At 1998, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. It was an best selling game at the time with 7.6 million being sold with everyone loving it and still to this day been called one of the greatest games of all time. After its release, Nintendo decide to make an sequel that toke two years of production less than the time to make OoT. Originally the sequel was going to be released on the Nintendo64DD but due to bad sales in Japan, it was switch to Nintendo 64. This was finally released in 2000 as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
The plot is that Link leaves Hyrule to look for his friend, While looking around in the forest on his horse. A Skull Kid wearing an odd looking mask with two faries Tatl and Tael appears, steals his ocarina, and his horse. Link chases after him and ends up in a cave where Skull Kid transforms him into a deku. As Skull Kid leaves, Tatl gets separated from him and Tael and she teams up with Link to find them. They end up inside the Clock Tower with a Happy Mask Salesman where they made a deal that if he can get the mask back from Skull Kid, than the Salesman can turn Link back to normal. In the three days, they learn that the moon is going to crash. At midnight of the third day, the team confronts Skull Kid and Tael tells them to find four giants from different locations. Link manages to take the ocarina back and remembers the song of time. He plays it and he is back at the first day. The Mask Salesman turns you back to normal than realize he doesn’t have the mask. The Salesman reveals to Link that Majora’s Mask has an evil power that has potential to destroy everything. Link then have to find whatever the four giants are to stop the moon.
The gameplay remains the same from OoT like you solve puzzles, kill emeries, using the songs to get by, and doing optional side quests with new additions. One is the time limit, you have 3 days that is about 54 minutes to find what you are looking for. If you don’t play the song of time in time, the moon falls and destroys everything. When you play the song, it takes you back to day one while losing items like money, arrows, and bombs. It also saves when you play the song. Another way to save is at owl statues you encounter during the jounary. There is a song that slows the time limit giving you more time to do sidequest or go through the dungeon. The second additions is the masks, they are two different types of masks. One type that you transforms into the mask you put on like you put on a deku mask than you transform into a deku. Each mask you find has different abilibes useful at locations when it’s needed. The other type is the mask you use that has secondary effects that affect certions part of the game but doesn’t transform you, like if you wear an bunny hat than you can move faster.
The things I enjoy are the story. I love how it well thought out it is, the concepts work well and while it’s darker than OoT, it works really well and different from what they usually do. The atmosphere works very well to the dark themes the game has. The gameplay is still good with the controls good, and the time limit system I personally don’t mind seeing as its fits with the story making the experience interesting. The music while takes some songs from OoT is pretty good and it does a great job in capturing the mood and making you feel about the event you watching. While I enjoyed this game a lot, they are some things people might be annoyed with. The time limit may be very annoying to people who prefer to explore with no time limit and people may not like the limits on the save feature.
Overall this game may not be anyone's type of game but I love it for the darker storyline, music, gameplay, and interesting concepts. I recommend trying this one out.