Confirms Zelda Bonus
confirmed early this morning that U.S. gamers who pre-order The Legend
of Zelda: The Wind Waker will receive the same bonus that Japanese
gamers did. Beginning on February 16th, pre-orderers will
receive a playable disk with both The
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina
of Time Master Quest (aka Ura Zelda) on it for free. Nintendo's
press release follows:
Wash., Dec. 17, 2002 –The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is set to
launch for Nintendo GameCube on March 24, 2003. But in North America,
consumers already are pushing for an early pre-sell effort so they can
be guaranteed a copy of the game.
Starting Feb. 16, 2003, Nintendo fans can get a double-hit of Zelda.
When a customer places a deposit for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind
Waker at a participating retailer, they’ll receive a special,
limited-edition playable disk featuring two games: The Legend of
Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master
Quest -- an updated version of the game which was never released
outside of Japan.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. in Japan introduced a similar pre-sell program last
month. Nearly 500 consumers called Nintendo’s North American
consumer service line asking for the same program here.
"We were surprised consumers tracked the program in Japan and
were begging us to do it here," explains Peter MacDougall,
executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America
Inc. "We decided it was a great idea and one we know consumers
"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game raises the bar on
digital entertainment with a unique and technologically advanced
graphic style and compelling story," continues MacDougall.
"Making this pre-sell program available to the fans, it
solidifies Nintendo's commitment to the hardcore gamer, while
introducing the series to a whole new generation of gamers."
Originally released for the Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina
of Time was honored as the 1999 Academy of Interactive Arts &
Sciences "Game of the Year" and also named "Game of the
Century" by Next Generation magazine.
To date, worldwide sales of The Legend of Zelda series have surpassed
36 million software units. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will
retail for a suggested price of $49.95.