Iwata: Majora’s Mask was a “turning point” for Nintendo

Friday, 4th December 2009 19:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nintendo bossman Satoru Iwata has said that N64′s Majora’s Mask was a “turning point” for Nintendo, giving the company a “glimpse” of compact gameplay of the future.

“The ‘Three-Day System’, the idea of a compact world to be played over and over again, came down from Miyamoto-san and one other director, (Yoshiaki) Koizumi-san,” explained Zelda’s Eiji Aonuma in the latest edition of Iwata Asks. “We added that to the mix, and then, finally, we saw the full substance of a The Legend of Zelda game we could make in one year.”

“Actually, I feel as though, back then, we were given a glimpse of the concept that ‘Deep, compact play is one form of the games of the future’,” added Iwata. “I think in that sense, as a product, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was a big turning point for Nintendo.”

Those who are not lucky enough to still own a N64 system can get the game via the Virtual Console.

Via CVG.



  1. Hunam

    Majora’s Mask is almost as bad as the phillips CD games. Absolute disaster.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight


    It wasn’t as good as Ocarina of Time granted but it still was a great game. I loved the change of pace with Zelda vs just rehash the game only with better graphics. MM just seemed like a darker version of Zelda. I loved that game. Damn I miss my Wii want to replay the game so bad now.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I never liked MM. I loved all the main Zelda games except Zelda 2 (NES), CD based, and MM.

    Personally, I felt as thought it was a lazy excuse for game design to have us re-visiting same areas over and over again albeit in a different time, rather than giving us something as beautiful, diverse, and epic as Ocarina.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    I only watched someone else play it, but every time I looked at the screen – for an entire summer – he was a rolling ball of feces.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Rolling a ball of feces? Sure it was the right game? You just speaking metaphorically?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Hero of Canton

    Mental. Majora’s Mask is one of the most emotive and inventive Zelda games.

    I also think this could be a hint at the kind of structural change rumoured to be happening in the next Wii Zelda.

    #6 5 years ago

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