Will the new Zelda game have a link to the world from Majora’s Mask?

It has been almost thirteen years to the day since the Legend of Zelda hit Majora’s Mask was released for the Nintendo 64.  Although it was overshadowed by its sister game, Ocarina of Time, it has gained a large cult following over the years who praise the darker storyline and its unconventional gameplay.  Many of these fans have desperately cried out for a follow up to the game, or at least a return to Termina – the land you explore in the game – with a story as deep and surreal as the original.  Well, these fans may have hit their goldmine: Eiji Aonuma, producer of many of the Legend of Zelda games, hinted in a Q&A on Facebook that the upcoming 3DS game, A Link Between Worlds, may have a connection to the game.  At the end of his Q&A he simply states that “it’s nice to see such a strong response to this title and we haven’t forgotten about Link’s adventures in that world.  If you play A Link Between Worlds, you may better understand what I mean by that.”  While that’s by no means a concession that we will return to the land of Termina, it definitely appears that Aonuma isn’t forgetting the adventures that Link had there.

A Link Between Worlds is a direct sequel to A Link to the Past, and according to the Official Timeline, is part of the “Hero is Defeated” time split after the events of Ocarina of Time. However, Majora’s Mask is part of the “Hero is Successful, Child Era” timeline, so it will be interesting to see how Aonuma will tie the games together.  Any way you look at it, though, we are still getting a new Zelda game that looks like it will not fail to impress.  A Link Between Worlds will be released for the Nintendo 3DS, and is scheduled for a US release date of November 22nd.