Aug 20th, 2013


A few weeks ago we reported on a rumor that the Wii U would be getting a Wind Waker HD bundle for the launch of the game. There’s now more evidence in support of this rumor, sent to Destructoid in the form of SKUs for Target. According to the source, the Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle will contain the 32GB Deluxe version of the console, with Wind Waker HD included. The bundle will retail for $349.99.

Aside from the Wind Waker HD bundle, inventory tracking for Pokemon X & Y bundles were shown off as well, meaning we’ll probably get those special edition 3DS XL versions we highlighted here. What do you think of this bundle? If you don’t have a Wii U, will this make you jump on it? Let us know below.

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  • Bundling with HD will move some systems, but bundling with smash bros will move a LOT, as I know plenty of people waiting to get one until smash comes out.

    • Clel

      Yeah, if you scroll through the comments on IGN for a Nintendo post, you see a ton saying “I’ll get a Wii U once Smash Bros comes out”, over, and over again.

      • MTGSWE

        Have you seen the Metroid stage Sakurai released today for Smash? It looks amazing πŸ˜€

        • Man !!! This looks gorgeous !!!! πŸ™‚

        • Jon

          it looks great…. though i am getting slightly concerned that all the stages seem like they are just simple platforms, remember the other metroid stage? Kraid rotates the stage (rock)? The Acid moves up and down? I hope there are stages with this kind of creativity because I still have yet to see any. They all just seem like regular platforms. I just hope it is not a sign of it being heavily rushed.

          • blindtiger

            they wont mess up their biggest game

          • TheGamerGeek128

            Well, that magma/lava/acid/whatever flowing in the background looks like it might be a stage hazard with the stage slowly being flooded with the stuff.

          • lonewolf88

            there are rumors of ridley being in the stage since thats where you fight him if he is in it then he might be a hazard.

          • Martijn Plasmans

            Sakurai told in it’s post on Miiverse featureing this picture that someone will pop up in this stage. Probably Ridley.

            They all just seem like regular platforms because they are still images. πŸ˜‰

          • Sidney Majurie

            Can’t really rush something that doesn’t have a release date. Remember, they jumped right into this game after Kid Icarus Uprising. And I’m sure Nintendo doesn’t want to show their best stages as they love to be secretive. I wouldn’t worry. Sakurai won’t put out a sub par Smash game πŸ™‚

        • icydrleech

          i will course alot of damage on this stage lol

    • Jack5221

      Even though I have a Wii U, I’d totally buy a 2nd one if it were a Smash Bros bundle. – Assuming its a special edition color with the SB logo as a decal.

      • eh. I’ll stick with Ustace. She’s my original and my only :3


        and yes the spelling is weird

  • Joel

    Why do I have doubts of this being a system seller?

  • Josiah Parsons

    A Gold Wii U? *banging head against wall* WHY DID I HAVE TO BE AN EARLY ADOPTER!?
    Actually, the Wii U that I really wanted was the clear one that Nintendo made for the tech demo direct when it first came out.

    • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

      It’s not said wether there is a golden one or not. The article just says ” 32GB Deluxe version of the console, with Wind Waker HD included”

    • Clel

      They never said it was a gold Wii U, they said I would be the 32GB Deluxe version, which would mean that it’s black (unless Nintendo changes what the
      Deluxe system is).

      • Entropyguy

        Yeah, pretty sure they’re not releasing the Wii U in any new colors. They’re having a hard enough time moving units as-is. And a gold unit, (or a green one!) while I’m sure it would look cute, would maybe lack gravitas. I’m sure a large part of the consideration for the color of a console is how the console would look in the cabinet with your Blue-Ray player, cable box, other consoles, etc.

  • Well I’m still highly at doubt if I’ll get a WiiU at all this year, but it seems the Windwaker HD bundle would be one of the best options at the moment for a relatively low price tag, all other bundles cost $/€399,- then this WWHD bundle for $/€349,- seems to be the best choice (in Netherlands WiiU MH3U and ZombiU bundle have been dropped in price to €368,- at this time sorry to our uk readers I was to lazy to look up the quick coding for the Pound sign so didn’t add it on the price tags)

  • SonicLucario

    This is a good idea but hopefully the WiiU will have a design on it like the Hylian crest or somthing πŸ˜€

    • Stephen Macneil

      Yeah that’s a better idea. An all gold Wii U would look cool to us but shit to everyone else


    Thank god I waited…waiting for the right moment to buy the system. Winder Waker HD+Wii U 32gb= MUST BUY!!! This better be true -.-


    It will probably sell a good amount of consoles if they do this bundle with Wind Waker HD. πŸ™‚

  • andrewhaglund

    I will probably buy the Wii U if Wind Waker is bundled, but I’m not sure if I would pay $50 for the game on its own (or $350 for the console on its own). I already own the original Wind Waker and have played it multiple times, but this definitely sweetens the deal for me.

  • Ducked

    Give the west a Golden Wind Waker Wii U console and gamepad with Wind Waker HD. And that will sell Wii U’s. And give us those beatiful blue and gold pokemon 3DS XL and were be good to go.

  • sdmac200600

    Omg if those 3DS’ comes, Insta buy. Wish I didn’t adopt the Wii U early for WWHD but it’s fine.

  • Ballzbeard

    If only it was a gold Wii U and gamepad.

  • Sam

    I. Will. Get. That. WiiU. Bundle.

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    I haven’t bought any Wii U games at all but pikmin 3 only. I was waiting for WW HD and now might come with bundle. I say people that wanted to play this game that didn’t buy wii u yet is lucky. Don’t feel like trading my Wii U just to get this Bundle. Maybe if it’s gold version Wii U and Gamepad πŸ™‚

  • BIG Franky

    if the Zelda bundle comes with a pro controller i wil ltotally regret buying my wii u when i did… i already regret not buying the ZombiU version…given that i now own ZombiU anyways and would’ve therefore had a pro controller for free. damn…. #epicFAIL

  • jay

    Pokemon X & Y Bundle? REALLY>> Wow who would have thought….

    But in all seriousness once an SKU is revealed it’s basically confirmed. But I wonder how well a remake of a game will sell NEW consoles.

    • greengecko007

      The preinstalled Pokemon X and Y 3DS bundles were confirmed a while back. What we aren’t sure of is whether or not they’ll be releasing outside of Japan, since Japan gets special edition 3DSs almost monthly while other regions don’t.

    • sd

      Realistically it will sell consoles, but not as much as a new Zelda game. The original was not that well sold in comparison to most Zelda games so many people have missed out. Plusyou have the hype of the first Zelda HD game. It will be the biggest system seller to date, but not as big as a new Zelda game would have been.

  • Super Buu

    Metroid Wii U NAO

  • blindtiger

    i want a zelda paintjob!

  • $41809923


  • tomtank91

    Why a black Wii U? If there was a Gold I think I would have to buy another console.

  • FungalSpawn

    can I trade in my wii u for 350$ so I can buy a wii u again with a decent game? I can’t? They who gives a crap.

    • Vile-Okami

      Uh, people without a Wii U?

      • FungalSpawn

        now how do i end up without a wii u but the same amount of $$ i began with?

        • Rick van der Linde

          You’re gonna have a bad time buying a car if you think like that.

  • only god can judge me

    I wish nintendo nothing but the best of luck for the wii u while they are in the process of turning things around for the wii u yet unfortunately today I am officially a xbox one fan from this da
    y moving forward.I traded in my wii u at my local gamestop to preorder the xbox one which in return they gave me 250 store credit towards the xbox in which I will be paying 250 to get my xbox one.I am happy with my decision in moving forward with the xbox one this november when it will arive.

    • Elem187

      You do realize not a single person here believes you ever owned a Wii U. We all have seen Moby’s on the internet, and your MOBY post was easily spotted a mile away.

      BTW, enjoy your spybox… I’m sure the NSA appreciates the access into your home.

      • only god can judge me

        I have owned two wii u the first I preordered on launch day last year in november in which the gave me a defective basic unit because the gamepad would not sync with the icons on the tv. Then I went and puchased the deluxe after deciding to give them a second chance.The decision to trade my last wii u in for the xbox one was fairly a easy nintendo has nothing to offer me these days other than zelda in which their 3rd party support will be zero to none when the xbox one and ps4 release.I am happy moving forward to a upgrade with better technology this generation will be all about xbox one and ps4.

        • Nolan ArchLord

          Moving forward? You could have at least pre-ordered a PS4. Say “Hi” to the NSA for me.

          • only god can judge me

            Moving forward is exactly what I said.Wii u is underpowered and the tablet device is supposed to be the main attraction to sell the console fail to deliver from my own experience it only mirrors what you see on television and a extra map wow that’s not worth 350 to me plus a horrible online experience with no 3rd party games just mario and more mario its funny how they had a debate whether nintendo will release mario sunshine or galaxy and nintendo gave y’all a 3ds sequel mario 3d world lmao.I definitely will enjoy my xbox one and I will say hi if the wii u is still around they can’t even compete with the 360 or ps3 lol.

          • Nolan ArchLord

            I’m not even referencing the Wii U. I’m saying you should re-think your purchase. A PS4 is more ethically sound than an Xbox One. Forget the Wii U, I am a happy owner, but will buy a PS4 as well. Microsoft may have reversed their policies, but with their relationship with the NSA and the PRISM program are you really not concerned about this?

          • only god can judge me

            What you are saying is logical and on point and no i am not concerned because my daily activity revolves around making a honest living plus you don’t have to have the kinect hooked up to play games I never was into kinect anyway.

  • cement

    this will sell systems

  • Stephen Macneil

    They’re still asking too much for the system. Selling it for $349 when PS4 is $399 is going to hurt Nintendo. I don’t think bundling with a remake is going to cut it, but I hope I’m wrong.

    • Elem187

      PS4 doesn’t come with a game… unless you buy a brand new console without a game… more like PS4 will be $460 minimum, while the Wii U will be $350.00 minimum this xmas.

      i don’t see why people keep trying to make a comparison between the two, Sony and Nintendo are targeting completely different markets… The gamer who wants the PS4 or xBone is looking for more brown and grey space marine shooters but with a prettier coat of paint, in other words the same drab AAA titles we have seen for these last 7 years, but with slightly higher resolution and terrible frame rates…. people who tend to play on Nintendo consoles like a wider variety of different genres… platformers, to kart racers, to jrpg’s, RTS, puzzle games etc.

      • Stephen Macneil

        Good point about the game, but I do t really think nintendo and Sony are targeting completely different markets. If they are, I think that’s a bad move for nintendo. I think a lot of people are going to see a PS4 for $399 and know its a far more powerful system with a good launch library and tons of third party support compared to a Wii U with little support, weaker specs, and not significantly cheaper. I always root for Nintendo though so I hope I’m wrong. All the people I know who want a Wii U are waiting for a price cut.

        • only god can judge me

          U are dead on right with that statement anybody with logical sense will see that the ps4 is only 50 more and will look past the will you nintendo will be outdated after the xbox and ps4 release.Nintendo will do their usual release mario and zelda and then no what?no third party games to keep them afloat with weaker technology nintendo shot theirselves in the foot with the wii u in which they tried build off the momentum of the wii which catered to a different market which belongs to ps4 and xbox which is why I preordered the xbox one.Won’t be long for the nintendo to release another console.

  • sd

    I was hoping for a price drop to further lift sales. But at the same time people are comparing the WiiU to the PS4 and X-1 price. You don’t get a game with either of these so the Wii U still works out cheaper by around $100. For this reason I think the Wii U will be the family console choice this Christmas.

  • blindtiger

    im never patient enough to wait for the cool bundles… damn

  • John Andalora

    Considering that ZombiU was considered to be a failure for not making a profit and is rated M (which Nintendo tries to separate itself from like an evangelical from a brothel), isn’t it possible that this store is just going to make a cheap bundle for themselves to try and unload an unpopular console?

    • ICHI

      I have a Zombi U WiiU bundle which I got on launch day, I don’t understand the question?

      • John Andalora

        To my knowledge, US didn’t get ZombiU bundles. And since this is recent and few people are buying ZombiU anymore, i was wondering if this place was just going to make a deal with people to buy the console and get the game free rather than there being an official Nintendo bundle with game.

        • ICHI


        • Elem187

          I’m pretty sure the US did get Zombi U bundles.
          Ubisoft never said it didn’t make a profit. The journalist that reported it NEVER provided a quote. In fact the quote they provided was more of the lines of “We didn’t hit the numbers we expected to” …. which that doesn’t mean it wasn’t profitable… the games “journalist” was trying to use sensationalism to get more hits to his article, which then the entire games industry took his spin and ran with it.

          But again, there is ZERO evidence of Ubisoft actually saying they didn’t turn a profit. The only exact quote you can actually find on the internet from Ubisoft regarding Zombi U sales just says they didn’t hit what they wanted to hit and they were generally upbeat about the sales of Zombi U considering the install base.

          That can mean numerous things… You would think the games media would be a little more responsible and honest in their reporting, but kicking Nintendo when they are down I guess is just too irresistable.

  • Chris Jones

    I hope a 3ds XL pokemon bundle comes to the UK. I have my Ambassador 3DS but would definetly buy an XL if its a cool bundle with Pokemon.

  • Martijn Plasmans

    SMash Bros, Mario Kart…. those will rocket sales.

    But actually, if Nintendo would not bundle the console with Windwaker, that would be news to me.

  • Spencer Manigat

    I predicted this. I also predict a Wii Fit U bundle, a Super Mario 3D World bundle, and next year, a Mario Kart 8 bundle. You’ve seen it here first. Year of Luigi!? Ha! It’s the year of BUNDLES!!! (I’m serious though)

  • Kurt Schneider

    Wii U Sports is what they should bundle with it.

  • Arthur Jarret

    Here’s hoping for special colors… it would be nice to have a full-color assortment of controllers once again

  • Andy

    I am not paying 349 for the Wii U if they drop it down to 249 I would buy it.