Good day, RH community.
As some of you might know, I've worked on some Zelda improvement patches in the past, the latest one being Zelda 1 Redux, and while those still have things left to iron out, I wanted to think on ideas for a pair of games from the franchise that I rarely see myself going back to.
Both of the Oracle games (Ages & Seasons) are games that I have, at most, completed only twice in my lifetime.
I do remember being fairly decent Zelda games, but for some reason I don't find the motivation to go back to them often. What I remember clearly, is that they were a PAIN to complete 100%, mostly due to the awful Game Link stuff and the Rings being locked behind that (and some to RNG), and a previously finished save from the other paired game to unlock the final rings.
With that said, I wanted to ask the RH.net community what ideas do they have or what possible suggestions you guys can think of to make both Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages way better games, to reduce the amount of annoyance these two bring, and how can one make the whole way throughout the game better through romhacking.
Current repository of the improvement hacks for both Oracles can be found here:https://github.com/ShadowOne333/oracles-redux
Current features added:
- Force Enhanced GBA mode
- Force GBC palettes in GBA mode
Right from the get go, I can think of these possible improvements
- Make the New Game+ option available right from the start, so the player begins with the added perks of a Linked game and can collect all the rings in a newly started save file.
- Improve the RNG for the rings that depends on it to make them more accessible in a clean playthrough.
- Make all of the 64 games obtainable in a clean save, without having to link the games between each other.
- Oracle of Seasons Variable-Width Font?
Aside from that, I know there are already some hacks for each game that could be implemented as basis for these possible improvement/Redux patches for OoA & OoS:Oracle of Ages:Oracle of Seasons:
Let me know what kind of suggestions or ideas you can come up with for these two games!
And if you have the expertise, or know of a way to hack said suggested features into the games, by all means your help will be appreciated!
PS: I will also add some cheat code websites for reference that could probably help for some of these features:https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gbc/472313-the-legend-of-zelda-oracle-of-ages/faqs/67302https://www.neoseeker.com/zelda-oracle-seasons/cheats/gbc/https://www.kidzworld.com/article/952-the-legend-of-zelda-the-oracles-game-cheats-codes-to-unlock-game-secrets