Two Zelda games are coming to 3DS
Nintendo announced that they are re-releasing The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan next week. These 2D Game Boy Color action adventures developed by Capcom were a big hit back in the day, and having recently replayed both of them on Game Boy Advance, we can attest that they aged exceptionally well. So, can we expect an international release?
As you may have guessed, nothing has been announced at the moment. However, this is Zelda we’re talking about, and we strongly believe that this brand is simply to well-known not to be released in the West. It’s not like Nintendo has to translate the games into English again; the 3DS versions are almost identical to the 12-year old originals that were released both in North America and Europe back in 2001.
If and when these re-releases find their way to the native English speakers, we already know their approximate price tags: in Japan, each game will cost around 600 yens (a little under $6.5), while they will also be available as a double purchase for a price of 1000 yens, which translates to a little over $10.5.
Let’s just hope that the heads at Nintendo follow the same train of thought we do and that they’ll eventually release Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages for their latest handheld consoles in the West.
Update: One of the main game designers involved in the entire Zelda series, Eiji Aonuma, confirmed our predictions on Miiverse, the Wii U’s social network, by saying that while these two games will be released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan, “it will be a little while longer till they’re out in other territories”. Hopefully, his “a little while longer” means “sometime during spring”, and not “sometime this year”.
We’ll keep you posted.