Nintendo Showdown: Ocarina of Time vs. Majora’s Mask

Nintendo Showdown Ocarina of Time vs. Majora's Mask

Welcome back to another edition of Nintendo Showdown! This is a weekly series at Nintendo Enthusiast, and it requires some audience participation. Every week we’ll compare two (or more) Nintendo games and pit them against each other in a showdown. Your votes decide the winner, so choose wisely! In celebration of the upcoming launch of the Link’s Awakening remake, we’re doing a month of Zelda matchups! For the first contest, we’re looking at two other Zelda games that got the remake treatment. It’s Ocarina of Time vs. Majora’s Mask! Which one of these N64 classics (and 3DS remakes) is best? Cast your vote and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Nintendo Showdown: Zelda Masterpieces

Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time transformed the beloved Zelda franchise into a 3D adventure, and it was an incredible success. It featured an interesting story starring memorable characters, revolutionary 3D combat and puzzle-solving, iconic dungeons, and an incredible soundtrack. It set the standard for 3D Zelda games, and for adventure games in general. There’s a good reason it topped so many “Best Games of All Time” lists shortly after its release.

Majora’s Mask

Majora’s Mask left Ganon, Hyrule, and the Triforce all behind. It was a strange, new adventure in the mysterious land of Termina. The constant threat of the moon hovering overhead set the tone for one of the darker Zelda games. The looping three-day cycle and its focus on sidequests made it a truly unique experience. It took risks instead of following the usual template, and that made it a refreshing change of pace.

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.