On February 13th Nintendo is releasing the creatively named ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’, which we talked about here. Along with that announcement came the notice that the classic Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was being released in 3D in a version optimized specially for the new handheld gaming system. Early reviews say the game looks great, so check it out!
I have to confess to not being a ‘Zelda Fanboy’, only playing some of the mobile games and my first game in the series was ‘Minish Cap’ … but I still have a real love for the series, and enjoyed watching my kids play Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess on the Wii. But when I heard about the release of Majora’s Mask coming along with the new 3DS XL, I was excited to check it out.
According to Nintendo:
While the game is playable on any Nintendo 3DS family system, players that pick up New Nintendo 3DS XL can experience The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D with added features, like the ability to control the camera with the C Stick and experiencing the game’s remastered and detailed graphics using the new face-tracking 3D technology built into the new system. Playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on New Nintendo 3DS XL is the best way to experience this memorable adventure.
“There’s a reason The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is consistently mentioned as a favorite entry in The Legend of Zelda series by many,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With the launch of this new enhanced version and New Nintendo 3DS XL on the same day, a whole new generation of fans can experience the fantastic adventure for the first time on an equally fantastic portable system.”
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was originally released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64 and then for the Wii Virtual Console in 2009 – so this is the first re-release of the classic game in 15 years (Ocarina of Time got a GameCube port).
Here are some details on the game:
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Link has three days to save the world of Termina from the apocalypse. He must race against the clock and manipulate time itself to solve puzzles, collect treasure and battle bosses … all within 72 suspenseful in-game hours. Players have the ability to slow down, speed up and restart the clock as needed through songs performed on Link’s ocarina.
As the clock counts down and the moon ominously hovering above gets closer and closer, Link will become intimately familiar with the world around him and the lives of the doomed denizens of Termina. Characters in the game have their own lives – lives that will end in three days once the moon comes crashing down. As Link meets these fascinating characters, he can help them in various ways. He might reunite loves torn apart by evil, or teach troubled twin dancers a new routine for the Carnival of Time. He may even assist a little ranch girl by preventing alien invaders from stealing cows! Many quests in the game can only be completed at a specific in-game time, so players must be diligent in tracking what needs to be done, who needs to be helped and what time it all needs to be accomplished.
Both The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D game and the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch on Feb. 13 at suggested retail prices of $39.99 and $199.99, respectively. The game can also be played on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS systems. You can pre-order at Amazon, and the game (and console) will be available on launch day at retail stores such as Gamestop and Best Buy.
Are you excited? Do you plan to get the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D game and/or a New 3DS XL?