I’m sure you’ve heard by now, unless you live under a rock, that The Wind Waker is getting a pretty nifty looking HD remake on the Wii U. Exciting right? Evidently not according to Gerg B. of Leviathyn. In fact, he says it spells doom for the chances of a Majora’s Mask remake happening! While never saying it directly, he believes it could just be the final nail in the coffin for the title.
But is it really the final nail in the coffin? Games are commonly remade all the time. Final Fantasy III, Dragon Quest VII, and even Persona. It’s a common business practice so games can appeal to certain audiences. Of course though, the Wind Waker was well established for its platform, the Gamecube, and its visuals are often seen as timeless. Putting the Wind Waker on the 3DS would more than likely damage these visuals greatly. However, the same doesn’t necessarily work for Majora’s Mask.
Back in 2010 when the 3DS was announced, Nintendo showed of Ocarina of Time 3D. When he was later asked for why it was remade for the 3DS, he said-
The people who played on the Nintendo 64 system in grade school are already in their mid-twenties. So I thought it was probably okay to remake them now. That was one reason. I myself wanted to see the majestic scenery of Hyrule in stereoscopic 3D.
Because the game was played on low-resolution televisions, it would make no difference if it was remade for the 3DS and the same applies to Majora’s Mask. But it was Miyamoto who wanted it in 3D. Because Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask shared the same console, it only makes sense for their remakes to share the 3DS. Not to mention, remaking Majora’s Mask on the 3DS would allow the developers to reuse assets from Ocarina of Time 3D allowing for a quicker development cycle.
Having two games and another remake doesn’t spell doom for the highly anticipated, yet nonexistent, remake. It was discussed that should a remake happen, it’d either be of a Link to the Past or Majora’s Mask, but this would happen after a new entry was created on the 3DS. This leaves Wind Waker’s remake as a completely irrelevant entity seeing as it will not be on the 3DS handheld. It simply means that the 3DS is still following its business plan with Zelda.
If a remake for A Link to the Past were to happen, it’d mean that Nintendo would more than likely skip a remake for another new title then remake Majora’s Mask. Given how much easier development is for the 3DS, this would take about 6 years meaning it’d arrive near the end of the 3DS’s lifespan assuming it would last as long as its predecessor.
However, from a business standpoint it’d be a better idea to remake Majora’s Mask. By using Ocarina of Time 3D’s assets, you’ve essentially completed a fair chunk of the game, not to mention that they could once again have Grezzo develop the title so they could continue working on another Zelda game. Shigeru Miyamoto does have a great influence at Nintendo meaning that A Link to the Past could indeed be the first remade despite already having a “remake” of sorts on the GBA. But in the end we’ll still be receiving two absolutely amazing Zelda games.
A remake of one game doesn’t mean anything other than you’re not getting a new game for some time. Each entry in the Persona franchise has been remade for the handheld PSP and PS Vita and they were even done out of order, starting with the first, then third, second part 1, second part 2, and finally with 4. When each was finished Atlus decided focus their attention on Persona 5. Final Fantasy III and IV were even remade for the Nintendo DS but there is no sign of remakes for 5 or 6 in sight, instead Square is remaking Final Fantasy X.
So I bet you’re wondering, “Okay, I get it. But what does any of this have to do with Majora’s Mask 3D?” That’s it. There’s no point to it! It will happen when it happens. Just because a later title is remade, it doesn’t mean an earlier title won’t be given the same treatment. Things happen out of order due to either popularity or a business decision.
Majora’s Mask is looking for a 3DS remake and Nintendo knows fans want it on that system. This would leave both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess up for remakes, but Twilight Princess is already available for the Wii which can be played in HD, granted it’s 480p native, on the Wii U, just like Skyward Sword can.This basically meant that the Wind Waker was the only 3D game up for a remake. It would be much more time consuming for a 2D title to be remade as you would need to rewrite the script and flesh it out more. Plus you would need entirely new assets, it’d basically be the same as making a new game with an already finished concept.
The Wind Waker is only being remade to essentially hold us over until Nintendo can finally show off Zelda U, and that’s fine. I’d much prefer a remake over nothing. The 3DS and Wii U are still on their normal Zelda schedules so there’s no reason to worry about a Majora’s Mask remake not happening. All we can do is wait and see what Nintendo decides to do after they release their next, and thankfully new and original, handheld Zelda game.
This whole article was an excuse to talk about Persona.