The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask


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Misty-eyed Miyamoto's Nintendo nostalgia.

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma

Extensive video and text interview with the spirit of the Zelda series.

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Reviving Ocarina of Time's long-lost Ura expansion

Reviving Ocarina of Time's long-lost Ura expansion

Meet the Zelda 64 modders who turned back the clock.

The Legend of Zelda series has always dabbled in alternate realities - mirror worlds, sunken pasts, waking dreams, futures that might have been. This is the story of one such lost future, a dream originally dreamt by the developers of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, kept alive by a fervent underground community of fans, modders and artists. It's the tale of a version of Ocarina of Time which is, somehow, both a tangible fact and an eternally deferred Holy Grail, always quested for, never quite grasped - the reworked "Ura" edition that was once planned for release alongside the Nintendo 64's ill-fated 64DD peripheral, tantalising elements of which can still be uncovered on a Zelda 64 cartridge today.

For its age, the 64DD was a fairly magical piece of kit, armed with internet connectivity backed up by a rudimentary gaming network, a real-time clock and support for rewriteable 64MB magnetic discs. Besides giving developers vastly more storage to play with at a fraction of the cost of the N64's existing cartridge format, it would have allowed players to craft their own textures, characters and levels into games like F-Zero and share them over the internet - years before “user-generated content” became an industry buzzword.

For a while, the 64DD was Nintendo's favourite son: in a December 1997 interview, Shigeru Miyamoto claimed that “almost every” new N64 game in production was designed to make use of it. But the add-on was a troubled project from inception, pegged for a 1996 launch only to wallow in development hell till 1999, when it saw a limited release in Japan as part of a game subscription package. By the time the 64DD was fit for public consumption Nintendo was eager to be rid of it, and the combination of an eye-watering price and N64's relatively modest installed base led to an early retirement in February 2001.

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Majora's Mask CGI fan film is absolutely astonishing

A terrible fate has never looked this good.

Earlier this summer animation studio Ember Lab produced an absolutely terrific teaser trailer for a CGI short film based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Now that dream has been realised in the following video, Terrible Fate.

Majora's Mask fan-film teaser trailer looks excellent

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is being adapted into a short film by animation studio Ember Lab and the teaser is very pretty indeed.

The short's music is composed by Theophany, an artist who already released an album of Zelda cover tunes called Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed. Theophany noted on their Facebook page that the full short will be about three minutes long and is due later this year.

It's unclear if Nintendo is going to shut this project down, but it's unlikely since it doesn't use any actual assets from the games. Conversely, Theophany's Zelda-themed work only makes money on a "pay what you want" donation system via the musician's Bandcamp page.

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Majora's Mask revival teased in New Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Note its easter egg in A Link Between Worlds too.

For years Zelda fans have been clamouring for a Majora's Mask remake, especially since we've recently seen remakes of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, yet Nintendo has never acknowledged if it's working on reviving the property. Unfortunately, that's still the case, but the Kyoto-based company has added its latest tease to the mix.

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma

Extensive video and text interview with the spirit of the Zelda series.

If you're going to start working in games development, you might as well begin on one of the greatest games of all-time. That was the rather serendipitous position Eiji Aonuma found himself in, hired by Nintendo to work on the momentous first 3D instalment of the Zelda series.

Majora's Mask added to VC today

Weird and wonderful N64 Zelda.

A genuine classic comes to the Wii Virtual Console today. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has been added at the cost of 1000 Wii Points (GBP 8.50 / EUR 12.00).