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Eiji Aonuma Mulls Really Great Idea: Majora's Mask Remake

Truly, the best of all the ideas.

MOON.

I've made no attempts to hide my adoration for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a game I'm increasingly considering downloading from Virtual Console and venturing back to, if only to bolster my case for why it's amazing. What I'd rather do is play through a remake with the same care taken with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

If I wish hard enough, maybe it can come true! Or hope that enough fans start begging, according to a Nintendo Power interview with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, picked up by fansite Zelda Informer.

"It's been 13 years since Ocarina of Time was originally released, and one of the big things that we made this remake possible was that there was an outpour of emotions from people who said they would like to see this game done," said Aonuma. "We said we could do it in 3D, so we did. I think certainly if there was a similar output of emotion and clamor from fans for a remake of Majora's Mask, it wouldn't be an utter impossibility."

Aonuma said the very nature of Majora's Mask's gameplay, where players were often competing small quests in-between dungeon exploration according to a doomsday day-to-night cycle, could work better on a handheld format. He seems to make it clear (sadly) this is just him thinking out loud, however.

The designer worked in a supporting role on Ocarina of Time, but actually acted as the central director on Majora's Mask. Miyamoto tasked Aonuma with overseeing the franchise after Majora's Mask, a duty he's still carrying out.

The next installment, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, comes out on Wii later this year.

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Posted by patrickklepek
MOON.

I've made no attempts to hide my adoration for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a game I'm increasingly considering downloading from Virtual Console and venturing back to, if only to bolster my case for why it's amazing. What I'd rather do is play through a remake with the same care taken with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

If I wish hard enough, maybe it can come true! Or hope that enough fans start begging, according to a Nintendo Power interview with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, picked up by fansite Zelda Informer.

"It's been 13 years since Ocarina of Time was originally released, and one of the big things that we made this remake possible was that there was an outpour of emotions from people who said they would like to see this game done," said Aonuma. "We said we could do it in 3D, so we did. I think certainly if there was a similar output of emotion and clamor from fans for a remake of Majora's Mask, it wouldn't be an utter impossibility."

Aonuma said the very nature of Majora's Mask's gameplay, where players were often competing small quests in-between dungeon exploration according to a doomsday day-to-night cycle, could work better on a handheld format. He seems to make it clear (sadly) this is just him thinking out loud, however.

The designer worked in a supporting role on Ocarina of Time, but actually acted as the central director on Majora's Mask. Miyamoto tasked Aonuma with overseeing the franchise after Majora's Mask, a duty he's still carrying out.

The next installment, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, comes out on Wii later this year.

Posted by Montyboggs

Can't wait

Posted by SSully

I would like if it wasn't on the 3ds, but bring it!

Posted by Vexxan

GIVE IT TO ME!

Posted by Hector

How about a new Zelda adventure on the handheld.

Posted by big_jon

I'm down.

Posted by superfunhappygun

Majora's Mask is still one of the best games I've ever played but it would suck if they put the remake out on the 3DS as I have no intention of buying one. Put it on the Wii U and I'll throw my money in your lap, Nintendo!

Posted by LiquidPrince

I'd buy it.

Posted by Kyle

If they actually improve the game, I'm all for it. If they just re-release it with barely more than updated textures like with Ocarina of Time, I'll pass. Ocarina can get away with that, Majora can't.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
Posted by devotfeige

Yes yes yes yes yes.
 
This is the thing that would make me buy a 3DS.

Posted by RE_Player1

So is the 3DS just an N64 remake machine?

Posted by Hiashi

I'd be into that.

Posted by jorbear

I remember being scared shitless by that moon when I was a kid.

Still scared.

Posted by Veektarius

You are not going to get a similar outpouring of emotion for Majora's mask compared to Ocarina of Time.  Not as many people liked/played it. 
 
Personally I have to admit it was a better game than I expected, but as usual I was bummed having to play as young link - this time for the entirety of the game. 

Posted by The_Nubster
@RE_Player92 said:

So is the 3DS just an N64 remake machine?

This is the vibe I'm getting but honestly I have no complaints. Some of my best gaming memories came from thew N64, so if they can pretty-fy those games and make them smoother to play, sign me up. Now I just have to save up enough money to buy one.
Posted by Deusoma
@RE_Player92 said:

So is the 3DS just an N64 remake machine?

Yes, but to be fair, the GBA was just a SNES remake machine, and that worked out quite nicely for it.
Posted by Liv

Duder! Majora's Mask is the Zelda game and the world needs an improved 3D version of it. Yesterday would've been better but I'll settle with tomorrow. No, changed my mine. Right now. Aounuma, why aren't you in my room giving me games?

Posted by Paboned

I really wouldn't know why they wouldn't remake it!

Posted by Somestickguy_

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA that moon

(also love majora's mask most of all the zeldas)

Posted by Slurpelve
@jorbear said:

I remember being scared shitless by that moon when I was a kid.

Still scared.

Creeps me out everytime I see it. :p
Posted by Make_Me_Mad

I was going to say this was a dumb idea, but that moon convinced me otherwise.  They might as well, it's guaranteed money!

Posted by Agent47
@Veektarius: You kidding me!?I think there is a crowd for Mayora's Mask just like OFT.I think MM is just overshadowed by it's first succes OFT.I wouldn't say not as many people would like it.Because that doesn't make sense if you loved OFT how could you NOT like MM?The only negatives could be the time restraints and the shortness of it but even that isn't enough to downplay it.I really loved the more dark nature of it and the crazy characters that are more prevalent than in OFT.
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Edited by Blair

I really would like a remake of Wind Waker. I never really got to sink my teeth into it because I didn't have a Game Cube. It's probably the most prominent Zelda game that I haven't played more than a couple hours of.

I liked Majora's Mask, and I will buy it, but I'd rather have WW.

Posted by rmanthorp

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

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Posted by Shaanyboi

There's little reason they couldn't do it...  MM already was kind of an excuse for them to reuse all these assets and character models from OOT in another game.  Grezzo (the guys who handled OOT3D) already updated a good majority of them!  So already, a sizable chunk of the work is already done...   
 
Give it to Grezzo again, sure.  But put out some NEW handheld Zeldas too, Nintendo... Don't think this is an easy out.

Posted by MEATBALL

I'd probably prefer an original game of similar quality. Majora's Mask is a great game, but it feels like we're seeing a few too many remakes on the 3DS as it is.

Posted by Levio

Well it's not like Nintendo is going to turn down easy sales from repackaged classics...

Posted by CaptainTightPants

Patrick why would you use that picture, I hate that damned moon : / 
 
I would definitely buy this though.

Posted by Boiglenoight

I'd rather see a new game based in the Zelda universe that doesn't focus on Link. Tactics Hyrule. Zelda Kart Racing. Zelda 2038: The Rise of MechaGanon. Cooking Zelda. Or just plain "Zelda", a game where you have to decide on whether you want to settle down with long time love-interest Zelda, or pursue the mysterious and beautiful Celda, who's seductive cel-shaded exterior hides a dangerous secret.

You know, something completely different.

Posted by prestonhedges

Eh.
 
Give me an HD Wind Waker instead.

Posted by crusader8463

I wonder how many times they can make the same game and people will still keep buying it.

Posted by PKHilson

My favorite Zelda as well! 
 
It's decided: I'm getting it in August  on Virtual Console to play in between my Gamefly rentals being shipped back and forth (just got Shadows of the Damned today!)

Posted by Cornman89

That moon is still scary as fuck.

Posted by legacyforcefan

Please... no. That moon does not have to look any more creepy.

Posted by mnzy
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
Ha!
Posted by dancingpolkabear

Majora's Mask is sorely underrated, and still remains to be one of my personal favorite Zeldas; but that doesn't mean I want to replay it again on a 3ds, when I could play it on a tv. 

Posted by DriveupLife

FUUUUUCK YES.

Posted by LiquidSwords

It's 2011 and I haven't played Majora's Mask or Ocarina of Time, bummer

Posted by hermes

DON'T DO IT...  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They did the same thing with Xenoblade and The Last Story.
Posted by FreakAche

They should just skip right to Wind Waker if they want to do another 3d remake.

Posted by dungbootle

Do it man!!!

Posted by RuthLoose
@hermes said:
DON'T DO IT...  
           They did the same thing with Xenoblade and The Last Story.
MML3 all over again.
Posted by Zaapp1

If they make it, I will buy it.

Posted by Acheron

Yes! This is my absolute favorite 3D Zelda game. It was just so damn weird! 

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@FreakAche said:

They should just skip right to Wind Waker if they want to do another 3d remake.

Agreed.  If they did that I wouldn't be able to hold back on buying a 3DS.
 
Edit:  Though I would like to give Major's Mask another chance, I only played it for a few hours but just didn't like it at all.
Posted by Dan_CiTi

If they make it an even better remake than what they did with OoT, I'll probably finally buy a 3DS. 

Posted by Fyrecroe

I don't want Nintendo to keep releasing old games, I want new stuff from them...  So they should stop after they remake Majora's Mask... and Pikmen.   My hypocrite dollars  are all yours.

Posted by Nottle

I never understood why people disliked Majora's Mask. People complain that zelda never does anything new, but Majora's mask is pretty different and so was Wind Waker. 

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