[UPDATED!] Majora's Mask 3DS Release Date: Retailer Leaks Remake For 2013, 3DS Nintendo Direct Shocks Everyone
UPDATE: Right idea, wrong generation. It's a Link to the Past sequel. Hit that link for full details.
Majora's Mask 3DS is coming. It's really coming. After all these years, the greatest Legend of Zelda game ever made will finally grace a modern day Nintendo system once again. It's not officially confirmed yet, but an increasing volume of retailer leaks - and the big 3DS Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday - strongly suggest that one of the presentation's major announcements will be a Majora's Mask 3DS port (or, more likely, a full, ground up remake - like Ocarina of Time 3D). And, honestly, that is the best news the 3DS could possibly get. For once, it's better than an actual new Zelda game.
Several retailers have leaked Majora's Mask 3DS this week. First, a Spanish retailer accidentally put up the image on their site. And this is no Photoshop: I screencapped the image below myself, from the retailer Xtralife, just moments ago (if you want to try this at home, you may need to refresh the page a few times before it pops up. And they may pull it once Nintendo of Europe gets wind).
The actual link (pun intended) on Majora's Mask goes nowhere; it just redirects to the store's main page. But that listing is there. That cover art is, as far as I can tell, brand new. And it definitely says "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask."
Majora's Mask 3DS has been a gaming holy grail for so long that a little skepticism is no crime. But Zelda Informer has done some digging; Their research discovered that the Majora's Mask page has been up for a while - at least since Pokémon X & Y were announced - but was private until Tuesday, suggesting that the link only went live recently, most likely by accident. They also remind us that Xtralife leaked the Nexus 7 well before its announcement, so they have a track record for both having secrets and not being able to keep them.
Other sites, like Nintendo Life, are more skeptical of the existence of Majora's Mask 3DS. But considering the success of Ocarina of Time 3DS, and the general shortage of an original 3DS Zelda title, it makes sense for Nintendo to remake it. And it makes sense for it to be leaked a day before a major 3DS Nintendo Direct presentation.
Ninty Chronicle has even discovered a Majora's Mask 3DS release date, although we can be a bit more skeptical of that. They discovered a potential release date of November 8, 2013. Even if the specific date is wrong, the release period seems reasonable enough: Zelda games have a long history of coming out in November, on the early end of the holiday season.
Majora's Mask 3DS, just in case you don't know it already, would be a truly stunning development. Majora's Mask is one of the darkest Zelda games, and its endlessly repeating three day cycle - at the end of which the Moon destroys the entire world - keeps the game's focus on the power of time while remaining very different from its immediate predecessor, Ocarina of Time. As you might've guessed from my breathless report, it's fantastic.
For what it's worth, GameFaqs named it the Game of the Decade. Nintendo has teased a 3D remake for years: Eiji Aonuma called it "not an impossibility" when Ocarina of Time 3D came out, and, in 2011, teased the chance for news sometime in the future. Most recently, at E3 2012, Miyamoto-san himself confirmed that Nintendo was actively experimenting and considering revisiting Majora's Mask.
It seems those experiments are over and the decision is made. It seems that we might finally be going to get Majora's Mask 3DS. And tomorrow, we'll know for sure. In the meantime, watch this fan video of what Majora's Mask with modern graphics could look like:
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