Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

By Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Retro graphics & some violence, but still a great adventure.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Ok for many kids

I feel like it's down to your kid on this one. Majora's Mask is a wacky, experimental game about stopping a menacing moon from colliding with the planet. And when I say menacing, I mean MENACING. This thing is horrifying in my opinion (especially in Super Smash Bros) and some kids will be frightened of it. However, that doesn't mean that it's not for kids at all. A lot of kids will be ok with this and I highly recommend since this is an absolute classic!
age 10+

Polished gameplay, but the actions of the antagonists are just...

If the story of Majora's Mask happened in real life, Skull Kid would be arrested for his apocalyptic-sized tantrum. Let's measure his crime. He knocked out an old lady in the forest, poisoned the Deku Palace's supply of water, nearly killed an entire race under a blanket of snow, manipulated pirates to steal unborn babies! Despite all this, the game wants us to empathize with him! The takeaway here is don't. If we allow characters, fictional or others to walk away scott free without consequences, we become terrible sycophants to terrorists.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (52 ):

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of gamers who are experiencing this game for the first time, the game is quite enjoyable if one can get past the outdated graphics and sound.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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: May 18, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Animated Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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