Recently, Nintendo held an interview with a certain popular recurring character in the Zelda franchise. That’s right — the Happy Mask Salesman has seemed to have left Termina and Hyrule altogether and found his way into our world for a brief interview. The Happy Mask Salesman, whom is known for his appearances in Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Oracle of Ages shared a few interesting facts with us in his interview with MariChan.
The Happy Mask Salesman provides a few humorous responses and keeps the interview entertaining for the readers. By doing this, it takes a different approach than most interviews and keeps it entertaining for readers. He is asked how long the game had been in development, in which he responded, “In this world, it would have been three years or so.” He then goes on and explains how certain things have changed in the game: “The bank has moved, for example, and there are many posters around.”
Its not until the end of the interview that one of the most interesting hints is dropped. Without even being directly asked, the salesman says “My, my… I’ve certainly been appearing all over the place these past few days! If this keeps going, maybe it wouldn’t be a stretch to expect me pop up in a new Zelda game, too…? Ho, ho, ho… I’ve got some new masks, too, if you’d like to try them on… If I do make an appearance, I’m sure everyone will experience such happiness! Believe in your strengths… Believe…. Ho, ho, ho…”
The full interview can be found here. Now, this can be interpreted in different ways. Nintendo has been known for dropping subtle hints lately, such as Majora’s Mask appearing in A Link Between Worlds. They have also mentioned several times how while working on multiple games in the series at once, one idea from a game may influence something in a subsequent Zelda game. Could it be possible that we may see the return of the Happy Mask Salesman in Zelda U or a future handheld Zelda game?