Volume 94, Issue 49

Friday, November 24, 2000


Peters one funny Indian

No rest for Less Than Jake

The Legend goes on

Pornographer racy; Saint Etienne dreamy

The Legend goes on

The Legend of Zelda: Mask of Majora
Platform: Nintendo 64
Genre: Action/Fantasy

An evil power has cast a shadow across the world, the moon is going to crash into the planet and your horse has been stolen. Your job is simple: save the world and rescue your horse within three days.

This is the premise of The Legend of Zelda: Mask of Majora, the much anticipated sequel to the Nintendo 64's best-selling game, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Mask is set just after the first game and opens with the main character, Link, wandering through a forest and being ambushed by three thieves. The thieves steal the Ocarina of Time, a flute that allows Link to travel through time, as well as kidnapping Link's faithful steed, Epona.

Link is drawn into a different dimension where he discovers a world in chaos and where a mean-looking moon is three days from destroying the planet. All of this has been started by the Skull Kid, who is armed with the Mask of Majora, a very powerful and evil weapon beyond anything Link has ever faced.

Considering the success of the original game, it's impossible not to compare Mask to its predecessor. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two games is that Mask is much more complicated than the original. Mask takes place in a time period of three days and the player must deal with a series of masks that change Link into different creatures with varying abilities.

Also, from the moment you arrive, the clock starts ticking. At the end of three days, the moon crashes into the planet and destroys everything. The game also incorporates one of the best things from its predecessor – game control. Ocarina's game play was excellent and Mask copies it to perfection. The attention to detail in the game is also exceptional, with each one of the three days different. Overall, Mask is not as well rounded as the original, as the game involves much more brainwork and less brawn found in the original.

The N64, in a market with machines like the PlayStation 2, is quickly showing its age. But Nintendo has historically focused on its games over its machines and Legend of Zelda: Mask of Majora shows that the N64 still has some life.

–Sean Maraj

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