We’ve known for some time that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D would feature several gameplay tweaks and upgrades designed to make the game more accessible for players, and based on a new report from Kotaku, we now know what at least some of those tweaks consist of. Among other changes, Majora’s Mask 3d includes:
- A revised Bombers’ Notebook. Majora’s Mask is a game about saving the world from impending doom, but more so than that, it’s a game about helping people through the sometimes simple, sometimes very complex problems they encounter in their daily lives. The Bombers’ Notebook of the 2000 version was essentially a pocket calendar that showed who was involved in a sidequest, and at what time and what day they would be in a specific location, so you could track them down and assist them with whatever it was they needed. The 2015 version of the Bombers’ Notebook now features a dedicated section for quests you’re currently undertaking and quests you’ve completed, along with a section for rumors you’ve heard from the Bombers Gang. It also features a handy alarm to remind you when you’ve got a quest event coming up. Neat!
- A completely overhauled save system. One of Majora’s Mask’s most famous points of contention in its original incarnation was its save system, which let you either a) reset the 72-hour cycle, erasing much of your progress but letting you keep key items, or b) create save states at Owl Statues scattered throughout the game… which would then be erased immediately upon loading your game back up. That’s all gone now. The only way to save now is at the owl statues — they’re calling them “Feather Statues” now — there are more of ’em, and they no longer create temporary saves. Well, that’s a relief.
- More handheld-friendly Song of Double Time. The Song of Double Time let you quickly change between daytime and nighttime in the N64 version of the game; now, the song lets you select what hour of the day you’d like it to be in the game. I’d say that’s a pretty nice concession for those of us who have to squeeze our gaming sessions into the time between subway stops.
For more info on the new features of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, check out the original report over at Kotaku.