Zelda: Oracle of Ages And Seasons To Launch At Discounted Price

By Ishaan . May 17, 2013 . 8:20am

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are headed to the 3DS Virtual Console on May 30th, and each game will be available at a special promotional price of $4.99 for three weeks following their release.


After the three-week period, each game will cost $5.99. Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons can be played together to unlock additional content and story in both games.


Update: The discount is each game at $4.99, not both games together as our report previously stated. We apologize for the error.


  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    1$ Off is kind of a baffling “discount” price, IMO. I guess if anything, we should be glad the games are being offered.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Yeah… also the fact that digital games’ prices are not easily swayed, it might give an incentive to buy it at launch even if it’s only $1 off. I mean you would support the release and get a slight discount :D

    • AlteisenX

      Its $5 for both instead of $12 for both.

    • Elemiel

      The outcome is saving $2 all together.Not much, but its still nice. :3

      • malek86

        If I understand this well, it’s actually $5 for the two games together, which would be pretty decent. Mind you, not as good as Super Metroid for 30 cents, but still decent.

        Now I just wonder if these two games are worth it. From what I’ve often played, GB/C games usually haven’t aged well.

        • ecchisquirrel

          This screencap (http://25.media.tumblr.com/7e9e3418c613b414dcd025c18f3da048/tumblr_mmy71c0yK31qzp9weo1_1280.jpg) from Nintendo Direct says it’s $4.99 *each*, so yeah, it’s only a dollar off per game. Still, I’m not complaining.

          • XYZ_JolteonZ980

            Yeah I wonder where people are saying its a bundle in which for 5$ you received both games.

        • Raltrios

          Seasons was my first Zelda game ever, and Ages was my brothers’. Trust me, the games are great. I still play them occasionally.

        • dragoon_slayer12

          Well, it’s not LttP in quality, but it looks good in my opinion. Just YouTube a game play video so you can see for yourself, but graphically, it’s fine (better than NES 1),and game play is superb. Two button system with a huge variety of weapons/items that make them on part to their console brethren (only the gb versions havethe roc feather/jump iitem)

    • @XYZ_JolteonZ980:disqus @Elemiel:disqus @malek86:disqus @twitter-19425133:disqus That was my bad! I misread the PR. It’s $4.99 *each* during the discount period. Post updated. Thanks for pointing this out!

      • malek86

        Oh. Suddenly the offer seems a lot less appealing.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I’ve been waiting for these since the eshop first opened. Hate that it took two years, but now, it’s just two weeks away. ^_^ *school girl mode, activate*

  • PersonaSpace

    I know the dollar to yen ratio and what not isn’t as smooth as it could be, but this is essentially the same deal Japan received, except we get the option of just buying one or both at the discount where as in Japan it was a straight bundle. Props Nintendo.

    • Sorry, that was my bad. It’s $4.99 each.

  • benhofb

    This is awesome and all, but it’d be sweet if Nintendo releases the original Pokemon games in a similar manner. Can’t wait to get these at the end of the month!

    • dragoon_slayer12

      I think it’ll be great for fans and collectors, and I agree with you, but I’m fine with my soul silver. By far my favorite in the series (not only did it allow me to have lucario, leafeon, luxury, and togekiss to my silver team, but have my 1st pokemon follow me, afeature that should be standard). Before SS, silver was my favorite

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Meh, a Discount is a Discount not matter how small

  • Raltrios

    I still have yet to hear whether or not passwords from my hard-copy of Seasons will work with a downloadable copy of Ages and vice-versa.

    I must know!

    • Mr_SP

      They probably would. I mean… They’re just passwords. They’d have to *intentionally* change the password system on the Virtual Console games to change it. That’s a lot of effort, just to be a jerk.

      • Raltrios

        I don’t think it’d take that much effort. There has to be a finite amount of possible password combos, right? The system isn’t totally random, or else it wouldn’t really work cross-cart. The passwords in this game aren’t nearly at the level that the Gold password in Golden Sun was – that is, I don’t believe the passwords themselves carry information. The game just picks a set of locks and keys from a list, and those are the ones used in that particular file.

        But then again, I don’t know as much about coding as I’d like to, so it’s entirely possible my reasoning is off.

        • Mr_SP

          No, it wouldn’t take a great deal of effort to change it, but it would take more effort to change the passwords, than it would to copy the game data and plug it into the Virtual Console. Putting on the Virtual Console sounds pretty easy. Getting the source code for the original games then re-tooling the password encryption process, recompiling it, and testing the system… that’s a significant amount of effort, just to screw with the people that bought the game a decade ago and still have it around. It’s not “difficult” as much as it is “cruel and unnecessary”, but there’s no need to put time and money into doing it, even if it’s just a day or two, for no reward.

          The passwords do contain information. Just not very much at all. IIRC, a couple names, and your rings. If it wasn’t encoded, it could be conveyed in a third of the length, at most.

          • Raltrios

            I’m pretty sure they could just cut out the part of the system that generates passwords, randomly create a new set of them, then stick that back in in its place. Unless the original source code had it rooted much deeper than that, which would have been inefficient.

            And there is plenty reward for them if they take the time – it means I’d have to buy both games, which means they’d be doubling their profit from me. It would just cause me as a consumer to be very pissed off. But on the hopeful side, Nintendo isn’t known for terribly screwing over their fans like that. That’s usually reserved for Capcom and the like, so th-

    • dragoon_slayer12

      The record transfer (after completing the game) should work. The item quest passwords though, I doubt

      • Raltrios

        The record transfer is pretty much just the master key. The item passwords you get are linked to it, so if the record transfer works, the related item passwords should also work.

  • Zonic505

    Was hoping for a bundle, but saving $2 getting both is decent enough, I guess.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wonder if I should actually try one of these out, they’ve gotten some pretty good reviews and such but I didn’t own a GBC during their heyday… might be worth checking out for a discount.

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