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This article is about the game. For other uses, see Oracle of Ages (Disambiguation).
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Oracle of Ages US Boxart
Hidemaro Fujibayashi (director)
Noritaka Funamizu (producer)
Minako Adachi (sound composer)
KYOPI (sound composer)
Release date(s)
Game Boy Color
North America May 14, 2001[1]
Japan February 27, 2001[2]
European Union October 5, 2001
Commonwealth of Australia October 5, 2001

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
North America May 30, 2013[3]
Japan February 27, 2013[4]
European Union May 30, 2013[5]
Commonwealth of Australia May 30, 2013[6]
Republic of Korea April 20, 2016[7]
Content ratings
CB: G8+ (GBA)
CB: PG (3DS)
USK: 0
Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is one of two The Legend of Zelda titles released for the Game Boy Color as part of Capcom's Oracle series, the other being Oracle of Seasons, both representing the seventh and eighth main installments of the series. Released near the end of the system's lifespan, Oracle of Ages and its counterpart were said to "send the Game Boy Color out with a bang."[8] In anticipation of the upcoming release of the Game Boy Color's successor, the Game Boy Advance, the games exhibited special features (such as the Advance Shop) when played on the new handheld system.

After completing one of the two games, they can be linked to form a single, linear plot (as opposed to two parallel ones) with an alternate ending. Game-linking also unlocks extra content, such as new items.[9] The game is named after its central character, Nayru, Oracle of Ages, and the element that is manipulated by Link in the game—the Ages.

It was released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Japan on February 27, 2013,[4] in North America, Europe and Australia on May 30, 2013,[3][5][6] and in South Korea on April 20, 2016.[7]arp of Ages in Nayru's house, Link was able to traverse time and search for the Essences throughout Labrynna, all the while correcting the damage Veran had caused to the land, such as in Symmetry Village.

More than halfway into hs journey, Link finally got a chance to rescue Nayru from Veran's clutches, at Ambi's Palace. However, as soon as he did, Veran possessed Queen Ambi. Using her new authority, Veran was almost successful in capturing Nayru, Link and Ralph, but at the last second Nayru used her power to return them all to the present.




See also: Oracle Series§Reception


OracAges, or quite simply the Oracle Series in general, was very well received by critics and received mostly positive reviews. Both games received 9.2/10 ratings at Gamespot,[10][11] and a 10 out of 10 rating of "Masterwer as being the fifth and fourth best games for Game Boy/Game Boy Color, respectively.[12]

Oracle ofAges specifically was praised by IGN and Gamespot for its difficulty in terms of its challenging, "head-straching" puzzles. Gamespot also praised it for its superb use of the time-travel aspect in the flow of the game. Gaming Target praised the game of its meticulous attention to detail in terms of graphics, creating "one of the most beautiful and creative game worlds Link has ever had the pleasure to traverse."[13]

Fan Reception

As can be seen by its user rating scores on IGN and Gamespot, Oracle of Ages was equally praised by fans as well as critics. It received a score of 9.1 at Gamespot and IGN alike,[10][14] although the latter scores Oracle of Seasons slightly higher at 9.2.[15]



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎの木の実 時空の章 (Zeruda no Densetsu Fushigi no Ki no Mi Jikū no Shō) The Legend of Zelda: Fruit of the Mysterious Tree: Chapter of Space-Time
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 塞尔达传说 不可思议的果实 时空之章
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 薩爾達傳說 神祕果實 時空之章
Federal Republic of Germany German The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages


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    Release Date: May 14, 2001
    Console: Game Boy Color"
    (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 377)
    Release Date: February 27, 2001
    Console: Game Boy Color"
    (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 377)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nintendo (YouTube), Nintendo Direct 4.17.2013 - YouTube, YouTube, published 2013-04-17, retrieved 2013-04-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ニンテンドー3DS|ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎの木の実 大地の章|Nintendo, Nintendo, retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 NintendoUKofficial (YouTube), Nintendo 3DS Direct Presentation - 17.04.2013 - YouTube, YouTube, published 2013-04-17, retrieved 2013-04-19.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Daniel Vuckovic, NINTENDO DOWNLOAD UPDATES: ORACLE OF ZELDA MEN, DENPA, Vooks, published May 30, 2013, retrieved May 6, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Virtual Console, Nintendo Korea, retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. "Nintendo is sending the Game Boy Color out with a bang by releasing not just one but two new Game Boy Zelda titles--Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages..."The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons Review, Gamespot.
  9. "The games were complete adventures individually, but players also could link up the games and transfer secret items and information between them to unlock new items, abilities, and a hidden ending featuring Ganon!" (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 5)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Review - Gamespot
  11. Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Review - Gamespot
  12. Nintendo Power Magazine - Issue 231
  13. Gaming Target - The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Review
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Review - IGN
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Review - IGN
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