The intense consumer-driven push for a re-release of one of Nintendo’s most loved games, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask has become an undeniably popular movement. This took form in Operation Moonfall in 2011 and got the attention of Nintendo within mere days.
The influence of Operation Moonfall has been immense, but now a few years have passed and there has been no word of a re-make coming to life from Nintendo. The game has been referenced most recently in the form of an easter egg in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds so it seems Nintendo understand the popularity of the title. However, whether the re-release is even being considered (or being currently developed) is anyones guess.
Seeing as Opeation Moonfall will enter its 3rd year of campaigning in July 2014, I’m beginning to believe that 2014 is the last chance for Majora’s Mask to come to life again. It’s important to note that Nintendo have probably not shut the door on this idea though. Considering the consumer volume levels on this topic, I’d expect Nintendo to tell us if they decide not to re-make the game – but there is absolutely no guarantee. However, If there is no announcement in the next 9 months then it seems highly unlikely there will ever be one. Here’s why.
It’s a fair guess to assume that Majora’s Mask could be developed fairly quickly for the 3DS. It uses the same game engine and borrows loads of graphics from Ocarina of Time (which was re-released for 3DS in 2012) so in essence many of the building blocks are already there. Back in the 90’s, the original Ocarina of Time took 4 years to develop while Majora’s Mask was made in only 1.
This begs the question – if the game was to be re-made, then we’d probably know about it by now. And we’re certainly not playing it. So where is it? The buzz around Operation Moonfall has settled and the stunning reception of A Link Between Worlds has rewarded the company for innovation rather than reanimation. Not only is it more fun to create something new, but it’s also profitable under the guidance of such a talented team.
As the clock keeps ticking, it just seems less and less likely. Nintendo might have deemed the idea unprofitable years ago. For all we know it could have been pitched and shot down as early as 2011. The fact we can only speculate is why hope for the re-make still exists, and that doesn’t feel right any more. It’s been this way for too long.
For these reasons, I think 2014 is the last chance for a Majora’s Mask re-make to see a green-lit announcement. Nintendo have had a long time to consider it, and I’d personally love to see it get made again. But, if there is still no word by the 2015 holiday season then don’t expect it to materialize.
…Ironically, there is still some hope for the cause as a result of Nintendo’s failing home console. It’s no secret that the Wii U is being wiped out by the might of Sony and Microsoft – and an early abandonment of the console would allow more focus on expanding the software catalogue for the 3DS.
Could this speculated shift of attention lead to a Majora’s Mask re-release? It certainly would be suitable for such a twisted game, to rise from the ashes of an unrelated failure.