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Eiji Aonuma is somewhat of a godfather to The Legend of Zelda. He wasn't there at the beginning, but he has become the key to the franchise's modern success. One of his first major brushes with the series was when he directed Majora's Mask.

Above all, Majora's Mask is revered for its rich characters and unique way of storytelling. How do people act when the apocalypse is nigh? How nightmarish is it to see their torture again and again? Aonuma discussed his favorite scene from the haunting world of Termina...

Most of us already know about the uncanny similarities between Majora's Mask's unique Mirror Shield design and a specific mask found on the back of the Happy Mask Salesman. It's safe to assume that one of these designs influenced the other, but the game was unclear as to which came first. In an interview with Japanese magazine Nintendo DreamEiji Aonuma explains how the Mirror Shield was actually based on the HMS' distressed mask and how the development team felt about this choice...

I want to start this by saying to not get your hopes too high, the chances of Zelda U releasing this Spring is roughly .000001% chance of occurring. By Fi standards, you're screwed. According to MyNintendNews, who provided visual evidence, GameStop Italy is advertising Zelda U as a Spring 2015 release. While retailers often are privy to some release information long before the public is, GameStop in North America is still listing it as a December 31st release (aka, this year... at some point to be determined)...

Nintendo could be preparing a second wave of Majora's Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL game consoles according to information uncovered by Zelda Dungeon. Zelda Dungeon based this claim on the premise that one of their staff members heard Nintendo Support alert them to the presence of a second wave of the game console when they complained about faulty buttons in the model they ordered...

Yesterday we reported that the Majora's Mask 3D update was live in Japan and Europe – I regretfully admit we were only partially correct at the time. Japan received the update yesterday, whereas Europe has received it as of today. If you're wondering what is included in the update, we already have that information available for you right here. We already presumed the update would be small in file size, but we can now confirm it only takes up 40 blocks – something that may be important to note if your SD or Mini SD card happen to be close to full. Of course this update is optional...

For those of you that go fanatic for cover plates, Nintendo's latest way of letting you customize your New Nintendo 3DS, pre-orders of two Zelda-themed cover plates release on March 6th. Unfortunately, these cover plates seem as scarce as the Limited Edition Skull Kid Figurine and the New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition, as pre-orders have already sold out! Stay tuned, as they will most likely be restocked before or after launch day.

The first, a cover plate designed to show off your allegiance to the entire Zelda series, is plastered with Triforces. It costs £12.99, or 20.06 USD before shipping...

Fans around the world were left disappointed when the Limited Edition Majora's Mask New 3DS XL sold out at all major retailers. Many had completely given up hope that Nintendo would ever release more of this handheld, even with demand as high as it is. Well don't give up hope just yet. Today, GameStop Italy has made the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL available again, giving customers a release date of March 27th. No other GameStop retailers have announced this restock (including US and UK stores), but this news may indicate future restocks of the item in other regions...

With Majora's Mask 3D out, it has been a topic trending all across the gaming sphere. In celebration of the remake's release, Akira Himekawa, the main force behind Nintendo's official Zelda manga, has released two never before seen pages that were scrapped from the Majora's Mask manga. They chose to release these pieces through Hammer Space. The pieces depict Romani Ranch with Link, Epona, and the rest of the gang. I can't seem to make out the Japanese well enough to translate, but maybe the rest of you can. Either way, it's a nice look at some never released manga...

Badge Center is an interesting mini-game collection in Japan that we've talked about only one other time at the site. It doesn't look like Badge Center is ever going to come out of Japan, so the best we can do for you is to show you some video of it, this time showing off the Majora's Mask 3D collectibles you can get in it. Of course, these are all virtual items with no real value, but it's still neat and something some fans might be interested in. The video we have today shows off a ton of Zelda related badges, mostly around the aforementioned game. Since I don't read Japanese...

Happy birthday to the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games! They turned 14 today and were originally released in Japan on February 27, 2001...