DYKG: There was meant to be a third Oracle game

Former StaffApril 24th, 2013 by Former Staff

Recently Did You Know Gaming released an image showcasing a fact about a part of the Legend of Zelda series which many of us were already aware. However, with the Oracle games release on eShop getting an official release date in the US, the fact is relevant and good to point out to those who were not already aware: there was actually suppose to be a third Oracle game in the Zelda series. It was meant to form a trilogy of sorts that completed the story where Ganon rose again. The games were originally meant to focus on each piece of the Triforce, but of course were changed to simplify maters before release.

If you want to know more about the third mystery game hit the jump.

 

 

The way the games were supposed to work was that each was going to focus on the different aspects of the Triforce. One game on action which would be equal to power, having you fight more and things would be more action based. Another focusing on puzzle solving which would equal wisdom. The gameplay of the courage chapter and what it would focus on was never released. Each game was to have a theme. Power would focus on the seasons and interchanging between them. Wisdom was to focus on time and moving between night and day. While courage would use the theme of color, meaning that certain events and items would center around color. Finally each was to have an Oracle which the games story was meant to focus around, each playing a role. These characters were to be named after the Goddesses of Hyrule. Din for power, Nayru for wisdom, and the forgotten Farore for courage.

Later during development the three were given official titles. “Mystical Seed of Power”, “Mystical Seed of Wisdom”, and “Mystical Seed of Courage”. In the year 2000 it was realized that the three games proved to be too much for the limitations of the handheld at the time and the limitations of the password system used within the games. So the developers cut it back to just two games and changed their story lines to go with the two games. “Mystical Seed of Wisdom” became Oracle of Ages, while “Mystical Seed of Power” became Oracle of Seasons. “Mystical Seed of Courage” was eliminated.

Very little is known about the original plot, gameplay, or how far development had gotten in “Mystical Seed of Courage”.

The only thing I can think of that can be seen within the games now is the three flames that Twinrova is trying to ignite in the linked true ending to the game. Perhaps this ending was planned from the beginning and the third flame was going to ignite in the third Oracle game. Perhaps Twinrova igniting the third flame themselves was a cop out and excuse for the missing third game. Although it is only speculation it makes sense to me. But what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Do you think the game should have been released? If it was a possibility today would you like to see a release of the third game? Leave a comment!

Source: Did You Know Gaming

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  • balloonofwar4

    I wish they went with their first plan, but oh well. Technology can’t do everything. I wonder what gameplay element Courage would’ve used, since Power used combat and Wisdom used puzzles. Maybe a combonation of them both.

    • Chuggaaconroy

      randomly guessing when to jump off of cliffs?

  • SyyLux

    Maybe… it has something to do with they show you a path and you need the courage to go that path… because it is invincible and such… Just an idea ;D

  • Terence Stamp

    This is old news, nobody cares Lucas, you useless poster…

    • Colonel-Majora

      well. that was unnecessary. please refrain from leaving comments that are just plain mean. not EVERYONE knows this.

      • CaioCamboim

        Dude do you have double personalities? ‘-’

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.gosparini Matthew Gosparini

      I care. I never knew about that. Why don’t you stop being a dick, okay?

    • Tehlul

      His posts have no less worth than anyone else’s on this site.
      Cant say the same for yours though.

    • Roth

      This is a Zelda site, not a Star Wars one.

    • Midnafan

      everyday a naive Zelda fan is born. just cause it’s old doesn’t mean nobody cares. :)

  • Rinko Hirahara

    I dunno if it’d have been a good idea at the time, but I would certainly buy it now, for the fact that it’s a Zelda Game and would still give me a nostalgia feel. If it were complete and released maybe on the 3DS store, I’d buy it so quickly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/everyonesbrother Colby Whitlow

    I wish they would revisit the concept with the 3DS instead of just a straightforward release. I’m sure that the new system could handle it to some scale… That would be pretty awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Akesha.nis Ake Sha
  • Link Fanatic

    They should use those Mystical seeds ideas and make a little trio of games that work together. They would definitely be able to do it now, with the 3DS, Wii, and Wii U.

    • god like games

      Nintendo is no longer making games for the wii

  • Roth

    The three flames are more telling than a mere screenshot reveals. They are ignited through perversion of the three virtues, where Power leads to Destruction, Wisdom ends in Sorrow (knowledge should ordinarily bring joy), and Courage falters into Despair. Twinrova accomplish this by spreading darkness on the lands and peoples through deliberate contradiction of the virtues: the indomitable might of nature is subverted in the undoing of the seasons, and the happy order of the world is disrupted by upsetting the flow of time; what would have destroyed the courage of man in the third game is unknown, but the linked-game scenario resorted to having Twinrova kidnap Zelda, the symbol of hope for the people. That third flame should have been green, such that with the blessings of the goddesses united in corruption, Ganon could return. As it is, the purpose remains intact, but the execution is robbed of its perfection.

    • Midnafan

      man, the Zelda series is so incredible with how mere emotions and virtues can bring literal hell or almighty power. It’s a subtle theme, but brilliant.

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      I had to read this, like, 5 times before I fully digested it all. Wow.

      Oh, and this new Disqus layout is kinda weird…. but whatever.

    • asmith

      Great post.

  • MidnasSuite2010

    I think they could probably pull off the third game now, they could possibly release it on the Wii U. It would be interesting but it’s more or so wishful thinking.

  • linkasourous

    Whenever I quiz another Zelda fan on their zelda knowledge, I always ask them about this; What was the name of the Trilogy that Oracle of Ages/Seasons were originally in, what was their original title and what is the name of the canceled game. They never know it lol :)

  • Vaati101

    I already knew this, but still it is a shame that this game never made became an official game. Now with new technology, this is absolutely possible, but unfortunately Nintendo are unlikely to do anything with it now.

    • Midnafan

      it’s never really done even now though. Pokemon sort of does it, but they’ll have two opposing games that connect to each other and then a third game that both can connect to, and Professor Layton has passwords that are exchangable between each trilogy. but it’s all optional, has no effect on plot like Oracles would, and is only one at a time sort of thing. not sure how three oracle games would’ve worked. given they needed cables to connect these games, i understand issues with connection there, but why would’nt passwords have worked? you’d just have to own the other games or find the password online. unless Nintendo was really dead set against that last part, but it never seems to be an issue with their Pokemon promotions. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002424822349 Rin Okumura

    Someone was making a fan game of what it could have been. Don’t remember where though.

  • thing

    i want a third oricle game.

    • Cockmongler

      Learn to spell first

      • Midnafan

        change your name first. :(

  • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Color…..

    Somehow, that doesn’t sound as appealing. XD

    • ZDX

      It was supposed to be Called Oracle of Secrets if they had made it like the other two

      • Roth

        The others were named after the original plan was scrapped, I think.

        • Midnafan

          yeah, so we can only have fun poking at ideas of what it could’ve been. :)

      • Midnafan

        well, that’s what Farore ended up being (thanks for reminding me) in Ages at least, Farore appears in the Maku Tree as the Oracle of Secrets and a form of communication between the games. that’s all she got though.

    • Midnafan

      Oracle of Shades? how does that sound?

    • Bern13

      how about The Oracle of Eternity

  • http://www.facebook.com/tristan.jones.71 Tristan Jones

    I would want to see that game

  • http://www.facebook.com/julian.delarosa.378 Julian Delarosa

    Actually, they got something wrong here, the wisdom game was going to be around color, and the courage game was going to be around time, when they dropped the courage game however, the wisdom game got both time and color for its puzzles, making it the more puzzle based

  • FatalFerret

    the legend of zelda oracle of secrets

  • Chuggaaconroy

    You Got the thing!!

  • Midnafan

    well, i know Farore still made it into at least Ages as some sort of oracle of communication inside the Maku tree? but i thought the third flame had to do with Zelda?

  • sexyaussiekirkland

    WOW this is old! You know ZeldaDungeon has run out of things to post when all you see is old facts and over-analysing pointless crap. I miss the old days of ZeldaDungeon :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/renato.almeida.161 Renato Almeida

    Farore appears in Oracle of Ages..!

  • NintendoIsntDead

    This is one of the main reasons why i love ZeldaDungeon, true hardcore Zelda AND Nintendo fans that love and respect all Zelda games equally, not only that but they also believe in Nintendo all the way and they get deep into the world of the legend of zelda, they go right into the core foundations of zelda, the myths of it ,and the story of it. I hope zelda dungeon will never get fake or crappy like Zelda informer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vincent-Yobs/100000349495261 Vincent Yobs

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Calamity would sound pretty cool.

  • itsameluigi1290

    I remember this. I haven’t even played the first two Oracle games though ._.

  • god like games

    stop talking about the stuff we all ready know

    • BlackRaven6695

      Every day more people discover the Zelda series, ones that don’t know about stuff like this. This post is for people like them. Just because you have heard it before doesn’t mean the rest of the internet has.

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      “Recently Did You Know Gaming released an image showcasing a fact about a part of the Legend of Zelda series which many of us were already aware. However, with the Oracle games release on eShop getting an official release date in the US, the fact is relevant and good to point out to those who were not already aware:”

  • god like games

    zelda dungeon your really are running out of stuff to talk about

    • Emma Mix

      True. But I’ll never abandon ZD… Although I do with they’d write more theoretical articles such as the one, “Sheikah, Interlopers, and the Dark Tribe”. I believe that was the title, but I haven’t read it in about a year, possibly more? I think Axle wrote it.

      • Zzen

        yeah

  • Emma Mix

    Perhaps they could make the game now, with the more advanced technology we have… It would be perfect since the Oracle games are soon to come out on virtual console in America (and already in Japan).

  • Alberto Mani

    They could have tried making a “new” game for the oracle series, now that the 3DS is more powerful. Nintendo could update the old games to add in the new one with GBC structure based on the power of the 3DS.
    Basically that means use current gen hardware to improve old games and add a new one. That would have been so interesting, but we are getting a Zelda game for the 3DS and Wii U, so I won’t complain, yet.

  • WhiteSamurott

    Guys, Leave Zelda oracle 3 alone. Ask Nintendo was it was supposed to become. that answer your Oracle 3 questions, and they are going to rerelease the 2 oracle games. so they probably would release the information to the Fandom.

  • Alagos

    the third flame was acually ignited when twinrova sacrificed herself after the battle with her, the flame of despair was most likley lit by the despair from zelda while she would be sacrificed, but sence zelda was not able to be sacrificed ganon was not compltely ressurected.

  • XenonYuri

    Personally, I think it would have been awesome to have a third Oracle game. Oracle of Seasons was what got me hooked on Zelda.