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Is a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DS Remake in the Works?

Is a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DS Remake in the Works?

     Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D released on June 19th, 2013, one game that Nintendo fans and the like have been clamoring for is a remake to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. If you aren't familiar with the game, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is a video game in the Legend of Zelda series that released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64. While Nintendo hasn't announced a remake to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, it seems likely that it's on its way, especially due to an unusual decision Nintendo made recently.

     Anybody who has a Club Nintendo account or just keeps up-to-date with Nintendo news would know of Nintendo finally revealing this year's elite and gold Club Nintendo rewards. These rewards are different every year, with the most recent years also featuring video games made by Nintendo as one of the rewards. We all already expected Nintendo to include some kind of 3-poster set and calendar, as they appear every year, but we were treated with a pleasant surprise: a The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Original Soundtrack CD. The inclusion of this CD is quite puzzling and doesn't make much sense as to why Nintendo made it available. Nintendo hasn't done anything related to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask recently, so why did they choose to make a soundtrack CD for the game as one of the rewards? Why wasn't it the Year of Luigi soundtrack CD? In fact, this year is the year of Luigi, and Nintendo did make that CD available to Club Nintendo of Japan member.

     As weird as this appearance is, there has to be some kind of catch. I mean, this is Nintendo we're talking about. Nintendo is notorious for keeping secrets hidden and doing something that signals a new game in production. What I believe that this CD is pointing to is yet another Legend of Zelda remake. Except, this time, the remake is for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. When you look at Nintendo's current situation and back into their history, it only makes sense that one will be revealed following this CD.

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This is the CD Nintendo made available for elite status Club Nintendo members.

     First of all, let's start by looking at the possibilities and Nintendo's current state. Although the Wii U is struggling and is in dire need for help right now, it looks like this remake would be better suited for the 3DS instead. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake is already on its way to the Nintendo Wii U and will release this October, so it is out of Nintendo's nature to release two Zelda remakes (not re-releases) on one platform within a short time period. Nintendo also has a tendency to release a Zelda remake in anticipation of a brand-new Zelda game; The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released in anticipation of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is releasing in anticipation of the next Zelda game for the Wii U. If The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was remade for the 3DS, it would precede the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which would follow the trend Nintendo's created. Plus, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64, games that were originally released for the Nintendo 64, were remade in 3D on the 3DS, showing that Nintendo knows how to remake an N64 game on the 3DS. On top of all this, one thing that further justifies a Majora's Mask remake is the fact that Nintendo offered an Ocarina of Time soundtrack CD on Club Nintendo to people who bought the game near launch.

      In the past, Nintendo's even done things that hint toward a new game in production, with the most recent example being in Donkey Kong. On February 14th, 2013, Reggie Fils-Aime announced a remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS. When this was announced, it was thought of a very odd move to make when considering that the game released on the Wii a little over two years ago, but things started making sense a few months later when E3 2013 came around. At this event, Nintendo revealed Retro Studios' brand-new video game, which just so happened to be Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a sequel to Donkey Kong Country. Before that, New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was remade in anticipation of the upcoming Donkey Kong Country Returns. Pikmin even saw this move, with Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2, a remake for Pikmin 2 on the Wii, releasing in anticipation of Pikmin 3, a game that launches on August 4th, 2013. Many other games were remade in anticipation of upcoming titles: Nintendo Selects: Animal Crossing: City Folk came before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 64 DS came in anticipation of Mario Kart DS and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and Kirby in Nightmare Land came in anticipation of Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. Sure, some of these games launched one or two years after the remakes, but the remakes still were released in anticipation of an upcoming game in the franchise. If a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask remake was made in anticipation of A Link Between Worlds, it would only follow this trend of releasing remakes before a new game that Nintendo set.

     What I am focusing on right now are just pure facts and Nintendo's history, but what about what Nintendo has said on the issue of a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask? Although this was a while ago, Shigeru Miyamoto was questioned about the future of The Legend of Zelda and did, in fact, mention Majora's Mask, saying that he was thinking about remaking A Link to the Past, Majora's Mask, or creating a sequel to A Link to the Past. We all know that a Link to the Past sequel has been in production and is making its way to the 3DS, but Majora's Mask is always something he could be working on, especially since Miyamoto is interested in it. More recently, Miyamoto has expressed his interest on a remake to Majora's Mask and stated that they're still thinking about a remake to Majora's Mask, which is a very good sign. Eiji Aonuma even went out to state in an interview with Nintendo Power magazine that Nintendo was "currently deciding whether to remake The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the Nintendo 3DS." Based on comments made by key producers at Nintendo, it looks very possible that a Majora's Mask remake is in production or, at least, in consideration.

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Note: This is strictly fan art and not real box art.

     While it hasn't been announced and might not even be in production whatsoever, it truly seems like Nintendo is on to something with The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and I wouldn't be surprised if a remake is in order. If you gather all of the evidence, it's not a bad speculation of a remake being on its way. Fans are interested in one, so it wouldn't not make sense for Nintendo to make one for the 3DS. In my opinion, I'd love for Nintendo to remake The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, especially for the Nintendo 3DS, but it looks like we'll just have to wait and see what happens. 

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