Majora’s Mask 3D features numerous changes from its original version on the Nintendo 64, and it in turn offers us unique insights into how the minds behind the Zelda series have changed over time. By examining differences between the remake and the original, we can explore the possible motivations behind these changes and learn how the perspectives and opinions of Nintendo’s finest may have shifted and varied over the past fifteen years. Specifically, through the study of certain magical abilities that have been altered for Majora’s Mask 3D, we can reveal a fundamental shift in the mindset concerning magic power in the Zelda games.
We began by discussing the Deku Bubble and how its changes show this shift by degrading one of the game’s early lessons about conserving magic. Today we’ll be continuing our study of magical abilities by focusing on the next of Link’s transformations, Goron Link. Although his particular ability has not seen such obvious changes as his Deku counterpart’s, there is still much that we can glean about Nintendo’s mindset by looking at the more subtle differences in the remade title.
Without further ado, let’s begin today’s analysis.