Sep 5th, 2013


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD has a limited edition release from GameStop that comes with a 5″ figure of Ganondorf for $59.99. This edition is now sold out on the main GameStop website, as well as many stores across the United States. This edition is still available for pre-order in Europe, where it’s distributed through GAME.

If you’re interested in this edition and you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, you’ll need to call your individual GameStop locations in your area to confirm whether or not they still have stock of this edition. The game releases on October 4th.

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  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    Guess im not getting this anymore, bummer…

  • Juan Benitez

    let the Nintendo magic begin!!!!

    • Magnus Eriksson

      I think this one actually begun in 2006 πŸ™‚

      • Juan Benitez

        true, but what i meant is the WII U is starting to sell now thanks to August games!

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Hope you are right πŸ™‚

          • NkoSekirei

            theres plenty more to come this fall and then the bigger titles start coming out next year

      • Elitepwnsface

        I am pretty sure it began back in the day when they were making playing cards duhh!

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Didnt they rent out rooms for prostitutes too? Think Ive heard that somewhere πŸ™‚

          • Elitepwnsface

            lol idk

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Is there any hints if this Ganon figurine is more than just a collectible? Could it possible have some NFC function aswell? Just looked at one of the first Wii U commercials with the “unspecific action figure”, and thought about this.

    • WiiUisgaming

      I don’t think Nintendo will take away that no all Zelda Fans

  • Emufred

    Didn’t even get a chance to blink.

    • Non_Specific_Action_Figure

      Lol, ikr?

  • Zuxs13

    Well I am glad i ordered mine. Should have ordered like 6 so when game stop turns around and jacks the price up in the future and sells more, i can be a jerk and do the same… Nah ill just keep my copy for myself.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Thats the spirit! Real Nintendo Greed there. You start to think like them now. πŸ™‚

  • nintendope

    I didn’t know this was available for pre-order, that’s a bummer.

  • therealruben1

    NOOO!I finally had enough money to pre order it!

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Order it from Sweden. Almost nobody wants it here so you could probably get a copy.

      Edit: Oh, forgot about Nintendos region lock. To bad that their greed stands in your way buddy. πŸ™

      • Tim Chaten

        You do realize GameStop doesn’t charge anything until they ship it – you could have preordered something knowing that you have a paycheck coming in a few days

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Ive already got it preordered buddy. But Im going for the one without a figurine πŸ™‚

          • Tim Chaten

            You do realize I was referring to therealruben1 – πŸ™‚

          • Magnus Eriksson

            No, you responded to me so I thought you misundersttod something I wrote. πŸ™‚

      • TCar

        Greed, nice try! They would make a ton more money if they unlocked the system. Did you read the story on why they don’t support unlocking? I for one am happy that they don’t!

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Why are you happy for that?

          • TCar

            Because it helps cut down on piracy! I wonder why people don’t complain about the developers making their games for all regions and not making it only for certain markets.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nah, its really not a good argument. Actually piracy is good, and not bad, for the quality of the industry. Region locking is not good.

          • Akatosh

            Excuse me? Since when is piracy good for the industry? It digs holes into every company’s profits, not just Nintendo’s.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            There wouldnt have been such a thing as Virtual Console without piracy.

          • Akatosh

            I doubt people that illegally download games jumped ship the second the VC came out.

          • TCar

            Piracy isn’t good, well I guess if you are the pirate that gets the bounty, sure. For the rest of us honest people, not so good.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Wow, that’s not the biggest BS I’ve ever read, but it’s in the top 50.

            If anything, region locking will ensure piracy will happen sooner on wii U – as crackers who do not want to pirate will attempt to crack the system to remove the region lock – inadvertently opening it up for an amateur coder who just wants to crack the system to play pirated games on it.

            Many pro coders wouldn’t attempt to hack together a program to crack the system in the first place if they allowed cross-region purchases. But now… they’re working on it.

            If the region lock is indeed implemented to prevent piracy (which I doubt) – it’s completely counter-productive, as they’re only providing a just cause to attempt and crack the software.

          • TCar

            So in other words, it is ok to pirate because they aren’t getting their way! They don’t region lock it to challenge hackers or pirates. They region lock it for many reasons, piracy issues is only one of them. But hey, since you think it just, I guess that means it is alright. Last I checked, it isn’t a requirement to have an unlocked system. Read up on what region locking actually does, not only on game releases, cultural impacts, shipping, hardware and software complications.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Nope, not what I wrote.

            There are TWO groups of people here: the ones who want the device to support logical functions, like video playback and region-independant gameplay so they can play games they otherwise wouldn’t get or have to wait 2 years for. These guys crack the system so they can play the foreign games they bought.

            Then there’s the group that abuse the work the first group has done for illegal means. Often for profit.

            As you obviously didn’t quite grasp my previous post, here is a simpler version of the argument mentioned above:

            Cracking (falsely called hacking by most media) a device that you yourself own = good
            Homebrew = good
            Unlocking device to do stuff that was not in original design = good

            Profiting from crack = Bad
            Copying or downloading content to avoid paying for it (a.k.a. piracy) = Bad

          • TCar

            Oh, I pay attention and do read what you write. The things that are “good.” Can you point to these “good” and “legal” things in the End User License Agreement please?

            First off, why buy a foreign game when you know it doesn’t work on the system you own? Secondly, why void out your warranty just to play said game? Why did you wait two years to play a game?

            I see it as complete laziness that someone would have to buy a system just to add stuff to it. Why not make one for yourself, from scratch, with all the things you want. Oh, that’s right because you still need, in this case Nintendo, to build the initial system to play those games on. If they know how to do things like this, get a job with these companies so you can show them what they can add, instead of going through the shady back door and release a potential system crashing addition to it. This in turn costs you a system and another sum of money.

          • TCar

            And cracking is hacking, for you still steal code, alter it for your benefit and then release it to others for their benefit.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Hacking is a term for making code (programming), cracking is a term for breaking it and finding exploits. The media doesn’t know what the term hacking means and uses it wrong.

            As for altering the software on your own device… that you bought and paid for (not rented) – that is NOT illegal. Nintendo cannot sue the ones that made these exploits possible.

            In fact, by putting dumb limits on their system that keeps their customers from playing games (such as Mario baseball wii, excitebots and baten kaitos origins in europe – which I can play due to hacking my wii or another code r and disaster: day of crisis in the us)

            And voiding warranty? Pshh… nintendo only gives a year and their repair services suck. Especially the one in the Netherlands – for which they use Comserve, who doesn’t keep their promises, ships an incomplete device back and then ignores all e-mails complaining about it afterwards.

            I actually am building a case against them with our national consumer’s league – so don’t get me started on the merits of voiding warranty. If broken, you’re better off letting some noob repair the device than the eastern european idiots nintendo employs at their repair service here.

            Hacking is good for developers too, because it gives a game that would never appear in your country more sales.

            I am curious how you will twist my word to your advantage this time, looking forward to it!

          • Petri

            Sony did pretty well in court against those who tried to crack PS3.

            But anyways, if the device that doesn’t support the features you require, you should go for another device. Its illogical to open the device for abuse just because the device is not doing what you want.
            Should buy the device that does what you want.

          • Arthur Jarret

            But in europe, there is NO device that natively supports playing excitebots, Mario super sluggers or Baten Kaitos origins.
            So I am unable to buy that device.

            I could either emulate – which would require downloaded versions, or I could use an alternative: with a simple software exploit, the wii does support playback of these (bought in US retail!) games.

            If the system I buy has silly restrictions – of course I’m going to remove them. I’ve rooted all my android devices as well – and have customized multiple apps to my liking by simply opening them in RAR and editing the JAVA scripts.

            By TCar’s logic, I shouldn’t have paid for these apps – but I needed to stop being lazy and remade the app myself… actually – it seems as if he’s promoting to build a PC and build my own emulator on it so I can play US wii games.

            By your logic – I would need three 3DS consoles, three Wii U’s, three wii’s – where two of each three would be unable to use the online function due to restrictions they built-in using ISP detection – just so I can play the games that aren’t released here, because my country doesn’t happen to fit the demographic.


          • Petri

            In my logic, if region locking is too much for you, you should go for a device that does not have it.
            Do not know where you got the impression I wanted you to buy 3 of same device.

            I do think region locking is silly and unnecessary.
            But neither side on that conversation isn’t really contributing anything sensible on that topic.
            Best reasoning I have seen, is importing, but I rather fight for better localisation.

            As for cracking console, there just simply is not end that justify the means.
            Damage is way too much for what is gained.

          • Arthur Jarret

            I disagree. Other devices don’t offer me mario baseball games.And neither does my european wii – natively, as it is deemed to be an unpopular sport in Europe.

            The only device that could play it is a PC – by emulation, which requires copying the disc content – which is not legal. I prefer the legal way: Actually buying the game in the region where it’s available and giving nintendo my money.

            Because altering the software on hardware that you own is not illegal (although offering others a method to pirate is, which is why playstation won the court case – as there was an illegal intent behind the crack), it’s actually the only way I can legally play this game, and many others (like the aforementioned excitebots).

            Nintendo could also take the Microsoft route.
            After the kinect was cracked so it could be used on the PC – they actually made the source code open source, released drivers and allowed for an alternative use to their device. It’s currently the cheapest motion capture device on the market – which is great if you are good at 3D-modeling, but bad at animation.

            I don’t want to play microsoft games, though – I prefer nintendo games, which is why I buy a nintendo system.
            I also like Nintendo games from japan and the US, which is why I used a well-documented exploit to play these games.

            It doesn’t void warranty – because the warranty offered is so limited it was already gone when the exploit was made public. I can also re-flash my backup at any time.

            As I didn’t alter any hardware, just software, there is little risk in damaging my device to a point I cannot repair it myself. And if I did, I would be able to repair it more professionally than the actual nintendo repair center anyway.

          • TCar

            First off, didn’t twist your words at all. Secondly, if you find an way to exploit a system, how do you actually get to do it without using code (programming)?

            Most of the people need to read the End User (This is you) Agreement and how it pertains to altering your Nintendo Wii U system! Once you read that, than tell me how you are being an honest person!

            Until then, please don’t try to validate your position. One of the reasons there is region locking is because of Hacking and Cracking. Personally I can’t wait till everything is online and not physical copies are allowed. On top of that, the system continues to monitor the firmware and software, and changes and the system crashes and will need to be sent in to Nintendo to be fixed. If anything is out of the norm, they will have the evidence to proceed with prosecution.

          • Arthur Jarret

            They won’t prosecute for that – I worked at the darn repair center for a few yeard – how do you think I know they solely employ underpaid, uneducated eastern european employees?

            That was years ago, mind you – but I know for a fact that in the case of using the exploit on wii, updates just remove the user-added content and the repair center just treats it as ‘out of warranty’.

            As there is only a single year of warranty by a poor repair center anyway – that doesn’t matter much. I could repair it better than the repair center myself AND restore my system from any kind of bricking. There are services for that too… actual legal console repair centers which are much better at it.

            I read the terms and conditions, but that doesn’t change the fact that I am allowed by law to alter the product that I bought in any way that I see fit. My rights as a consumer – as stated by law – overrule any limitation within the terms and conditions of the device. This depends on your location though – laws do vary between states and countries.

            On the other hand – nintendo IS allowed to restrict me from using their online service because I altered the device… but seeing as they never acted on that right with my launch-day wii that I cracked after six months, it’s highly unlikely to occur with Wii U.

            My main point was not the liberties I take with my systems, but that region lock actually will expediate the point of pirating, because the people who wish to play imported games now have a need to crack the system – more demand -> more people working on a crack = earlier piracy.

            Now that I have fully elaborated on my primary argument:
            Please explain to me: how does region locking stop pirating, exactly?

            I don’t see how region locking would stop illegal copies from being spread… it didn’t help for the wii either, you know.

            Unfortunately, you’ve taken a stance to disapprove of liberties I can lawfully take with my device in these last comments, while neglecting to provide further explanation to your own argument – which is that region-free devices lead to piracy.

            This entire discussion is based around my opinion that this argument is false and unsubstansiated. As my interest is piqued, I’d love for you to elaborate on your primary argument as well.

      • Akatosh

        Yep. Excuse me as I go pay my Xbox Live bill.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Doesn’t surprise me.

  • Squid

    Whoa, I just pre ordered Monday,

    • Elitepwnsface

      Same here. Apparently we be so fast.

  • Tim Chaten

    The Wii U IS DOOOMED πŸ™‚ – this is at least another data point that says to me Nintendo still has interest and people buy their games etc.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      This news does not indicate that Nintendo is doomed or not doomed. It is way more interesting to see how the Wii U-Zelda bundle will do. Most of the consumers here probably already owns a Wii U.

      • Tim Chaten

        It at the very least indicates that enough Wii U owners are still interested in it rather than putting it in the closet as many Wii owners I’ve heard have done

  • WiiUisgaming


  • Frankie

    Is this available in Canada? I went to preorder Sunday and WW was not even able to be preordered yet.

  • Jon

    but… it never came to Pre- order at the store in my town yet……. I kept asking and they told me they are not taking them yet….:(

    Maybe the Pre- orders for Canada have not started yet as I see people from Canada saying the same thing….

    • Tim Chaten

      Use the online store – I would never chance limited edition releases to those poorly run retail stores …

      • Jon

        It isn’t on which is the site for Canadians. This here is the only thing that is on there about Wind Waker HD.

        • Tim Chaten

          Okay your original post indicated nothing about Canada – shame you guys aren’t getting it – should probably have a different news piece and discussion thread on the whole Canada issue πŸ™‚

          (It now does – seems you’ve done some editing)

          • Jon

            lol, I did the edit before my last reply.

  • Igor

    This content (physical game + ganondorf) should be announced to come in the bundle wii u zelda. It’s sad that they not only kept it out, but the book is digital and the console itself has no decorations. I was waiting for a nice bundle to get the console (zelda and 101 are the only thing I was looking for that would come within the next months), but then Nintendo did a really poor job at it. They really should start doing things right with this wii u, otherwise sony and/or microsoft might get the better of it this time.

  • ZeldaFan83

    I pre-ordered mine on their website…hopefully I still get one and not an email saying: “Sorry it seems that we are completely out of stock on that item and will not be getting anymore as it is a special one time pre-order product and you will not be receiving a refund as we are Gamestop…not Game-refund…thank you for your generous contribution and I hope you shop with us again. Good Bye.”

    That would really suck as I was really looking forward to that cool Ganondorf statue!

    • Elitepwnsface

      Its gonna happen

      • ZeldaFan83

        Yeah…maybe. I did pre-ordered mine the day after the pre-order bonus was announced. So hopefully I should be at the top of the list to get one πŸ™‚

    • Jon

      but… gamestop doesn’t take any money until it is shipped…… Unless gamestop in the US is different than gamestop Canada.

      • ZeldaFan83

        Yes they will charge me once it ships. That was just a joke lol.

  • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

    “This edition is still available for pre-order in Europe, where it’s distributed through GAME”

    AGAIN! The UK =/= everyone in Europe and GAME isn’t the only shop, that sells those bundles. Either do your research or leave it out ^^

    • Matski

      To be fair, GameStop isn’t the only place that sells them in the US either, but I imagine just like GAME its one of the biggest Gaming shops. What do you want? a list of all the potential shops that will sell this game?

      • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

        GAME doesn’t even exist in other european countries (as far as I know…if it’d be as big as Gamestop I’d definitely know about it)

        • Magnus Eriksson

          There is one in Oslo. But it sucks. Have a price guarantee that they dont live up to.

          • Arthur Jarret

            I wonder if that’s actually the same franchise, or if it just happens to have the same name…

            In the Netherlands, the only gameshops of note are either online, or gamemania – with nedgame as a minor franchise in comparisson (but with a much better backlog into retro gaming)… most get their games either at german-based electronics chain Mediamarkt or Saturn (same owner, same store) – or the local toy store.

            Especially since most of the major CD/DVD suppliers franchise’s stores closed down after going bankrupt…

      • Arthur Jarret

        Yes, or at least the main in every country. GAME is UK only – so it’s far from the biggest in europe. We don’t have much in the way of cross-european franchises (except US ones like starbucks and McDonalds) – and none in videogames.

        They could at least note the major euro countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain) – but even in european sale reports, only the UK is ever mentioned in foreign media.

  • Yoboyjohn

    Is it just a statue or does the game come with it?

  • JeanPaul


  • Guest

    …. Pre orders sold out…..

  • Steven_Segal
  • Christopher Acuna

    FML I knew I should have jumped on this sooner!

  • Oscar Strokosz

    At least something is selling well on the wii u.
    Things may be getting better for the system, only time will tell.

  • IcyCatt

    This makes my heart happy.

  • That’s a spiffy box it’s in…

  • The Clockwork Being

    Jokes on them im buying the Limited Edition Wii U bundle probably.

  • Mitch Hall

    As long as the WWHD Deluxe Wii U isn’t sold out yet, I’m good.

  • Castamere

    That’s dumb. I just found out about it since no one advertised this in NA. Nintendo of Europe released a video on YouTube about the figurine bundle, but not NoA. And it’s only been a week since it was announced? That’s ludicrous. They should reopen preorders or allow other retailers to take preorders.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Upon reading this, I pre-ordered mine.

  • starwars360

    This game possible sales very well with Wii U console. I bet Wii U struggle free by this Christmas.

    Cannot wait for this game so much. Loved GameCube version when launched so Iook forward to have 3rd playthrough (of course 2 playthroughs in GameCube era time).

    One of my favourite Zelda series. πŸ™‚

  • Agent721

    That was quick! Thank god I ordered mine last week. I wonder how well the wii u bundle is doing…this game and the bundle were near the top of the gamestop charts just last week.

    • NkoSekirei

      same for me i switch the regular edition to the limited edition wen i went to pick up rayman legends

  • NintenFan2013

    see springer95 i told you its a matter of time before the Wii u takes off with more sells then ever before.Bicthhes gonna be bicthin’.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    I’m so glad i pre ordered mine. gee i hope gamestop doesn’t tell me they sold more pre orders than they actually receive. i’ll be pissed.

  • knowledgeiswhatsup

    wait is windwaker out? I havnt seen a place to buy it anywhere…ps. i love my wiiu

  • Aamir Islam

    I’ll just get the normal retail game. I don’t care much for a figurine. I lost my Ho-Oh from Heartgold…

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    Why do so many people use the word sells when referring to sales?

  • Adam Cousins

    I just ordered the Wii U Zelda Console Bundle in the UK, been looking at a wii u for a while but this tipped it for me, plus I really want to play wonderful101 and mario kart 8, mario 3d when it comes out and a lot of other games. Very excited for my console to arrive, just under a month now and i’ll have it!

  • brian murphy

    so where was wii u daily’s heads up story on this just a little late letting us know about it lol guess if i dont get it ill get a digital copy