Saturday, June 10, 2017

Don't Be Fooled by Their Similar Names

My Nintendo has currently an offer, where you get 40% off of Oracle of Ages, Oracles of Seasons and Skyward Sword. What caught my attention is the following description about both Oracle games:

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons are Game Boy Color classics. Don't be fooled by their similar names - both games offer a unique story and are packed with adventure, puzzles and classic Zelda action.

Even 16 years after their release, Nintendo seemingly is still afraid that there might be confusion about this being one and the same game with different features. And there really might be. They have Pokémon to thank for this mentality. And even at the time of the release, Nintendo had to do a lot of advertising to communicate that these are actually two fully developed Zelda adventures. I still have some flyers and magazine ads from that time stating "an adventure too big for just one game". And even up to this date Nintendo is still fighting the Pokémon stigma about the Oracle games.

This might even be the reason, why Nintendo never tried something similar again with the Zelda series. This is somewhat of a shame, because the games were ahead of their time and today they could function without any complicated password system. But of course today they can put 32GB of data on a cartridge, so there isn't even a good excuse to release two similar games separately at the same time. Just the opposite, like with A Link to the Past & Four Swords they could put two games on one cartridge. Even at the time of the GameBoy Color, it was technically possible to put both games on one cartridge (the games used 2MB cartridges, while 4MB and 8MB GameBoy cartridges existed - you could even find a version with both games on one cartridge). Or if Breath of the Wild is any indication, they could just develop one big game, instead of two smaller ones.

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