In the previous episode of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’s video introduction series, we saw producer Eiji Aonuma get all into the game’s Doggy Race Track. In the latest video in the series, he gives the Postman’s Mental Training mini-game a try.
The video starts out with Aonuma providing a short introduction to the Postman, who works for Clock Town’s postal service, and always does his best to make it on time for his deliveries. Upon stepping inside the Postman’s home, you can immediately see him doing his Mental Training on his bed, and he asks Link to not bother him while he’s in the middle of it. He then explains that his image training is about imagining himself running for exactly ten seconds.
The Postman says that it might sound silly, but it’s actually rather difficult, and asks Link if he’d like to try it for himself. The rules are pretty simple: all you have to do is press A to start, then again to stop when you count down to 10. However, the clock goes away after a couple of seconds, so the rest is up to your own timing.
Aonuma overshot the first time by over a second, as he was thrown off by the disappearing clock. On the next attempt, he went a little over again, but he explains that he used a trick he learned when he was in school, by counting in his head like “One, zero, two, zero, three, zero,” and so on. He tries again, and on the third attempt is still off by .73 of a second.
After seeing how he got close enough to 10 seconds, Aonuma asks if that’s good enough for now, but is then asked, “are you sure?” To which he responds with “so, that means no.”
Next, he tries saying it out loud, but that completely throws him off, making it go to 12.53 seconds. Aonuma then notices that the Postman can be seen nodding his head on the side, and it’s actually quite accurate when you count down along with his head. He decides to give his new trick a shot, but is then thrown off by the clock. Finally, the staff offers to let him use the Bunny Hood, which makes the clock stay on the screen.
Even with the Bunny Hood, it’s still a matter of timing, and Aonuma continues to struggle getting it down. Perhaps it could have something to do with his age making it difficult for him, as he previously mentioned during the Shooting Gallery mini-game.
He then continues to screw up a few more times, but to his disbelief, he finally gets it down on his 23rd attempt. Aonuma is totally ecstatic upon realizing that he made it, and says that he’s so happy, he feels that his happiness from the accomplishment will last him all day.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will release in North America and Europe on February 13, 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.