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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask getting 3DS remake

Nintendo has confirmed that cult N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is being remade for 3DS.

The company announced the news at its recent Nintendo Direct presentation.

Released on the Nintendo 64 console back in 2000, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was a strange diversion for the series that picked up a relatively small band of dedicated fans.

Unlike the previous game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask was no mainstream adventure. It took Link out of the rolling expanse of Hyrule and into the strange, claustrophobic world of Terminus.

This was a dark, twisted universe (especially by Nintendo’s family friendly standards) that was doomed to destruction at the hands of a freakily gurning moon in just three days time. The player could skip through time in order to get all of the necessary tasks done, but there was a resigned, melancholic tone to the game that was at odds with Nintendo’s generally bouncy outlook.

Now, Majora’s Mask is coming to Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. This follows on from a similar remake of Ocarina of Time back in 2011, so you can expect the same sharpening of the original’s rudimentary 3D graphics.

The original Majora’s Mask was renowned for being a bit of a challenge, but it seems Nintendo doesn’t want to tone its unforgiving nature down too much. “We set out to maintain the original level of challenge, while keeping the game accessible for anyone,” said Satoru Iwata of this remake, adding that this was achieved by making the gameplay smoother.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming to 3DS in spring 2015.

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