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Zelda Oracles: The series most imaginative instalments

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Saluting Capcom's masterpieces: Oracle Of Ages and Oracle Of Seasons

Given that The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Ages and Oracle Of Seasons were released for Game Boy Color in the UK in October 2001 when everyone was enjoying their new Game Boy Advance consoles, it's hardly surprising that these games should perhaps be the most overlooked adventures in the Legend Of Zelda series.

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Zelda Oracles: The series most imaginative instalments

Postby shy guy 64 » 22 Feb 2013, 17:18

i do love the oracles, maybe i should give them another play through soon
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Postby KH81314 » 22 Feb 2013, 17:21

What did that trailer have to do with Oracle of Ages/Seasons.
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Postby Liefesa » 22 Feb 2013, 17:28

Ah yes, the animals to travel on were interesting. And Subrosia was a pleasingly large sub-area.
The overworlds were nice and varied too for a 2D game, with underwater cities, sunken villages, and the usual forests and lakes.
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Postby Jelder » 22 Feb 2013, 17:32

Oh man, I was super jacked when I saw that commercial as a kid. I didn't even know they were making one much less two zelda games
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Postby NeonJ » 22 Feb 2013, 18:47

... "instalments"? Heheh.

I'm kinda sad that I can't play this game (these games?), but ah, well. I'll wait for the 3DS VC release, whenever that happens, heh.

I can't help but feel I'd enjoy Seasons far more than Ages, though...
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Postby HughPR » 22 Feb 2013, 18:55

True, they are imaginative and generally awesome. 'Nuff said :P
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Postby NintendoForLife » 22 Feb 2013, 19:19

Personally Seasons (the only one I've played so far) is my least favourite Zelda game. It looks and plays too closely to Awakening rather than being an original game in the series. Yes menu issues due to lack of buttons were ironed out from Awakening but they didn't detract that much from the game anyway.

It felt incomplete as I played through because you need to connect Ages and Seasons together (with just passwords or link cables as well, I'm not sure) to collect everything and one of the Heart Pieces appears from one of those nuts that you get by planting trees. The odds of getting good items (including the heart piece) increase by what enemies you defeat, but on my second full play through it didn't appear which really irritated me as all other Zeldas I've completed are at 100%.

Although the game did actually save after the final boss. Interesting.
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Postby MartinIsAwesome » 22 Feb 2013, 19:29

I'm glad that you mentioned the fact that it was originally going to be three games. It would be interesting to know what story and world were initially planned for the third one.
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Postby Violet » 22 Feb 2013, 19:40

These two games have AMAZING dungeon design, with fantastic puzzles. Some of the greatest and most challenging mazes in the series and lots of tough bosses. For real gameplay "meat", these two games outclass most other Zelda games. They're the last really challenging Zeldas too, in my opinion.

Their flaws are just that the stories are pretty basic and mainly there to serve a purpose, which is to get Link exploring and questing. Which is fine in my opinion, they're very "pure" Zelda games. Seasons is my favourite because it's more focused on battling alongside the puzzles, while Ages is mostly puzzle based. Both are similar but Seasons feels more balanced.
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Postby shy guy 64 » 22 Feb 2013, 19:47

MartinIsAwesome wrote:I'm glad that you mentioned the fact that it was originally going to be three games. It would be interesting to know what story and world were initially planned for the third one.


well from what ive read it was going to have the time travel aspects and the game witch became oracle of ages involved colour based puzzles
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Postby HughPR » 22 Feb 2013, 22:17

NeonJ wrote:I can't help but feel I'd enjoy Seasons far more than Ages, though...


Tbh they are both quite different games. Graphics aside I found that they play very differently, so whilst you may think you prefer seasons, please do NOT leave out ages if you like Zelda games! :) I honestly think that they are both gems (I have very fond young childhood memories!).

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Postby Waldy565 » 23 Feb 2013, 00:16

Aww these sound great. Seasons is the one that really appeals to me I must say, but trading them rings sound great! I'll end up getting both at some point, plus Link's Awakening! If I'm ever depressed, I look to this series and I remember the smile on my face the first time I ever booted up OoT on the Wii, my first Zelda experience, getting on 5 years ago...
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Postby Waldy565 » 23 Feb 2013, 00:19

MartinIsAwesome wrote:I'm glad that you mentioned the fact that it was originally going to be three games. It would be interesting to know what story and world were initially planned for the third one.

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Postby DonegalAlan » 23 Feb 2013, 12:56

Oracle of Seasons was actually my first ever Zelda game. Quickly followed by Oracle of Ages, of course! Both excellent games in their own rights, and I'd highly recommend anyone who hasn't played them to give them a go. You can't truly consider yourself a Zelda fanatic unless you do! ;)
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Postby Komodo_Wolfgang » 23 Feb 2013, 15:36

DonegalAlan wrote:Oracle of Seasons was actually my first ever Zelda game.

Same! I thought the game was great. I then got the gamecube with MK DoubleDash with the LoZ collectors disc. Played Oot and MM and then noticed I had fallen in love with the series
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Postby Matthew Bunton » 23 Feb 2013, 16:41

I would have liked to have seen a 3DS version of these games.
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Postby wii_love_u » 23 Feb 2013, 18:26

Matthew Bunton wrote:I would have liked to have seen a 3DS version of these games.

you do know nintendo just announced it for 3ds in japan?
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Postby The_BAAD_Man » 24 Feb 2013, 00:47

I've been wanting to play these games for a VERY long time. I wasn't able to get them when they came out, and they became hard to obtain very quickly.
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Postby wghtmf » 24 Feb 2013, 19:41

I haven't played them, so I'd love to download them. Are they being released serperately, or together as one download?
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Postby alexkinch » 24 Feb 2013, 20:14

heres a though will the gba hidden shops be in this port?
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Postby wii_love_u » 24 Feb 2013, 20:49

wghtmf wrote:I haven't played them, so I'd love to download them. Are they being released serperately, or together as one download?

In Japan they will be available seperately or as a two-game package
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Postby Tommyputt » 24 Feb 2013, 23:18

Can't seem to find the magazine on iOS? Can anyone help?
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Postby widdlersbrew » 26 Feb 2013, 19:00

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