After the release of Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, many Zelda fans were hopeful that its sequel, Majora’s Mask, would also receive a remake on the 3DS. Some fans went so far as to sign a petition in the Operation Moonfall movement. Since then though, we haven’t heard any news of Majora’s Mask 3D coming out. Many fans were anticipating its announcement during E3 this year, but Nintendo instead focused on the Wii U, showing off both Hyrule Warriors and Zelda Wii U.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier was able to interview the Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma. The two discussed Hyrule Warriors for most of the interview, but he was able to briefly inquire about Majora’s Mask.

I have to ask… I asked readers what questions I should ask you, and the number one question was that you’ve hinted so many times about a new Majora’s Mask or a Majora’s Mask remake for the 3DS—will we ever see that?

I do know that fans want to see Majora’s Mask. I’ve heard that voice, it’s very, very strong, and I’m always listening, is what I would say.

I think people reacted to the teaser in A Link Between Worlds, the mask in the house. People saw that and thought it was a hint for the future, so that’s why people are excited about that.

Maybe I was toying with them a little. (laughter) I’m doing everything I can. I hear the voices of the fans. There are so many out there. It’s very loud, and just to acknowledge the fact that the need, the want is out there, I put that in there.

As Schreier mentioned, a nod to Majora’s Mask was seen in A Link Between Worlds, with Majora’s Mask appearing on the wall inside Link’s house. Many fans had theorized that the easter egg was hinting that Majora’s Mask 3D would be coming out.

Zelda Willams showed up with a Majora’s Mask replica in hand during the Smash Invitationals, causing fans to be even more optimistic in hopes that they would see a remake for the game announced. Unfortunately, there is still no sign that we will be seeing Majora’s Mask coming out for the Nintendo 3DS.

 

  • Majora

    It doesn’t have to be released for the 3DS. In fact, I’d like to see a Majora’s Mask in HD on the Wii U even more.

    • Daniel Ortega

      in HD! Wii U, HD, please!

    • KilpiBan

      Yes, Wii U can truly bring out the best in Majora’s grim atmosphere.

    • And that would definitely boost the Wii U sales! That’s actually a pretty great idea business wise for the console!

      • VladNorris

        People believing that a remake would honestly boos a console sales are laughable

        • Anthony Moseley

          You’re so cool. Please teach me to be as pretentiously awesome as you are so I too can see things from your false sense of superiority.

          • VladNorris

            Never claimed to be superior, just that is quite silly to expect that publishing a game that was published before will increase the appeal of a console, considering that what usually increases the appeal of a console are games nowhere else to be found.
            I just use basic logic, and treating me as your average hipster isn’t changing that(I did came across as a jerk, but I do have a point).

          • I do see your point. But sadly in the Wii U’s case, your basic logic hasn’t seemed to be working yet has it? The Wii U has some great exclusives but yet it still isn’t doing overly well. A huge number of Zelda fans have been wanting a Majora’s remake for quite some time now. Due to nostalgia purposes and hype it would definitely boost the sales of the Wii U. Maybe not by a ton but it would definitely help the console. I do agree with the points you made but in this case, I believe it will be a different story. With that being said however and since there was literally just a remake of Wind Waker for Wii U last year I would presume for it to actually be effective in getting the console more sales. they would wait 1-2 years after the release of Zelda Wii U.

          • VladNorris

            “I do see your point. But sadly in the Wii U’s case, your basic logic hasn’t seemed to be working yet has it? ”
            The problem: Third party support. Many of the exclusives cater to the already existing fanbase, they’re extensions of pre-existing franchises or aren’t of appeal for newer markets.
            Adding a remake would NOT solve that problem, and like Wind Waker, it would create a spike in sales at best, not substantially increase the appeal of the console.

            What Wii U needs is even more games, but from OTHER GENRES. More fighting games(Smash Bros doesn’t count. YES, IT DOESN’T), more shooter games, more horror games. Not more adventure games or platformers.

        • Calvin Armstrong

          When the wind wake hdr came out the sales boosted 600%

          • VladNorris

            That’s called an spike in sales. The console did not increase a significant boost in sales for a long while.

          • Robin

            yeah you might be rigth 🙂 i bought the 3ds cus of oot and wii u cus of wind waker and the zelda game comming 2015 ^^ i see youre point VladNorris and you are rigth.

          • Robin

            But i also dont think we would need a remake for wii u. just make OOT and MM playable on the console. it would be amazing to see OOT and MM in HD but i would still enjoy it if it was the same good old graphics. i honestly think the N64 Zelda games are MUCH better then Twilight Princess and skyward sword together. hope im not the only one. (and sorry if i got some spelling wrongs. English is my 2. language and i almost failed at english in school xD but that is some years ago)

          • John

            I would totally agree that remaking OoT and MM for the WiiU and for 3DS will not make a big hit on buying the consoles for it but it will make a difference, when they brought out the Wii U Zelda WW console, I was persistent to attain it, that i eneded up selling my newly bought Wii U just to get that one. When they announced A Link between Worlds, i was persistent to buy a 3DS just to play that one. Die hard fans of the Legend of Zelda realm (I say), will probably do what it takes to fill their need for attaining a console to play their favorite games. If anything i would love to see the remakes of the games, in fact i cant wait for even super smash brothers to come out for Wii U just because it has Legend of Zelda Characters fighting.

        • Robin

          i actoly bought a 3ds just for the oot remake. so why not for wii u ?

    • Arya

      They wouldn’t give MM an HD remake over OoT. Sorry, not happening, OoT, no matter how strongly people love MM, is the more renowned title and it would receive a HD remake first before MM. If anything it makes more sense that MM goes to 3DS since the architecture of OoT is already there and therefore make it faster for MM to be created.

    • Docforexit347

      I completely agree I hardly ever use my 3DS, I have no reason to. I’m always sitting down on the couch yelling (Wii U On!) while pressing the power button on the game-pad I would love to see the remake for both these titles on there I would definitely play them.

    • VladNorris

      The bias that distorts perception and realistic expectations is strong in this on.
      Asking for an HD remake is ludicrous.

  • Josh Cornett

    I think as fans we often behave very entitled. In a perfect world, a Majora’s Mask remake in full HD would already be here, along with a sequel, on top of A Link Between Worlds and Zelda U. Unfortunately Nintendo only has so many development teams, and facing that harsh reality I would rather they get to work on making Zelda U the best it can possibly be and released on schedule than worrying on a Majora remake. I appreciate that Aonuma acknowledged the fanbase’s voice, because most developers don’t do that, and I’m confident that when the time is right we’ll have more Majora. It’ll be here sooner than we think.

  • Thomas Andersen

    Majoras Mask will hit 3DS this fall! My prediction! 😉 …(at the very latest, Q3 of 2015!

    • VladNorris

      People said that last year’s E3

  • VladNorris

    In a nutshell, he admitted has trolled you all(I never took the remake for granted, so…)

    • Roberto

      I don’t think it was trolling so much as making jokes that people blew out of proportion and turned into news stories. The Zelda community goes in cycles as it ages. People always love the game they grew up with the most. Now that the fans who were too young to play OOT when it came out have grown up, MM is the trendy one to like.

      As someone who’s been here from the beginning, I’ve seen pretty much all of them (except Zelda 2) be the “favorite.”

      • VladNorris

        In any case, it’s entirely people’s fault they get disappointed every conference that Nintendo doesn’t announce the remake.

  • killerbox13

    Zelda Williams confirmed on her Twitter that her bringing the mask had nothing to do with Nintendo and she brought it on her on will. It wasn’t a hint or anything, she doesn’t know anything about Nintendo’s plans. She even said she hopes one will be made too.

  • Roberto

    The fact is that Majora’s Mask 3D probably wouldn’t sell all that well (relative to the Zelda franchise, of course).

    Its original N64 release couldn’t even reach 2 million in the U.S. (Considering that it followed the critical acclaim and financial success of OOT, that’s quite striking.) And while time has made the internet look on it more favorably, there’s no denying that Nintendo was extremely disappointed with its performance at the time, and that the Zelda community at large was incredibly disappointed when it first came out.

    I’d buy MM3D, but I doubt Nintendo will ever do it, because its initial release couldn’t even sell as much as many of their remakes. Even OOT 3D sold more if you count digital sales, and that’s been rereleased approximately a billion times.

  • Roberto

    Just because I can …

    MM3D CONFIRMED!!! Aonuma says he’s aware fans want it which means it’s been in development since OOT3D. I bet they’ll release it at the end of the month to celebrate e3 – THE YEAR OF ZELDA!!! I also think it will come with a sequel, that’s why it took so long and the story will probably be reuniting with Navi, and it will be, “hey! listen!” lots and you’ll press buttons to the beat like Donkey Konga except Zelda and Navi sing all the songs, and the story will connect all the games together because Navi is like the R2-D2 of Zelda. AND IT WAS NAVI THAT FLOODED HYRULE. Despite the fact that Nintendo has never really focused on a story, this time will be the exception!!! AND IT WILL ALL CLICK TOGETHER AND MAKE SENSE. Also Link will probably had an affair with Impa resulting in the Link we see in Zelda U. ITS SECRETELY A SEQUEL TO MAJORAS MASK THATS WHY THEY CANT ANNOUNCE THE REMAKE YET!!! JUST BELIEVE!!

    • Kalis Van

      You’re optimist. That’s good.

    • VladNorris

      O_O
      You went absolute nuts on this one.

      • Roberto

        You don’t like the idea of Zelda Konga starring Navi? Presumably, Navi will get super drunk throughout the game as you complete more songs, creating a urine caused flood that consumes Hyrule. And like all fan theories I’ve read from the past 5 years, every new Zelda has to be a sequel to Majora’s Mask unless explicitly stated otherwise, signed by Aonuma himself (preferably in blood). Until it comes out, at which point I simply look for references to MM.

        • VladNorris

          Dude, you’re the best fanboy parody I’ve seen in a while

          • Roberto

            This is my new aim in life. I’ve been reading Zelda fan chatter on the internet since 1995, and I do think there has been some devolution from the days of the “multiple Link” theorizing (which turned out to be true), to now. On the other hand, the internet has always been the internet.

            So much misinformation is spread about the new titles, it’s no wonder people treat me like some kind of fossil when I correct misinformation on the older ones. It makes me want to start a blog for people interested in the history of Zelda and the oft-forgotten aspects (much of which is Nintendo’s own fault). Alas, having fun in the comments section is easier.

  • Kalis Van

    In the E3, Nintendo doesn’t mention big game for for the 3DS, a console with great potential : small and quite powerful. Nintendo has placed emphasis on the Wii U only because it’s practically unpopular for many big gamers. Why Nintendo survives? Because of the quality of the games, the storyline and its famous characters. Fox McCloud, Krystal, Link or Zelda have more fans (gamers or not) then Mario & cie. Actually players want more games like Zelda series, but the Wii (ordinary, fit or U) home console are not competitive with the others (PS, Xbox, Stream, …). But for the portable console, Nintendo always be the best. Now, the 3DS is considered as the best ever (right before the Game Boy). Remakes are already made for it, like OOT 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and rumors about Donkey Kong 64 3D and even Majora’s Mask 3D. After the big success of the other game of franchise, we know that Nintendo has seriously thinking about adapting Majora’s game, but did they work on it? People on Zelda’s projects do great work with Hyrule Warriors and the future next Zelda game, both for Wii U. What do they do for 3DS? A surprise? We can see that Nintendo presented a lot of games about Zelda words and characters (Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta, …). So is it a time devoted to Link and Zelda? Maybe, yes. So, maybe rumors will be true …

    • VladNorris

      “In the E3, Nintendo doesn’t mention big game for for the 3DS, a console with great potential : small and quite powerful. ”

      Codename: S. T. E. A. M.
      That was their big 3DS reveal. Sorry guys, but there are things you usually overlook.

      • Kalis Van

        I was talking about 3DS games made by Nintendo. I know about STEAM and the others…

    • Roberto

      I think the rumors of Donkey Kong 64 3D are probably unfounded, given that they won’t even give us that game via virtual console. (A former Rare employee also implied that it would be a technical mess.) They also already gave us Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (which was a fantastic 3D remake), and there’s the problem that Miyamoto hates Kremlings and wants to wipe them from our collective memories.

      That said, I would love an adventure in the same vein as DK64. I do think that there is a lot more territory the franchise could cover. I just don’t think Nintendo knows how to utilize it. Numbers place Tropical Freeze at full-blown “flop” status, and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat was pretty underwhelming by pretty much every sense. The franchise needs some serious invigorating. But the kids who grew up with DK 64 are at the perfect age to see another similarly minded platformer come out and turn it into a success.

      • JaidynReiman

        Miyamoto hates Kremlings? If that’s the case then he wouldn’t have allowed them to appear in Smash Bros., Super Mario Strikers, Sluggers, etc. That’s a ridiculous notion. I think they just wanted to try something new instead of go back to the Kremlings right away.

        • Roberto

          In a game where character design doesn’t have any affect on story, I’d expect him to be fine with pretty much whatever. I don’t think it’s the design or creatures he hates, simply the closeness to what Rare did to his baby.

          And it’s not ridiculous, given his track record. He was the one who wanted them out of DKCR altogether. That’s fine (I like what we got), and you could argue he just wanted something “new” (kind of like how he wanted DK: Jungle Beat to pretty much stay away from any reminders that Rare ever had control of the franchise).

          But perhaps you don’t remember Miyamoto saying that DKC proves that gamers will put up with mediocre gameplay so long as the graphics are good. I know he apologized to the Stampers and later backtracked, dismissing the quote as a “rumor,” but the fact is that he said it, and everyone at Rare knew it. (Given that he was involved throughout the process only made it sting that much more…there weren’t a lot at Nintendo who liked the game, and he was one of their only “supporters” internally.)

  • Keimori

    I’m gona take that as a strong and resounding “maybe if we have the time and resources to spare, but seriously, I got bigger fish to fry.”
    I mean, I’d love to see a remake in 3D or HD or whatever glorious rendering is possible, as I adore Majora’s Mask, but I’d rather they focus their energy on the making Zelda U the best it can be.

  • Kokusho

    That would be the very first remake of a game I’ve already played I would buy.

  • eldigato

    If they actually make MM3DS they should take out all those stupid god damned tasks you have to deal with before getting to each temple, or at least make them a lot more bearable.