The Haunting Of A Majora's Mask Cartridge

So there was this guy and he bought a Majora's Mask cartridge from a creepy old guy, and it had wicked scary glitches in it, like Link would burst into flames while the Song of Healing played backwards and ...

Someone posting to 4chan's /x/ board (its paranormal forum) has concocted a whale of creepy urban myths that lacks only a campfire, torches under the face and someone's cousin's best friend's stepbrother. It is long, but the gist of it is that the teller encounters a creepy old man, who gives him a strange, blank Nintendo 64 cartridge with "MAJORA" sharpied on it. He takes it home, plays it and deletes a gamesave marked BEN.

Very strange, very threatening things then start happening, and while I think it's nothing more than a ghost story, it's very, very well written. It'll have you on the edge of your seat, grabbing your monitor and screaming "JUST TURN THE GODDAMN N64 OFF!!!!" And it even comes with three videos, attached below.

The entire story may be read here (via Joystiq). I expect to see some expert damn mythbusting in our comments - or maybe, maybe the haunting is real ...

Haunted Majora's Mask Cartridge [Zelda Informer]


Comments

    The fact that the 2d happy mask shop is in the third video makes this a total fake.

      Not everything, there's plenty that couldn't have been faked, like Link bursting into flames or the statues appearing everywhere.

      Fake, but still pretty scary. Scariest part of the story is that Ben was the owner of the game who was killed in an accident... supposedly.

      C'mon, where's your sense of adventure? ;)

      It's a good story, and that's what really matters. I love finding things like this on the net. Marble Hornets is still the best I've seen so far.

    The "drowned.wmv" contains both OOT and Majora's.... its a stunt. Probably to get youtube hits. Works but

      Yep i saw that and was like "he was going soooo well" untill that....

      Whats the go with the little Link statues though? Is that in the game somewhere?

    I don't care that it's fake, that freaked me out still.

    The last one ruined it.

    I've actually seen a lot of stuff similar to the first two videos. You can achieve that sort of thing with a Gameshark/Action Reply and some beta quest codes.

    Obviously, the last video (at least) is a fake due to the areas from Ocarina of Time... but it was entertaining nonetheless.

    Not only a stunt but this also looks to be running on an emulator rather than an original. Looks way to clean and crisp compared to when I just checked my orginal on an actual n64.

    That was freaking awesome.
    Very creepy.
    I don't believe it for a second (I'm extremely skeptical in general) but dayum, that still freaked me out.

    Does it matter whether or not it's fake? It's a nice story! :D

    But freaky.

    To be fair, N64 cartridges do some trippy shit when they glitch.

    I remember one time my copy of OoT was a little dusty. I started playing it like normal, went to load up my file and tripped the fuck out when my adult link could use deku nuts. The music was pretty messed up as well.

    Either way, a few blows on the cartridge fixed it right up but it still was pretty awesome at the time.

    Hacked ROM running off an EMU, nothing to see here. The resolution of the game is a dead give away (much higher than the n64's native res).

    i remember once on my Ocarina original cartridge, when I booted up there were no NPCs anywhere at all. It was nice though cos I could just run around everywhere. But when I'd go into a shop and back out, they'd re-appear, but then when i'd leave the town itself they'd disappear.
    Good times. After a while though they loaded properly.

    Have to call bullshit here, it's just gameshark/hacked ROM running on an emulator.

    Sorry guys, it's no creepy The Ring-N64 cartridge that kills people it's passed onto (though that would be awesome)

    Woahhhh, freaking scary, OOT slipup aside. Majora's Mask is already pretty scary, and this played it up very well. I hated those Link statues in the game already, this is just making everything worse :O

    That was... AWESOME! And a little creepy, I mean some parts in Majora were already pretty scary to begin with. Man, hopefully the author releases the hacked ROM eventually.

    I'm fairly sure it's a hacked ROM. Others have pointed out that it seems to be running at a higher resolution than normal, as well as the fact that it seems to have different animations that aren't in the game - it'd be alot easier to hack a ROM than an actual cartridge.

    My guess is:

    - Guy messed around with hacking 64 ROMs until it does a few cool things.
    - Realizes it'd be better to come up with a creepy backstory than to just admit it's a ROM hack (nothing wrong with a bit of showmanship)
    - Does so with decent writing but clich├ęd plot
    - Profit (internet cool points)

    Not gonna lie, the end of that second video scared the shit out of me.

    Thought you guys would like to know that parts of OoT were accessible in the Majora's Mask debug version.

    As was stated in the back story the cartridge looked like a pirated copy. Therefore opening the possibility of this cartridge being one of those debug builds.

    It was very clever. I showed this to a friend with a 64, she pointed out a lot wrong. So, we called hacks. I know a cheat when I see one, I have hacked a sims Rom. It is easy. But the story scared me. Two out of five XD

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