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Retro Game Club Discussion Thread 19: Zelda Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons [community]

The lands of Labrynna and Holodrum cry out for a saviour.
The forces of evil are gaining power.
The Triforce summons you.

As Link, take up your sword once more to determine the fate of two worlds, in the Game Boy Colour classics. Wield the powers of the Oracles to traverse time and control the seasons. And link your quests to reveal the hidden truth in an epic meta-adventure that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Primary Discussion Begins on page 3!

Heroes of Power
(Complete Oracle of Seasons)

Heroes of Wisdom
(Complete Oracle of Ages)

Heroes of Courage
(Complete the linked ending to both games)

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Posted: 05/20/13, 17:26:43  - Edited by 
 on: 08/09/13, 02:04:50
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@TriforceBun Interesting, I guess I'll go with Seasons first, then. Just bought them both. Might get started on one tomorrow. Still need to slog through the last bit of Bioshock before I start another big game (TWO of them!)
Posted: 05/31/13, 00:17:16

If it's where i think it was supposed to be, then it isn't there.

(Seasons- Bottom right of the town? Kid throwing a ball with his dog?)
Posted: 05/31/13, 01:08:31
This thread will be marked if I get stuck trying to unlock the super secret ending. I really want to beat these two before Christmas comes around.
Posted: 05/31/13, 01:24:33
TriforceBun said:
Picked up my games! I really enjoy these titles--they're my favorite Flagship Zeldas, but I still prefer LA. I also like Seasons more than Ages, to be honest.

Regarding the playthrough order, keep in mind that there's a completely inaccessible square of the map in Ages that can ONLY be explored ("revealed") by playing Seasons first, then Ages.


You know, that sort of bothers me that it's impossible to truly get 100% on the digital versions then.

...Unless someone can confirm if the GBA shops DO work...?

I'm actually playing Seasons first because I thought Ages was the better of the 2. That would be like having my dessert last, so to speak. So, I guess I'm going to get that tidbit as a bonus! :)
Posted: 05/31/13, 01:28:44
Ugh. Took a wrong turn in the first dungeon of Seasons, got killed by spikes. Shameful.
Posted: 05/31/13, 02:29:47
Shadowlink said:
Ugh. Took a wrong turn in the first dungeon of Seasons, got killed by spikes. Shameful.

Same here. Then I had to restart because I want 000 deaths. I gotta save more often in Seasons, I keep forgetting how it's tougher than the av-er-age Zelda!
Posted: 05/31/13, 04:05:32

Same here too! Gotta play through the entire first bit of the game again!

Is there a death counter in these games? I thought there was, but I could be wrong. Have to check the file screen next time I play. I could have rage-quit for no reason
Posted: 05/31/13, 04:15:20  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 04:16:35
I died on that also. But I could care less what the counter says. Doesn't prove anything to anyone IMO, especially if I'm going to just reset to cover my ass.

Happy to be back in Holodrum.
Posted: 05/31/13, 04:36:14
Wish I had time to play these!
Posted: 05/31/13, 04:39:18

I suppose. Probably a holdover from the old days where a zero death counter at the end actually unlocked stuff.

Actually, funny story. Back in the day when I was first playing Ocarina (my first ever Zelda!), I was chatting with my friend about my progress. He asked me 'How many secrets had I unlocked'? I told him I didn't quite know what he meant and he clarified, and told me that the counter on the file screen was the number of secrets. Of course I'd read the manual and knew this not to be the case and informed him thus.

He was crestfallen, as he actually believed that it was a secret counter! Apparently another friend was the one who had told him this (probably lying), and looking at the low number on his file, he resolved to 'find more secrets' .
Posted: 05/31/13, 04:42:34  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 04:48:22
So I decided to give these Oracle games a shot, and started with Ages.

After skimming through this thread though it seems I made the unpopular decision, heh
Posted: 05/31/13, 05:01:14

Hahaha, no. It really doesn't matter

I was actually going to do Ages first until I saw T-Bun's comment about the map, and i switched it up.

Also there's a point in Ages that really ticked me off when I played through it last time, so I figured I'd delay it to the second game.

Protip: Make sure you play with sound and somewhere quiet, away from any ambient noise. It helps alot.
Posted: 05/31/13, 05:30:53  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 05:33:14
Downloading the games now

Never played 'em before, but I looooove Minish Cap!
Posted: 05/31/13, 05:37:24


That's how you got that square!!!

I explored that area for hours when I was a kid to attempt to get that square!!!!


I hate the Goron Dance.
Posted: 05/31/13, 05:59:34  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 06:01:52

Another funny story. Back when that game first came out I grabbed Ages first from my usual indy store, and then bought Seasons about a month later when I had the cash from the same store.

We'd actually dropped into Bankstown on the way to my Aunt's place, I think the adults were having a party that night and mum and dad were picking up a present or something. Me, I was going over to babysit my younger cousins.

Anyway, whilst my parents were off doing their thing I arranged to meet them back at the game store, and I wandered off to grab Seasons. The owner asked me if I'd finished Ages yet, because apparently one of her other customers was having trouble with the game- yes, that exact part .

Apparently he'd offered $10 to anyone who could get him past it ( a lot of money for me at the time), so I agreed to help, as the guy was supposed to be returning very shortly. Unfortunately, he didn't show and my parents got back to pick me up first.

....And that's how I missed out on a promising career as a game guru .
Posted: 05/31/13, 06:26:06
I think you told me about that during one of our Steam chats. Still a good story though :)
Posted: 05/31/13, 06:31:09

Well now everyone can hear it
Posted: 05/31/13, 07:08:46
Oh man. Now that I'm older and wiser....

It's ridiculously obvious that Seasons started life as a Zelda I remake
Posted: 05/31/13, 11:11:03
You just got that eh? Look at the first dungeon for gosh sakes.
Posted: 05/31/13, 12:57:14  - Edited by 
 on: 05/31/13, 12:57:36

Well yeah. But remember the last time I played these games was 12 years ago. I didn't play Zelda 1 for the first time until 2004, and I didn't finish it properly until 2011.

So only now are the similarities apparent
Posted: 05/31/13, 13:09:36
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