The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Retro graphics & some violence, but still a great adventure.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 44 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlphaZK93 December 22, 2010

Good for the older Zelda fans. Like, 12+. Mainly because it's just not as appealing to younger fans.

This game was pretty good, but not super good. Ocarina was much better. My only concern is that the game is actually pretty creepy compared to Ocarina of Time.... Continue reading
Adult Written by2happy2na February 14, 2011

This is made of AWESOME JUICE!

Great, great game! There is nothing wrong about this game. I think it is safe for most ages. The only things that could be creepy or frustrating would be: -cha... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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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