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Building Meaning in Majora’s Mask

moon3DNext spring many of you will begin adventuring through the fully three dimensional world of Termina! Some will be adventuring there for the 100th time, while many others will be having their first taste of it. And what an experience awaits those first timers!

Majora’s Mask is a game that has really managed to connect deeply with a lot of people. For me personally, Majora’s Mask ranks as the most emotionally involving game I’ve ever played, and I know I’m not the only one to say this. There are many reasons why it has affected people the way it has, and with its remake only a few months away, I thought now would be a good time to review some of them.

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Hiding Behind Masks: The Emotional Depth in Majora’s Mask Examined

is_that_your_true_face__by_littlemarie4-d5k4b2g“Majora’s Mask” is a tale of loneliness, betrayal, love, mortality, and unholy power– and that’s why we love it. Unlike any other Zelda game, “Majora’s Mask” is able to reach into the darkest depths of a gamer’s subconscious and drudge up all of the forgotten underlying reasons the gamer had begun playing video games in the first place. Majora attacked our weaknesses, and we were glad for it.

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Official Amiibo Site Launches

amiiboLinkNintendo’s new Amiibo figures become available on November 21st, 2014. To support the launch, Nintendo has put up an official Amiibo website with gameplay trailers, the lineups of available (and upcoming) characters, and of course links to buy them. Check out the highlights after the jump!
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Tatltael: Zelda Wii U Story and Tone Speculation

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Since the announcement of Zelda Wii U, limited details regarding the game’s plot have been spared– leaving plenty of room open for interpretation. Written by one of our very own forum users, Tatltael, has mused an intriguing speculation concerning the story, tone, and other details worth noting that could have otherwise been easily overlooked. You can read all about it after the jump. Read more…

Aonuma Gives Details on Development and Features of Majora’s Mask 3D

MMsaveIn the wake of the news that Majora’s Mask will be remade for the 3DS, Eiji Aonuma has posted his thoughts over on Miiverse. Although he might not be able to reveal too much for the time being, he spared some insight regrading the development and features of Majora’s Mask 3D. Click the jump for further discussion and Aonuma’s Miiverse post.
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A Link Between Worlds and the Zelda Formula

ALBW Pic A Link Between Worlds is a game that’s equal parts entertaining and fascinating. Nintendo said they were trying to rewrite the so-called “Zelda Formula” with ALBW, but that begs the question: what exactly IS the Zelda Formula? Moreover, did the development team succeed in breaking it? Reviewers certainly thought so. However, when you take a closer look at both the game and the Zelda Formula, it becomes apparent that it is far more complicated than that.

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Fascinating Survey Results: First and Favorite Zelda Game

Link_and_Zelda_(Ocarina_of_Time)What was your first Zelda game? Would you say it’s your favorite out of the series? How many Zelda games have you played? Recently, an extensive survey was conducted by a curious fan of the Zelda franchise, answering these questions and so many more. In fact, there’s such a plethora of information that was gathered, it can’t possibly be confined to a single article, so I’ll be sharing data concerning my earlier inquiries. While I’m sure some results won’t be very surprising, others may shock you. I hope you like math!

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A Secret and Personal Journey

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The following article was originally released at Zelda Informer on Valentine’s Day.

It goes without saying that it contains spoilers for games all throughout The Legend of Zelda series, including the most recent installment, A Link Between Worlds.

This article is dedicated to those who came before, those who will come after, and—most of all—to those who were there all along.

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Crafting the Ideal Legend of Zelda: An Open World and ‘Field Battle’

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After years of immersion in playing, analyzing and just being a fan of The Legend of Zelda series, everyone comes to have their own ideas—sometimes even obscure fantasies—about what their ideal Zelda game would entail. Online communities are full of fans with opinions to share, including plot-lines from the tangible to the impossible.

Of all these fan wishes for the upcoming Zelda Wii U installment due out in 2015 (which I will call Zelda U), two concepts unanimously continue to rise to the top of the collective fanbase’s list. There’s the desire for the lush expansive world to explore and the wish for a large-scale war taking place within.

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Lyrical Associations with The Legend of Zelda

Lyrical Associations with The Legend of Zelda

A childhood obsession with The Legend of Zelda series is a difficult thing to put behind you as an adult. All it takes is the crow of a bird to send my mind into a spiral of nostalgia, reminiscing about the first time I gazed upon the sheer terror of Ganon’s Castle in Ocarina of Time.

The Legend of Zelda has never provided us with an ending song such as Xenoblade Chronicles’ ‘Beyond the Sky’ or The Last Story’sToberu Mono.’ Never has the series ended with a song that succinctly sums up the experience of the game through verse.

That’s why when I listen to the lyrics of some songs, I just can’t help but let my mind wonder back to those times spent with a controller in hand, Link on my screen and an adventure beckoning. The following is a look at some lyrics from songs that I have come to associate with The Legend of Zelda.

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Minecraft’s Version Of Zelda’s Main Theme

download (1)If any of you are familiar with the popular game Minecraft then you know that it’s a creative building game that allows players to create constructions out of textured cubes. One Minecrafter is a also a fan of our favorite game. YouTube user Mini Jimbo went through the tedious task of placing blocks in such a way that they make sounds when they fall a certain way and not just any sound, but the main theme from many of the Zelda games.

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Fan Made Majora’s Mask

Preview There are so many artists that have made awesome versions of Majora’s Mask, yet this campaign for a Kickstarter by Camille Young is by far the most creative. Camille has created “Oni” masks, meaning devil or demon from Japanese literature. The masks resemble Majora’s Mask and are made from resin that she casted and carved herself! She has gathered a group of artists to paint their own wearable Majora’s Masks with their own style! The masks even have a black mesh in the corner of the eyes so that whoever is wearing the mask will be able to see. She is planning on selling blank and painted Oni masks by different artists on a Kickstarter that should be coming soon. Hit the jump to see final versions of the masks!

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2012’s Zelda Fan-Film, “ESCAPE”, Becoming Feature-Length Film

Capture A little over a year ago, a channel on YouTube called BaruchFilms released a highly popular short film based on the Legend of Zelda, called ESCAPE. The director of the video has now released his announcement video for a feature-length adaptation of ESCAPE, called PRINCESS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.

For all the details, hit the jump and watch the announcement trailer!

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