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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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Retro graphics & some violence, but still a great adventure.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Link uses masks throughout the game. At times, he uses the masks to trick people into thinking he’s someone else so that he can accomplish a goal.

Violence

Fantasy violence throughout the game with the main character using swords, bow & arrows, and bombs to complete tasks. Enemies disappear in a wisp of smoke when killed.

Sex

The Great Fairy in the game is dressed in what looks like only Ivy leaves. The blocky graphics make for highly exaggerated breasts for female characters.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is a re-release of the 2000 Nintendo 64 title of the same name, and that it will not work on the Wii unless you have either a Gamecube controller or the add-on Classic Controller connected to the Wii. Parents also should know that even though the game is rated E, its themes are very dark due to the impending crash of the moon into the world. Each game day, the moon gets closer and does not let up – the sense of hopelessness and dread permeates the game.

What's it about?

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA'S MASK takes place immediately after the events of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but in a world slightly different than the one Link just saved in the previous game. In the opening moments, Link is jostled off of his horse and it, as well as his ocarina, are stolen by a Skull Kid from the first game who is wearing an evil mask, and therefore very powerful. Link then meets a travelling mask salesman who mentions the mask was stolen from him, and he asks you to help him get the mask back within three days (before he leaves town). Three days is also the time left before the moon crashes into the ground – with an always visible grimace on its face.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The dark feeling of an inevitable end makes playing Majora's Mask somewhat depressing. At any time, you can look up to the sky and see the moon getting closer and closer. Thankfully, just as in The Legendo of Zelda: Ocarina of Time you can learn songs which will reverse or slow down time to allow you to accomplish tasks throughout the game.

For players who enjoy the Zelda series, Majora's Mask offers a very interesting twist on the standard game story. For a new generation of gamers who are experiencing this game for the first time, the game is quite enjoyable if one can get past the outdated graphics and sound. Younger gamers may not appreciate and/or worry about the dark undertones of the game, so to them, it may simply present a new adventure game with fun challenges including great puzzles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fantasy games and their appeal -- is playing a game that takes place in the real world better than those in a made-up world? They can also talk about the three day imposed time limit in this game, and if it makes the game better or worse.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$10
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:May 18, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Animated Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWishMakers February 24, 2013

Darkest Zelda game, for an older audience

Now, this game WAS intended for kids and has the E rating. DON'T LET IT FOOL YOU. This game is incredibly creepy and has many dark attributes that Persona 3 would have. Persona 3 is M-rated, however, they should BOTH be intended for teens. The ESRB was in its infancy when this game was made, and Nintendo went for the depressing story feel. However, this is a fantastic game and one that should not be missed. Violence CAN be an issue, considering you destroy demons, but nothing spectacular. Link, the main character, IS a positive role model to kids and teens because he does things for the good of other people, like destroying a living mask that wants to destroy the world and is MAJORLY creepy. Note: This is why it is for mature audiences. Also, if teens get interested in the BEN creepypasta, they may get scared, I learned from experience. However, if you put all the scariness to kids aside, this game is fantastic and is a masterpiece of the N64/Wii.
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Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bykingofburgerz April 27, 2010
The controls are kinda hard but when link transforms he screems with what looks like agony which kind freaks me out...
Teen, 13 years old Written bystorm22 February 16, 2013

Can be disturbing, but a masterpiece

This is an excellent game. However, parts of this game, and the general idea of it, can be disturbing. For example, one character, the "Happy Mask Salesman," at some moments makes a facial expression that scars somebody for life. Also, this game has an extra sense of realism that makes the player see all of the small yet melancholy, or even depressing, occurrences in the lives of all the people in this game. However, the game leaves you with a feeling of hope at the end. This game also helps people learn to think outside of the box and solve puzzles. Many of the "temples" you go to in the game require a lot of thinking to complete. Although the violence in this game is nothing beyond swinging a sword, some parts can be graphic. Any mature child, though, should be able to play this without much of a problem.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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