An Experience in Fear: A Majora’s Mask Retrospective

After the Game

Creative

As I’ve said before, there’s just something about this game that sticks with people. Majora’s Mask is the Nightmare Before Christmas of Zelda games. It lives far beyond its cartridge. I dare say it’s the most popular Zelda game, creatively speaking. Beyond the promotional art hyping up the current or upcoming of the Zelda games, the fans are still reveling in the cult classic-ness of Majora’s Mask.

Fans have recreated their own versions of the mask itself:

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A couple of my favorites include Deviantartist ThePropBox‘s version. It captures exactly what I’d imagine the actual mask to look like. The splintered, separated wood; chipped paint… it looks sufficiently aged!

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LumiMasks’ on etsy.com:

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Some creative people weren’t happy with just creating the mask, but sought to explain Skull Kid’s background before the mask and before Link shows up. These two are my favorites.

Before the Mask

Dead Theory

 

GameTheory’s MatPat suggested that Majora’s Mask is the story of Link being dead and going through the stages of grief, which gained a lot of traction. Fan YouTubers discussed, disputed, debunked, and fought about the idea.

Hero's ShadeIt’s currently unknown what forest Link was traveling through in the beginning and ending of Majora’s Mask, but fan speculation says that he was in the Lost Woods. Legend has it that if an adult were to get lost in the Lost Woods, they become a skeletal warrior called a stalfos (and if a child gets lost, they turn into a Skull Kid). It has been confirmed by the Hyrule Historia that the Hero’s Shade from Twilight Princess is the fate of Link from Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask, and Hyrule Encyclopedia confirms that the Hero’s Shade is classified as a stalfos. The Hero’s Shade laments that he was never remembered as a hero or passing on his warrior skills. To help ease his regrets, he teaches Twilight Princess Link how to fight; but oddly, he can only teach his skills to those who carry “the hero’s bloodline.” So, does that mean OoT/MM Link had a son sometime between MM and his untimely demise, and that TP Link is his son?

Creepypasta

BEN DROWNED is a story based on a supposed cursed cartridge of Ben drownedMajora’s Mask and has the honor (I guess?) of being the very first creepypasta I’ve read/experienced. It’s a very clever story, going from a written story to YouTube videos documenting the odd things happening with a particular copy of the game. The three videos can be found under the name Jadusable. Incorrectly or not, I blame the success of this story for the “haunted game” sub-genre of creepypastas Some of them interesting and some pretty terrible, such as the Lavender Town Syndrome, SONC.EXE, and Mario Kart Black. The BEN DROWNED story was created by Alex Hall during his sophomore year in college.

Bible Connection

Even though the moon with that horrible, horrible face is about to destroy the… land? World? Parallel universe? …of Termina, Link has to have the courage to do what needs to be done to stand against the odds. Deuteronomy 31:6 says to “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

If you play through the game completely straightforward, traveling to the swamp, mountain, ocean, and canyon, conquer the bosses, defeat Majora and call it done, you’ll miss the biggest part of the game: the people. Just about everyone you meet in the game is a side-quest waiting to be activated. A dancing troop who needs Link to show them some sweet moves, Business Scrubs playing Musical Chairs, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose wedding is set for after the carnival, and so many more. Even with the moon threatening to crush them all, they still need Link’s help! It reminds me a lot of Romans 12:21. “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

Terrible Fate

Music by Zelda ReOrchestrated (zreomusic.com)

Images from various parts of the internet and belong to their owners.

Justin Jones

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri; I now live in Nowhere Southern Illinois (aka, the not-Chicago part) with my wife and two teenage dauniesters. My first gaming system was a Super Nintendo and I've been a Nintendo fanboy ever since. If I'm not gaming during my free time, chances are I'm either modding action figures or taking some toy photography.

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