In an announcement that was less of an if but when, Nintendo confirmed that dark horse franchise favorite The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will release Spring 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Originally released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64, Majora’s Mask continued the time travelling 3D adventure standard created in 1998’s Ocarina of Time. A noticeably darker toned game, Majora’s Mask tasked Link with the prevention of the moon’s inevitable crash into the earth below.
The announcement had been suspected in many circles, especially after Big N inserted little nods to the game in the form of bonus items in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Smash Bros. 3DS and most notably in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and creator Shigeru Miyamoto both cited the strong popularity of the series and assured fans that their voices were being heard, despite the lack of an announcement.
Majora’s Mask is a welcome addition to an already thriving 3DS library, especially considering the strong performance of Ocarina of Time back in 2011. While a bit of an underperformer back in 2000, Majora’s should benefit from the 3DS install base and the curiosity gained from its vocal cult Internet following. Personally, I haven’t played Majora’s Mask yet and am looking forward to giving it a whirl. The game will feature refined visuals and character models and support for the 3D feature of the 3DS.