We haven't seen much of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for 3DS, but with the release date only a few weeks away, that's changing. A new 16-minute video provides our best look yet at the remake, which includes a number of gameplay changes to make it more approachable.
Unfortunately, the video is in Japanese, but let's take a look at a few of the changes coming.
First of all, it's gorgeous. Is it a little brighter and cheerier, too? Hmm.
Not bad. Note how the sun dial, which marks the game's progression of time, has changed.
Most importantly, Nintendo's modifying the gameplay. One reason fans love Majora's Mask is because it's weird. But it's also confusing and obtuse in ways that were frustrating even more than a decade ago, so Nintendo's touching it up a bit. A map on the second screen is a big help:
The in-game notebook, which tracks the schedules of characters, has been tweaked. The side quests in Majora's Mask are vitally important to getting your hands on every item and mask.
While I can't read the above text, series producer Eiji Aonuma told GamesMaster (via Nintendo Everything) many players didn't complete the quests because they couldn't find them.
"We were told by Mr. Miyamoto that he felt there were a lot of users who finished the original without even noticing all the hidden events scattered around the town. He said that he wanted us to make sure users were more aware of them this time around."
This becomes much clearer when Nintendo show off the game's fancy calendar system, which appears to update when Link meets new people.
We're sure to learn more about what changes Nintendo has in store very soon, but if you've noticed any other differences, let me know in the comments. I cannot wait to play this game!
February 13 really cannot come soon enough.