They aren't the same characters though, they look the same because they are the parallel universe equivalent of those characters.I've never played Majora's Mask until today, and I'm addicted! It's fun to be kid Link, and not having Ganon as the main enemy and the triforce being apart of the story spices it up a little bit and makes it more interesting because it's not the same thing over, and over again. I love the places, and the people! The only thing I was a tad confused with was apparently Link left Hyrule, but some of the same characters from Hyrule Castle Town, Lake Hylia, Lon Lon Ranch, etc are in it with different names. I kind of wish they would of made different ones rather than a few. I dont see how anyone can't not enjoy this game and not find it relevant. It's amazing! The storyline is awesome, just like all the Zelda games are!
Tehmuffinmon, you nailed it! Majora's Mask definatly doesn't have a "nostalgic" feeling to it. It is the only Zelda game with a large amount of realism and heavy connections with our society. Power, blindness to our actions, not taking responsability for what we have done. Majora himself is a prime example of the issues of our society and the Ganon-Slaying, Princess saving formula of the other games cannot really apply to modern times. When is the last time you went on a hunt for an evil pig monster and were off to save a princess?Majora's Mask is easily my favorite Zelda game. I didn't even play it properly until a few years back, but it still managed to overcome the "nostalgia factor" of all the other Zelda games I'd played. And I'm a pretty dang nostalgic guy, too; it's rare that my old favorites ever get dethroned, but that's what Majora's Mask did.