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The pinnacle of pure gaming immersion CrackTheSky (36) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
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An innovative and wholly clever yet cumbersome Zelda game. Rensch (216) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
My final review on this game Asinine (1006) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Not quite as fluent or progressive as Ocarina of Time but still enjoyable. AkibaTechno (254) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
An innovative "Zelda" game gamewarrior (5043) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Overall User Score (125 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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N-Philes (2002)
In terms of success and hype, Majora’s Mask lives up to it. Does it compare to Ocarina of Time? No, sorry to say, but it doesn’t. It is still an awesome game though and is a must-own. Ocarina of Time is in a league of its own and nothing, probably, will ever come as close as Majora’s Mask has to being as great as Ocarina of Time. The visuals are improved. The Sound is still as great. The gameplay follows in Ocarina of Time’s footsteps, had it been a longer game it may have been on par with that of Ocarina of Time’s gameplay. Everything about Majora’s Mask is awesome. If you’ve played Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask should be your next Nintendo 64 game you pick up.
What the epic Star Wars trilogy is to Hollywood, the Legend of Zelda series is to the console world, and Majora's Mask is just another amazing success story for this blockbusting series. Awesome, gob-smacking, RPG brilliance are just some of the words to describe such a gaming Eden. The Ocarina of Time was mind-blowing and Majora's Mask takes that success story and adds its own twists and turns to create a new quest which proves the N64 ain't over until the pointy-eared guy says so. The old console may be in its death throes, but with this sensational game, Nintendo are bowing out in style.
New Haven Register (Nov 27, 2000)
This latest Zelda is an A all the way, a stunning accomplishment by any measure, and an absolute must-have if you're an N64 owner.
The Courier-Journal (Nov 06, 2000)
As soon as we, as a society, get over the notion that video games are just a silly diversion for kids, Mr. Miyamoto will take his rightful place alongside Beethoven, Van Gogh and all the other great artists of all time.
The Courier-Journal (Nov 06, 2000)
I bow in the presence of greatness.
Legendra (Aug 26, 2002)
Alors que dire si ce n'est que : "jouez à ce jeu". Car cet épisode, même si son scénario le met hors série par rapport aux autres Zelda, est vraiment mieux que Ocarina of Time. Zelda Majora's Mask se débarrasse de toutes les lourdeurs qui faisaient tant défaut à Ocarina of Time. Pour au final, nous procurer un plaisir de jeu unique et une fin à la hauteur de nos efforts. Cependant, je tiens à préciser que si ce jeu approche la perfection, il n'est pas à mettre entre toutes les mains. Car ce jeu n'a d'enfantin que l'aspect, il me semble difficile d'accès pour un "môme" de 12 ans même expérimenté. Alors si vous n'avez pas peur de rêver, embarquez-vous dans cette aventure ou l'on vous fera voyager tout au long de musique majestueuse, de personnages charismatiques et de paysages qui resteront gravés dans votre esprit, car ces souvenirs seront la synthèse de ce que procure un chef d'œuvre, et celui-ci se nomme Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Total! (Germany) (Nov, 2000)
Der stimmungsvolle Soundtrack, die vielen Soundeffekte und nicht zuletzt der Tag-Nacht-Wechsel, der sich nicht nur positiv auf die Atmosphäre auswirkt, sondern zum Beispiel auch dafür sorgt, dass Läden entweder geöffnet und geschlossen sind, runden dieses fulminante Spielerlebnis ab. Auch wenn der Preis sehr hoch gegriffen ist. Holt euch The Legend of Zelda – Majora's Mask, etwas Besseres bekommt Euer Modulschacht zur Zeit wirklich nicht zu futtern.
Nintendo är visserligen knappast ensamma om att producera uppföljare baserade på samma spelmotor som originalet, men de har vant oss vid att förvänta så oförutsägbara och banbrytande spel att det till en början är svårt att smälta att världen i Majora's Mask faktiskt känns ganska välbekant. Samtidigt handlar det om ett spel baserat på samma grunder som ett av världens allra bästa, och frågan är om någon ens skulle vilja försöka att motstå ett helt nytt Zelda-äventyr? Majora's Mask är inte lika överraskande som Ocarina of Time. Men precis lika bra.
Just Adventure (Mar 28, 2003)
For you adventure purists, I feel obligated to tell you that there are several situations that require action, namely the cliched big "bosses" in each major area of the game. To this I say: get a grip, you can do it. But seriously, to ditch Majora's Mask for this reason would be a shame, mainly because the majority of the game is spent thinking through scenarios and exploring the vast areas of Termina. This is the ultimate adventure for someone like me. I only wish other companies were making games as well as Nintendo made Majora's Mask.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 07, 2004)
The hardest part in reviewing games of this calibre, is finding flaws with it. To be honest, I couldn't really find anything to complain about with this title. Everything is SO well put together and solid, I can't say anything negative about it. Once again, Nintendo has created a near-perfect game that everyone can enjoy. It is a time-less adventure, and I sure had fun playing it. Graphically, this game is a slight upgrade to the already radiant Ocarina of Time, as it utilizes the 4 MB expansion pak. In the sound department, the game is flawless. From overall sound effects to the actual music, the game brings back old familiar tunes, throws in some new ones, and creates one of the best gaming soundtracks out there. And the gameplay can't be beaten. It has a plethora of puzzles to solve, dangerous and dark dungeons, and MUCHO mini-games to keep you going. I can't say enough about Majora's Mask. Just BUY IT. A player's choice award DEFINETELY goes out for this one!!
Edutaining Kids (Nov, 2001)
Majora's Mask features rich and challenging gameplay. Kids are immersed in a fabulous fantasy world, and they won't "beat" the game too soon, either.
Gamer's Pulse (Nov 03, 2000)
So in conclusion, do I recommend this game for anyone? No I don't. I recommend this work of Godly art to people who have patience, people who like a challenge, people who do not have a serious heart condition because the exceptional graphics will make you freak out, to people who have played and mastered Ocarina of Time as well as those people who have never touched a Zelda game before. Basically, if you have an N64 and you think you have what it takes to rescue a parallel universe on your own from the brink of destruction, then buy Zelda: Majora's Mask. If you don't, you will be missing out on what will forever be called "The best game of all time"... Of course, until Zelda for Nintendo Gamecube is released, but that's a whole different story now isn't it.
GameZone (Apr 17, 2001)
Many sequel games seem to be a repeat with only a few changes to the original. This one however has managed to carve a place for itself and the only thing it has in common with its predecessor is the familiar characters. You are comfortable with Link, as you were introduced to him so long ago, but you also get the feeling that you really don’t know this character at all. Gamers will appreciate the expansion of the character.
Nintendojo (2000)
If you’re wondering why I didn’t give Majora an 10 like I gave OoT, it's akin to the same reasoning that used. Innovation. While the tweaks on the gameplay, instruments, and time are all incredibly unique, the game is still based on the masterwork-- Ocarina of Time, which didn’t just break new ground but shattered it. Besides, there's nothing wrong with being perfect, is there?
IGN (Oct 25, 2000)
It should be said that much of the game design was done by Eiji Aonuma and his team at Nintendo. The Zelda creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, actually only supervised this title offering a lending hand at critical junctures. Bearing that in mind we can see Nintendo is starting to develop the talents of other staff. Clearly we'll be seeing more brilliant games on top of Miyamoto-san's own in the near future. We couldn't be happier with how Majora's Mask turned out. I feel honored to have been able to review it.
Gaming Target (Nov 10, 2000)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is an extraordinary game. From the minute you start playing, you are thrown into a brand new world full of adventures and interesting stories. While it does not have the same immediate “wow” factor as the original game, Majora’s Mask is without a doubt a must have title. I could go on and on about how great this game is, but the fact of the matter is, it would do readers no good. You simply must buy this game if you’re even a slight Nintendo fan. No other sequel has ever been able to use the same previous engine in such a creative and ingenious way. While the amazement behind the Z-targeting innovation is not as strong, so many other variations in gameplay make this one of the best titles ever.
Gameplay RPG (Dec, 2000)
Zelda Majora's Mask est une petite merveille, plaira aux initiés comme aux débutants, fait agréablement resurgir les souvenirs de nuits blanches passées sur les précédents épisodes, procure des sensations épiques... ne peut laisser personne indifférent, en tout cas.
Slapping a timer onto every second of the game creates intense pandemonium and requires split-second decision making. Other than being one of the most inventive premises in all of gaming, Majora’s Mask electrifies in every way possible. From graphical detailing and classic sound effects to the intriguing plot and gameplay, this Zelda is a triumph. Without question, Majora’s Mask is the finest adventure the Nintendo 64 has to offer.
Retroage (Feb 13, 2010)
Podsumowując potomek „gry wszechczasów”, jest grą z najwyższej półki. Nie jest może tak dobra jak pierwowzór ale „prawie” było by tu odpowiednio dobranym słowem. Klimat gry jest mroczny szczególnie, gdy zajmiemy stanowisko obserwatora dramatu istot tej krainy. Całość uzupełniają fenomenalne utwory muzyczne i wysoka grywalność. Zdecydowanym minusem mogą być tekstury zapożyczone z poprzedniej części gry oraz tryb zapamiętywania stanu gry, choć to drugie ma jakieś logiczne wyjaśnienie. Czasu w końcu nie zatrzymasz. Gorąco produkt Nintendo pragnę polecić nawet tym którzy od niej będą zaczynać przygodę z serią The Legend of Zelda.
In summary, the game is great! Buy this game if you like the Zelda series in the slightest. It may be a bit short, but it makes up for it in so may different ways. Two thumbs UP!
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
HappyPuppy (Oct 27, 2000)
Another new Zelda game, another new string of quests--but how can it possibly live up to its predecessors? Remarkably enough, Majora's Mask surpasses previous incarnations of Zelda in nearly every possible respect. The graphics are more stylistically consistent and detailed than those in Ocarina, the geography is more enormous and fluidly connected, the challenges are considerably more diverse, and the control interface is vastly improved.
Meristation (Nov 16, 2000)
La simple idea de revivir todas las emociones que experimentamos dos años atrás, ya sirve de justificante para comprar Majora's. Las ganas de jugarlo de nuevo, con el objetivo de pasarte ese puzzle que se te resiste, el enemigo, o porque has recibido un flechazo de inspiración que te desate de tus escollos. Ver las escenas, hablar con todos los habitantes de Termina y entablar buenas relaciones con cualquier tendero o ser que pulule libre. La estética aun más catastrofista, con la tensión que produce jugar a contrarreloj, volver al pasado para conseguir llegar a tiempo al lugar que te has fijado, o simplemente, potenciar tu armamento, aumentan tus horas de impavidez delante la pantalla.
95 (Nov 20, 2000)
D'une richesse à couper le souffle, ce nouvel opus de Zelda donne un coup de neuf à la saga en apportant des innovations majeures : la gestion du temps et l'importance des masques. Plus beau qu'Ocarina of Time grâce à l'apport de l'Expansion Pack, Majora's Mask réserve de multiples surprises et offre un plaisir de jeu inépuisable. Sans aucun doute le meilleur jeu pour Noël sur la 64 bits.
(German version)
Majora‘s Mask ist mit Sicherheit einer der ungewöhnlichsten Titel der vergangenen Jahre. Rollenspiele waren bisher immer erschreckend linear, was den Vorteil hatte, dass sowohl für den Spieler als auch für den Programmierer alles vorhersehbar war - und das ist hier weiß Gott nicht der Fall. Während andere Rollenspiele immer mehr zu interaktiven Büchern/Filmen mutieren, bekommst du hier wieder ein echtes Entdeckerspiel geboten. Wer befürchtet, dass ihm hier nur eine Art Mission Disk von Ocarina of Time aufgetischt wird, kann seine Bedenken zerstreuen. Majora‘s Mask ist die vielleicht eigenständigste Fortsetzung. die es jemals gab, auch wenn Kampfsystem und Benutzerinterface nicht verändert wurden. Knackige Rätsel, tolle Story, Spitzengrafik, Surround Sound, perfekte Steuerung und das wohl interessanteste Erzählkonzept seit Jahren machen Majora‘s Mask fast zu so etwas wie einem Gesamtkunstwerk.
Wer das Wagnis eingehen möchte, sich mit der Sprachhürde und dem Importrisiko auseinander zu setzen, der wird den Kauf von Majora‘s Mask bestimmt nicht bereuen - wer allerdings die spannende und im Vergleich zum Vorgänger höchst originelle Story nicht verpassen will, dem sei dringend geraten, sich bis zur PAL-Version zu gedulden; und auch das wird mit Sicherheit niemand bereuen. Majora‘s Mask - der nächste absolute Spitzentitel aus dem Hause Nintendo!
Power Unlimited (Dec, 2000)
Majora's Mask is een spel dat je als N64 eigenaar gewoon niet mag missen. Sterker nog, asl je nog geen N64 hebt dan is dit zeker een reden om er eentje goedkoop op de kop te tikken.
AllRPG (Sep 29, 2007)
Zelda: MM is extremely easy to learn, and is a definate buy from anyone with a N64 or anyone that's played anyother Zelda game.
Video Games (Nov, 2000)
(PAL version)
Majora's Mask ist ein Action-Adventure der Spitzenklasse, das ihr nicht mal eben an einem verregneten Wochenende durchspielt. Was Nintendos Designer an Gimmicks und Gags in den 256 MBit des Moduls versteckt haben, ist einfach sagenhaft. Die Idee, alle drei Tage „wieder von vorn“ zu beginnen, bringt einen keinesfalls störenden Zeitdruck in das ganze Unterfangen, die Jagd nach den 24 Masken motiviert mich fast noch stärker als die eigentliche Geschichte. Allerdings merkt man, dass Meister Miyamoto nicht allzu viel mit diesem Zelda zu tun gehabt hat: Das Notizbuch hätte noch ein bisschen ausführlicher sein dürfen. So verbringe ich manchmal zehn geschlagene Minuten damit, auf einzelne Personen zu warten – trotz Zeitbeschleunigungs-Melodie. (...) So erreicht Majora's Mask nicht ganz die Genialität von Ocarina of Time, aber bleibt dennoch eine Klasse für sich.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2000)
Ocarina of Time was a legendary game. It took a wildly successful long-running series and successfully brought it into the third dimension, creating new play concepts and paradigms used in many games today. At the same time, it really captured the player and was fun to play. Majora's Mask does not follow suit in terms of innovation, but is still a worthy successor. The two new additions of time and masks work well. It takes a little longer to get into this Zelda, but there are moments when the game really hits you with all its intricacies and mysteries, and that makes it all worthwhile.
RPGFan (Jun 22, 2002)
The N64 is a faded system, nearly forgotten and barely missed. But before it dies, the world should know that it did have a few titles that were worth playing, such as Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, almost any other Golden Eye rip off, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. This is a game that no N64 library is complete without. So, if you haven't sold your system off, I'd have to suggest that you get it.
Gaming Age (2000)
It will provide gamers with many hours of fun and enjoyment. It's easily the best game I've played so far this year on the N64 (although Banjo-Tooie might be a strong contender) and will remain one of my favorite games for a long time to come. It's Zelda after all! Go out and buy it already. I promise you won't regret it.
Video Games (Jun, 2000)
Zwar konnten wir schon einiges während unserer Ausflüge anstellen und nach dem Try-and-Error-Prinzip ein paar Aufgaben lösen, doch müssen wir alte warnen, die der japanischen Sprache nicht mächtig sind: Viel vom Spielspaß geht durch das planlose Herumgesuche verloren, wodurch wir uns sehr schwer tun, Majora's Mask gerecht zu beurteilen, da sämtliche Dialoge und Hinweise für uns natürlich unverständlich waren. Wenn ihr die Geduld aufbringen könnt, wartet lieber noch zumindest auf die im Sommer erscheinende US-Version.
Mega Fun (Jul, 2000)
Mit Majora‘s Mask hat Nintendo wieder ein geniales Adventure, das weder spielerisch noch grafisch irgendwelche Schwächen zeigt. Durch die ausgeklügelte Steuerung des Vorgängers findet sich der Spieler sofort wieder zurecht und wird von der Atmosphäre dieses Meisterwerkes in den Bann gezogen. Allerdings geht uns durch die japanische Schrift ein ganz entscheidender Teil des Spieles verloren, nämlich die Story. Deshalb darf diese Wertung nicht als absolut angesehen werden, sondern nur als grobe Richtlinie.
RPG Kingdom (Feb 10, 2007)
Finalement j'ai un peu de mal à comprendre le manque d'engouement dont les joueurs font preuve pour Majora's Mask. C'est un jeu complet, très plaisant, assez long qui se permet de bons petits ajouts au gameplay de son aîné plutôt que de bêtement copier. Au bout du compte, est-ce si troublant de ne pas sauver ces lourdaux d'hyliens, de ne pas aider cette princesse qui se fera de toutes façons enlever avant la fin et de ne pas avoir à retrouver ces rébarbatifs morceaux de triforce ? Pour ma part, je trouve vraiment regrettable de passer à côté de cet épisode qui reste à mon sens le plus original et par là même, peut être le plus marquant de la série (sans avoir joué à Twilight Princess).
GamesCollection (Jun 09, 2008)
Come già detto in sede di recensione, Majora's Mask è il degno seguito di Ocarina of Time: non rivoluziona, e non lo fa perchè non ne ha alcun bisogno. Esplora territori completamente nuovi per la saga di Zelda, e lo fa anche prendendosi in giro a volte, con una serie di accenni autoreferenziali a precedenti giochi Nintendo (o addirittura a salvaschermi di Windows) che sembrerebbero stonare con il mondo di gioco, e al contrario lo rendono ancora più profondo. Majora's Mask è un acquisto consigliato per tutti gli appassionati di Zelda; gli altri invece è meglio che prima lo provino per un po'.
Nintendo Difference (Nov 17, 2011)
Une note qui peut paraitre élevée mais qui récompense la prise de risque offerte par la firme de Kyoto face à un jeu ingénieux, mélancolique et qui fut proposé en un temps record par rapport aux retards habituels de Nintendo. Bien loin de la facilité des épisodes Gamecube et DS, Majora’s Mask tend la main à l’aventurier avide de périls et de découvertes. Le dernier épisode de Zelda sur la 64 bits de notre constructeur préféré ne se joue pas, il se vit…
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
Majora's Mask is living proof that the N64 still has its magic. Skillful hands have crafted a story that's surreal and spooky, deep, and intriguing. Majora's Mask will keep you glued to your N64 for a long, long time.
90 (GAF) (Apr 27, 2003)
Majora's Mask is another example of a "typical" high quality Nintendo first party release. I've come to expect excellence from Nintendo and they rarely disappoint.
90 (Feb 22, 2008)
In definitiva MM è un' avventura in cui buttarsi a capofitto, estremamente coinvolgente e interessante, immersa in atmosfere splendide. Uno di quei titoli che chiunque dovrebbe giocare almeno una volta nella vita. Un ottimo successore per il capolavoro assoluto che è Ocarina of Time.
Game Critics (Nov 28, 2000)
In the end, Majora's Mask fights valiantly to get away from its add-on roots and for the most part is successful. However, the game's new features have not been perfected and the frantic pace can feel unbalanced—no doubt a factor due to Miyamoto's lack of involvement. Despite these problems, Majora's Mask is a wonderful place to visit. There is much to see and do, as long as you realize there isn't much time to do it in.
Cubed3 (Jun 05, 2003)
This truly is a title that Ocarina Of Time can be proud to call its sequel. Quality just seeps out of every area, shop, character, dungeon, and when you walk into a new area, the quality of the atmosphere hits you. A super adventure that has all the best elements of Ocarina Of Time and great touches everywhere you look.
GameSpot (Oct 25, 2000)
Majora's Mask is a great game, but it isn't for everybody. Even though it uses the same engine that drove Ocarina of Time, and the gameplay is the same on the surface, the adventure is extremely different. Some will appreciate the game's differences, while others will find the game's focus on minigames and side quests tedious and slightly out of place. While the game definitely has a lot going for it, and in the end comes together in a pretty tight package, skeptics should definitely rent this one first.
G4 Tech: Tech TV (Nov 25, 2000)
Zelda fans rejoice, Link is back for a new adventure. And thanks to Skull Kid's evil ways, he must prevent the moon from crashing into the village of Clock Town, and if that weren't enought, he only has three days to do it.
Gamekult (Dec 12, 2000)
Zelda le Masque de Majora est véritablement un grand jeu. Pourtant on rentre difficilement dans son ambiance toute particulière. La lune qui menace les terres de Termina donne un côté apocalyptique qui peut mettre mal à l'aise au début. Mais on est vite envoûté par le reste. Les mini quêtes, les mini jeux, les donjons, les personnages, c'est du grand Zelda, même si cela aurait pu être du très grand Zelda...
72 (Jan 17, 2005)
The appeal of the Zelda franchise has rarely missed a beat with its fans, and just because a re-hashed story or situation is presented to the gamer, it by no means grows tiring. Nintendo is a master in the storytelling department, whether it's conquering the same world again as a kid, adult, Deku, Goron, or Zora, there's always room for the variations of the stories told here in Hyrule. Though it's quite confusing and somewhat of a mystery as to why ‘Zelda' is still in the gaming title. The legendary princess never shows up in the game but, that aside, this game conquers all other RPGs - except its direct predecessor, Ocarina of Time. Upon its release Majora's Mask was met warmly by fans and duly found a place in their hearts. And though, for a Zelda title, the game may fall a little short with the absolute purists, as a single RPG Majora's Mask stands tall.
RPGamer (Nov 08, 2000)
All in all, Majora's Mask has the same feel as the rest of the series, but fails to capture that special charm they offer. Still, while it may not be breathtaking, it's still a solid, fun game.
This game does enough things right that for the most part, you'll likely enjoy yourself while playing it. Recommended.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 13, 2009)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask possesses a shadowy story that is wrapped in cruelty and darkness, but its horrible sense of repetition - that is blatantly used as an instrument in stretching a few more hours out of the gameplay - sadly takes away from the well-written story and enormously entertaining characters. Many of Link’s central motifs are absent here, and Ocarina of Time‘s enormous gust of success that Majora’s Mask sailed in on in its 2000 release is now absent with its Virtual Console re-release. This makes the frustratingly out of place adventure and its daunting repetition even less suggestible for anybody but the most dedicated of Zelda fans, or those who are in dire need of a somewhat shadowy representation of what is otherwise a pleasant “save the day” series.