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I was curious how the passwords are generated between The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages games. I have done some limited research on it, and have discovered that what you name your character and the newborn in the main town have an impact on it, as well as some predetermined game ID, but I was also interested how those were involved and how so much other data was compacted into the twenty character string. I found this out using a guide from IGN and a password generator executable.

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What exactly is the question? Are you asking what is transferred by the password? Or are you asking about the algorithm used to generate the password? – WingManEXE Apr 26 '13 at 14:02

The password is based on several factors.

  • Your character name.
  • What you name the child in town.
  • What animal partner you pick.
  • Your progression in the game (including game completetion tag on/off)
  • What items you have unlocked.

As far as the exact algorithm, that I have no clue about.

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I remember finding a program years ago that would make them for you, but I'd have to do google-fu to try and re-find this program. – Rixius Jul 12 '13 at 19:58
There is a github repo with a current password generator, along with links to the original generator created in 2001. – Stephen Schrauger Sep 13 '15 at 17:51

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