The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
What parents need to know
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?
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of gamers who are experiencing this game for the first time, the game is quite enjoyable if one can get past the outdated graphics and sound.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.