Nintendo and Capcom teamed up during the Game Boy Color era to create a pair of new Legend of Zelda games, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. Based on the Link's Awakening engine and released on the same day, the games were unique, individual adventures that could also link up in a special way. Progress from one game could carry over to the other via a special password allowing events in Ages to influence what happens in Season and vice-versa. These games have been difficult to find in the used market at a reasonable price (at least, I haven't had much luck!), so I'm glad to see that Nintendo is about to release them on the Nintendo 3DS's eShop as part of the Virutal Console service. Joystiq has the news:
So it was foretold: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will come to the 3DS eShop in Japan. The Capcom-developed Game Boy Color games, hits with fans and critics alike in 2001, arrive individually on the Virtual Console February 27, priced ¥600 each (around $6.50), and then in a combined pack next month at ¥1000 (around $10.50).
While Japan is the first to see the games, they are headed to the rest of the world sometime later this year. Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has asked international fans for patience as they prepare releases for other regions. Here's hoping that the twin pack pricing scheme turns up abroad as well. Of course Zelda fans are going to want to buy both games, so why not offer them at a slight discount? Despite being similar in style, each game offers its own special features. Ages is primarily an puzzle game based around time travel in which Link switches between time periods to progress, while Seasons revolves emphasizing action and around changing seasons. Both bring traditional Zelda action (despite each game having an action or puzzle bias, both factors of a successful Zelda adventure are present in both) and are well worth your time. Set aside a few dollars for them. It seems that those of us outside of Japan have time to squirrel away the spare change.
There was supposed to be a third game as part of this project, but that's a story for another day...