After teasing the idea earlier this year, Nintendo answered the prayers of many gamers on Wednesday when it was announced they would be bringing the classic N64 game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to the 3DS. Fans of the series have been clamoring for a port of Majora’s Mask since Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the 3DS close to the system’s launch — which Eiji Aonuma acknowledged at E3 in June.
If you’re a fan of the Zelda series and have not played Majora’s Mask, be prepared for a radical departure from the rest of the series. Rather than following the template that the rest of the series sticks to (Link defeats Ganon to save Zelda and Hyrule, with variation depending on the individual game), Majora’s Mask is a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time — set after Hyrule has been saved. At the beginning of the game, Link arrives in the region of Termina three days before its moon falls from the sky and destroys it. To save it, the player must repeat those three days until Link can awaken the four giants who can catch the moon.
While the main story is brilliant in its own right, where Majora’s Mask really shines is in its sidequests. Ranging from aliens abducting cows to helping reunite a pair of lovers moments before the moon destroys Termina, the sidequests in Majora’s Mask are a large part of what makes the game stand alone in the Zelda canon.
The Legend of Zelda:Majora’s Mask will be released for the 3DS in Spring 2015.