Posts in category: Oracle of Ages

Gossip Stone: Should the Magic Rings make a return to the series?

Red RingRings make for handy magic items: they’re small, lightweight and are easy to carry in addition to your other magical gear. Finding magic rings in the Zelda games is always useful to either continue in the game, make Link tough enough to more easily survive the later dungeons or even give him a variety of bonuses. But they have only appeared in 2D games, with the last time being The Minish Cap. Perhaps it is time for them to make their return? Read more after the break!

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Gossip Stone: Is there a place for the Slingshot alongside the Bow?

SS SlingshotOne of the recurring items in the Zelda series is the Slingshot: a handheld device Link often obtains early in the games it is in. Unfortunately for every game it appears in, it’s typically obtained before the Bow; the Bow greatly outshines the Slingshot with improved range, damage and projectiles it could carry. Is there a place for the Slingshot alongside the bow, or is it an outdated piece of equipment that should be retired in favor of the bow? Read more after the break!
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Gossip Stone: Should animal companions from the Oracle games return?

Link and DimitriHaving an animal companion with Link is a rather common theme in the Zelda games: while Epona is by far the most used and beloved of them all Link has had some different animals with him on his quest. In Skyward Sword he had his Loftwing, but in the Oracle games he was accompanied by three animal companions. These were met during the course of the games to traverse certain obstacles, and one of them could be recruited to become a full-on companion and accompany Link all over Labrynna and Holodrum. Dimitri, Ricky and Moosh all have their own special abilities and weaknesses, and whoever became your companion even changed how the world looked. But could they still work in a modern Zelda game? Read more after the break!
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Summer Games Done Quick Is Now Live! (Schedule and Prize Updates)

1SpeedDemosArchive and SpeedRunsLive are now live on Twitch.tv for their joint effort to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. For the next full week, 24 hours a day, speedrunners will play games from loads of different series, and giving out awesome prizes to people donating for the cause. Make sure to look out for the Zelda games coming up throughout the marathon!

Hit the jump for an update on the scheduled Zelda games, and the prizes going with them. Read more…

Get Set for Summer Games Done Quick 2014 This June

Untitled This June, from the 22nd to the 28th, the speedrunning community is once again coming together to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The popular Summer Games Done Quick live marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive, is bringing together the best speedrunners of dozens of games, including five Zelda games, keeping people up all night to see their favorite games glitched, exploited and pushed to their limits. But the runners never stop there. Memes, races, donation incentives, prizes, and more will return for a whole week of literally non-stop entertainment.

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Dr. Link: Diagnosis of Characters #6

drlinkMy previous patient was a lesser known character from The Wind Waker, Gossack, who had an inconclusive diagnosis. This week, by popular demand, I am going to take a look at a well known character who makes an appearance throughout many games in the Zelda series. His name is never given, and is on most occasions seen out and about, worrying about his task at hand. He is constantly running from place to place, but seems happy where he is.

Hit the jump to see the latest diagnosis!

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A Link Between Worlds Pre-Order Bonuses from GameStop and Best Buy

ALBW GameStop Pre-Order Bonus 2Have you pre-ordered your copy of A Link Between Worlds yet? Are you still on the fence of whether or not you even want to pre-order? Trying to decide whether to get the game by itself or the special 3DS package? Well, both GameStop and Best Buy have incentives as to why you should pre-order the game from them. Hit the jump to see what they’re offering!! Read more…

What do you Love about Oracle of Ages?

Oracle of Ages logoAs this article series continues, we examine yet another handheld title. One of a pair, actually. Many people like to classify the Oracle games as one large game, which is understandable, but I prefer to think of them as separate adventures that happen to link together. One is a sequel to the other, and it is up to the player to choose which comes first, sort of like a “Create your own adventure” book. For the purposes of this series, we are going to examine these Oracle games as separate adventures. Oracle of Ages is commonly considered to be the more difficult of the duo, involving more puzzle-oriented challenges that require you to use your wisdom (fitting for a game that stars Nayru, huh?). I wholeheartedly agree; this game contains two of the most mentally draining dungeons in Zelda history: Mermaid’s Cave and Jabu Jabu’s Belly. But I’ll get more into the details of this game’s challenges below, so let’s just jump right into it!

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Fans Want Dark Link… As a Playable Character?

Dark linkWith The Wind Waker HD quickly approaching and a mysterious Zelda Wii U title lurking on the horizon, this summer has seen its fair share of fan speculation.  This got me thinking; what surprises or major changes would the fans like to see in future Zelda titles?  You may remember a fan campaign on Facebook asking Nintendo to give Princess Zelda a stronger role in response to Aonuma’s statement at E3, saying he would entertain the idea of a playable Princess Zelda “if enough people had strong feelings about it.” This is encouraging news to fans, as it tells us our voices are being heard. So if Zelda developers would consider giving Zelda her own game,  what about other memorable characters from the series, say… Dark Link? Personally, the idea of playing as Dark Link sounds… just so…cool! But how could Nintendo possibly pull this off?

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Oracle of Ages guide gets another update

We’ve continued to work on upgrading our Oracle of Ages Walkthrough and today we have completed chapter 7. This takes you through Jabu-Jabu’s Belly, one of the most confusing dungeons in the entire Zelda franchise. We already have a full text guide for the remainder of the game, but we should be decorating that with images in the coming days.

We’re steadily working to improve all our guides here at the website, including the upcoming A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough and The Wind Waker HD Walkthrough, which both will be updated when they release later this year. Be sure to check back for all your latest guide needs!

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Oracle of Ages guide gets updated

For the last two months or so, we’ve been steadily working on improving our guides for both Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages. The Oracle of Seasons Walkthrough has been completed for several weeks now and today we have an update for the Oracle of Ages Walkthrough. The guide is now complete through Chapter 6, the dreaded Mermaid’s Cave. While we still have a few chapters to go, we alternatively have a complete text-based “quick guide” that can help you through the later chapters of the walkthrough. Stay tuned for more updates.

We’re steadily working to improve all our guides here at the website, including the upcoming The Wind Waker HD Walkthrough and the A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough, which both will be updated later this year. Be sure to check back for all your latest guide needs!

Flute Boy’s Meadow – Ralph’s Theme

After finally getting a copy earlier this year, I recently managed to finish Oracle of Ages for the first time… right before it released to the Nintendo eShop. Still, I really enjoyed this game and liked the ways in which it connected to Oracle of Seasons. I’m sure by now you know full well that I am about to segue this topic into the game’s soundtrack, so let’s get on with it.

When playing through Ages there were a fair number of music tracks that stuck out to me, but not too many really wowed too much. Still, I had my moments where certain songs made me think “huh, this really works for what it’s doing; I like it!” One such moment was the super-catchy tune that is Ralph’s Theme.

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Oracle games website launched

Following their release on the 3DS eShop yesterday, an official website for the Oracle games has been launched. Both Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are available until June 20 at a discounted price of $4.99 USD, when their prices will go up to $5.99.

Hit the jump for more information on the recently re-released Oracle games and their newly-launched website!

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GBA rings in the 3DS Oracle games workaround

If you have been scrolling around the internet lately, you might have noticed that the GBA Nature Ring and the GBA Time Ring from Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages games have been rumored to be inaccessible since you cannot access the Advanced Shop on the 3DS, making the player unable to get a 100% in the game. However, this is untrue.

If you would like to find out how you can access these two rings in the game, hit the jump!

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