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Posted by ArbitraryWater (14914 posts) 3 years, 9 months ago

Poll: GotG Round -6 1/2: Zelda Oracle of Seasons vs Zelda Oracle of Ages (90 votes)

Oracle of Seasons 14%
Oracle of Ages 22%
What. 63%

No, seriously. I recently finished Oracle of Seasons and proceeded to enter the password for the second quest in Oracle of Ages, and I was genuinely interested which of the two Capcom-developed GBC Zelda games was considered superior.

Also, y'all are already trained for answering polls, so I figured this would be a good time to do it.

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#1 Edited by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Princess Maker.

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#2 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

Haha. I've only played half of each of them, but I liked what I played of Ages a little better. Seasons was more combat focused and personally I think that's the weakest aspect of the 2d Zelda formula. Aiming and moving with the same buttons sucks. Also Time Travel is better than Nature Shenanigans.

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#3 Posted by Moonshadow101 (752 posts) -

The basic premise of ages was always inherently more interesting. Melting ice by turning winter to summer can't really compare to jumping between two points in an area's lifetime, pre- and post- various kinds of development.

My memories of the games aren't recent enough to comment any more deeply than that, however.

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#4 Posted by Mike (17466 posts) -

For the record, whenever there is a joke or nonsense option in a poll I always pick it. No matter what.

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#5 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -

@mb said:

For the record, whenever there is a joke or nonsense option in a poll I always pick it. No matter what.


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#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@mb said:

For the record, whenever there is a joke or nonsense option in a poll I always pick it. No matter what.

Just you wait until I make a poll where one of the options is legally incriminating.

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#7 Edited by ThunderSlash (2593 posts) -

Ages! Always Ages!

God Hand.

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#8 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8140 posts) -

Where's the Alundra option?

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#9 Edited by BeachThunder (14736 posts) -

Seasons! Always Seasons!

Both are great, but the season mechanic is much more interesting than time travel. Also, Subrosia.

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#10 Posted by Nubikal (111 posts) -

I think I liked Ages better, but I basically considered them the same game.

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#11 Edited by Milkman (18986 posts) -

I think I played either one or both of these but off the top of my head, I could not tell you which one is better or for that matter, how or if they're even different.

In other words, what.

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#12 Posted by Flappy (2415 posts) -

I played like...five minutes of Seasons, so that one wins.

Megaman Legends 2 is a good game.

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#13 Posted by Shishkabob (20 posts) -

What. is my all time favorite Zelda game. Also my favorite Capcom game.


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#14 Posted by Slag (7518 posts) -

man I honestly don't remember. I thought they both were pretty good, but something felt a little off.

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#15 Posted by BisonHero (10854 posts) -

I played a bit of Oracle of Seasons for the first time recently on my 3DS. It's been surreal.

In 2013, I'm using a 3DS to play an emulated version of a Game Boy Color game that came out in 2001, which reminds me of and directly reuses assets from 1998's Link's Awakening DX, which is itself a remake of 1993's Link's Awakening.

It just feels like a lot of layers when I think about it too much.

I guess the Game Boy's lifespan is just crazy, in that a 2001 game was able to use the sprites from a 1993 game. It's kinda interesting that the lack of competition in the handheld market (the Game Gear wasn't nearly as successful, nor was the...Neo Geo Pocket? Wonderswan?) led to the Game Boy going on FOREVER. And then they finally got around to releasing the GBA just for the fuck of it, because the early 2000s was probably the lowest point of portable competition for Nintendo ever, but given that the Game Boy/Game Boy Color generation lasted twelve years, perhaps Nintendo realized they should probably release something new, even with no real pressure from other companies.

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#16 Posted by MormonWarrior (2945 posts) -

I always found Seasons to be way more fun. The time travel thing just wasn't as snappy and immediate as the seasons, and the dungeons felt more satisfying.

Also, Din's hotter. I cared about that at the time I guess.

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#17 Posted by Ley_Lines (312 posts) -

I remember liking ages better.

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#18 Posted by Abendlaender (3065 posts) -

I liked Ages more simply because changing between 4 seasons became a bit tiresome at some point. They are both fantastic games though.

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#19 Posted by Zero_ (2039 posts) -


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#20 Posted by golguin (5316 posts) -

Oh geez. You just reminded me that I used to be a high level moderator years ago and the Oracle of Ages/Seasons forum was one of the forums under my watch. When you put 30+ people with varying levels of power (several mod tiers) political nonsense always seems to pop out. It's always interesting how power struggles ALWAYS come out even when it's just the internet and video games.

Ages was the better game, but I believe for the best experience you wanted to play Seasons first and then Ages.

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#21 Posted by artelinarose (1998 posts) -

Ages! Always Ages!

God Hand.

That's always my answer!

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#22 Posted by Tom_omb (799 posts) -

I think I picked up both of these games at the same time when they first came out and never finished either of them. They have been a bit of a white whale for me since I'm a huge Zelda fan. Recently, after playing through Link's Awakening again on 3DS virtual console I decided to tackle these games again. I was surprised to find how close I was to completing Seasons and how far I was from completing Ages. I played Ages for a while and when I stopped playing I was near the last dungeon.

My vote went to Seasons. While it might not be as fresh in my mind as Ages I'm going to trust my younger self's choice to invest more time into Seasons. Swapping between two versions of a world is something we've seen many times before in a Zelda game. Seasons takes it to four in a welcome, if small, twist on that formula. Playing through Ages recently I was slightly frustrated at how the two time periods didn't look or feel that different and I'd often get confused what time I was in.