A Link Between Worlds is filled with references to previous games, to a degree that it’s difficult to find a spot where you can take a nice picture of yourself as a drawing without being covered by one of them. The fans quickly focused on the ones referring to Majora’s Mask, not only because they have been the first ones to be discovered.

They are widely acknowledged and have been heating up speculations for quite some time, so it’s not surprising that it appeared as a question in a recent Game Informer interview with A Link Between Worlds director Hiromasa Shikata. For more information click the jump, but be aware that minor spoilers might be present.

The most famous one has been spotted even before the game had been released. Of course I’m talking about Majora’s Mask, which can be found as a wall decoration in Link’s house.  This, however, hasn’t been the only reference regarding Majora’s Mask as there have been other, more subtle ones as well.

Game Informer: We found Majora’s Mask and another subtle reference to Link’s Nintendo 64 adventure in Ravio’s Journal. Are there any other Majora’s Mask references that we missed?

Shikata: [Having Majora’s Mask in Link’s house] was a special request from Aonuma’s production team. Now why would they ask us to do that?

Shikata is clearly asking what we are all thinking: Why would Aonuma ask for the iconic Mask reference in Nintendo’s latest Zelda game?

Aonuma had been the director of Majora’s Mask, so maybe his intention was focused on fan service all along, or–as most of the fans within the community would like to believe–he is hinting at something we have been asking for for so long.

He didn’t want to talk about Majora’s Mask when A Link Between Worlds was around the corner, however he did request for the references to be included in the latest Zelda installment. Sometimes a picture tells more than a thousand words could possibly express.

Could it be that Nintendo has been working on a Majora’s Mask 3D remake all along? Might it be that Zelda U picks up where Majora’s Mask ended?

Source: NeoGAF
Via: Nintendo Everything
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  • Tom Carr

    If Zelda U is a sequel to Majora’s Mask, I’m buying a goddamn Wii U!

    • Ixbran

      This would make my owning one all the better!


    • death

      I’d actually much love a MM sequel on 3DS after a MM remake on 3DS, because an Ocarina Trilogy 3D would be kickass! ‘specially if that hypothetical MM sequel was about adult Link, because we already got a game about the Hero of Time as a kid.

      • Tom Carr

        I’d much prefer one on the 3DS as well because I have one of those! 😀 It would be pretty cool to see. The only problem is that MM was pretty closed, I don’t know how they’d be able to make a sequel without damaging the integrity of the story, especially considering I’m all for the theory that Link died at the beginning of Majora’s Mask.

        • death

          Well, they could make it chronologically take place before Marjora’s Mask, and after Link dies, he is a child in his own personal purgatory because that was a huge part of his life. He could even die at the end of this hypothetical 3rd game in some kind of epic sacrifice. Just remember that he DID live to become an adult, as Twilight Princess showed. So, I guess maybe a prequel if you believe that theory, just with Adult Link?

          • Tom Carr

            Well not necessarily because each Link is a different guy, that’s explained at the beginning of Twilight Princess. Twilight Princess Link is just another hero selected by the goddesses. Also Link is a child in Majora’s Mask because it takes place in the past timeline in which Zelda sent him back at the end of OoT and Navi leaves him. I like your idea that the third game could take place between the other two though, exploring more into Link’s maybe death and his search for Navi outside of Termina.

          • death

            I’m aware of the fact that each Link is a different guy. I was just saying that the skeleton, who has been CONFIRMED as the Hero of Time, is clearly an adult skeleton 😛

            But it does show that he lived to be an adult, so he’s only a kid in Majora’s Mask per reasons I’ve stated 😛

          • Tom Carr

            Sorry, I misunderstood. That does make a good amount of sense now 🙂

  • Zelda Fan Guy

    I would love to see where that story line left off… And if they did it with graphics like TP but in stunning HD… MY GOD… XD

  • VladNorris

    I just find that to be a trolling teasing.
    Aonuma is kind of a troll, ya’ know.

  • Édgar Nava

    I could bet the Zelda U will tell the story of Majora’s Mask origins. That would make more sense than having the Hero of Time as a Hero on the Child Timeline, when the Hero’s Shade in Twilight Princess clearly said he regreted not to be remembered as one.

  • Nick

    what other references are in the game that make it “difficult to find a spot where you can take a nice picture of yourself as a drawing without being covered by one of them.” Did I miss something? The only references I saw were the mask, ballad of the goddess in hero mode, and the old game over theme if you can even count that.

    • Antonia

      Several pictures in the houses show old characters, items and alike from previous games.