Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo, 2000)

Majora's Mask

Step into a world defined by destruction, and push back against reality to keep the moon in the sky for 72 more hours.  Read my analysis and theory on “Majora’s Mask,” catalogued chronologically here.

  1. “Dawn of the First Day”:  why “Majora’s Mask” is unique.
  2. “Majora’s Mask” should terrify you, and this is why.
  3. Want to learn how to design sidequests?  Play “Majora’s Mask.”
  4. “My sorrows are melting away into the song”:  how to build a universe of of music.
  5. “Legend of Whom?”  What to do with a “Zelda” game without Zelda.
  6. “Even if I die… It won’t be in peace.”  The dynamics of death in “Majora’s Mask.”
  7. Interlude:  why games matter, and what Jane Austen has to do with it.
  8. “Majora’s Mask” addresses marginalized groups in a way you might miss — and that’s the point.
  9. Mister Owl, how many timelines does it take to get to the center of free will and determinism?
  10. You don’t have to know anything about Buddhism to appreciate “Majora’s Mask,” but it helps.
  11. What can Deku Link teach us about the nature of gaming?  Part I of III examining the Song of Healing.
  12. “If you truly can see me, then follow behind me.”  Part II of III examining the Song of Healing.
  13. Why can’t Skull Kid be healed?  Part III of III examining the Song of Healing.
  14. Interlude:  of theoretical gaming analysis, and “Majora’s Mask” versus James Joyce.
  15. Dawn of a New Year, and the curious case of the Happy Mask Salesman in Termina.
  16. Line Analysis:  “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”
  17. “He was lonely”:  the pathos of Skull Kid.
  18. Console Analysis:  What a portable Termina means for “Majora’s Mask.”
  19. “Wait a minute Mister Postman”:  the problem of Termina in a single man.
  20. Aliens, cows, and “Assassin’s Creed”:  what works, and what doesn’t.
  21. Line Analysis:  “Wherever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow.”
  22. “A soldier who has no heart”:  understanding the Elegy of Emptiness.
  23. Playing the Song of Time:  a “Throwback Thursday” analysis.
  24. This is why Anju and Kafei are the most important citizens of Termina.
  25. Welcome to New Termina: Analyzing “Majora’s Mask 3D.”
  26. From PAX Aus: Horror in Majora’s Mask.
  27. Critical Review: Majora’s Mask Should Terrify You, and This is Why.

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