Posts in category: Majora’s Mask

The Importance of One-Offs in Zelda

RabbitLinkOne-Off: noun. Something occurring, done, or made only once.

For being relatively common, one-offs are rarely given any spotlight in the Zelda franchise. This is unfair; the importance of singular moments with different mechanics or a different tone from the rest of the game cannot be understated. From the Romani Ranch side quest in Majora’s Mask to The Sand Sea in Skyward Sword, I’m going to take a look at some of my favorite unique moments from the history of The Legend of Zelda and briefly show their importance in the game as a whole.

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My Zelda Story: From A Link to the Past to A Link Between Worlds

The-Legend-of-Zelda-A-Link-Between-Worlds-vs.-A-Link-to-the-Past-46 What is the Legend of Zelda to you? Is it simply a game that you enjoy to pass the time with, or is it something more meaningful? Have you been enjoying journeys through Hyrule for most of your life, or have you only recently tried your hand at your first adventure as Link, the hero in green? We all have our stories, playing these games, finding inspiration from them and always wishing for more adventures to enjoy on the latest Nintendo hardware.

For me The Legend of Zelda has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was born into it more or less, and I have vague memories of watching family members playing A Link to the Past, and later on, Ocarina of Time as I grew up. But I was around 7 years old when I played my first Zelda game. My family wasn’t exactly wealthy as I was growing up and I have a lot of siblings. So when my parents found an SNES and a few games at a yard sale, my siblings and I were on cloud nine. A Link to the Past happened to be one of those games. It’s funny, the cartridge already had two save files that were pretty far into the game, and, as any normal person or gamer would do, I deleted those games so my siblings and I could have our own save files. However, for some reason, two of my brothers got so mad at me for deleting those games and making them start from the beginning. This is the moment that I first experienced Zelda for myself, and it’s a fond, silly memory. That said, though, my Zelda story is actually a rather short one. Even though 13 years or so followed that memory and I had played the majority of the Zelda games released over that time, I had never really considered how much the Zelda series meant to me then. At least, not until A Link Between Worlds was released.

Make the jump to hear my Zelda story. You can also check out Jon and Mark’s Zelda stories, and be sure to be on the look out for more of the staff’s Zelda journeys.

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Gossip Stone: Does a Zelda Game’s Appearance Affect its Reception?

COVER real There are an almost endless number of factors that contribute to the commercial appeal of a videogame– gameplay, functionality, developer, rating– but a game isn’t going to sell if it isn’t pleasing to the eye, at least in some capacity. We can judge by the turbulent behavior following the reveal of Wind Waker’s art style or Skyward Swords’ downgraded graphics that appearance does matter within the Zelda series. So let’s take a look at some of the varied Zelda visual styles and how they affected the games’ initial and later receptions after the jump!

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GameStop Opens Pre-orders for Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid Figures

With pre-orders for the Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid figures popping up across the online shopping world, GameStop has decided to throw its hat into the ring as well. The figures are now available for pre-order on GameStop’s website at the price of $46.99, plus shipping. Another exciting bit of news is, according to GameStop’s website, the figures will be released on March 15th. For more details about the pre-order listing and pictures of the Nendoroid figure, hit the jump!

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Rozen Releases His Latest Album, “Time Once Lost”

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 10.10.30 AMFrom the musical goodness of composer and video game arranger that brought us the mini album “King of Light and Shadow” as well as “Fi’s Farewell” and “Midna’s Lament, Rozen releases a new album. This time dedicated Majora’s Mask, called “Time Once Lost”. This album contains a total of ten different tracks such as “In the streets of Clock Town” and “Astral Observatory”, the album is available for purchase right now on Loudr. With over thirty minutes of music to enjoy, its with checking out, click on the link and see what you think? How do you like some of Rozen’s previous music releases? What Zelda title would you like to see him tackle the music for next?

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Legend of Zelda Mods Available for Fallout 4

thing Fallout 4 was one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, and the freedom of its open-world gameplay mechanics surely struck a chord with Zelda fans who are hoping Zelda Wii U will achieve the same level of player-autonomy. Since we’ve got to wait for quite some time before Zelda Wii U’s release, why not modify the Fallout 4 experience to be a little more like Zelda? It is possible to alter the texture of two swords in the game to look like the Master Sword, pimp-out your Pip-Boy to reflect your love of the Zelda series, and give yourself a fright by placing the Majora’s Mask moon in the night sky.

See these mods and find out how to install them after the jump!

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64 Things Wrong with Majora’s Mask, Part 5

RFK Title ScreenRecently returned to the sequel of the series that made him big, the channel Really Freakin’ Clever run by musical afficianado Josh M. With a five month hiatus between the previous episode and this one, he has finally released part 5 of the series. This time he tackles the Great Bay area, alongside the much-maligned Great Bay Temple. Watch the video after the jump!
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Zelda Theory: Parallel Worlds of Lorule and Termina

HyruleThe timeline for the Zelda series has been under a lot of scrutiny since it was published in the Hyrule Historia. As a result, all sorts of theories have sprung up about how the games are interlinked and, as an extension, how all the incarnations of Zelda, Link and Ganondorf are connected. In Ocarina of Time we hear the tale of how three golden goddesses created the land of Hyrule but what if that wasn’t the only land they created? In a recent video by YouTuber VortexxyGaming, she takes a look at a theory suggesting when Hyrule was created, so were Termina and Lorule. Their pasts were very similar to Hyrule but a few decisions were made differently that caused the worlds to become so different.

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Clock Town (Downtown Parody)

clock townA YouTuber by the name of Laura Intravia created a very light hearted Majora’s Mask parody of “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It referenced things such as the dance from the old Japanese SNES commercials and Ben drowned which is a cult classic. It was good to see the amount of effort put into the music video and that they put lots of references in. Intravia managed to get a good amount of people to help with the production and used some in game footage which was a very nice touch. The video is done to a high quality and the resources present were used well.
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Lorerunner Analyzes Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask

imageSince 2012, Lorerunner — formerly Archengeia — has been my favorite YouTube personality. With his minimalist approach to production, he excels through pure commentary. The guy’s insightful interpretations, coupled with his infectious enthusiasm, often have me revisiting particular games with a fresh perspective. Throughout the past several months, he has been exploring the underlying themes of each individual Zelda title. This past week in particular has seen the release of ruminations on both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Each discussion clocks in at nearly an hour and a half, but they’re definitely worth listening to. Theory crafters and lore aficionados, especially, should find a lot to love. Check out both videos after the jump.

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Guitar Cover Of Astral Observatory By 72HoursRemaining

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.06.45 AMWith so much amazing music emerging from The Legend of Zelda series, there  is no shortage of talented musicians creating beautiful covers to honor songs to emerge from the franchise. One such duo that simply oozes talent is 72HoursRemaining. You might remember the pair from their cover of the end credits from The Wind Waker that we recently featured here at ZD. Now, they are back again and this time with a cover of possibly one of the most heart wrenchingly beautiful songs and places from Majora’s Mask, Astral Observatory.


“This, to us, is the embodiment of Majora’s Mask, and why we love the game. It’s atmospheric, emotional, dark and beautiful. When we played live, we described this song as being about “finding a safe place in a world destined to perish”, and we stand by that.”

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The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Hijinks – Part 2

links hyjinx part 2A very interesting and humorous Zelda comic was created by Nintendo and it is called The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Hijinks. There is now a second part to the comic in which it continues on from when Link obtains the red 3DS. It is quite interesting to see what Nintendo can do to promote their games and this was definitely both a fun and creative way for them to promote Majora’s Mask 3D.

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Music From Majora’s Mask Found In Tri Force Heroes Minigame

MM clock town music easter egg TFHWe have already shared with you that you that in a fantastic little mini-game found in the lobby of Tri Force Heroes you can discover some music from previous titles but in a recent GameXplain video they showed off little more of what they found. When the player uncovers a ball that acts as a music box they can hit it and it will play various tunes, including the Clock Town theme.

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