After months and months and months of teasing, Nintendo has finally announced that yes, it is remaking The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 3DS. The word came during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct live broadcast, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said of the project, “As we work on the remake version, we set out to maintain the original level of challenge while keeping the game accessible for anyone, so we also focused on making sure the gameplay experience was as smooth as possible.” Besides that vague tidbit and a slightly less vague release date of “spring 2015,” no other details were mentioned. Nintendo previously remade Ocarina Of Time, Majora’s Mask’s Nintendo 64 predecessor, on the 3DS, and from the looks of the new footage, the two revamps are predictably sharing quite a bit of material, like a cartoony Link who is more detailed than any other character in the game.
Nintendo was more forthcoming about other future releases during this Direct. Mario Kart 8 will be getting two downloadable add-on packages. The first is coming November 13 for $8 and includes Link and a couple of animal-suited Mario characters as new racers, as well as tracks based on Zelda, F-Zero, and Excitebike. A second pack that includes Animal Crossing racers is coming in May. (Both expansion packs were already available for preorder in the Wii U’s online store.) The company also shared new footage from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the 3DS steam-punk strategy game Code Name S.T.E.A.M., the next big RPG in its Xenoblade Chronicles series, and an adorable trailer for the Pikmin short film that Nintendo debuted at the Tokyo International Film Festival last month, which is now available on both the 3DS (in 3D, if you choose) and the Wii U for $5 apiece.