The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games Headed To 3DS eShop “Before Summer”

By Ishaan . March 12, 2013 . 12:30pm

In Japan, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons—both originally Game Boy Color games—on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console last month. These games are headed to North America and Europe as well.


According to a Nintendo Life report, Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, took to Nintendo’s Miiverse online community and posted in English: “Our plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before summer!”



Image courtesy Nintendo Life.


  • Hell yeah.

  • Muddied_Waters

    Whoo! I never got the chance to play these before.

  • Kotarou Tennouji

    Aaah these are my favorite handheld Zelda games, and pretty close to my favorites overall.

  • Rockin! I missed these the first time around, and am always down for more eShop VC love!

  • SirRichard

    Great news, I loved Oracle of Seasons when I played it and I’d love to have the pair of them. And if I’m reading the stuff on that image right, have Nintendo incorporated some way to get the secret linked-games-only stuff? Or was that always just a password system?

    • Quinton Cunningham

      It was both. Password was just more cumbersome than linking.

      • SirRichard

        Ah, I see, I always thought you needed the link cable. Guess I’ll be seeing that secret stuff this time around!

        • Brandon Dutko

          Aonuma is specifically talking about the “Secrets” in the game, not the actual linking itself. That part (Secrets) was always passwords only, which were very short. You’d meet a character in the 2nd game and go back to the first one to tell it to a specific character, get an item, and then tell a new password to the guy in the 2nd game to get the same item.

          All the actual “link” system did was tell the game it was a 2nd quest, keep the same name, keep the name and nature for the child of the farmer and generate passwords for getting stuff from the other game.

          The actual linking the two was done with linking or passwords though. Same thing happened with Golden Sun, but Golden Sun was atrocious if you used the password. It was pages long.

  • Brimfyre

    That’s fine Nintendo. I’m on the last dungeon of MM. You still have time.

    • AuraGuyChris

      NO! You fool! You will keep going back three days before seeing this announcement!

      • Brimfyre

        What announcement?

  • Never played Ages, cause the stupid kid me thought it was like Pokemon and only needed one of them…
    Gonna get that one first.

  • Crevox

    The oracle games are really awesome.

  • Very excited about this news. I was able to play Seasons on the original GBC, but never owned a copy of the game. Now that I can get them on the 3DS, I’m so psyched, so very psyched!

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    About time! I’ve been looking forward to its release to the 3DS’s Virtual Console!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Hold me off till the new Zelda 3DS game comes out

  • I love playing Link’s Awakening on my 3DS, so I’ll definitely have a blast with these two when they hit the european e-shop.

    Thanks Aonuma-san!

  • LynxAmali

    I still have the novel guide/ CYOA story for Ages that was published by Scholastic. I might have to dust it off after all.

  • Happy Gamer

    i played this on a emu…err I had a chance to play it long ago…real long ago when it first came out actually. I had SO much fun playing I remember but my “console” that played it was buggy and could not go past a certain point. I hope to play this again this time around. It was one of those surprisingly fun games for me…now a full fledged ads zelda please!

  • Barrylocke89

    Great news, The Oracle games are awesome!

  • Zonic505

    Glad to hear a semi-release date. Now let’s hope we get the bundle like Japan did.

  • Philip Irwin

    Thank god. The Virtual Console releases have been really questionable and locking out a plethora of top GBA titles because of the ambassador bullcrap really bothered me. Not because I don’t think they deserve those games for free, but for Nintendo to just flat out lock consumers out of being able to at least PURCHASE these titles for the 3DS is just BAFFLING. I’m not trying to devalue those earlier adopters of course, just frustrated that I’m not able to buy 5 or 6 GBA titles I really wanted to play again without having to hunt down a GBA and the carts for them.

    Looking forward to day one purchases for this pair of games, they were a fantastic experience the first time around and I’m hoping for the same thing again.

  • Raltrios

    I wonder… will passwords from the GBC versions work if you use them on these versions and vice-versa? That’d be great. I’d only need to grab Ages.

    • Brandon Dutko

      This just blew my mind.

  • Göran Isacson

    That’s pretty neat. I only ever got around to play Oracle of Seasons, would be cool to see how Ages is like.

  • gamerdude

    now minish cap too please!

    • Brandon Dutko

      Technically, The Minish Cap is already there, but only if you got a 3DS when it launched/before the price drop.

      The Ambassadors are all greedy and don’t want any of their GBA games to come to the VC, which is dumb. Especially since non-Ambassadors would still have to pay for them, and much more than their discount would amount to.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    As good as some of the other games are, together I think these are my favorite Zelda games.

  • cool!

  • Finally get to play these. Only missing this ones for my collection. I’m not counting the ones released for (you guys know what system) though since i’m not interested on those.

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