The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask (N64,3DS) Review

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The Legend Of Zelda: Majoras Mask was released in 2000, it was the second game in the series to be released on the Nintendo 64 and it was a direct sequel to the excellent Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I will be discussing the original game in this review although I will talk about the Nintendo 3DS remake at the end of the review to note any major changes and improvements.

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Months after defeating Ganondorf and saving the Kingdom of Hyrule our hero Link travels by horseback across Hyrule to find his long lost companion Navi his trusted fairy partner who left him at the end of Ocarina of Time.

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In a forest two michevous Fairies Tatl and Tael knock Link off of his horse Epona leaving him unconcious, not long after the Skull Kid comes to link and steals the Ocarina of time, Link wakes up and chases the Skull Kid into a dark cave where he is turned into a Deku Scrub.

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Link ends up in a land called Temina, Termina is within an alternative reality to Hyrule and therefore characters from Ocarina of time are here with different characteristics and motives. Eventually Links meets the Happy Mask Salesman who explains that if Link can get his Ocarina Back he can return to his human form, Link has three days to do this before the moon crashes into the clock tower destroying everything and everyone that resides in Termina.  But getting the Ocarina back is only the beginning of this as just like its predecessor Link will need to commit to a lot of time travel to end up victorious.

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In Majoras Mask you need to use your trusty Ocarina to either restart, slowdown or speed up a three day cycle which you will need repeat various times throughout the game. While this can get annoying it is easy to get the hang of my advice is to restart the cycle after every major task you complete for example (Dungeons, Defeating the aliens at the farm, or helping Anju and Kafei)

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What I really hate about this is that even though you can store rupees in the bank all of your other smaller items such as bombs, arrows, big barrels, deku nuts, deku sticks etc are completely wiped out every time you start a new cycle and while it is easy enough to replace these items by slashing bushes and throwing rocks it is still very time consuming and considering that the task you may have planned needs to be finished within a three day cycle this can be very frustrating at times.

This reset also happens to dungeons which I was unfortunate to realise when I ran out of time during a difficult boss battle in the stone temple, because I ran out of time, I had to recollect all of my items, and do the temple from the beginning beating every enemy, solving every puzzle and finding every key just to have a shot at beating the boss again.

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There are a lot of collectable masks in the game and while a lot of them are not necessary all of them have a unique purpose.

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The Deku Mask, the Goron Mask and the Zora Mask are all necessary to beat the game, each of these masks fully transform Link into different creatures.

The Deku Mask allows Link to fly, bounce on water and burrow into flowers before being propelled into the air.

The Goron Mask gives Link increased strength and the ability to curl into a ball to smash down large barriers

And the Zora Mask helps link to swim really fast and swim under water, he can even throw Zora boomerangs underwater.

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There are 21 additional Masks you can collect in the game by far the most useful of all of these is the bunny hood which helps Link to run faster.

Other masks worth noting are the great fairy mask that can draw missing fairies close to Link, The pirates hat that can be used to command Stalfos, the Gibdo Mask that can be used to communicate with Gibdo without them eating your face and the giants mask that changes Links height to be much larger helping him to defeat one of the dungeon bosses in the game.

Majoras Mask is extremely Dark for a Zelda game and its one of the best parts of the game in my opinion. I wont list all of the dark moments here but I will briefly cover what I consider the darkest.

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The Alien invasion on Romani Ranch is one of the most fun side quests in the game but if you fail up to fend off the alien creatures they actually abduct the young girl Romani and her cows, they also wipe her memory before returning her to earth.

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In Ikana Canyon a little girl does not want anyone coming near her house screaming that her father “Is not one of you” after some puzzle solving Link can enter the house where he finds out that this poor girls father has been turned into a Gibdo.

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The Final Day of Majoras Mask is depressing, half of clock town has ran away and those who remain are waiting for eventual death in the next 24 hours, even the music is depressing and creepy which does not give the player much hope that they will survive.

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For how dark Majoras Mask is it still has a lot of charm, comedy and creativity when it comes to its side content, I love the side quests in this game and even though some require redoing particular parts of dungeons and some can take an entire cycle to complete on their own, I kept going back to them because I wanted to see a happy ending for every character in the game and it was the dark nature of the game that helped push me to finish the side quests.

Majoras Mask has a great soundtrack, its not my favourite in the series but it does have some stand out moments, the best and most creepiest is the music that plays during the final six hours of a cycle, the music actually gets darker everyday of the cycle which is really cool.

The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask is a game that I have always been unsure of as to whether I really enjoy it or not. The plot and some of the side quests are some of my favourites in the series but the repeating nature of the cycles and having to re-do segments of the game multiple times can get extremely tedious and annoying.

I love how dark the game is and the masks are a really creative way to switch up the gameplay. The game has a unique personality and packs with emotion from the moment it starts until its closing credits.

I have no issues with the controls of the game and the new ocarina songs are really useful and all have a purpose. In reality I like a lot more things about this game than I dislike about it. It can be annoying and at times I would even argue that it can be unfair but this is a really good Zelda game, its not one that I often look forward to playing but I do enjoy it 7.9/10

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In 2015 the game was remade for the Nintendo 3DS and while the majority of the game remained the same some major items such as the Stone Mask have been moved for convenience to the player, You can now fast forward time by every hour instead of every half of a day, you can add reminders that will remind you that time to commit to a particular task is drawing near, the game adds much easier permanent save locations that the player can use at their own will and some new areas such fishing holes have been added.

With these changes the remake is by far the superior version of the game and deserves a higher rating 8.2/10

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Sonic Chaos (1993) Review

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Released in 1993 for the Sega Master and a month later the Sega Game Gear, Sonic Chaos was the fourth game in the series.

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Dr Robotonik has stolen the red chaos emerald from South Island, with one of the emeralds missing, chaos and destruction are caused all over the island. Sonic and Tails are both informed that Robotnix plans to use the stolen emerald to power nuclear weapons and so they set off to put a stop to his actions and return the emerald to where it came from.

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Sonic Chaos has two difficulty levels which are represented in the games character selection, Sonic is more difficult and has full access to the special stages in the game but has to traverse across the difficult platforming segments while Tails can fly over obstacles and even fly across water however Tails cannot access any of the special stages. Apart from this both characters play the same stages and fight the same boss battles.

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There are five hidden chaos emeralds in special stages through out the game, players can enter the special stages when they collect 100 rings in two stages from an Act, the gems are hidden in these stages and all of them must be collected to unlock the good ending as Sonic.

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The rocket shoes are a new item in this game and they allow Sonic to temporarily fly making some of the platforming a little bit easier.

The soundtrack is medicore for a Sonic game and to be honest it feels like it belongs somewhere other the sonic universe, the music is ok but there isn’t anything special about it .

Sonic Chaos is a fun game, I much preferred it to Sonic CD, It is very short though I managed to finish the story mode with all of the chaos emeralds in just over an hours time.  Apart from its short story mode and medicore soundtrack the game is a blast to play through and is a good way to pass time, I wouldn’t personally recommend playing as Tails as I found the game easy enough playing it as Sonic.

Sonic Chaos is a good Sonic game but it is far from one of the best 7/10

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Review

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment to Nintendo’s popular action-adventure series of video games. It was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991 in Japan and 1992 in the USA and Europe.

03The game begins with our hero waking up after being communicated to by Princess Zelda in a dream, Zelda tells Link that she has been locked in the dungeons of Hyrule castle.

Links Uncle is preparing to rescue the princess demanding that Link does not follow him to the castle, Link ignores his uncles command breaks into Hyrule Castle where he finds his Uncle mortally wounded, he hands link his sword and shield before he dies and Link is left to rescue the Princess.

After rescuing Zelda and escaping to the sanctuary a priest tells Link of an evil wizard called Agahnim who has taken over Hyrule and is planning to break an ancient seal in order to release Ganon. Link is sent to find the Master Sword and rescue seven maidens who can help him to defeat Agahnim before its too late.

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In a similar manner to other Legend of Zelda games, you will need to travel far across the land of Hyrule on your quest, you will traverse many different terrains, discover hidden villages, conquer dungeons and meet many characters along the way.

New items were introduced in this game including the Hookshot, the Pegasus boots and even the Master Sword!!.

In the game Link can travel between two realms, the light world and the dark world, each realm is an alternate reality and they both have unique dungeons and area layouts.

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The Puzzles are really fun here and they require a lot of thought to figure them out, the game is also full of really cool secrets and hidden mini-games that you can play. In a way this is the Zelda game that really nailed the formula for what Zelda games would become.

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The visuals are outstanding, the artistic realism that was put into the game really helped to make the experience of the game much more immersive, magnificent and in some parts scary.

In general the visuals are some of the best you would ever see on the Super Nintendo and no game in the series was as impressive from a visual perspective as this one was and the only exception in my opinion is Breath of the Wild which also pushed its system close to its graphical limits.

The Super Nintendo had a fantastic sound chip that was able to produce some wonderful and memorable video game soundtracks, a Link to the Past is no exception and its music composed by Koji Kondo is one of my favourites from the Super Nintendo library.

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The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past is one of greatest video games ever made, it by far made up for the disappointment that was Zelda 2 and it helped to shape the Zelda series into what it is today.

The game is fairly flawless, It can be very difficult at times but with enough practice and by finding the many secrets hidden across the map you will eventually survive its difficult dungeons, puzzles and boss battles.

Its one of my favourite Super Nintendo games and while its not my favourite game is the series it is definitely one of the best 10/10

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General Mills: Chocolate Lucky Charms Review

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Lucky Charms is a cereal from General Mills, I have already reviewed the original version of the cereal and you can read that review here.

https://ragglefragglereviews.com/2019/07/05/general-mills-lucky-charms-review/

I wasn’t a massive fan of the original cereal due to a lack of taste so I am hoping the chocolate version is a lot tastier.

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The back of the box has a game of the back where children need to help Lucky the Leprechaun win a marshmallow unicorn.

One serving of the cereal is 3/4 of a cup which is approximately 96 grams in UK measurement.

One serving of Chocolate Lucky Charms has

100 calories

1 gram of fat

150 milligrams of sodium

65 milligrams of potassium

23 grams of carbohydrates

1 gram of protein

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The cereal smells delicious, it has a very strong chocolate smell that takes over your nostrils

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The dry cereal is really tasty, I love the chocolate oat cereal, the marshmallows do not have much flavour dry but that was expected after trying the original cereal.

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When milk is added Chocolate Lucky Charms might be the best cereal I have ever eaten, they are so delicious, the chocolate flavour of the cereal is much nicer than the oat flavour of the original cereal, this version is sweeter and packs more flavour which is all I wanted and I couldn’t be happier.

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General Mills: Lucky Charms Review

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Lucky Charms is a breakfast cereal from company General Mills, it has been popular in kitchens at breakfast time since 1964. The cereal generally consists of oat pieces and marshmallows, my box came with Pokemon cards which is really cool because I couldn’t tell you the last time a box of cereal I have bought has come with something other than cereal.

The commercials are great for Lucky Charms, they consist of the leprechaun Lucky trying to keep children away from his cereal but he almost always gets caught in the end and the children get the cereal, some of the commercials are really memorable and they have helped to make the cereal so popular.

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The back of the box has various Pokemon games and information regarding the Pokemon card promotion.

One serving of the cereal is 3/4 of a cup which is approximately 96 grams in UK measurement.

One serving of Lucky Charms has

110 calories

1 gram of fat

170 milligrams of sodium

55 milligrams of potassium

22 grams of carbohydrates

2 grams of protein

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The cereal has a very faint sweet smell to it when you open the box but nothing that stands out

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The cereal tastes ok dry, the marshmallows do not have a lot of flavour dry but the oats have a very nice flavour similar to cheerios.

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The cereal smells sweeter when milk is added but its not an over-empowering smell.

The cereal is nice with milk it reminds of cheerios mixed with sugar and apart from that nothing about it is really that interesting, the marshmallows are definitely what will bring in the kids but for me Lucky Charms are not the greatest cereal when it comes to taste, I do also have a box of the chocolate variety which I am going to review so hopefully that version will bring more flavour to the table.

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As a bonus these are the Pokemon cards I got in the box

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Post: Fruity Pebbles Review

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Fruity Pebbles as well as its sister cereal Cocoa Pebbles are cereal brands based on the animated sitcom the Flintstones, they were both released in 1971 and have been popular in American homes ever since.

The commercials for pebbles are really great, they are very entertaining and will make you want to try the cereal, they have changed a lot over the years but I like the commercials where Barney is trying to steal the cereal from Fred the best.

Today we will looking at the fruity pebbles version of the cereal.

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The box comes with some games on the back which will keep children entertained for a short while.

One serving of the cereal is half a cup which in uk measurements is 135 grams.

One serving of fruity pebbles has

110 calories

1 gram of saturated fat

140 milligrams of sodium

20 milligrams of potassium

9 grams of sugar

14 grams of other carbohydrates

and 1 gram of protein.

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Upon opening the box you can smell a very strong artificial fruit scent that fills your nostrils.

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I tried all of the different colours dry and they all taste the same, it a very artificial flavour but it is nice.

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The cereal is a lot nicer with milk but it is very sweet, I cant see me eating this on a daily basis but as an occasional treat it would make a nice dessert.

The cereal goes soggy really fast which is a shame for me because I enjoy crunchy cereal but this didn’t affect the taste of the cereal at all.

Fruity Pebbles is a cereal that is not available in the United Kingdom so I had to get this imported, it is very enjoyable but as I have already mentioned it is incredibly sweet so keep this in mind before you order a box online.

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Rocket Power Review

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Rocket Power was an animated series that came from Klasky Csupo who gave us Rugrats, Rocket Power was aired on Nickelodeon between 1999 until 2004 and it lasted for four seasons.

Great opening credits and a catchy theme song for Rocket Power, its one of my favorite theme songs for the older nickelodeon cartoons.

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Rocket Power is about the gnarly adventures of four children, the two rocket children Otto and Regina as well as their friends Sam and Twister.

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The four protagonists live in a fictional town called Ocean Shore where extreme sports including surfing, skateboarding, roller blading etc is very popular for the locals who live there.

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Every Episode has one of the characters from the show learning a lesson which normally has something to do with sports, one of my favorite episodes is from season 1 when Otto Rocket ditches his dads snowboarding equipment to promote his competitions equipment after he is manipulated by the douche bag in image above.

And after accepting to represent the competitions brand he learns the lesson that the other brand does not care for him and only wants him for profit, its a hard lesson to learn but its a real issue that a lot of celebs go through when they agree to promote certain brands.

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I like most of the characters on the show but my absolute favourites are the Rocket family (Reggie, Otto and their dad Raymundo) as well as Raymundo’s business partner Tito.

I never really liked Sam or Twister as much, I feel that the Rocket Kids have more personality and are genuinely more fleshed out characters.

Rocket Power was a really cool show that I have found more enjoyment from as an adult than I did when it first came out, it has pretty good animation, a fantastic voice cast, memorable characters and a lot of good morals as well as moments from the show that are hard to forget.

I wouldn’t say this is one of my favourite shows as I couldn’t get completely into it, I found the episodes seemed a little repetitive and there wasn’t much character growth in the series but apart from that Rocket Power is well worth a watch to see if you like it.

Normally with these cartoons I would like to talk about the theatrical films as well although Rocket Power didn’t have theatrical a movie (not including the made for TV films) so my opinion is purely based on the show.

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