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Zelda Skyward Sword boxart and bundle details, Layton 4 and Tetris: Axis dated
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August 29, 2011, 19:52:23

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Leaves won’t be the only things turning gold this fall as Nintendo prepares to launch an extraordinary lineup of games for its Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ game systems. At a recent meeting of GameStop retail store managers from across the United States, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt revealed new details about upcoming releases for several fan-favorite franchises:

A special limited-edition The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword bundle containing the game and a gold* Wii Remote™ Plus controller will be available when the game launches on Nov. 20.

Also for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, every copy in the initial production of the game will come packaged with a special music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.

Nintendo will launch the upcoming Tetris®: Axis game for Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 2.

The Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ game for the Nintendo DS family of systems will launch Oct. 17.
“Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the pick-up-and-play puzzle fun of Tetris: Axis or the mind-bending adventure of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, we’ve got you covered.”

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

The original portable Tetris® game was a smash hit on the Game Boy™ system. The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses. The game includes more than 20 different modes – some familiar, some new. Up to eight players can compete in wireless multiplayer battles, even if only one player has a game card**. Tetris: Axis also makes use of the augmented-reality and SpotPass™ features of Nintendo 3DS. Tetris: Axis is part of a stirring fall lineup for Nintendo 3DS that also includes Pokémon™ Rumble Blast (launching Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land™ (November) and Mario Kart™ 7 (December).

Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS family of systems is the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. It begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games, set three years before the events in Professor Layton and the Curious Village™. The game contains more puzzles than any in the series to date. As a North American exclusive to the overall Professor Layton and the Last Specter package, a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life™ containing more than 100 hours of additional content will be available to players from the start of the game.

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Posted: 08/29/11, 19:52:23  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:22:37    
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Definitely getting a preorder with the orchestra CD. I'm on the fence with another Wiimote.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:04:25
I've already got all I need to play Skyward Sword (apart from the game, natch) so I won't be picking up the bundle. It's cool though.

Boxart is a little "Kirby With Angry Eyes" for my taste, if you know what I mean. Not bad, but I prefer the art for Twilight Princess.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:06:06
A meeting, since nintendo knows they have to warn gamestop managers what would happen if they pilfer CDs/gold wiimotes.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:07:48
I do need a remote with a Wii Motion Plus in it, and the orchestra CD sounds good, soooooo...bundle for me. :

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:48:46

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:52:21
Looks good to me, although I DO have four remotes with WM+... It'll be nice to replace the WM+ attachments though.

I agree regarding the Kirby "angry eyes" box. It looks great, but does Link need to be so... grr?

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 21:55:12
V_s said:
I wouldn't pay extra for the CD or Wiimote, but they're both things I'd be interested in having otherwise.

The CD comes with the standard version of the game, which is awesome.

I've only got two remotes (neither with MotionPlus built in) so I'll pick up the bundle for sure.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 22:06:40

I really hope that's sarcasm.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 22:09:08
I'm a sucker for limited edition gold Zelda stuff. Plus although I have 4 Wii Motion Pluses, this would be my first built in one which will (hopefully) be nice to have Wii U. So yea, I'll probably get it.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 22:29:19

I don't know about you but I rage whenever I slice and dice....veggies. I don't hate the boxart but they should have done something with the bird on it.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 22:39:35
Nintendo said:
The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses.

Magic, eh? Sounds like the PR stuff Apple uses to promote their stuff. Coincidence? Or maybe not....

In any case, I'm diggin' the Skyward Sword box art. Looks very cool. And I totally want that CD. I don't need another Wiimote, so I'm gonna pass on the bundle.

The announcement of Tetris Axis and the release date for The Last Specter is great news, too. Kinda interested in London Life - sounds intriguing!

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:00:50
That bundle looks sweet! I'm going down to Gamestop this week to pre-order. I hope they don't open my copy and take out the controller and CD .

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:04:15
I agree that it has a lot to prove. Your post just seemed a little over the top. But my sarcasm detector has been on the fritz lately, so carry on.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:10:43

Hint: a comment that starts with "Who cares?" after 2 pages of replies is a good sign it's not all serious.

From certain individuals anyway!

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:16:39
And with the box art alone, SS in already on track to be better than Twilight Princess in all aspects.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:19:40

That'd be amazing if the game really just blows Twilight Princess out of the water. Twilight Princess was a really, really good game!

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:21:29
Earendil said:

It will be mine...

Mine too.

If not, I'll just steal yours.

Did they ever release that gold Zelda DS that Iwata was showing off a few years back? I really wanted one of those .

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:23:23  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:23:38


EDIT: If you are independently wealthy, you can actually buy one on eBay if you really wanted to.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:24:40  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:26:05

Why do you hate me so?


Like I said, my sarcasm detector is not working real well right now. :(

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:25:46
Hell yeah new Layton in October!

Layton, IE a title that Nintendo wasn't sure would sell in the West, finally gave a chance, and it sold a ton. And not the only one. Methinks there is a lesson to be learned here.

As for Zelda, it will probably disappoint a lot of people, because at this point a lot of people have basically given up on the Wii and only THE GREATEST THING EVER would suffice. But I don't care, it's going to be awesome, haters can hate.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:38:21  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/11, 23:44:12
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