Nintendo has announced it will be re-releasing the cult classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for it’s trailblazing handheld in the spring of 2015, which is also the 15th anniversary of it’s release.
As the follow-up to the genre-defining classic, Ocarina of Time, fans will recall that Majora’s Mask had some pretty big shoes to fill upon it’s original release back in 2000. Unsurprisingly, many gamers were a bit put off by the change in tone, and the lack of recognizable Zelda lore in the entry. In the time since, however, public opinion has turned around, marking Majora’s Mask as a sort of critical darling, with some critics even going as far as to call it the best entry in the series.
Majora’s Mask is also notable for being one of the only Zelda games to be a direct sequel to it’s predecessor, as the series’ protagonists are most often reincarnated versions of the previous hero, rather than the same person. Nintendo historians will also recall that Majora’s Mask was one of the few notable titles which required the N64 Expansion Pack, an awkward marketing move that required players to fork out roughly $120.00 to play the game at the time of release.
With all of the retro Zelda titles covered at this point in the remake department, one wonders if this trend can possibly continue, or if the Nintendo remakes will possibly move on to another series…say, Metroid, for example? We can always hope.