I remember when Operation Moonfall was just an offhand joke in an old
Zelda Informer staff Skype chat. We’d just been passed the pieces of a Nintendo Power interview with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, and stumbled on an interesting tidbit that no one seemed to have picked up – he’d be open to giving Majora’s Mask the 3DS remake treatment if the fans were willing to show their support. As a huge Majora’s Mask fan writing for one of the biggest Zelda fansites on the web, that was a chance I knew I wouldn’t be able to pass up. After pondering Mr. Aonuma’s comments for a minute with the rest of the staff, I decided to chime in with an idea that I wasn’t totally serious about at the time:
“We should start a movement: Operation Moonfall.”
Now, three and a half years and
more than 45,000 fans later, we’ve finally got our wish: Majora’s Mask 3D is real, and it’s coming to Nintendo 3DS in Spring 2015. I guess that movement wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
But while I can claim the Operation Moonfall name, I can’t take credit for the massive outpouring of fan support that followed – support from fellow fan sites like
Zelda Universe and Zelda Dungeon, from celebrities like Zelda Williams, and from talented fans all over the world.
Without you guys, we wouldn’t have seen
the now-iconic Operation Moonfall logo. We wouldn’t have seen great fan-fueled projects like this Kickstarter-funded set of screen-printed Operation Moonfall posters from Lyndon Willoughby. We wouldn’t have seen tons of Operation Moonfall fan artwork.
And, of course, we wouldn’t have seen
Majora’s Mask 3D become a reality.
If you’ve shown Operation Moonfall support in any way over the last three and a half years, I can’t thank you enough. It’s your tremendous passion for
Majora’s Mask that really made Operation Moonfall such a special community – and ultimately that made the movement such a huge success.
If you’re curious to see exactly how Operation Moonfall got its start, I’ve archived a text version of Skype chat that kicked it all off. (Bear in mind that this log is completely unedited, so you’ll see a lot of other chatter about the general
Zelda buzz at the time.)
The rest, as they say, is history…