Which is better on Nintendo Switch

A classic The Legend of Zelda Game, Majora’s Maskrecently released on Nintendo Switch, but whether or not it is better than another, Ocarina of time, is debated. Both are much loved Zelda titles that many remember fondly, and now that they’re on the latest generation of Nintendo consoles, people can play them again. So who Zelda the game is actually better on Nintendo Switch?

Ocarina of time was the fifth game overall Zelda series, and the first to be in 3D. Players had to awaken the seven sages and take back the Triforce from Ganondorf, the evil king of the Gerudo. Navi was almost cut off from Zeldait is Ocarina of time, and some wish it were. It was the most successful game in the series at the time, and 23 years later it was released for Nintendo Switch. Majora’s Mask was released on N64 a few years later and is set in Termina instead of Hyrule. In order to save it from being destroyed by a giant moon, Link must awaken four giants and stop Skull Kid, who has been possessed by the evil Majora. It is a direct sequel to Ocarina of time, and is a bit of a darker, grittier parallel. Recently, it has also arrived on Nintendo Switch.


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Although the debate between Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask could possibly go on forever, limiting it to their quality on the particular Switch can help make it easier. Parts of both games can be some of N64’s funniest and scariest moments, and there are plenty of other ways to compare them. How well they’ve stood the test of time, how well they’ve adapted to current-gen consoles, and how well they utilize the new, more powerful system the Switch has to offer are all good criteria, in plus things like graphics and gameplay. Ultimately, however, it’s up to each player to decide their preference, and it’s hard to say objectively which one is better. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

How does Ocarina of Time behave on the Switch?

Ocarina of Time producer Shigeru Miyamoto admitted to almost cutting Navi's hint system from Ocarina of Time

like a story, Ocarina of time hold on. Even decades later, it’s still a great game that fans of classic and new Zelda games can enjoy. Technically, however, it lags behind Switch – literally. The game is plagued with input lag and overly sensitive controls, much like re-releases on older consoles such as the GameCube. Classified, the versions of Zeldait is Ocarina of time all vary, but they have common problems. It doesn’t make the game unplayable, especially if one played the original, but it’s still a downside. Proponents of these aspects may find the game frustrating, although some of them have been improved after launch.

In terms of graphics and gameplay, it’s about as good as the original after the last update. The Switch version of Ocarina of time is not a remake like the 3DS version, so a complete overhaul cannot be expected, but there was a lot of room for improvement that was not implemented. The gameplay is also pretty much the same, as you might expect. Features like the hook feel pretty much the same as before, and the controls, slow as they are, are on par with the original release and previous re-releases. Overall, the game has nostalgia, but nothing else.

How is Majora’s Mask on the Switch?

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask Skull Kid Moon Cover

Majora’s Mask was a gruesome and chilling story filled with grotesque imagery like the giant Moon and her sneering face. Some of the toughest N64 video game bosses are in this game and have been a surprising pivot of Ocarina of time‘calculation. In terms of its history, it holds up just as well. Exploring Termina and fighting to stop the Moon from crashing into Earth is just as exciting as before, and new fans can still enjoy the game. In terms of the technicalities, however, it has some of the same issues. that Ocarina of time. It has its own lag issues and it doesn’t work as well as expected on Switch.

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When it comes to graphics and gameplay, it’s also the same as Ocarina of time in that it mostly resembles the original version. It looks crisper and clearer, but transparency is an issue, as it is with many Switch ports of N64 games. The gameplay is relatively the same, which isn’t a bad thing. Many Zelda games feature different versions of Skull Kid, but the classic in Majora’s Mask is still so mean. Running to advance the story before time runs out and Link has to restart the clock on day one is nerve-wracking in a way that classic version players can remember.

Are Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask better on Switch?

Art OoT and MM side by side

In the end, it’s hard to say which one Zelda is the best, even though it’s only available on the Nintendo Switch. Every fan has their own opinion, and things that are hated by some are loved by others. That said, it’s not impossible; one of them is objectively better than the other, and that is Majora’s Mask. The reason why Ocarina of time loses on the Switch is that Majora’s Mask stays true to what made the original so great, and Ocarina of time launched with several problems. Whether Zeldait is Majora’s Mask is better than Ocarina of time overall it’s debatable, but on Switch, Majora’s Mask is simply a better game.

The improvements to Majora’s Mask on the Switch may be subtle, but they’re there. Graphics are better, though still in the classic polygon style that N64 games are known for. Ocarina of time also had multiple issues regarding reflections and fog, among others, at launch which were only recently fixed. In time since Majora’s Maskthere have been few issues reported, and while it suffers from some of the same issues that plague other N64 ports, the same can be said for Ocarina of time. It’s possible that this is just due to Switch emulation improving over time, but Majora’s Mask is still the superior classic The Legend of Zelda Port.

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