Everything We Know About The Cancelled Zelda: Mystical Seed of Courage

Pokémon Red & Blue started the trend of two connected video games being released on a handheld system, which could interact with each other in order to unlock new content. The Legend of Zelda series did this with the Oracle games, put there was a time when there were almost three Oracle titles.

The two games in the Oracle series were The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasonswhich were released for the Game Boy Color in 2001. Oracle of Ages used a time-travel gimmick and it was more focused on puzzles, while Oracle of Seasons had a season-changing gimmick, and was more focused on combat.

It was only a few months later that the decision was made to cut the trilogy down to two. Mystical Seed of Power was turned into Oracle of Seasons and Mystical Seed of Wisdom was turned into Oracle of Ages, while Mystical Seed of Courage was scrapped entirely. According to IGN, the reason why the trilogy was cut down to two entries was due to difficulties in accomodating for three separate storylines, which could have inflated the development time into a time frame when the already aging Game Boy Color was set to become redundant.

Not much is known about Mystical Seed of Courage, but it’s assumed that Farore (the third Oracle) would have been associated with the game. She was given in a role in the other Oracle games as the Oracle of Secrets, but she would have had a central role in the third game. According to Shigeru Miyamoto in an interview with Weekly Famitsu (via IGN), the original intention was for the three games to be played sequentially, rather than in the connected manner of the final releases, and that the sequels would be released a few months after their predecessor. It’s unclear what order the games were intended to be released in and how they would have connected to each other.

It’s a shame that the third Oracle game was never released, but it makes a lot of sense from a development and gameplay standpoint, as the story would need to accommodate multiple branching paths, depending on the order in which they are played. There is still hope, however, that the game could appear in some form, as there have been a number of Nintendo leaks over the past few years, and it’s possible that an unfinished build of the games from The Mysterious Acorn era could appear, and give fans a glimpse at what could have been.

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