The lights are on
Few, if any Zelda games, can match the darkness and maturity of Majora's Mask. This specific moment takes the cake as the title's most depressing. If you haven't played Majora's Mask (shame on you!), you should know that the premise of the game is that Link somehow finds an alternate dimension by the name of Termina. This cool new dimension, unfortunately, is due for a moon-induced apocalypse in a mere three days in-game time.To complete the game, you must repeatedly turn back time in order to complete different tasks and save the world before an angry moon falls on Termina. What you find out, however, either after forgetting to reset the clock or by masochistically accepting your fate, is that Majora's Mask doesn't fool around. When it says the moon will crash into the world and destroy everything if you don't save it, it means it.This video is what players are forced to watch if they let time run out. As you can see, the moon falls and begins to crush the entire world--starting with the game's central hub, Clock Town. Then, as if that weren't enough nightmare fuel, players have to watch poor little Link get swallowed by an apocalyptic firestorm, and the creepy, omnipotent Happy Mask Salesman ask, "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?" To Zelda fans, being able to see the consequences of their inaction--consequences that literally destroy an entire world and the people in it before their eyes--was something new, powerful, and very terrifying.
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Remember being totally unconnected to this when i played it when i was like 5, but replayed it a couple of years ago and loved it.
Definitely not my favorite Zelda title, but looking back on it I do remember the moon creeping me out, and the apocalypse was very unsettling if you messed up in your time management. Always nice to reflect back on those old titles.
My favorite Zelda. "Have faith, have faith"
No worse game over than one basically telling you, "You screwed up and doomed humanity." Man, I loved this game.
Such a great game. Few compare.
Majora's Mask is so underrated. Anyone who hasn't played this under the notion that it is too uncharacteristic of a standard Zelda game is missing out. It's maturity and unexpected darkness are the reason you SHOULD play this game.
Truly one of the greatest games ever made.
Majora's Mask is by far, the darkest of all Zelda titles. People used to argue Majora's Mask was Nintendo's response as many few Ocarina was pretty easy, and they got a point. Die-hard fans (count me in) swiped Ocarina of Time in no time, but Majora's Mask gave us one reason to understand time is precious and Pieces of Heart are far more valuable than we thought.
Majora's Mask felt like a dark tremor once you settled down in a luminous fairy world. The full story lies deeper in the details, some harder to find than any other Zelda iteration.
I was like 15 when I played it, and I holds a great place in my most beloved games, and in my N64 cartridge collection.
For those who haven't played it, I encourage you to give it a try.