You know the legend of the Lost Woods: Kokiri children that get lost in there are trapped inside and turned into Skull Kids. In a way, they lose everything they used to be, they no longer have an identity. So it is no surprise one would be inevitably attracted by a mask, one that granted practically unlimited power, and all the wrath contained within it. A mask would give him an identity, maybe not his own lost one, but at least something to set him apart, different from the rest of his kind. As a mask enthusiast myself, the trend of masks within Majora’s Mask has always fascinated me. Masks can hide our faces and turn us into another, or they can hide our outer personality while giving us the chance to bring out our inner and hidden feelings or emotions; they are a hideout and a gateway.

The image of the Skull Kid sitting atop a pile of masks may be a representation of the very essence of the game, portrayed here by artist Ashley Cassaday in a very somber way. We may not have the strength to fulfill tasks as big as saving an entire world, and through a mask, we channel the power of fallen heroes to aid us. Or maybe, that strength has always been deep inside of us, and a mask gives us the confidence to bring it out.