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Rumour: Wii U Wind Waker bundle incoming

Tuesday, 20th August 2013 14:40 GMT By Dave Owen

It looks though Nintendo may be planning a new Wii U bundle to coincide with the release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. There’s also rumours of new 3DS XL bundles for Pokemon X & Y.

Destructoid has word of the bundles. The Wii U bundle will contain the 32GB Deluxe version of the console, and of course a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. This will set you back $349.99.

The Pokemon bundle will offer two choices of 3DS XL colour, red or blue. There’s no word on which colour will come packed with which version of the game. The bundles will retail at $199.99

There’s no release dates for the bundles yet, but it’s likely to be October as that’s when the games are out. Common sense, you know?

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  1. Francis O

    A fantastic bundle if true. Zelda fans have not purchased a Wii U yet, and this could be the bundle to get them to do so.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Fin

    Man, this is exactly what I wanted! A console bundle from 2003!

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Francis O

    @2

    The Gamecube was a HD system? LOL, troll harder bro

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Cobra951

    They absolutely have to do this. It’s the perfect opportunity. It may be a rumor, but I’d be shocked if it didn’t cross over into truth.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    A lot of those who already own a Wii U will have purchased for reasons that include an inevitable Zelda game to come in the future.

    As such, bundling in a remake of a 2003 Zelda game isn’t likely to inspire a mad rush of hardware sales – that demographic has already invested.

    JM

    #5 11 months ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Really, they need a deep price cut more then they need a bundle or any one game at all, imo. I would rather them drop the 32G system to 200usd without a pack in. I think a fair price for this Zelda game would be 30usd…maybe 40usd.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Francis O

    @5

    You never know, Zelda fans who want a Wii U could be inspired to pick up the bundle now and get their Zelda mainline game next year.

    It sure as hell can’t hurt.

    @6

    $200 is way too low, the system is already being sold at a loss. There is no way it can drop down to $200 right now.

    Nintendo needs to release more software for the system and the sales will go up.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Cobra951

    @5: And there are also a lot of us who are still sitting on the sidelines, waiting for this system to do something that makes it worthy of a purchase. Given the abysmal installed base, bundling the hardware and the prospective killer games together is not just a good idea. I think it’s essential.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Dragon246

    @5,
    Agreed.
    Besides, is it really surprising that an important exclusive has a bundle. Its a standard operating procedure.

    Waiting to see how it sells. Wii U games have been selling pretty poorly as of late.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. OlderGamer

    It isn’t about what CAN they do Francis, but more about what it would take to turn the system around. Every day that goes by is a lost day that Nintendo won’t get back. Imo, 200usd is where the system needs to be priced. Possibly 240usd with a pack in, but really…200usd w/pack in.

    That would move units.

    The system has a long haul in front of it.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. OlderGamer

    If WiiU was priced at 200usd with Zelda WW HD, ask around…would people be interested? I think a lot more would be. There are a lot of fence sitters, waiting for more games and a better price.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. viralshag

    Don’t care about the WiiU but that 3DS bundle is a little tempting. Shame I probably won’t have the spare cash for it.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Dragon246

    @11,
    Its just that $200 is IMPOSSIBLE right now, with Ninty financials being where they are.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. polygem

    i bought a wiiu again today and it is so much fun to use.
    it´s such a nice system really.
    mine was only 199 Euros! brandnew. the 8gb version. hooked an external 500 gb hdd to it.
    IF they will be able to regulary sell it for 199, maybe even the 32 gb for that price, it would be truly amazing.
    the gamepad alone for internetbrowsing, miiverse etc, would be worth that cash :)
    still not so sure if people will purchase at that price.
    i hope so…it´s just a system that deserves to be played imo. that´s why i bought one again.
    i still think we could see a wii u turn, just like we did with the 3ds. let´s see what happens.

    #14 11 months ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Dragon, Nintendo has Zero financial problems.

    And I fully realize that they wouldn’t drop the system to 200usd. And I wasn’t asking or calling for them to do it. Just that imo, that would be the drastic action needed for the system to pick up in sales.

    I think you tend to read way too into to these things. WiiU could fail miserably, and Nintendo would still be fine. Ofc the company doesn’t want that to happen, no company ever would.

    I was just saying that, imo, if the WiiU is going to be anything but a very distant 3rd in sales, that drastic action would be needed. I am not convinced that software alone can turn the thing around.

    But really, I have a feeling that Nintendo is just looking to ride out the rest of this year and maybe next. By then the manufacturing cost of WiiU should be lower, the new systems will have launched, and more software will be ready. WiiU is never going to match the numbers of Wii. But that doesn’t mean Nintendo is doomed or that WiiU won’t turn a profit. Like I said, I think right now Nintendo is just treading water.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. mistermogul

    I agree. Bundle and price drop is needed.

    Wii U is coming up to a year old now so you’d have thought Nintendo would have been able to lower production costs enough to pass on to consumers by now.

    Of course the big amount of stock probably in the sales channel might mean a price drop is a way off as that will need to be sold prior to any cost saving price reductions…

    #16 11 months ago
  17. mistermogul

    @13 – lol, get your facts right mate. I think you are mistaking Nintendo for Zynga?!

    Nintendo’s market cap is currently about $17.4 billion. I think about $9 or so BILLION of that is cash holdings.

    They are in no financial trouble.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. Rockin a Jack D

    Nintendo aren’t going to drop the price of the Wii U. Why should they? It’ll still be the cheapest console this holiday season.

    Consider the scenario: If you’re a parent and getting a console for your son/daughter at xmas, you see a Wii U at $349.99 with a game, a PS4 at $400 and a X1 at $500. You seriously think the parent is going to buy that $500/400 X1/PS4 over the $349.99 Wii U?! And that’s before you’ve even bought a game and peripherals!

    Price is everything, even if it is $50 less.

    The so called hardcore gamer need to stop thinking it’s all about them. It’s not, hence why Nintendo isn’t dropping the price of their console.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. darthroseman

    @rockin You mean to the me that companies would rather sell to the masses than pander to a small minority? Phooey! Based on that logic, the Wii would have outsold the PS3 and 360! And Angry Birds would be a cultural phenomenon! You sir, are a fool.

    Wait…

    #19 11 months ago
  20. Rockin a Jack D

    @19

    Nintendo are losing money on each Wii U! Why would they lower the price at the most important time of the year. Oh, and did i mention they are losing money on each console sold!

    You’re a fucking idiot if you think Nintendo are going to lower the price on a console they are already losing money on.

    Wake the fuck up and smell the common sense! That of which you have none of!

    #20 11 months ago
  21. OlderGamer

    lol RaJ, you missed his point entirely.

    You also missed mine too btw, but that wasn’t as bad…might wanna stealth edit that last post.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. Rockin a Jack D

    @21

    Wipe yer chin mate…

    #22 11 months ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    “Consider the scenario: If you’re a parent and getting a console for your son/daughter at xmas, you see a Wii U at $349.99 with a game, a PS4 at $400 and a X1 at $500. You seriously think the parent is going to buy that $500/400 X1/PS4 over the $349.99 Wii U?! And that’s before you’ve even bought a game and peripherals!”

    I am. 400 for a next gen device with more on its roster for launch than Wii U has had in a year. No games that actually utilize the game pad and the lack of third party. I will take a hit for 50$ more to get a PS4 because of what it will offer and that is announced at launch.

    #23 11 months ago
  24. OlderGamer

    A lot of games use the Gamepad just fine PB, that is just unfair.

    But for the rest of your POV. I agree. If I was an informed parent, I would buy a PS4 or even a XBO over the WiiU this holiday season.

    #24 11 months ago
  25. darthroseman

    Wait, did I just get called an idiot by the guy I was agreeing with? Now I do feel like an idiot for simply agreeing with him… Also, saying the Wii U has no gamesis a blatant lie.

    #25 11 months ago