Majora’s Mask is sometimes considered one of the black sheep of the Legend of Zelda games. In this game, originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000, Link isn’t set out on a quest in Hyrule to save Princess Zelda. Instead, it’s a brand new experience for our hero.
Many people are put off from playing Majora’s Mask due to the three day “time limit,” but there’s a lot to love that makes it one of the best Zelda titles of all time. Here are 10 reasons why Majora’s Mask is still worth playing 20 years later.
Majora’s Mask goes beyond the typical Zelda formula of “Link saves Zelda and Hyrule from Ganon.”
Instead, it’s a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time in which our hero is on a personal journey to find his old partner, Navi. As he rides his horse Epona through a mysterious forest, he is attacked by a Skull Kid wearing a mask.
After a chase, Link falls through a dark tunnel that transports him to the land of Termina, where the Skull Kid curses him by turning him into a Deku Scrub. The Skull Kid has summoned the moon to fall onto Termina in exactly three days, so Link starts a new quest to stop this from happening.
On the journey to save Termina, you can learn so much about the land, its residents, and the Skull Kid himself. The story is much more developed than any Zelda game that came before it.
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