Today’s the day, Zelda Universe! This is the very day that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was released in the Americas for the Nintendo 64 ten years ago. And I believe I speak for all of the diehard Majora’s Mask fans out there, as well as the entire Zelda fan community, when I say, “Happy 10th Anniversary, Majora’s Mask!”

What made Majora’s Mask so unique, you ask?  Well, here we have four great reasons!

• Tick Tock! – Majora’s Mask is the only Zelda game in the series with a “time limit” mechanic, due to the fact that the moon will fall and destroy Termina if you don’t keep track of time!

• Darkness – Majora’s Mask has a dark atmosphere, as you and the people of Termina must constantly deal with the unstoppable threat of apocalype from the constantly falling moon.

• Collectibles – Like Wind Waker, Majora’s Mask has a lot to collect—Rupees, Masks, bottles, etc. It has the most masks of any game in the series, and each of them has its own unique function.

• Side-quests – A good Zelda game must have side-quests. It’s like jelly on toast – it’s got to be there in order to taste good. Majora’s Mask is a giant side-quest in the Zelda series (because it doesn’t take place in Hyrule), but that’s not all – the game itself is filled with in-depth sidequests, boasting the best and largest number of quests of any Zelda game.

That’s not all that Majora’s Mask brought to us, so why not head over to your Virtual Console and start up a new file of Majora’s mask, in honor of its 10th birthday? It’s sure to be worth your while.

Happy Gaming to you all and long live the Zelda Universe!

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  • Rachel

    Aww, today is my wedding anniversary, too! 😀

    • Joko tree

      Wow I hope you enjoy today.

    • Akuzo911

      You sure chose a great day to get married!

    • Paffe

      Happy Anniversery!!

  • LuX

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! MAJORAS MASK!

    • Joko tree

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I've found Gordon Browns mask….(Oh crud)
      I mean yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Majora's mask

  • phantommajora

    Wow, that's kind of scary because I have decided to do the EXACT same thing that you are doing. What's so weird is that I'm also on Majora's Mask. What would have made it more weird is if I was also on Ikana Canyon, but I'm only up to the Great Bay at this point.

    But yes, I'm also celebrating Skyward Sword, however I've decided to play all of the Zelda titles, so once I'm through with Majora's Mask, it's on to the Oracle games.

    • triforce_ch8ser

      Me three : ) I'm new to the Zelda series and have been playing through them since June in preparation for Skyward Sword. Excluding the rarest of Zelda titles, I have yet to play through tAoL, aLttP, TP, OoS and OoA, and the MC. However, I'm ignoring the multi-player Zeldas. Anyone else playing through all of the Zelda titles?

      • Blizzeta93

        You could say i am, but you could say i'm not. right now the only games i won't end up playing are the Oracle series, 4 swords, and The Oracles. To Thareous, I'm also at aabout the same spot, however, I want to get the Anju/Kafi sidequest out of the way. So far I have had 2 failed attempts at getting his sun mask. Hopefully I'll get it this time. Good luck to all of you in your Zelda Questing!

        • Blizzeta93

          what i mean is, the oracle series, 4 swords and LoZ 2.

          • Blizzeta93

            and the DS games

  • bradley

    I think MM is better than OoT. Probably my favorite Zelda game 😀

    • Ryoni

      Same here!

  • Nan

    It's only been 10 years? Wow.. Seems so long ago now. XD

  • Joko tree

    Happy B day MM.

    • Joko tree

      Whoops happy 10th year MM

  • Just another fan

    Waaay, happy birthday! Wooaah, ten years? It means i was 6 when i got it… No wonder i didn't manage to complete it… 🙂

  • Twilit_Dragon

    Lately i've played and beat in the last couple months are Ocarina Of Time, Majora's Mask, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks and in no paticular order.

    • Joko tree

      I've beat WW, PH, MC and I've almost beat OOT after that I will try and beat MM.

  • Syron

    Majora's Mask was the very first Zelda game i owned and played from beginning to end. To this day it is still my favorite.

    I acquired the game just when it was released and have the original N64 and game – I still replay it over and over again.

    When I first saw Link ride through the old forest and the chaos that came after that – I was having the best time in a video game that i have ever had.

    For my birthday, I thought I was getting OOT, but instead I got something that would turn out to be far better than I anticipated. MM is the deepest and darkest Zelda game I have ever played, the design and concept for me is forgettable – it's been an inspiring game for me and my art ever since I received it 🙂

    • Joko tree

      Thats so beautiful.No this stops here I must man up, take action, drink a pint of beer and fall off the roof.

      • Syron

        LOL XP mmm I'm inspired to draw Fierce Deity Link 8D

  • I was about to go to sleep, then I saw this post. Now I started up my MM game.

    I'm ok with this.

  • Mr. Link

    How could you have been 11, when it's your 10th birthday today? 😀

    • Joko tree

      Nice. 🙂

  • Joko tree

    I hope Nintendo bring back the Fierce Deity mask.Just so you can fight Ganondorf in an extremly epic battle and posibly end him once and for all.And I know that would have to be the last Zelda game but it would be the best.

    • Joko tree

      And bring back Majora's mask so Majora can find a host with great powers (Ganondorf).That would be awesome.

  • Ashmic

    ahhh god i love sidequests because in THIS particular game they were good, hear that nintendo *wink* *wink* put it in ur zelda games!

  • ChainofTermina

    you guys should have seen the party they had over at the Stock Pot. there were masks, dancing, food, all that good stuff. Anju made this cake in the shape of a big number ten, lulu debuted her new single that she wrote just for the occasion and Kafei totally lost to his daughter at the bobing-for-Deku nuts contest. it was awesome.

    ………..what? look at my name, people!

    • Shaelyn

      I need directions to the Stock Pot Inn, please!

      • ChainofTermina

        It's across the street from Latte's Milk Bar. Has a big bell on the roof, you can't miss it. 😉

    • Ashmic

      Anju didn't send me an invitation! >> How come i wasn't invited

      • ChainofTermina

        Cause you don't live in Termina. sorry, 🙁

        • ZeldaGurl_

          Lulz, I wish I lived in Termina. Such a darling little place…except for the fact that some mad imp tries to crush it underneath the moon. Oh well… gimme some of dat cake will ya?^^

          • Joko tree

            I live in Termina,bad thing is I can't meet my brothers and sisters because my father met this guy in a green hat; and asked him to spread out some seeds (one of them was me) but we still send E-mails to each other.I hope my brother Deku's Ok last time I heard he was verry ill.

  • wayofthesheikah

    I still remember the first day I got this game. I worked really hard for my dad that October because I was on an allowance and didn't have nearly enough saved up to buy it. So to do so I asked if I could do the wood splitting that year, and in return I'd get like $20-$30, which would have given me enough to go buy Majora's Mask, which had just come out.

    Unfortunately even though I did a good job, I didn't make enough and I was really bummed and depressed about it. Well the next day , a Wednesday I think, my dad was home and I had gone out with my mom to go shopping. I come back and just happen to go to the living room where my N64 was. And what do I see leaning against my N64 with the box art facing me in all its glory? Majora's Mask.

    I never forgot what my dad did for me and I always think of him whenever I play Majora's Mask. I can tell you one thing though: I definitely had a good time that weekend, =D

    • That is fantastic. Trying to scrape up enough money to buy games with an allowance always felt special. I did the same thing with OoT.

      • wayofthesheikah

        Haha, same thing here but I rented OoT so much from the local video store my parents eventually got it for me for my birthday.

        And I couldn't agree more with you, there was just something special about saving up enough for that new game and not blowing it on other things. I still remember the time I spent trying to save up for a GCN. I remember I started nearly seven or so months before its release to earn enough money to get it at launch day. I didn't manage to get it right when it launched, but I got it about two weeks after. Too bad I had to get another one a few years later though because my first one died (error reading every disc I put in it. The whole thing was strange. I think I might have damaged the lens).

        Haha, again I feel so old now. It's been ten years since Termina was saved from impending doom by our beloved Hero of Time. Rejoice!

  • frank

    February 21 2011 will be a celebration of a lifetime. The Zelda series will turn officially 25 than!

    • -Stares at Nintendo until they announce a 25th Anniversary Wii/DS celebration-

      I mean, I love Mario games, but I love Zelda just that little bit more. And a Wiimote with Crest of the Royal Family would be all types of magnificent.

      • Joko tree

        Odd thing is my sister is the same age as the Sonic series.

  • Lady Zelda

    Happy Birthday my love majora mask *-*

  • Larwaa

    Best. Game. Ever. Ilu MM <3

  • Sanity's_Theif

    My favorite Zelda game, if I'm gonna go back and play a previous Zelda any time soon it's going to be this one

    I kind of wish they'd make another Zelda game like this(not in Termina necessarily) but then it might reduce the uniqueness of Majora's Mask, maybe if they just took some aspects from the game at least

  • Calliope

    My favorite Zelda game. My favorite video game of all time.
    I still remember getting the game the day it came out. For some reason this makes me feel really old.

    But anyways, happy birthday, buddy 🙂

  • Toonie

    No! Wow…incredible. How time flies…I remember waiting for this game for so long, and finally getting it the Christmas it was released in Australia. It was vibrant yet ominous. It truly was a unique experience and to this day is one of my fav Zelda titles.

  • Art1st4786

    Oh God, I feel so old now o_o I can't believe it's been ten years! I remember this coming out my freshman year of high school. This was actually the first video game I ever pre-ordered, so it holds a special place in my heart.

    Happy Birthday, Majora's Mask!

  • Emilaxel

    The greatest game ever made is now ten years old! Ocarina of time and Majoras mask was the first games that I ever played, and they are still the best! 🙂

  • Noname

    Hey you guys should post something about the new ocarina of time 3ds footage. (Check the 3ds blog)

    • Adam

      If you check some of our older posts, you will find that we have.

  • ivygem

    Happy Birthday, I Love this game <3

  • Rohan

    I just spent some time making a Majora's Mask wallpaper just for the hell of it. Here's the link: http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/6774/sdesperat
    I've loved this game for ten years, and it will most probably remain my favorite game of all time (unless another Zelda game tops it).

    • Joko tree

      I think it's cool.

  • Peter

    Majora's Mask is actually the only game I have ever seen with a time limit.
    It is one of my favorite games of all time and should have a sequel!

  • ALinktothePresent

    Happy Birthday, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask!!!
    You've inspired me to read this boring book so that I can play The Legend of Zelda and then The Adventure of Link and then A Link to the Past and then Link's Awakening and then Ocarina of Time and then you!!! I promise to try my hardest to place you in the timeline correctly!!!
    Maybe in nine years I'll be sharing how well I remember the first time I played Spirit Tracks…

  • Lancelot-sama!

    my top zelda game to this day <3 i love it to bits, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM!

  • Zeldo

    i've played this game more than any other zelda game. well, more than any game PERIOD! i think i've played it completely about 17 times since i've had it?

  • KyleLink

    Oh mask of Majora. How your love for destruction made me grasp your story more. Your hatred to all light made me tremble in fear. From masks of different uses to a distant land unknown to Hylians made me want to chase a small boy through the woods. A decade has past yet you still are in my mind. You will never be forgotten or replaced. You truly are the best Zelda game and villain of all. Happy 10th aniversary, you crazy-eyed mask you. 🙂

  • QueenxLink

    HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY MAJORA'S MASK! You were quite an interesting game. :3

  • matt17

    Wow I was 8 when this game came out. I still remember the moment of getting it, I was completely surprised

  • Lach Menel

    I honor of this game (AWhich I love but have yet to beat, Dang the great bay boss!) I am going to be a Skull Kid for Halloween! Hopeful I`ll get pics to put on the forums.

  • keiferm

    Ironic, today is the 10th anniversary of PS2 but IGN said NOTHING about MM.

  • Akuzo911

    I'm kinda sad Nintendo isn't really acknowledging this at all. 🙁

  • Zelda fan Gabo

    I´m from Mexico, and I remember I asked my aunt who was travelling to the USA back then to PLEASE bring me MM ´cause back in that day, games got here a little later. She told me "We´re travelling with just the exact amount of money to complete our trip", and I didn´t have a sigle peso ($) to give her, so I nearly cried…. When she came back she told me to meet her at my grandma´s house and OMG!!! There was Majora´s Mask looking at me with its twisted eyes!! It made me so happy and proud to be playing that one before most of my fellow mexican Zelda fans 🙂

  • Zanio

    Ooooh, snap.
    It was released November 17th for Australia, so I can't celebrate it yet!
    I was totally going to dress as Majora's Mask/The Skull Kid this year for Halloween, but unfortunately I haven't got the time to make the costume. Maybe next year!

  • tonyriva

    ahhhh… yeah… I remember getting it the very release date, 4 days after my birthday yay!

  • LoZymugglegater

    Yay,happy anniversary Majora's Mask!I know what game I'm gonna play this weekend!

  • mario_master

    wow!! has it been that long? i remember the first time i played this. i had rented the game when the game was about 4 years old because i remember PS2 games. anyhow i sucked big time and the moon gave me nightmares for weeks but now because of that game i am a happy zelda fan defeating ST, TP, OOT, TP, recently via virtual console MM, PH and i am working on LOZ

  • mrnjlw1090

    I've always believed that Majora's Mask was the darkest Zelda game. Twilight Princess comes pretty close, but it still could have been a bit darker. I would like to see a future Zelda game scare the crap out of me!

  • Reapus

    Happy Birthday to my first Zelda game, Majora's Mask. It's my first and most favorite Zelda game, now if I could just get a 3DS remake of it like OoT. 😛

    • Joko tree

      There is a good chance that MM will be remade for the 3Ds because Nintendo have the character models for the game,and it will make ALOT of money.

  • ZeldaGurl_

    Omigosh! O.O"!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAJORA'S MASK!!! 😀

    I still can't believe that it's been 10 years… man I was 5 then, so no wonder I hadn't completed it until like 2 years ago. Man, what a great game. Although not the big boy like Ocarina of Time, it still was ahead of it's time, and the story line was great, even if Zelda was only in very little of it…

    I love the side quests, and Ikana Canyon was probably the best temple to solve. I especially wuv little Epona, and the little chicks you grow. Little quests like that make it so much more enjoyable. And, being a musician, I love it how you could play all the different instruments throughout the game, and overlap them on stage. AND, I think the Milk Bar has one of the catchiest, most light-hearted tunes throughout the Zelda games, so if you're wanting to do a jig, that's perfect.

    Happy Birthday Majora's Mask. I guess I'm a few hours late to say it on time, but either way, it's a awesome game within the Legend of the series.^^

  • Gig

    10 years…3,650 days…I could have sworn I played it at LEAST that many times by now.

  • Abridger

    lol i still have it on n64 haha, too bad i havent beat it 😛

  • archmage84

    Fantastic game. Absolutely brilliant. I would go as far as to say it’s on par with OoT. Not better, because they’re completely different styles of games. But there’s so many elements of MM to be appreciated. The music, the gameplay, the general mood, everything.

    (By the way, has anyone here tried a 3-Day run? It’s where you finish the entire game in the three days after getting your Ocarina?)

  • G.Tom

    This is my favorite Zelda. The first time I played it was the first time I played Zelda at all, at that Collector's Disc that was included with Mario Kart: Double Dash. I had heard about Wind Waker (which was just out, and I had just become 8 years old.) My brother played it first and began Oot, coming to the conclusion "it sucked" and went back to playing soccer games. I, on the other hand LOVED Oot's intro,and started it. The feeling I had when I first entered Hyrule Field… I'd never felt before. After finishing it, I thought there would be no game that would get me like that ever again. That is, until I started the Collector's Disc up again, and moved to the right. I found Majora's Mask, and fell in love with it. I was shocked at Link being a Deku, stupified at Skull Kid's behaviour, baffled at Link being a Goron, and amazed at Zora Link. The moon frightened me, being a little kid, as did the Mask salesman, but I ventured on, and I finished it. THEN I realized I had found the game that could NEVER be replaced in my heart.

    It's called: The Legend of Zelda: Marjora's Mask.

    Happy Birthday ^^

  • Joko tree

    For the 31st I will make a mask based on the style of Majoras mask.

    • Joko tree

      Ganondorf destroyed my mask.

  • Blade of Evil's Bane

    Currently on my 2nd quest of LoZ: WW, the next will be LoZ: OoT and of course master quest as i have the limited edition LoZ: WW. Majora you will be after OoT and happy b'day!

  • Siriusgray

    I can't believe it's already been ten years. Majora's Mask was the first Zelda game I ever played and to this day, it still remains my favourite game of all time. Happy Anniversary to the game with a heart!

  • Rose

    This was my first game and still my favorites ^^ I laugh of all the memories I have thanks to this game <3
    Just started to play again and ended Anju and Kafei's quest 😀

  • Jordan

    I was 16 when the game was released. I pre-ordered it and received it in the mail. Little did I know I was going to have my wisdom teeth pulled out that day. I remember falling asleep when I came back home from the surgery and waking up trying to pay the game.

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