So, let's all get some salt to hand. Ready? According to a cheeky rumour-merchant that claims to have access to the inventory system at a "major system retailer" in the U.S., Nintendo is planning a Wii U hardware bundle with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as red and blue 3DS XL bundles with Pokémon X & Y.
The black 3DS XL is as good as confirmed, while anyone and everyone probably predicted X & Y hardware bundles when the game was announced; that one's a no-brainer. The Wind Waker HD and Wii U bundle is perhaps a more interesting combination, if true, as we'd argue that bundles with the likes of Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Wii Party U would be more likely, as these are brand new experiences rather than HD remakes. Of course, it's possible — perhaps likely — that Nintendo may hit retailers with multiple hardware bundles to accommodate a variety of gamers across a wider release schedule.
What we can say with near certainty is that Nintendo will release Wii U bundles for the Holiday season, as failing to do so would surely represent a major missed opportunity. If the company does indeed resist an official price drop of the hardware, meanwhile, bundles may be a way to offer indirect price reductions and tempt consumers to take the plunge.
What do you think of the possibility of a bundle including The Wind Waker HD? Is this likely, or a load of nonsense? Let us know in the comments below.