Classic Gaming- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: (2000)

We all remember The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask one of the first Nintendo 64 games to be released at the start of the new millennium.  The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask is known to be the sequel to the popular Ocarina of Time game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998.  There were many things about Majora’s Mask that was interesting from start to finish.  The opening cutscene was probably among the best of any of the Zelda games because it did a great job for setting the atmosphere before you start playing.    The creepy laughter in the beginning was a nice touch because it added to the dark tone the creators were trying to set for Majora’s Mask.  As dark as Majora’s Mask was the soundtrack of the game felt somewhat lighthearted which made everything seem less ominous and more enjoyable.   The transitions from cutscenes to actual gameplay is one of the many things that makes Majora’s Mask exciting.

Majora’s Mask features control icons on the screen that helps players navigate through each level with various different actions such as: shoot, attack, dive and jump.  The gameplay for Majora’s Mask along with the plot for this game really grabbed the attention of many people.   The plot for this game focuses on Link travelling three days into the past where he must stop the moon from falling and destroying Termina.  The catastrophic events in regards to the fall of the moon was set into place after Skull Kid had stolen Majora’s Mask.  The game itself is enjoyable because it provides a different vibe than what many people are used to from Zelda games.  Also, unlike its predcessor Ocarina of Time this game requires a 4MB expansion Pak since it exceeded the RAM of the Nintendo 64 by twice the amount.  Since the game engine for Majora’s Mask was similar to that of Ocarina of Time it was a bit surprising that this game required 8 RAM.

While playing Majora’s Mask players encounter many interesting stages including Green Bay & Snowhead Temple which some people would agree were among the most difficult levels in the game depending on who you ask.    Also, you engage in many tough boss battles in this game against the likes of Gyorg, Odolwa, and Twinmold.  After battling these bosses a couple of times defeating will be no problem as you continue to progress throughout the game.  This action adventure game was praised by various gaming publications including IGN, GameSpot, Famitsu and Game Informer following its release.  Majora’s Mask had also received a pretty sweet remake over four ago for the Nintendo 3DS.  Ever since its release this game was been looked at as one of the best action adventure games for the Nintendo 64 along with Ocarina of Time.  Even though, the Nintendo 3DS version of Majora’s Mask includes highly refined graphics some would argue that its not quite the same as playing the original for the Nintendo 64.


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