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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.

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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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In one of the side-scrolling portions of Dungeon 4 there is a reference to Mega Man where Link has to hop around on constantly changing platforms a la the part of Mega Man 2 with the disappearing blocks. Even the color is the same.
Posted: 06/03/13, 04:50:41

Ohhhh yeahhhh...
Posted: 06/03/13, 05:01:40

Huh. I didn't know that. But then I've not really played Mega Man.

That part was annoying though.
Posted: 06/03/13, 05:31:16
I made some good progress in Seasons this weekend. I finished the third dungeon last night. So far...it feels like Link's Awakening. It's not as good, but it's still good. Some interesting ideas there with the changing of seasons.
Posted: 06/03/13, 16:15:57

Go to Eyeglass lake they say. Fine. I went. Got the final season.

Now what genius?

"Go to Eyeglass lake"

I did not have this trouble 12 years ago! I'm missing something obvious, clearly. Gyah. Need to find where to use my new season. *keeps looking*

On the plus side I did a pile more of the trading sequence.
Posted: 06/04/13, 00:52:59

Have you finished the fifth dungeon? If not, it's there at Eyeglass Lake.
Posted: 06/04/13, 00:58:08

Ugh. Just found it. This entire experience is making me feel incredibly stupid.

For some reason I thought that path was just another way around to the woods further east, I'd been there before but completely forgotten about the blocked off dungeon. So I never went ashore and up when I needed to.
Posted: 06/04/13, 06:07:19
Nice. Somebody has apparently figured out how to unlock the two GBA-only rings in the 3DS ports.


I don't pretend to completely understand it, but if this guy is right, it sounds like he's saying that you can change two symbols in your original game password in a linked game in order for the two rings to be automatically added to your collection. Of course the two rings don't actually do anything, and the work-around still doesn't give you access to the Advance Shop where the rings are normally found, but it's still pretty cool for those who are trying to really fill out their ring collection 100%. (And if the code doesn't work properly, you can always delete that file and put in your actual password for the linked game, assuming you use the password only when you're beginning your linked game.)
Posted: 06/04/13, 09:22:30  - Edited by 
 on: 06/04/13, 09:22:48
I'm at Dungeon Five but that whole Eyeglass Lake clue was bogus. I still dont see the "Eyeglass Lake" they speak of and don't remember ever reading a sign. I'm also up to the Mushroom in the trade sequence but I don't recall at all anyone needing it. I know I need the Bell to get into a later dungeon so I hope that whole thing resolves itself soon.
Posted: 06/04/13, 12:11:03

Well if you look at the map, it kinda looks like glasses.

Also if you select a map square it will sometimes give you the name of the area.
Posted: 06/04/13, 12:23:28  - Edited by 
 on: 06/04/13, 12:23:55
Finished the second dungeon of Ages. It all came back to my like a horrible nightmare. This IS the game I stopped playing 12 years ago. What an obnoxious boss...
Posted: 06/04/13, 13:05:26
To me I think its still kinda a stretch, but I will try to look for names by hovering over as you said.
Posted: 06/04/13, 13:55:48
Anyone playing Ages get to Tokay Island? I'm not playing it now but man, I'd that's not one of the lowest points in any Zelda game, I don't know what is. I think I remember liking the dungeon after though.
Posted: 06/04/13, 17:28:56

I am there right now, and I hate my life.
Posted: 06/04/13, 17:40:02
Finished Dungeon 4 of Seasons...that boss can die in a fire. Was there a better strategy to beat it other than to shoot it with my slingshot when it moved it's claw, run backwards and hope it didn't catch me? I couldn't figure out a better strategy. I did maybe nine times trying to do it this way, but it worked.

Not to mention a LikeLike ate my shield mid-dungeon.
Posted: 06/04/13, 18:03:25

That's how I handled him.
Posted: 06/04/13, 18:08:35

Did you destroy its large claw first with your sword?


A lot of people dislike this section, but I always enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Dalton's Ship in Chrono Trigger, except without the random battles. I thought it was some fairly enjoyable puzzle-solving gameplay.
Posted: 06/04/13, 19:04:56

I sure didn't! Oi!
Posted: 06/04/13, 19:17:34

It didn't sound like I was doing any damage, so no. Gah!
Posted: 06/04/13, 20:50:39
It should also be noted that any time you have to dig in a Zelda game, you're probably not having any fun.
Posted: 06/04/13, 21:10:08
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