Koji Kondo
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask OST


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by TheStefan USER (4 Reviews)
December 5th, 2010 | 86 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You only have 72 hours.

As a 9-year-old, the video game I had been anticipating more than any other was The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. The prequel, Ocarina of Time, had been my favorite game to date, and the much-anticipated sequel did not disappoint. Now as a 9-year-old, my musical tastes were embarrassing to say the least. However, I always appreciated the music that accompanies this game. From the opening theme to the ending credits, the Majora’s Mask Soundtrack takes the listener on a musical adventure to save Termina from impending doom.

Before I begin talking about the music, I feel it is necessary to talk a little about the game when reviewing a video game soundtrack. Majora’s Mask has always been a “black sheep” in the Legend of Zelda series. For one, it does not even take place in Hyrule, the main setting for most Zelda games up to this point. It does not focus on the rescue of Princess Zelda, and does not require Link to banish Ganondorf to the dark realm to ensure the safety of Hyrule. Rather, the game focuses on the prevention of an apocalypse by the moon crashing into the earth. Needless to say, this is truly a dark game if there ever was one.

Now most people often say that Ocarina of Time is the superior Legend of Zelda soundtrack. I, however, strongly disagree. With the lonely arpeggios of Clock Town, and the eerie, bent, distorted chimes of the Southern Swamp, the Majora’s Mask soundtrack leaves the listener with a sense of wonderful uneasiness. This sense of uneasiness is most aptly captured with the horns and accordions of this game, present most notably in Deku Palace. Though many pieces are reprised from the Ocarina of Time Soundtrack, the original pieces embody the very essence of Majora’s Mask. From the eerie tones of Majora’s Theme and Song of Healing, one gathers the horrifying nature and loneliness that Link experiences throughout his time in Termina, being the only person who can control the otherwise horrible fate of this foreign land.

However, the soundtrack for this game is not completely hopeless and lonely. One can gather the triumph that Link feels when completing a milestone in his quest to restore order and hope to Termina. The triumph one feels when playing the Oath to Order right before the moon is about to crash is second to none in this Soundtrack, and after each temple is completed, one feels a sense of accomplishment like no other.

There are four distinct sections to this soundtrack, Swamp, Mountains, Ocean, and Canyon, and they all progress in generally the same way. They start off with an uneasy tone layered in ambience, which floods the listener with dread and fear at the exploration of a new area. Link then enters the headquarters of the people who live there, and a classic song from Ocarina of Time is reprised. After that, the temple music begins to chime, as Link explores the temple that he must overcome in order to reach another milestone in the overall goal. The temple music is usually some of the best music in the game, as it is mostly just repeating phrases of jarring, uneasy music that gives the listener a sense of dread that Link experiences as he explores an unknown area full of monsters and puzzles designed to kill him. Once Link has completed the temple, the boss battle is only left, filling the listener with a sense of urgency and seriousness of the situation Link is faced with. Finally, when the boss battle is finished, Link restore complete order to the area and reap his rewards by completing the extra quests in the region.

Looking back on it, I may have spoken too much about the game itself, but the Soundtrack to Majora’s Mask is intended to accompany the game, lonely and hopeless as it is. The only music more lonely and fitting than the actual Soundtrack itself would be a complete absence of music from the game completely. However, if this were the case, Koji Kondo would never have given us the ringing chimes of Clock Town, or the excitement of Termina Field. This soundtrack should not be picked up as a casual listen for one who does not know the nature and progression of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, but for those who do, it will bring about a sense of nostalgia almost as good as replaying the game again.


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TheStefan
December 5th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review. Give me constructive criticism please, anything to make me a better writer.

Urinetrouble
December 5th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yeah man. great review btw. FUCKING RULES


EVERYONE 5 THIS

vmcoia91
December 5th 2010


562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is not as good as the Ocarina of Time soundtrack, just saying. Even though both share a lot of the same songs.

TheStefan
December 5th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its a personal opinion. I favor Majora's Mask the game to Ocarina as Well. It struck a chord with me like no other game ever has and I will probably always consider it my favorite.

Bfhurricane
December 5th 2010


6197 Comments


Nice review, forgot how great this game is. Don't have the soundtrack though.

MUNGOLOID
December 5th 2010


4350 Comments


wow this game seemed like one tough mother fucker.

Urinetrouble
December 5th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

game was hard, always preferred Ocarina

TheStefan
December 5th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ocarina was great too, probably my #2 of all time. But I always loved how Majora was a challenge. The number of side quests made the game great as well

DiceMan
December 5th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Majora's was so much harder than Ocarina it wasn't even funny. Regardless, unlocking all the masks ruled hard except that the Fierce Deity's mask kinda blew chunks.

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2010


44805 Comments


Ending was super easy.I killed Majora with low to moderate difficulty with zora. But getting that cow mask on the farm was a motherfucker.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

DiceMan
December 5th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm prepared for a real life invasion though. If any creepy little critters come for my precious milk making loves, I'm prepared to defend them bow and arrow whilst riding my steed through the land to be able to consume soggy Reese's Puffs.

Bfhurricane
December 5th 2010


6197 Comments


Saw a great motivational poster that read: "Too Young For Milk Bar - By Bombs Instead"

Oh how I miss my N64.

Buccaneer
December 5th 2010


692 Comments


never got into this game..

Hep Kat
December 5th 2010


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best zelda right here


so much effing replay value



i have the special edition cartridge that's gold with the little moving picture thingy

Urinetrouble
December 5th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^i have that and a dead n64 ina box somewhere. glad my SNES still works so i can lay a Link To The Past the way it was meant to be played.

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2010


44805 Comments


Still pondering what my first tattoo should be. A scene from Majora's Mask, Cthulhu, or a Waffle House logo.

Mordecai.
December 5th 2010


8282 Comments


this rules. zelda is my drug. no wait, cocaine is my drug. zelda is awesome though.

renegadestrings
December 5th 2010


1467 Comments


really good first review. this game was incredible and damn difficult.

TheStefan
December 5th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks renegadestrings. I appreciate the compliment

climactic
December 5th 2010


19850 Comments


OoT is so much better



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