‘The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages’ and ‘Seasons’ Coming to 3DS

Mar 12, 2013 by  

The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages and Seasons Virtual Console

When it comes to The Legend of Zelda, gamers simply can’t get enough of the mute protagonist Link and his princess saving ways. There’s still a bit of a wait before Nintendo unveils a new game in the series, but Ninty has made it clear that there will be plenty of revamped Zelda titles to tide eager fans over. Players have already received one in the form Ocarina of Time 3D, and an HD iteration of The Wind Waker is scheduled to hit the Wii U later this Fall, and now the company has confirmed that it has more plans up its sleeve for the all-too popular franchise.

The house of Mario is getting ready to bring the classic The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games to the Nintendo 3DS’ Virtual Console. This news surfaced via the recently added Zelda portion of the Wii U’s MiiVerse after series’ producer Eiji Aonuma took to the forums to inform users of the games’ impending arrival. Aonuma’s MiiVerse postings, first spotted by Game Informer, reveal that the both games will be hitting the 3DS before Summer arrives, and they’ll both be able to interact with one another if gamers purchase them both.

You can catch Aonuma’s official MiiVerse message below:

“The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages are out now in Japan. Out plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before Summer!”

“The “Link System,” which connects the two games, allows you the enter passwords, or “secrets.” Completing one of the games earns you a secret. Entering that secret in the other game lets you continue the story with the same character name and some of your items. Secrets earned while playing the second game can be used in the first game to unlock more items. There are many other variations including a different final boss battle and an extra hidden dungeon.”

“We hope you’re looking forward to linking up with these classic games! Thank you!”

Both vintage titles are two games that consumers have been anticipating on the 3DS ever since the portable was confirmed to support the Virtual Console format, so their arrival will hit home with those looking to become reacquainted with Ages and Seasons. They’ll be arriving prior to Summer’s arrival too, so fans won’t be forced to wait all that long – although an exact date would’ve been much appreciated.

In the meantime, stay tuned to Game Rant for more information on the specifics regarding The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages‘ and Oracle of Seasons‘ release date as soon as it becomes available.

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Source: Game Informer

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  1. I played the Seasons one long ago, and it was lots of fun in the general look and style of A Link to the Past. It’s not nearly as pretty though, being designed for the Gameboy Advance, and that may dissuade gamers that are spoiled on newer technology. The old charm was certainly there though, and watching the lands change with the seasons was uniquely cool. Sadly I misplaced my completion code and never got into the Ages game. Having a good idea where the code is, and liking the idea of playing the game on my large 3DSXL, I wonder if we can use an old code, or need to rebut and replay to proceed… In which case I’ll play on my old system. So I warn you about the dated graphics, but encourage you to play them anyway for classic appeal and mechanics.

    HD Windbreaker sounds cool too. I need that vast Disney-style ocean to fill my widescreen the way it never could before, instilling the lonely solitude of a long sea voyage…

    • I’m excited about Wind Waker as well.

      Just a heads up, the link in your name has a typo, so those clicking on a link will assume your site is gone. It seems you added an “o” to the end of the “.com”.

      • Hey, thanks a lot Poncho! Much appreciated! Now I can pretend nobody visits because they were blocked, which is really healthy for my fragile ego. Thanks! So hopefully you will try again, and the visitors will come flooding in! Meantime the least I can do is click your name and see what’s up in your corner…

        Oddly enough, I was so frustrated and dissapointed in the unexpected style of WW that I wasn’t going to buy it until I heard that a preorder would land me a GC disc with The Ocarina of Time and it’s Japanese remix on it. After Ocarina gave us the most adult Link ever, and the most realistic graphics of the franchise, I had no interest in the return to childhood that was Link in Majoras Mask. Fortunately I loved that game, despite the step backwards for Link, but was stunned when the announced plan for a darker sequel was scrapped in favor of the most childish looking Zelda ever. Of course I grudgingly tried WW and was so taken by the way the graphics moved, especially the water and fire. Delving into the short-lived stealth mechanics set a hook in me, and when I took to the (much maligned) high seas I came to love the unique journey. By the time I was fighting through whirlpools and multi-targeting sea monsters with my best-ever boomerang, I couldn’t imagine not playing this classic. Close-minded fans really missed out.

        By the way, the DS entries with a focus on boat and train respectively, we’re both loaded with fun and familiar style. They look a lot like WW, but the boat is only slightly more maneuverable than the train as you only set your course, and never directly steer either vehicle. Tough to pick a favorite, but both are strong so I reccomend picking one up.

        • Yeah, I’ve play the DS installments. I actually really enjoyed them. Wind Waker is the only Zelda game, aside from the ones I’ve yet to play, that I haven’t completed. I played a little bit of it at my cousin’s house and never played it again. I’m glad they’re remaking it, and in HD no less. I agree with you, fans shouldn’t judge a game until they’ve played it themselves.

          • Enjoying the vast ocean may depend on how much you like long voyages. It has it’s slow and time-consuming moments, especially when your map is not filled in and you can’t just warp everywhere. These long sea voyages became an unexpected source of joy for me, as I embarked on each with a sense of time committment and discovery. Sailing int the unknown needs to have moments of boredom and quiet seas to build tension and anticipation. If everything was local to where you start it would be like a Disney ride or like taking a bath with toys. The scope of the undulating sea is controversial, but I felt it worked extremely well, and payed off big. Can’t wait to play it on a HD widescreen!

  2. Sweet, the only Zelda games I’ve yet to play.

    • They are amazing and the original versions you could beat ages and thenplay seasons on the same game

      • Oh no way? That’s awesome. I’ll definitely be picking them up.

  3. Am I the only one who still buys the old gameboy cartridges instead of downloading them from Virtual Console? It costs a lot less and you get an actual, psychical manifestation of the game.

    • Yes.and you Are the only person who can find then for less than 8$ that isn’t on Ebay. Any game placethat sells gbc games won’t have these games. If they do is gonna be 30$ for them. most people can’t find the ones they want in physical form

    • Glad that works for you. I prefer the solid objects for my collection also, but there are many concerns. First is the availability and cost and condition. Next is the format and its advantages/disadvantages. I’d like to play an old GB game on my huge 3DS screen, so that may trump all oth ideas. I’d like to have a little arcade on my handheld console too, so having Super Metroid, Zelda 3 and Mario World for instance would be a nice start to that as well… I still like having the cartridge whenever possible. Its more fun, and more mine.

      • by zelda 3 do you mean A Link to the Past?

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