PAX South: First Impressions – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)

Nintendo brought along one of their highly anticipated titles for the year to PAX South, and judging by the crowd at the booth for it and for a chance to get hands on the New Nintendo 3DS, it was the right move!  The lines for Majora’s Mask 3D were notable, and the reactions around us as we played were, quite literally, all positive.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL really extends the game’s capabilities, and it looks fantastic on the system. There were several demo levels to choose from, including the start of the game where Link runs into Skull Kid while riding through the forest. The face-tracking 3D really allows the graphics to come to life, keeping you immersed in the story and the game instead of distracting you with 3D that shifts out of phase if you change the angle of the device.

When Link gets transformed in this game, while wearing the mask, is where we really see the full power of the 3D effect on the new system. The level of depth to the 3D makes jumping and gliding segments feel much more natural.

The countdown clock on the PAX South demo meant time was limited on the device, but using the C-stick to manage the camera around Link makes a massive difference in getting a handle on the area and navigating through the environment. It’ll also ensure that your camera is pointed exactly where you want it to be, which—as veteran players know—makes an enormous difference.

The gadgets and items within the game are also much easier to manage, how that there’s quick access and drag & drop support—having two screens makes equipping items and sorting through inventory much quicker and gets you back in the game faster.

Anyone who was worried that having Majora’s Mask on the 3DS would take anything away from the original experience on the N64 should rest easy—this edition enhances the game, and doesn’t take anything away (based on our limited experience with the demo so far). Sure, there are no polygon lines, but no one looks all that different and you’ll still recognize Link.

If you were on the fence about both this game and the New Nintendo 3DS XL, if you get a chance to get your hands on one at a demo station in-store or an upcoming conference, I encourage you to do so. Undoubtedly this will push you off the fence and land you directly on the side of support for the system—if you didn’t want a New Nintendo 3DS XL before, after trying the game on the system? We think you’ll chance your mind.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming out very soon—it should hit store shelves on February 13th of this year.


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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