Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)

In celebration of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release we’ll be sharing a few Zelda stories over the next two weeks from ourselves here at AWttP and guest contributors. Today’s story comes from a friend of ours here at AWttP – Ian (a quite different Ian from last week!), as he shares with us how Majora’s Mask left him enthralled and bewildered as his birthday wish left his fate uncertain…

Ian likes to look at games in a more academic, sometimes abstract way.  He graduated with his Masters in Art History in 2013 where he specialized in the study of interactive arts and digital media: ultimately video game studies.  He always has an eye for how games as an experience affect the player as that is a very important part of the whole gaming experience for him.  He also has a very endearing and personal relationship with the Legend of Zelda series: his favorite gaming series of all time.  You may as well call him a Deku nut 😉

The year was 2000.

I was a pre-teen about to experience my 13th birthday that November.

I just started my 7th grade year in Middle School in the Fall of 2000.

I was a gamer and had been all my life, but at this point I was just strictly a Nintendo fanboy as much as I ever could be. I had a Nintendo Power subscription, I had a Nintendo 64, a Gameboy Color, and I would sit at the lunch table with my gamer friends during school hours. While eating we’d either pass around the recent issue of Nintendo Power to read or we would discuss the video games we were currently playing. Most of us were playing the same video game so it was always fun to look forward to that time during the day to talk about them.

In this group of friends I had one particular best friend and his name was Ken. We shared the same passion for The Legend of Zelda series and we were both foaming at the mouth on any info that was released about the upcoming sequel to Ocarina of Time which was called The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – a direct sequel to the 1998 masterpiece.

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Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)

In celebration of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release we’ll be sharing a few Zelda stories over the next two weeks from ourselves here at AWttP and guest contributors. Today’s story comes from a friend of ours here at AWttP – Ian Menard (@IanMenard), as he shares with us why Majora’s Mask felt so special to him when he discovered it all those years ago.

A bit about Ian? He’s a graduate student from Texas, where he studies pop culture. He once misspelled “weather” during a spelling bee, and it haunts him to this day.

When I was four years old, my family moved from a small town in Texas to Dubai. Or rather, when I was four years old, my mother, my two year-old brother and I moved to Dubai, where my dad had moved ahead of us. Faced with the prospect of taking two young children on two separate plane rides (roughly 16 total in-flight hours, plus layovers), and hoping to do so as peacefully as possible, my mother (understandably) turned to technology – specifically, to the original GameBoy. Over the course of my childhood, my family made innumerable international flights, and that GameBoy (or one of its successors) remained in my carry-on, as did a few different entries in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

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