal with the graphics. The 3DS remake is a 9/10 because the quality of life features lessen the fantasy of a time loop.
It was only recently that I realised this game is the reason my favourite games, books, and movies generally have a time loop element to them. This game blew my ten year old mind and is my absolute favourite Zelda game. Played through that “annoying” first section this morning in about an hour so now down to the nitty gritty. Love it.
3 days to survive Yoko Taro.
@EdFairway Yeah this game is a gem.
Since you mention framerate: Maybe one day someone can explain to me why emulations can't run at higher framerates than the originals. Processing power must be more than enough, so it's probably due to something fundamental computer science runtime CPU cycles binary compile shmabob zabang.
Damn I remember commenting on this, is it really 6 years already?
I often go back to this on my N64 but admittedly I don't enjoy it quite as much as Ocarina of Time. This is kinda silly but I also miss Navi too and despite what most people think I actually find her really cute the way she says hey listen or just listen 😅
"An unwelcoming opening section"
LIES! Literally the best opening of any Zelda game.
Front flips, side flips, trippy nightmare sequence, the emotion of losing Epona, hide and seek, squabbling fairy siblings, Clock Town, the music, the Skull Kid, the impending doom of the moon, feeling like you're supposed to beat the whole game in 3 days and feeling like that's totally impossible. (I'm talking about the first time you play the game and don't know you can rewind time). It's absolutely incredible!
What can I say? The best The Legend of Zelda game along with Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess.
Anyone that is subbed to the service, congrats, this is a game that is very well worth it.
This review read more like a 5/10 🙃
I would add A Link to the Past too as one of the best Zelda games.
I've never been able to get into Majora's Mask. I bought it when it came out for N64, I bought it for Virtual Console, and I bought the 3DS version. I don't think I've ever finished more than 20% of the game. It just doesn't feel like a Zelda game to me, although I'm not giving up and am determined to actually finish the 3DS version at some point.
I would have preferred a 2-pack with both the 3DS remasters. I'd probably have been willing to plunk down $60...
@sketchturner He´s not referring to the intro. He´s talking about the first gameplay part, with Link as a Deku trapped in Clock Town which is really an unwelcoming way to start the game gameplaywise.
I cannot deal with these old graphics. No way. I think these N64 games have aged very badly.
Better get it on 3DS before the eShop shuts down then!
Whatever bad things people said about the 3DS version is a bit overexaggerated, in my opinion. The game still has a lot of benefits that feel like they outweigh the flaws.
I beat the 3ds version and and the N64 version is much harder to save data I am not sure if that's better or worse.
@Don Yep, A Link to the Past, too.
@Mattock1987 No need for snark. It would be nice to have the instruction manuals included with NSO to be viewed in all their glory on a large screen TV. Nice instruction manuals are a lost art.
@Tandy255 fair enough, that’s actually a good point- it’s a shame that paper instruction manuals are a thing of the past
@happylittlepigs Or, you know, people might prefer MM over OoT because it has a much denser world packed with meaningful side content, a gripping atmosphere, and an utterly unique approach to game progression, whereas OoT was pretty much just the ALttP formula translated into 3D.
OoT placed way too much of an emphasis on the dungeon-crawling aspect, leaving the overworld portions feeling bare and boring as a result. While MM might have less of an emphasis on dungeons, the non-dungeon gameplay feels equally significant.
I'm deeply impressed with how different it is from any other game I've ever played, let along other games in this particular series, despite launching right after OoT.
I think the reason it's difficult for emulators to run games at higher frame rates than they originally were is simply down to how old the games are. It's like using an app or software to change a 360p picture to 4K resolution. It's just never going to look good.
I love OoT ever so slightly more than MM but I've never heard someone say something I agree with more than this.
The N64 Zelda's haven't aged well. Long live the Cube duo.
Prefer this version over 3ds any day the boss battles are much better compared to the remaster and always prefered the bombers notebook design.
Wow…had time to beat it again already?… 🤔
This could just be me because I'm so used to just playing the Inverted Song of Time but does everything in the game feel like it's running too fast to anyone else?
Edit: The time is only like that for the introductory Deku Link segment. Forgot that was a thing.
I do love this game. Is it better that OoT? I dunno
I just love the ‘Astral Observatory’ music in Majora’s Mask. I could listen all day long
Replayed this Nov/Dec 2020. Loved it still. Classic.
Ive hear this is the best Zelda, i have it on 3ds which to me its the definitive edition but just when i was around to play it my 3ds broke and i havent replace it just yet
@PixelSprixie you've bought it 3 times, just emulate it already lol
OoT over MM anyday for me.
Its been a while, but I always found MM more "linear" and more forced - less variety in puzzle solving.
This feeds into the limited time mechanic, where the game intentionally limits your ability to explore.
OoT is so much fun "doing nothing", hanging around Hyrule field, and other areas, with the day/night cycle, and enemies changing. MM loses that.
I played this on the 3ds and I really, really wanted to like this. The story, atmosphere, the three day cycle (sometimes), the side quests, masks, music etc. we're all so great but it was also seriously tedious. Unfortunately it killed the game for me at about 16 hours if I recall (I needed to get those 4 fish I think for the aquarium).
But I still got some worthwhile memories from playing this game so it was still worth experiencing.
@happylittlepigs I'm not sure what your argument here is. You say the game is popular, sold well and is a "really good game" but then you claim hipsters have over inflated its reputation and it doesn't deserve it?
The real "best N64 Zelda game"!
If Nintendo really wants us to keep buying the same games repeatedly, they could have released this game with Ocarina of Time on the Switch like Mario 3D All Stars.
I have this on Wii along with Ocarina of Time and I actually own them and my saves unlike with the service that Nintendo Online provides.
@LUIGITORNADO I think the design and flow of the N64 games are better. Twilight Princess is so slow. Wind Waker has a great first half but the second half isn't as good imo.
If anyone’s wondering, I left my personal review of the game on the forums. Not trying to self-promote or anything, I just thought this would be an appropriate place to put this.
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