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Two more Legend of Zelda classics make their way to Switch

Hailing from the Game Boy Color, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons have arrived for Switch Online subscribers.

Summer questing

Two absolute Legend of Zelda classic are now available for the Switch, via the Nintendo Switch Online subscription gaming platform. These two come straight from the Game Boy Color’s deep library of titles, and unlike some other “Zelda” games, they have yet to get remakes or even standalone digital re-releases for modern consoles.

So it’s particularly great then, to get to see these titles pop up again. And it’s even greater that, as long as you’re a subscriber, there’s no additional payment required to play ’em.

  • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, the Land of Labrynna has fallen into darkness. But hope remains that a hero can still prevent Veran, Sorceress of Shadows, from plunging the world into an endless night. Link is ready with a hand to lend help and the power to bend time, but his abilities also present unique challenges. If a river blocks Link’s path in the present, he can travel to the past and move a stone, redirecting the flow of water. Likewise, if he plants seeds in the past, he’ll find full-grown trees and vines waiting for him when he returns to the present. With a cast full of vivid characters, including Impa and the giant Maku Tree, and a range of iconic tools to deploy, Link must crisscross through the past in order to safeguard the future.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Link must fight to stop the power-hungry general Onox in the troubled land of Holodrum, where the harmonious cycle of nature has been disrupted. Don’t let the land slowly wither – instead, change the seasons to overcome puzzling obstacles! If Link finds a small plant at the bottom of a cliff, transform the season to spring, and use the newly grown flower to get a boost up to the top. Or when facing a deep lake, use the Rod of Seasons to shift into winter, letting Link walk over the ice. Can Link rescue the Season Spirits before all is thrown into chaos and the bountiful gifts of nature rot?

Nintendo press release

Both games are available now through the downloadable Game Boy Color portal, though again you do have to be a subscriber to actually start them. Just keep that in mind. Also, for those who remember the originals and their crossover capabilities via password, it’s intact here. So yes, “some characters and enemies will change between the two adventures, items can be upgraded or transported and you can even discover the true evil force moving furtively behind the scenes”.

That’s only if you play, use the password system, and beat both though. And you don’t have to, since the two are also just fine adventures on their own.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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