Earlier this year, we learned about the improved Bombers’ Notebook in Majora’s Mask 3D. Among the improvements is a new interface that makes it easier to understand and keep your appointments. However, after spending time with the demo at PAX South, I realized that there are many more changes — including the addition of many new entries.
In Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 64, the Bombers’ Notebook has a fixed set of 20 entries. Those entries guide you through all of the major sidequests. Completing those quests rewards you with Pieces of Heart, masks, and other items. Majora’s Mask 3D appears to include the same 20 entries, but many more entries have been added.
I noted several new entries including the Great Fairy in Clock Town, the Business Scrub in South Clock Town, and the shopkeeper at the Treasure Chest Game. It’s safe to conclude that every character involved with any quest that yields a reward now has an entry in the Bombers’ Notebook. This, coupled with the ability to add rumors to the notebook, helps players keep track of everything going on in the world of Termina.
Rumors are added to the notebook after you hear a tip from a character. For example, one of the Bombers told me about the Great Fairy who lives in North Clock Town. Immediately after the conversation ended, the Bombers’ Notebook opened and added an entry with the information I had just learned. To make things even more convenient, the relevant location was marked on the map, if I had it.
Because of the addition of the map, Tingle has become much more important. Originally, Tingle sold maps of each area that are, for the most part, useless outside some very specific scenarios (like the attack on Romani Ranch). In Majora’s Mask 3D, Tingle’s maps will play a much larger role now that Bombers’ Notebook events and objectives are marked on the map.
Overall, the Bombers’ Notebook improvements are extremely well done. It’s sure to help new players keep track of everything going on in Clock Town and beyond, but I have some concerns that it might be taking hand-holding to the extreme.