Majora's Mask is the sequel to the immensely popular, Ocarina of Time for the M64 system. Majoras Mask has the same style as its predecessor,but with a whole new world to explore, a different storyline, some wacky characters, and some new weapons to play with. The game also has boosted up graphics, thanks to the expansion pak, which is necessary to play the game.
"One day, deep in a forest, Link encountered a stranger wearing a mysterious mask. Without so much as an explanation, the unusual fellow stole the pony young Link was riding - his beloved Epona - and escaped through a doorway into a warped dimension. Link of course quickly followed and soon found himself trapped in a strange, yet oddly familiar world full of familiar faces. But while the landscape may have looked familiar, one thing was clearly different: In the sky above loomed a gigantic moon, slowly falling down onto this world... "In a few more days, this world will end." So spoke those living there. Even as they waited, time passed mercilessly. "If you can find the masked one, you may find a clue to saving this realm." And so, Link embarks on a new adventure to halt the setting of the moon on this strange world and to find his way back to his own land.
Zelda Gaiden is the direct follow-up to Ocarina of Time. Even though the story does not really continue the events that happened in the first N64 Zelda, the two games are inevitably intertwined as Link gets stuck in sort of a parallel world to Hyrule. As he makes his way through the strange wonderland he accidentally tumbled into, Link comes face to face with many familiar faces, including Malon, a dark version of Navi, Ingo, and of course Zelda. However, things just don't seem right - as Link quickly finds out when he puts on a mask for the first time since he entered the mirror world...
Whereas gameplay progression in Ocarina of Time was largely driven by items and weapons, Gaiden takes a slightly different route. Instead of providing Link with the Gauntlets of Power for heavy lifting, or a blue tunic for underwater breathing, Link now wears masks that not only give him special powers, but also turn him into the corresponding creatures. There are over 23 masks that link can aquire, each with its own powers.
- Goron Mask: After a humorus (and somewhat frightning) transformation scene, Link turns into one of the rock-eating creatures from Ocarina of Time. The only thing that reminds the player that the creature on the screen is still Link is his trademark green hood. As soon as he turns into a Goron, Link gains new powers that allow him to access new areas and overcome certain obstacles. For example, it is sometimes necessary for Link to turn into a Goron in order to move a heavy stone block out of the way. But the Goron's have yet another "gift" - namely, the ability to roll themselves into a ball and traverse the land at high speeds.
- Deku Scrub Mask: Link has the chance to turn himself into what's perhaps the most annoying creature from Ocarina of Time. Just like the Deku guys from the predecessor, Link can now hop through the dungeons and spit seeds out his snout to defend himself. But that's not all. Not only can the Deku walk on water, they can also grab a hold of certain flowers and use them to glide through the air, enabling Link to reach high up areas that he couldn't get to (not even with the help of a chicken).
-Zora Mask: By turning into a Zora, Link gains access to what is probably the coolest power yet: Underwater flight. To call the Zora's way of getting through the water "swimming" just doesn't do it justice. As soon as you hit the A button, Zora-Link cuts though the water like an eel, twirling and spinning through the underwater landscapes at dolphin speed. At Spaceworld, the Zora power was demonstrated during an interesting race of sorts where Link tries to keep up with two beavers and help them gather drift wood for their dam.
As if these special powers weren't enough, each one of Link's forms is able to whip out musical instruments and play magical tunes - similar to the use of the Ocarina of Time in the last adventure. The Deku Scrub plays horns, the Goron produces a huge set of bongo drums and Zora-Link pulls out a guitar made from fish bones.