Zelda Producer: Oracle Games Will Be Available Before Summer

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages

Early this morning, The Legend of Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, put out some exciting news for western gamers on the Wii U Miiverse. It seems that Nintendo will be releasing the Zelda classics, The Oracle of Seasons and The Oracle of Ages on the 3DS eShop before summer.

Eiji Aonuma Zelda Announcement

Released in 2001, the Oracle games offered a unique experience to the Zelda franchise. The pair of games offered separate, but connected storylines which could be played in either order. After finishing one game, players were given a password which they could enter into the other to continue their story, and unlock the true ending after completing the second game. The games also offered mechanics and items exclusive to each adventure. In Seasons, Link acquires the Rod of Seasons, which would allow him to freely cycle through the four seasons, allowing him to solve puzzles and reach previously blocked off areas. In Ages, Link uses the Harp of Ages to travel between two distinct time periods.

Rod of Seasons and Harp of Ages

The two games center around the Rod of Seasons and Harp of Ages.

Additionally, certain items will undergo transformations in each game, such as the classic Rocโ€™s Feather, which can be upgraded to Rocโ€™s Cape in Seasons to allow access to even more areas.

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages have been available in Japan since February 27, so itโ€™s nice that western fans will be able to enjoy the games again, or maybe for the first time, in the next few months.


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  • I will be buying these games once they come out.

  • I wonder if it will come in a pack tho…

  • smacd

    Great! Other than Minish Cap, these are some of the only Zelda games I’ve never played or possessed. Now they just need to start releasing GBA games on the virtual console to non-ambassadors so I can get Minish Cap too. Nintendo, TAKE MY MONEY

    • smacd

      And if they would somehow get the CD-i games on here, I’d buy those too. And Link to the Past. Cmon cmon

  • Zeldanemesis

    Can’t wait! These games were my introduction to the series and still probably my favorites.

  • Siraea

    I still have my Gameboy Colour cartridges of both games (as well as a rather beat-up strategy guide for them), but I’ll have a look at how much they are on the eShop once they’re released in North America. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be nice to have them on my 3DS to take everywhere, without worrying about damaging the original cartridges… Those things are hard to find these days. ๐Ÿ™

  • Shulknameholderthing

    Cool. Let’s keep this up.
    Been wanting to play these for a few years now, and didn’t wanna resort to emulators. Now I can get a chance to play them.

  • Awesome. Definitely going to get these, since I was literally JUST wishing I knew where my original copies were.

    Keeping the passwords, eh? Hmm, a tiny bit disappointing, actually. I mean, I loved them in the original games, but I doubt it would be that hard for the 3DS version to just pass the information between the games automatically, so you only had to go and retrieve your rewards for it.

  • Why does it take so long to port these games to the 3DS Virtual Console? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited to play these as these are the only two Zelda games that I haven’t played yet. But…why does it have to take so long?