Zelda Majora’s Mask Keeps Resetting in Nintendo 64

Have you been having an issue with your Nintendo 64 and Legend Of Zelda Majora’s Mask? Most recently I pulled my old N64 out of the closet and started playing again. To my surprise however the fun machine wasn’t working like it used to when I played it all the time about ten years ago.

About a decade ago I used to play my Nintendo 64 all of the time and never had any problems with it at all. If you can remember the NES days, that console had a lot of problems with loading games and it would also keep resetting all the time. Sometimes when you put a game into the Nintendo Entertainment System, it was as if you kept hitting the reset button. Now all these memories are coming back with a recent Nintendo 64 problem.

Every time I have tried to play Majora’s Mask recently, the game keeps resetting itself. Sometimes it only plays for about 30 seconds, and other times it resets after 5 minutes. Sometimes it even resets after being on for about 30 minutes. What the heck is wrong with my Nintendo 64?

I did a lot of Internet searches on the problem with Majora’s Mask resetting. I found that other people were experiencing the same problem, but no one really had a good answer as to why it was happening. I even sent Nintendo Of America an email regarding this problem.

They refused to help me and said that the Nintendo 64 is out of production and they no longer service problems for the system. I didn’t want to get my N64 serviced, I just wanted an answer as to why my Nintendo 64 keeps resetting when playing Majora’s Mask. So the only answer was to try fixing the problem on my own.

Some Internet posts suggest that the problem is with the Expansion Pak. After all, Zelda Majora’s Mask does require the use of the Expansion Pak. So I used a flat head screw driver and removed the Expansion Pak from my Nintendo 64 system. After that I took a cotton swab with a tiny bit of water on one end, and wiped off the connectors on the Expansion Pak. Even though the Expansion Pak is never removed, somehow the contacts still get dirty. After I swabbed it, the end of the cotton swab was black. I had no clue that the Expansion Pak could get dirty or need cleaning. I also did the same thing with the Majora’s Mask cartridge.

Now I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol in my house, but you can do this with a little water on the end or with a little rubbing alcohol would probably be better. You need to do this several times. After just one cleaning, the Nintendo 64 still had the resetting problem. Each day I would continue to clean the cartridge and the Expansion Pak, and then let them dry out. Your Nintendo 64 may need a good cleaning after so many years.

I also put in the Donkey Kong 64 cart which is also a required game for the N64 Expansion Pak. This game played flawlessly and worked great. It’s unusual, but after playing Donkey Kong 64 for awhile, the Nintendo 64 resetting problem seems to have gone away. After all of the cleanings it was still having issues, but after putting in the Donkey Kong 64 cart and playing awhile, the resetting issue seems to be gone.

So if you are having problems with your Nintendo 64 resetting, try cleaning out your cartridges and Expansion Pak in your N64 good. And if you still have reset problems, keep cleaning everything each day. EBay is a good place to find a cleaning kit if you don’t want to try the cotton swab water/alcohol method. Also try putting in the Donkey Kong 64 cart and playing for awhile. Somehow this seems to have helped getting the system working properly again. Or it could have just been because of all the cleanings that I did.

Let me know about your experiences by commenting below. Try out these methods to see if you can get your Nintendo 64 and Majora’s Mask working good again. I want to know how things went with your system.

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  1. Posted September 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I have Nintendo 64, but I haven’t played it in a while. I will have to take it out of my closet too. I hope it still works. LOL! I will try to reset it and clean out the cartridges if it doesn’t work. Thanks for sharing the tips. I will keep my fingers crossed that it will work.

  2. King
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It’s not the N64, shake your Majora’s mask game and if you hear bits inside of it you know the game has begun to degrade. That’s what happened to mine, I thought it was the system but it’s for sure the game.

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