Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D got remastered for Nintendo's portable 3DS, fans have been asking the company (and series creator Shigeru Miyamoto) if they would consider giving the same treatment to its much stranger, almost cult-classic-status sequel, Majora's Mask.
Well, it may have taken over three years, but Nintendo announced today that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is headed to 3DS (and 2DS and New 3DS) systems in Spring 2015.
The funny thing is, I actually have this game on my Wii Virtual Console, but I've held off playing it in silent hope that this 3D remake would one day be announced. Patience is sometimes rewarded!
Here's the announcement trailer:
The trailer, like everything I've heard about the game, oozes with strangeness. The whole first chunk is just a weird clock and empty rooms. Link is hardly to be seen in the trailer. The music is unsettling.
And, the moon! What is going on with that freaky moon?
This will be a great chance to relive what is certainly one of Nintendo's stranger offerings. It's dark, it's creepy, it's got an unusual, Groundhog's Day-style gameplay hook that's quite different from every other Zelda title.
Just as with Starfox 64 3D and Ocarina of Time 3D, it looks like Majora's Mask 3D is getting a lovingly-executed graphical update that preserves the spirit of the original while polishing some of that N64 awfulness we've all deliberately put out of our minds. The textures are less blurry, the lines less jaggy, and the screen ratio is thankfully 16:9 (or whatever the 3DS is). I honestly wish more N64-era games would get this type of second life because many of the raw games simply haven't aged well.
Will you be grabbing this one when it comes out next year? Leave your thoughts in the comments!