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Majora's Mask Why is Majora's Mask So Underrated?


Jan 31, 2008
Amherst, MA
Didn't I already answer this one?
Majora's Mask is underrated? Every time I ask somebody about Majora's Mask the typical response is praise to high heaven. I've heard people criticize the game, yes, but I've never thought of it as underrated. Overrated, if anything. Majora's Mask didn't appeal to me that much, so I don't see where all the appeal comes from. On our very own "Best Zelda Game" poll here at the forums Majora's Mask is in second place, trailing just slightly behind Ocarina of Time. I don't think that's where it should be. I think that Oracle of Ages and The Wind Waker far surpassed Majora's Mask. From my own experience so many people constantly talk highly of Majora's Mask, but I just don't see the reasoning behind their appeal. The praise I keep hearing about Majora's Mask makes me think of it as overrated, not underrated.

A lot of people, myself included, like the game for it's variation from the normal. It provided a new atmosphere and a sense of overall melancholy that really added to the game. It took the masks idea from Ocarina of Time and improved upon it greatly. Granted that some masks could have been left out or made more useful, but it was a fantastic idea. The new antagonist was a fresh new twist to the game that I think most Zelda fans enjoyed, which is the opposite of what you said. I guess the style didn't appeal to me quite as much as others, but I didn't exactly like the layout of the game's overworld either. I think that, for some reason, that kind of turned me away. The mask idea was great, and I appreciate it, but it wasn't the best for my tastes. It seems that most people praise the game for the masks, the variation, etc. Majora's Mask was a fantastic game, and that's what I typically hear from most people. It wasn't one of my personal favorites, but it most certainly isn't underrated.
Sep 28, 2010
Majora's Mask isn't underrated anymore, not by fans anyway. It was underrated "back in my day, sonny" :P but now it's doing pretty well. I think this is a combination of several factors, most import being access to the game, thanks to the VC, people can play it now and form their own opinions of the game, which are usually positive. Before then many fans had not played it, and so either had no opinion or echoed the vocal haters, who said many things that would make someone who'd not played it think it was bad. Another thing is that the generation who grew up on OOT is old enough now to appreciate MM, since it is for a slightly older audience. Most Zelda fans today do not under-rate Majora's Mask at all, it's ratings on websites sometimes get lowered by the few haters who give it a 0 because they're mad that it's not OOT (even though we already have OOT) or they hate it cause it's a new-fangled confounded three dimensional game (so basically they hate all the newer titles).

It warms my heart, because I do remember when there was much hate for this game, but now there is much love <3


Apr 29, 2011
I don't
MM is so great because it's totally different than OoT. It had six bottles I stead of four( I know not a big deal), the three day cycle, more confusing dungeons and the best character development in the series. If MM was similar to OoT or TP in any way, I would hate it. Zelda 2 and MM are good because they are different. If Zelda games are all basically the same there is no point in playing them. You'd know how the story would go if it was all the same.
Dec 9, 2009
I admit it took me at least an hour to really get into the game, and another several hours to really appreciate it. Once you really get into the game however, you realise how truly unique and clever this game really is. Story-wise Majora's Mask is much better and much deeper than any other Zelda title. While not as accessible or epic as Ocarina of Time, its qualities lie in the fact that it actually tries something new, without destroying the classic Zelda formula and does an amazing job at storytelling in the proces.

What got me annoyed, though, was the fact that you have to do many of the stuff done before over and over again. Usually, there is an item or ocarina song that allows you to skip whole parts of the game when going back in time, but you'd better figure out quickly where you can find it before doing so. Furthermore, you'd better get all the fairies in the dungeons on your first try, because you will lose them if you travel back in time. The same goes for items like bombs and arrows. Everything is reset, but you do not always know how to prevent having to do quests again. The time limit can be really frustrating in the dungeons if you're struggling with puzzles and want to get all the fairies and treasure chests.

And, boy, was the Anju and Kafei quest frustrating! One tiny little mistake and you'd have to do the whole darn thing all over again. It really drove me insane to the point I started swearing in frustration.

It is these little frustrations that ultimately make for both a unique and clever, but also at times a really annoying Zelda quest. That's why Ocarina of Time is simply better. It has much more universal appeal. For all it's flaws, though, the concept of Majora's Mask is so brilliant, it is still one of the best games in the series.

I wrote a review of this game on MobyGames.com that explains my feelings about the game in much greater detail. It's a bit of a long read, but with a game like Majora's Mask you need it to be somewhat in-depth to truly grasp what this game is all about and what makes it so unique.

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I don't see it as underrated or overrated. I'd see it as overlooked. It always stayed in the shadow of Ocarina of Time. Every time I ask someone about it, they compare it to Ocarina of Time as opposed to talking about how unique it is to the series as a whole. It's like when Zelda II came out and it was so different from the first that people didn't favor it as much as the first. When Majora's Mask came out, It was constantly compared to Ocarina of Time and rightfully so as it was the second 3D title in the series. People nowadays like Zelda II because it is different from the first and the rest of the 2D games in the series. It also puts up a great challenge. Majora's Mask is like the black sheep of the 3D games and is like Zelda II in the way it was compared. As far as I know, it will always be overlooked by Ocarina of Time.
Jul 31, 2010
I agree with the Hero_in_Green,:
"The game was fantastic, but it was sooo tedious. Like it wasnt to the point where it was hard per se, but annoying at some parts. but the best thing about it is when you finally complete the those tedious parts you feel so good and accomplished. i loved the dark atmosphere as it provided something different than OoT."

and JuicieJ:
"It was living in the shadow of its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, and follow that up with its non-traditional aspects (especially after Ocarina of Time), you get a game that is not appreciated (and even rejected) by most fans. Game reviewers always saw it as it truly is, as they weren't viewing it through biased eyes. Personally, I always loved it, but I didn't realize how good it was when I first played it, as I had played Ocarina of Time (which started my love of The Legend of Zelda) about 4 years before, and it somewhat overshadowed my judgement of it, as well."

I thought that Majora's Mask was a GREAT game, although not as good as Ocarina of Time. I thought that it was monotonous, going back to Day One all the time. I thought that it could be better without the Three Day Cycle, but that would ruin the whole game, and make you loose the sense of dread, and the feeling of hurry. So, Nintendo did right there. Majora's Mask is underrated...COMPARED to Ocarina of Time because OoT was the first 3D Zelda, and it was rated so high (in Nintendo Power and various other magazines). But nonetheless, Majora's Mask was a very good game.
Feb 4, 2011
Oh dear, my response isn't going to make people happy

Let me say this, I do think Majora's Mask is a great game and an underrated one at the same time... by the gaming industry in general.

However... I think the Zelda fanbase, including everyone here at Zelda Dungeon, is overblowing how great it is.


I used to think that MM was way under rated. Especially after I beat it for the first time and started jizzing over how frickin great it was. It has the most immersive plot I've ever encountered in a game, especially one for N64. But now I'm realizing how many MM lovers there are out there, after reading this blog and lots of other posts on tumblr and other blogs.

Majoras Mask>Ocarina of time


Jan 19, 2011
Recently, I have found that Majora's Mask has recieved the praise that it deserved. This is a trend that I've seen a lot in the Zelda series, fans bash the new game, for the sole reason that it isn't the norm that there used to, but as soon as the fans actualy play the game, they say that it is great, maybe even better than what they're used to. Some of the games that this has happened to are Wind Waker, for it's graphics, Majora's Mask, for having the three day cycle and being darker than usual, and lastly Skyward Sword, again, complaints about the graphics.

I think that every Zelda game should deserve as high a praise as games like A Link to the Past, and Ocarina of Time, as soon as they are announced, but fan-boys will be fan-boys, right? I love every Zelda game for the sole reason of their namesake, and I retain that love when I play the games. This happened as much with Majora's Mask as with any other game...


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Jun 23, 2010
Herts, England
I would assume that it gets looked over a lot of the time because it can be complicated if you're not sure what you're meant to be doing. I know that I was stuck in Clock Town on my first play-through until the end of the final day, wandering around with no real purpose.
It can seem like an awful lot of work to get involved in the plot, you need to be fairly organised if you want to get several things done in one cycle and what not. I'm sure i'm not the only one who sees a game that requires actual planning and sets it aside for something simple and straightforward.

I have to say though; I have a feeling that a certain degree of 'modern' attention towards that game is curiosity sparked by the whole 'Ben' story.


I love it because of the overall general creepiness of the game. And the fact that there's like 32105646 side quests. So when people say the game is too short well really it's not if you get the fierce deity mask.


The Unknown
Jun 18, 2011
Majora's Mask...hidden in the Living in the Shadow of Ocarina of Time???

Well, we all have to love Ocarina of Time. This was THE Zelda video game. The one that made ALttP's identity of Zelda be known throughout the whole gaming world. But, what did that mean to it's sequel: Majora's Mask? If MM came before OoT, would it be the one getting the praise OoT is getting today. Would it have been the "greatest game of all time"? Well, certainly, OoT's captivating story and revolutionary was gameplay great, yet the Mask transformations, the deep character involvement,a and Clock Town design they presented in MM was AWESOME! Despite this post though, I still do think that OoT is still superior. Well what's your guys' opinion?


Mad haters lmao
May 26, 2010
Hylian Champion
Well, I think OoT would still be "owning" MM. OoT practically has MM on a doggie leash in that whatever MM does right, OoT gets the praise. I've read so many reviews that cite that OoT as having stellar sidequests, an attribute that really is only in MM! :O

It would be different if OoT came after MM, because the story could confuse a lot of people and it wouldn't make too much sense at first, but I don't know for sure lol.


For a moment, I read the topic title as a Majora's Mask easter egg found in OoT 3D in something living in the shadow temple. lol Anyway, never really thought of this. I'm sure more people would love Majora's Mask, but maybe the love for OoT would stay the same. So OoT would still be more popular IMO, but MM would have been liked more than it currently does.


The Unknown
Jun 18, 2011
I mean yeah, OoT is getting the love because of the revolutionary things it did. Yet I guess there was a lot of freedom in MM due to the sidequests (haven't really played the game myself, just heard it from ppl :p ). But OoT's story was just more memorable i guess.

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