Aonuma on the Anju & Kafei Sidequest in Zelda: Majora's Mask

By Jorge Ba-oh 18.02.2015 10

Aonuma on the Anju & Kafei Sidequest in Zelda: Majora

How did the Kafei sidequest come about in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask?

The particular sidequest, involving two characters in the Nintendo 64 classic - Anju and Kafei - is one of the more memorable moments for many fans in the series of the franchise. 

Spoilers Ahead:

The Anju and Kafei sidequest involves a fair bit of work and interaction with many of the game's cast, spanning three days to reunite the two lovers so they can be married before the end of the world.

The inspiration, according to series producer Aonuma, came from a wedding he'd attending shortly after working on Ocarina of Time. The team was thinking about "what sort of events we could include in Majora's Mask." Speaking to Yoshiaki Koizumi, the pair concluded that they couldn't recall seeing a "wedding portrayed in a game like this before," and that the sequence could be "really impactful."

Aonuma and the team wanted to "age up the themes" to get a more adult feeling to the game with "slightly more mature themes coming out along the way."

He did admit that the sidequest did get a bit more complicated, and the new 3DS version makes it "so that you can understand the sequence a little better and make it easier to accomplish."

What do you think of the particular sidequest?

Box art for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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The sidequest struck me so hard back then that I went by the handle Kafei2006 online from 2001 to about 2010 or 2011. Kafei is my favourite Zelda character ever, and also one of the rare instances that the player actually gets to

I loved everything about it, it was really moving, and so convoluted that the final outcome really stuck with you because of the complexity of the sidequest.

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Easily the pinnacle of Zelda side quests. Majora's Mask had the best NPCs and NPC interactions in the series, something I hope they focus on in the new game.

There's something special about quests like this one. It's not like most RPGs where you do side quests because you're too low a level to continue the main one; in Zelda, you do side quests because you're made to genuinely feel for the characters and want to help them. Sure, maybe you get a mask or a heart container out of it, but the biggest reward comes from watching things like the final scene in that side quest.

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I so want to do this sidequests, but still haven't got a clue what I need to do! I guess I'll just have to follow a guide. ;_;

Everyone always talks about how it's the best sidequest in a Zelda game. So I've always felt like I've been missing out. Luckily, I've managed to avoid spoilers for it since the release back in 2001 and still don't know what happens! So yeah, I really want to experience it.

Marzy said:
I so want to do this sidequests, but still haven't got a clue what I need to do! I guess I'll just have to follow a guide. ;_;

Everyone always talks about how it's the best sidequest in a Zelda game. So I've always felt like I've been missing out. Luckily, I've managed to avoid spoilers for it since the release back in 2001 and still don't know what happens! So yeah, I really want to experience it.

I'd happily guide you through it on Skype once you've finished the next temple, so there's no danger of you seeing anything you weren't supposed to. Smilie

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I personally did it between the 2nd and 3rd dungeon. I maintain that it can be done without having the item from the third dungeon (done so yesterday), though having it just makes things more convenient. I don't know exactly what the problem is your encountering Marzy but I'm sure you'll succeed in the end Smilie.

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RudyC3 said:
I personally did it between the 2nd and 3rd dungeon. I maintain that it can be done without having the item from the third dungeon (done so yesterday), though having it just makes things more convenient. I don't know exactly what the problem is your encountering Marzy but I'm sure you'll succeed in the end Smilie.
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SirLink said:
Do you mean

Yep !
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Thanks SirLink, I'll probably do it tomorrow sometime. If you're around then. Smilie

The sidequest struck me so hard back then that I went by the handle Kafei2006 online from 2001 to about 2010 or 2011.

I remember! I thought "this guy has great taste in username" - did you have the matching avatar, too?

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jb said:
I remember! I thought "this guy has great taste in username" - did you have the matching avatar, too?

I did back then and I still do on some other website, along with the nickname (not all websites allow to change your username Smilie.

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