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Near the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo graced gamers with what is arguably the greatest Zelda game of all time: A Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. While the 3DS version game didn't feature much in the way of changes or additions to the Nintendo 64 original, gamers everywhere were just satisfied to finally play this classic on the go. After the release of Ocarina of Time, a release of Majora's Mask felt like a sure thing; after all, the games released on the same system, used the same engine, and if the 3DS could handle Ocarina of Time, then it could surely handle Majora's Mask. While those fans ended up having to wait a few years, their patience was rewarded when the spectacular Majora's Mask was finally released on the Nintendo 3DS.

If you've never played Majora's Mask, the story and gameplay are a bit different from your typical Zelda game. In Majora's Mask, the world will end in 72 hours, meaning Link will constantly be racing against the clock to complete side-quests and dungeons; however, Link can reset the world at any time, starting the countdown again. All items and dungeons he completes stay completed, so the game becomes a careful mix of time management and exploration, as there are many secrets to uncover in the world; not to mention, most dungeons need to be unlocked before you can access them. Masks, first introduced in Ocarina of Time, play a more central role in the story, as equipping masks gives Link new powers. For example, one mask gives Link the ability to swim underwater, while another lets him roll around as a Goron.

Newcomers and veterans can rest easy knowing that Majora's Mask on the 3DS is a perfect port of the Nintendo 64 game. Everything from the gameplay to the graphics are recreated perfectly, with the game making full use of its new hardware. For example, having the inventory screen on the touchscreen makes swapping masks a breeze (and you'll be swapping masks frequently), and players who play this game on the New 3DS will find new camera control options available to them. The game's controls translate perfectly to the 3DS; in fact, it will be difficult for veterans to go back to the Nintendo 64 version of the game after experiencing it here.

Majora's Mask also features a number of “quality of life” enhancements designed to make the game more accessible and remove some of the frustration of the original. Some bosses have been redesigned, and some of the dungeons have been made a bit more streamlined. In addition, you now have the ability to control time to a greater degree and set in-game reminders of events that will happen – perfect for maximizing each day to its fullest.

Majora's Mask was one of the best games released on the Nintendo 64 and, years later, it is one of the best games released on the 3DS. If you've yet to play this entry in the series, don't hesitate to buy it when it releases on February 13th, 2015. If you've already played it, this release gives you the perfect reason to take a stroll down memory lane and relive this classic. While Majora's Mask is a different experience from any Zelda game past or present, it's one that is absolutely worth experiencing if you are a fan of the series.


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