Zelda Oracle Games Heading to U.S. eShop

Zelda Oracle Games Heading to U.S. eShop

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The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma uses the Zelda Miiverse to confirm a western re-release for the Oracle games.

A short while ago the Japanese eShop received a treat in the form The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, two classic entries in the Zelda franchise that hadn't seen releases since their launch on the Game Boy Color. There was originally no word on when, or if, the two games would be joining the eShop in regions outside of Japan. Word is out now however, and it points to summer.

The announcement came via Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda franchise. "Our plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before summer!" said Aonuma, posting a message on the official Zelda Miiverse board. Though no specific release date was mentioned, it's nice to know for certain that the games will be joining the ranks of the North American eShop in the next few months.

While the re-release of the Oracle titles is great on its own, it's just generally nice to see some steady support for the eShop, especially considering some of the problems Nintendo has had when it comes to its digital storefronts. The Virtual Console on the Wii saw a notable drop in new releases a few years after its launch, and just recently the eShop made headlines when it was revealed, to some annoyance, that gamers who bought digital games for the Wii would need to pay for them again on the Wii U.

Whatever Nintendo's faults may be when it comes to digital distribution there's no denying it has games people want, and in a few months the Oracle duo will be joining the list of titles we'll be buying and then probably buying again and again for years to come.

Source: NintendoLife

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I predict the Oracle will make a hefty Prophet.

inb4 "THE ORACLE GAMES SUCKED, I LIEKD LINK'S AWAKENING BETTERRRRRRRR"

DVS BSTrD:
I predict the Oracle will make a hefty Prophet.

These games are rather a Link to the Past

Do you need to buy both to get the whole story?[

That's nice. These games were good. Not amazing, but good. I hope connectivity and GBA-exclusive features are properly implemented.

kailus13:

Do you need to buy both to get the whole story?[

Eh, sort of. Each game can stand alone, and has its own story, but there's a different, overarching ending if you play them both.

P.S. Thanks

For a Zelda title, I don't have many fond memories of Oracle of Ages. I vaguely remember getting stuck and giving up on it, but then I was 13 and generally sucked at most games. When I finally get round to buying a 3DS, I'll have to give it another go.

kailus13:

Do you need to buy both to get the whole story?[

I only ever played Ages, but from what I understand each is a distinct game, rather than a Pokemon Red/Blue type dealy. The Wikipedia page gives a mildly spoilerific explanation of the way the two games interlink.

Grenge Di Origin:
inb4 "THE ORACLE GAMES SUCKED, I LIEKD LINK'S AWAKENING BETTERRRRRRRR"

Those three games are my favorite Zelda titles, save for A Link to the Past.
They're positively amazing.

It's good that they're coming finally, but why the fuck did it take so long? I would have thought with them being some of the highest selling gameboy games to be released, and with Nintendo owning the license to resell them, it would be a no brainer.

It's kinda funny that I have already played these two games on my DS. =V

This makes me a happy person. I lost my cartridge of Oracle of Seasons long ago and I didn't want to pay a fortune to be able to replace it.

DVS BSTrD:
I predict the Oracle will make a hefty Prophet.

I agree, Nintendo could make a small fortune off these two games.

sethisjimmy:
It's good that they're coming finally, but why the fuck did it take so long? I would have thought with them being some of the highest selling gameboy games to be released, and with Nintendo owning the license to resell them, it would be a no brainer.

I can't say this with any amount of certainty at all, but I'd guess (and hope) Nintendo used this time to implement game linking into their VC emulator, so that these games could be played properly. If they released both the games, but no way to share data between them, it'd be a kick in the pants to Oracle fans.

P.S. Thanks

Covarr:

sethisjimmy:
It's good that they're coming finally, but why the fuck did it take so long? I would have thought with them being some of the highest selling gameboy games to be released, and with Nintendo owning the license to resell them, it would be a no brainer.

I can't say this with any amount of certainty at all, but I'd guess (and hope) Nintendo used this time to implement game linking into their VC emulator, so that these games could be played properly. If they released both the games, but no way to share data between them, it'd be a kick in the pants to Oracle fans.

P.S. Thanks

get password
open notepad app thingy
copy down password
open game 2
input password
win.

Something interesting: once Wind Waker HD comes out, with the exception of Four Swords Adventure, every single Zelda game is now playable on current generation Nintendo systems.

And people still seem to think backwards compatibility is hard.

 

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