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Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D to be Bundled with 3DS?

Two GameStop employees hint that “some Zelda game” may be bundled with the Nintendo 3DS…

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Fred, a reader at our friend David’s Nintendo 3DS Blog, went to his local GameStop to preorder his 3DS, following the confirmation of the December 26 rumour (which originated at that site, too). While there, Fred asked about preordering games, to which the clerk began to fire off what the former claimed to be a list of “unimportant” titles…until another employee claimed that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was going to be bundled with the 3DS hardware. Unsure about this, though, he supposedly asked a colleague to confirm, to which the simple answer was “some Zelda game is to be bundled with it.”

It’s certainly possible that this is only a misunderstanding within GameStop and among their employees; but it’s not all that unlikely that Nintendo will bundle a hot game like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with the system to push sales. The strategy has had a proven track record in the past: the NES packed the revolutionary Super Mario Bros. (and the not-as-revolutionary Duck Hunt) in the box; the SNES saw the fantastic Super Mario World included with every system; and mentioning the success of the Wii and its aptly-named Wii Sports shouldn’t even be necessary.

Including Ocarina of Time – or any great game, really – with the 3DS won’t only boost sales by giving eager buyers something to sink their teeth into right out of the box; but will also help justify the likely-to-be-steep cost of the main hardware unit. The move does make sense for Nintendo from a financial point of view, even though some may argue that Ocarina of Time will sell well if it is released to regular retail, too. Keep in mind that there’s also the distinct possibility that the employees were talking about a bundle of GameStop’s own, rather than Nintendo’s. Contrary to popular belief, retailers often don’t know any more about upcoming system and game releases than the rest of the world does.

By on 27 December 2010

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  1. Kooper says:

    To be honest, most game shop employees don't know what they're talking about, especially when it comes to nintendo. It would be awesome if they did bundle ocarina with the 3ds, but I'm not hopeful.

  2. Evil Lemons says:

    As said above me by Kooper, the employees seem very uncertain and probably don't have much of an idea what they're talking about. It would be great if it was though, because at the price the 3DS is due to be, it would save a bit of money, with any luck 🙂 But I don't mind, either way I would be buying this game 'cause my friend introduced me to the Zelda games a few years ago and I have bought every new one since – I love them. I'm not old enough to remember the first Ocarina of Time, but I know from talk of it that it was meant to be the best Zelda game of all time, so I would love to have a go at it 😀

  3. itsobviouslymezz says:

    I highly doubt Nintendo will pack in a potential million seller with the 3DS, but it's possible. I mean, Nintendo will already make tons of money, and maybe they'll offer the 3DS on its own.

  4. HaHa-No says:

    If they're gonna do bundles they better do an Animal Crossing one!

  5. Joseph says:

    I want to pay for the game separately.

  6. Johnn¥ says:

    I think it's a bigger possibility that they'd bundle it with Pilot Wings Resort or something alike. I mean they usually bundle it with more casual games like with wii sports, and Pilot Wings seems like the perfect casual game to bundle.

    • Kenneth says:

      That makes more sense, too, and I'd be more willing to play that if it came with the 3DS than if it didn't.

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  7. rafay says:

    Yeah I believe that the employees really have no idea what they're talking about. It's not like they have inside info about the 3ds. About 6-7 years back, 2 gamestop employees at my local gamestop said that the psp would be bundled with socom, no such thing

  8. Shane says:

    It would be awesome if they did bundle oot with the 3ds

    Tho I doubt that nintendo would give a game away take will

    Easily sell a million copies

  9. 3D Guy says:

    I want the 3DS to be bundled with Mario Kart 3DS.

  10. Homer Fanboy/Garrett says:

    They should make multiple bundles, because i do not even want ZATOOT. I want Super Monkey Ball!!

  11. Guy says:

    I miss the days were Nintendo actually made good games. 'Super Mario World' I doubt Nintendo will actually bundle it with anything other than some downloadable game that includes Mii's and touch screen controls…Has everyone forgot were you actually used a controller with two sticks and two buttons and you use to mash to kick the crap out of your mate! 'Smash Bros' and no one best hate on this comment

    P.S. has anyone seen that guy wearing the Snes controller around his neck. Good old daya :']

  12. Someone says:

    I hope they bundle it, but it's highly unlikely, since the only rumor that has been true was the pre-order date, and that was a "rumor" that they probably were told by their boss. If anything, it would be Pilotwings Resort bundled with it, and maybe Mario Kart 3DS.

  13. Loominy says:

    It's unlikely that Nintendo would bundle the 3DS with a full on game.Most likely, they'll bundle the 3DS with a game demo, much like how the original DS was bundled with the Metroid Prime Hunters demo.

    • Johnn¥ says:

      My original DS was bundled with The Urbz full game.

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  14. alexander the great says:

    like most have said i agree that it will be very unlikely for nintendo to bundle zelda oot with the 3ds console but it would b awesome. even if they don't this is definately a must buy game for anyonne, can still remember playing this game on the gud N64. will b gud to see the return of some other older games also i.e lylat wars.
    definately will b investing in this game.
    as for bundles i suspect that mario kart 3ds is the most likely game to bundled with the console.

  15. @Jensonb says:

    If it did turn out to be true, it could serve as an explanation for why Zelda: OOT 3D is a straight Port and not a re-make. If it's a pack-in, it makes sense to keep the development cost down. Ingeniously though, it's a hugely successful, popular game, a proven hit. Which means the fans will want it even if it is JUST a straight port.

    That being said, Kid Icarus is the more likely pick if they're going Triple-A for a pack-in. It's the 3DS show pony. The most likely pick overall would be PilotWings Resort, because it's fun, simple, shows off the 3D well and it falls roughly in line with the Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort bundling on Wii.

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  16. DecRob says:

    I really want this to be true but what about Mario kart 3DS.?

  17. wendy says:

    i m wondering if they will bundle a a mario game with the 3ds ???

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