Nintendo drops Wii U price, confirms Zelda bundle
posted on 08.28.13 at 11:43 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Zelda bundle launching September 20 in North America.

Nintendo will drop the price of the Wii U Deluxe Set from $349 to $299 beginning September 20, the company has announced.

The price drop will launch alongside a limited edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for $299. It includes a black Wii U console; a GamePad controller adorned with gold lettering, a gold Hyrule crest, and gold symbols from the game; a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia; and a download code for the digital version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

In Europe, the Zelda bundle will launch on October 4 and include a boxed copy of the game, double-sided title sheet with Zelda artwork, and a Ganondorf figurine.

The digital version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will launch in North America on September 20, and the retail version alongside the European release on October 4. GameStop consumers can opt to purchase a $54.99 version of the game that includes an exclusive Ganondorf figurine.

View high-res images of the bundle at the gallery.

Save $3 with the coupon code "GEMATSU"
  •!/Shadows_Desire Shadows_Desire

    Lol there’s a slight typo when you said America you capped both the ‘A’ and the ‘M’

    • karmacoma

      He’s talking about the alternate dimension North AMerica, where it’s morning ALL THE TIME.

    • Zero

      Most likely had to type all of that on his phone. =P

  • SuperLuigi

    No box copy is lame but the price drop was a good choice for Nintendo.

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    Weren’t Canadian stores selling this thing for $150 just a few months ago?

  • Charlie

    Awesome! Too bad PS4 is being released in a few months. The Wii U will have to wait.

  • syaznifaiq


    Wii U 299
    PS4 399
    Xbone 499

    • Willgaea

      250 for the white Wii U.

  • McPoo

    NoE don’t set a retail price so the shops in the UK have been pricing it ridiculously low at times, don’t think it’s done much good though.

  • MrKappa

    This is not gonna move the Wii U. Until Mario Kart 8, a new Zelda, a new 3D Mario or Smash Bros comes out the Wii U will continue to suffer low sales.

  • tu mama tambien

    i’ll wait for 250

    • Willgaea

      Get the standard version.

  • RedShadoww

    Gah..I really hate how they keep putting download versions in the bundles.

  • xMCXx

    Wow, America is constantly getting the shaft with those digital-only distributions.
    Anyway, this sounds good.

  • Ronaconda

    Oooo, tempting because the Windwaker HD looks so good!

  • Alkaid

    Nah thanks, without a physical copy of Wind Waker HD it’s meaningless. Download code…tch… ~ ~”

  • MrRobbyM

    That’s great but I’ll still be holding off on a Wii U. Maybe for another price drop or a new model. We’ll see.

  • Zackasaur

    Digital? :c

    • Gigus

      Yeah that is alittle disappointing. It would have been a day one purchase for me if the book and the game were physical copies, and included the ganondorf figure.

  • Zackasaur

    Can someone explain this?

    GameStop consumers can opt to purchase a $54 version that includes an exclusive Ganondorf figurine.

    Can I get the bundle from GameStop and do this? The GameStop website indicates nothing.

    EDIT: I hunted around on other websites and found some articles that were a bit clearer. GameStop has a $55 edition of the game that includes the figure.

    I want to get the bundle AND that… >_>

  • shogunknight

    Heh, look at that. The price drop we all thought was unlikely, so whats next?

  • Zero

    I like the price drop. I would love to buy one, but the price drop could have come sooner. This holiday is going to be mighty expensive, I might be forced to wait on buying a Wii U until 2014.

    • Karysonson

      What will you be buying?

      • Willgaea

        He’s going to buy the X1…. pffffft. x]

        • Zero

          Not at launch. In the future? Who knows. The only game I’m interested in on X1 right now is Titanfall. It’s also coming to PC, which is where I’ll likely play it.

          • Willgaea

            I’m liking the robot controls in titan fall. I can already see some pretty intense battles in my head.

      • Zero

        I have plans to buy several games. I also have Gematsu contest prizes to buy, subscription fee’s to pay. =)

        I have a PS4 on Pre-Order, but I’m not even sure what my funds will be like by then. It doesn’t help that November and December are holiday season. Always gotta try and buy Christmas gifts.

        To be honest, I might have to put buying any new console on delay. The holidays always seems to critical hit my wallet. xD

        If things turn out good on my side. I just might be able to buy several things. I’d honestly like to play Wind Waker HD.

        Speaking of the Wii U. Do you have one? I’m curious as to how Wii games look on it. I have a few Wii games I need to play catch up on.

        • Karysonson

          Nope, but I plan on getting this bundle.
          In terms of how wii games look on it, I would say it looks better than a wii with component cables, but hey go look up some videos on youtube for more details

          • Zero

            Thanks. I’ll just wait and try things out when i finally get the Wii U.

        • AdamBoy64

          I’m just one account of experience, but I found the ‘Wii Mode’ on Wii U a bit difficult.

          It sort of does this upscaling thing to 720p, which is great and all (really, like pretty much all upscaling – does almost nothing).

          But I’ve found with that – it lagged a bit on my TV.

          Playing Wii (or any other system) on my TV, I have never had lag – but here, with the ‘Wii Mode’, I needed to set my TV to ‘Game Mode’ to eliminate the lag.

          The experience of ‘Wii Mode’ on Wii U isn’t as good as playing it normally, which is why I’m hanging on to my Wii.

          • Zero

            Hmmm. Interesting. I guess I’ll just have to wait and test it out for myself. Thanks for the info.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Ill wait for Xenoblade 2.

    • Willgaea

      Do you mean X?

  • AdamBoy64

    I’m actually a bit surprised by the price drop.
    Mind you, it could be difference in region.

    Over here, the Wii U is already way and by far the cheapest console – but a price drop is certainly going to help.

    The Zelda Bundle I feel is a lot less impressive with only the digital version. But still, that wouldn’t be the reason I wouldn’t get it.

    I just can’t get into having a black Wii U.

  • miyamoto

    Iwata you big liar you!!!

    Finished Wind Waker HD on my PC via Dolphin anyways.

  • Rogerio Ap Silva de Andrade

    I really wanted the Americas bundle to como with a physical copy instead of a digital code of Wind Waker….
    Lucky Europeans