Let's head back to the beginning of the year for a few moments. Funny as I am, I created a Comment in the Wii U Miiverse with the following content: "Seems like the Oracle Games are finally heading to the 3DS Virtual Console". This was a lie. I was only interested in the comments of the other people. So people started answering my topic. Like "Finally, my dream come true" or "You have no proof, dude". And so on. Not long after my comment, Nintendo announced the Oracle Games for Japan and I turned from a simple Troll to a Prophet. Was it a coincidence? Maybe Nintendo has found my comment and thought I'm one of those annoying Insiders ;D
Let's get back to the here and now. Both Oracle Games are available now. I bought Seasons and Ages. Missed them 12 years ago, so, it's a complete new experience for me. I started with Seasons so I can't comment anything concerning Ages.
As you know, the project started with the intention to remake the original Legend of Zelda. There was even a concept created by Capcom's Yoshiki Okamoto. But Miyamoto told Capcom: No!
Maybe because with BS Zelda, there is already a Legend of Zelda Remake.
Playing Seasons for the first time, it reminds me on the original Zelda. Not only the references like the old man in a cave if you burn a bush. The location of the first Dungeon, the "Gnarled Root Dungeon", is similar to "The Eagle" from the original Zelda. The first boss is in both Dungeons the infamous Aquamentus. And you will fight Dodongo in the the second Dungeon.
But there is also the Gameplay, which is, personally, similar to the original Zelda. Yes, Seasons is modern and with a nice story, but, I feel the whole time, this game was intended as a Remake to the original Zelda. Also, the game is quite a challenge without a buddy who is telling you the way or every five minutes that your battery is low.
Am I the only one who feels this way? It's a shame I missed the Oracle Games back in 2001. I really like the back to basics style.