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GAME Offers Musical Chest With Collector's Edition of A Link Between Worlds

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

There's the rub...

Earlier this week Nintendo announced that GAME would offer a musical chest with pre-orders of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World, and then — bizarrely — GAME backtracked and said it had nothing to announce. For those that wanted the rather fun-looking collectible, it was both confusing and disappointing.

The situation has finally been clarified, with GAME confirming that rather than the toy being included with pre-orders, it'll be a part of an exclusive Collector's Edition, currently priced at £49.99 on the UK site. In addition to the game itself and the musical chest, the rather attractive pictured box will include a 3DS eShop download code for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX and a glossy artwork poster. If you have the cash it could be a nice edition to own.

Still, it's a pity that the music chest isn't part of standard pre-orders. Let us know what you think of this deal in the comments below.

[via game.co.uk]

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Humphries90

#1

Humphries90 said:

Pretty pricey... Plus most Zelda fans who have a 3DS will already have Link's Awakening like me. Pointless inclusion. I'll pass and buy the standard version.

AdanVC

#2

AdanVC said:

I want it!! I just hope to see some special editions like this here in America.

Peach64

#4

Peach64 said:

Kind of sneaky by Game. They've just turned a pre-order free gift into a more expensive collectors edition.

LunaticPandora

#5

LunaticPandora said:

DLC CONFIRMED???? I wish some site would elaborate on just WHAT the Nintendo Network stuff is. I'm getting concerned now I know it's DLC of some kind....

SirMime

#8

SirMime said:

I'm guessing the bundled DLC is an item that you'd otherwise have to buy with in-game currency and get early. Either that or an exclusive item to use. I pre-ordered this the second I saw they'd announced it on Twitter this morning and instantly downloaded the Link's Awakening you get free with it. Really looking forward to this next month now as I've really enjoyed the demos at events (and the art style is beautiful).

LunaticPandora

#9

LunaticPandora said:

@Humphries90 Where did you see that? Even so, that doesn't explain what the NN functions are, so there is still a possibility it's in-game DLC as nothing has been said about what NN is for in this game.

LunaticPandora

#11

LunaticPandora said:

@Volmun Can't be, as Mario Party which also comes out in november has no NN logo, which would mean Miiverse won't be out on 3DS by then.

dartmonkey

#12

dartmonkey said:

I have never preordered a game. Is that weird? This makes me want to change that. Which is stupid, I know - it's a dinky bit of plastic with a hinge and a tinny speaker. But dagnabit, I want that placky, tacky McDonalds toy!

Humphries90

#14

Humphries90 said:

Well if you compare what Nintendo Life says will be included compared to the what it says on the box...

Nintendo Life-Box
Game-Game
Chest-Chest
Poster-Poster
Link's Awakening-DLC

It might not be what DLC is generally considered to be, but it is definitely downloadable content.

ThomasBW84Admin

#15

ThomasBW84 said:

@LunaticPandora Judging from the item description at the link we've given (twice), I'd say the DLC is Link's Awakening. I had a "Whoa DLC!!!" moment before I read the details, too :)

LunaticPandora

#16

LunaticPandora said:

@ThomasBW84 I suppose that makes sense, I just wish I could make out the text that's written on the shield, the picture's too small to make it out though. I take it you guys are unaware of what the NN logo is for in this game if the code is only for a VC game?

Hyperion

#18

Hyperion said:

Well, I think I'll be ordering just the game then. I already have Links Awakening (the original) and I don't think all the extras are worth £18 anyway.

LunaticPandora

#19

LunaticPandora said:

@ThomasBW84 Darn, I guess we'll have to wait and see. If it's a mini Four Swords multiplayer mode I'd jump for joy, but I expect it'll be something along the lines of PH/ST's Force Gem multiplayer mode.

andreoni79

#21

andreoni79 said:

Being the game sold at £35, this means £15/€18/$25 for that plastic stuff and a VC game. Pass.

Bilko

#23

Bilko said:

Cancelled my pre-order with GAME. The chest is cool, but as a little freebie for pre-orders, not stuffed in with a bunch of stuff most fans already have (LA) or are not that fussed about (folded poster) so they can stick another £15 on the price. What a shame. Anyway, the game is cheaper on Amazon so I'm pre-ordering there.

FishieFish

#25

FishieFish said:

I can confirm guys, the DLC is not Link's Awakening.
They added that to my order and I can download the game now if I want to.

Edit: Words

MadDragon1846

#26

MadDragon1846 said:

Wow, pre-ordered this from game instead of shopto even though it was a few quid more, thinking a few quid for the chest was a good deal. Now they want me to pay £49.99!? Think I'll be getting the normal edition from shopto for £31.85 like I was going to before the news of the pre-order chest...

MeddlingIdiotStaff

#27

MeddlingIdiot said:

In comparison, this package makes the Ganondorf figurine edition of Wind Waker look very good value for money.

LavaTwilight

#29

LavaTwilight said:

Already have Links Awakening; Posters don't do it for me... what is potentially £20 for a treasure chest that fits in your palm? No thanks!

SigourneyBeaver

#30

SigourneyBeaver said:

Already got Link's Awakening, I can print any picture of Zelda from the internet for a poster if I want to which leaves me at £20 for a music box. No thank you, not this time for me.

Cabooselololol

#34

Cabooselololol said:

Weird that its only collectors edition, here in Australia, EB games (our version of game stop) is offering the chest free as pre-order for just the normal game purchase. No Collectors edition in sight.

Nautical-Rudie

#35

Nautical-Rudie said:

@FishieFish nah the dlc is definitely LA, its says in the description on the Game website:
Contents:
Zelda LBTW boxed copy
Link's Awakening digital download code
Zelda musical cartridge chest
A0 glossy exclusive artwork poster

Warruz

#38

Warruz said:

Can we please Edit the article about the DLC thing before everyone looses it.

I plan on getting this Digital like 90% of my 3DS games, like to have everything on hand without lugging extra things.

LightSamus

#39

LightSamus said:

LOL DLC has turned into such a bad thing, that a small portion of the internet is freaking out/in a rage thinking it has some ridiculous 'pay extra later for the rest of the game' when instead Nintendo has treated DLC as it should be -downloadable content - for Link's Awakening DX Virtual Console

hypercoyote

#43

hypercoyote said:

@Nautical-Rudie I assume they're saying there's more DLC in the box because the box has a DLC advert on the front of it. So if Game is sending out some DLC apart from that, it seems to imply that there's another DLC to be had.

SphericalCrusher

#44

SphericalCrusher said:

NA deserves this — come on! Tired of missing out on all the great 3DS themed consoles, exclusive preorder deals etc etc. I know, we get our own, but this is awesome.

jos

#46

jos said:

I miss the days that Game had closed down, and these gifts were given Free on club Nintendo for those who registered their codes.
Game clearly saw this would be popular and jump at the chance of screwing people over by charging 15 pounds or more for item that was meant to be free

Peach64

#48

Peach64 said:

This is a Collector's Edition created by Game, that's why they can send the 'DLC code' out now. It's not an official Nintendo release.

Cinaclov

#51

Cinaclov said:

Working it out, GAME are selling ALBW for £34.99, and LA:DX is £5.39 as a download from the GAME website. So it'd be £40.38 to buy those two separately from them, meaning you're paying £9.61 extra for the chest and A0 poster (assuming you don't already have DX).

Really, for me it'd be dependent on the build quality of the chest, and on that front I have a nasty feeling it'll be the build quality of a Happy Meal toy. Whilst my first instinct was to go for it, after thinking about things logically I'll probably pass.

And on a side note, I'm increasingly thinking GAME ripped me off when I bought Pokémon X from them (which I only pre-ordered with them to get Keldeo on White :P). To order a physical copy online through their site is £32, it cost me £35 in the shop with a £5 deposit (so £40 total) and they didn't even have any of the Pokéball preorder items left (not that I'm that fussed about it, it's just the principle of the thing :P). So I'm not sure as I'd want to trust them with this either...

ecco6t9

#52

ecco6t9 said:

Once again NoA drops the ball for it's fans.

I would of paid $59.99 for this set.

HaNks

#54

HaNks said:

not worth it, already got the VC. poster and chest for £15+ extra no thanks.

now a soundtrack disc or a LTTP eshop code might be another story...

SilentHunter382

#56

SilentHunter382 said:

Sigh another GAME exclusive collectors edition that won't be released here in Ireland. This will be the second zelda collectors edition that I want in the last 2 months that I can't get.

Herbert

#60

Herbert said:

This of course is not morally right but what dose comsumer law say in the untied kingdom

Nintendo specifically sent a tweet claiming preoders of link between worlds from game will receive the chest and thus people like me have placed a preorder because of it, only for it be retracted.

see the tweet for your self notice not a word about a collectors edition

Ta-da-da-daaa! Pre-order The Legend of #Zelda: A Link Between Worlds @GAMEdigital to get this exclusive item: http://ow.ly/pNON6
https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/389794122418364417

notice it makes no mention of a collectors edition merely preorder the game

consumer law of the united kingdom dictates

A commercial practice is aggressive if it significantly impairs (or is likely to significantly impair) the average consumer's freedom of choice by the use of harassment, coercion (including physical force) or undue influence and so causes or is likely to cause him to take a different decision.

in addition the law describes

Bait advertising - advertising products at a specified price without disclosing that the trader has reasonable grounds to believe he may not be able to supply them or their equivalent at that price for a reasonable period or in reasonable quantities.

"Bait and switch" – inviting consumers to buy one product but then trying to persuade them to buy a different one – e.g. by refusing to show them the original item, or to take orders or make delivery arrangements, or by showing a defective sample.

Falsely stating a product will only be available (or available on certain terms) for a very limited time to persuade the consumer to make an immediate decision.

the clear intent to offer a bonus was for people to order from game advertising and retracting it this is against the consumer protection act because they already advertised it.

http://www.out-law.com/page-9050
https://www.gov.uk/marketing-advertising-law/regulations-that-affect-advertising

i felt even more disgusted after Cabooselololol confirmed it was a preorder bonus which game have decided to charge for. i cant believe two companies i trust for years have treated us this way.

Jazzer94

#62

Jazzer94 said:

Asking for £50 is a bit much for what they are giving well it seems I'll be going to Amazon and just settle for the standard version.

Daz-brum

#63

Daz-brum said:

Not excusing game support i managed to pre-order this today after been told by game the details aren't finalised yet when it is splashed all over the web Great Service Game. Come back play 247 !!!

123akis

#64

123akis said:

£15 pounds more just for a chest, poster, and a download code for a game i already have! that's a rip off! i could sell the download code for £5 on ebay and then it would be £10 more

Genesaur

#66

Genesaur said:

For a special edition, this really is nothing special. The poster looks cool, at least.

chiechie

#67

chiechie said:

Hi guys, I just want to ask if any of you knows what to do or has been in my situation before. See, I sent an email to GAME before I pre-ordered ALBW this is how the exchange between me and GAME went:

"User Query: Good day, I saw on the internet that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS game comes with a pre-order bonus when you preorder it from Game, however I checked your website and there is no information about the pre-order bonus. I would like to know if I will be entitled to it if I pre-order it now even without being advertised on your website. Thank you!"

and the reply I got:

"Thank you for your email.
I can confirm that If you pre ordered It now you will receive your pre order bonus.
Unfortunately our website Isn't on a live feed and has not been updated as of yet, once It has the details of the pre order bonus will become available.
If you have any further queries please don't hesitate to contact us.
Regards,
XXXX (a person's name here)
The Team at GAME"

Needless to say that was all I needed and I pre ordered it the same day I received the reassurance. I have already sent another email to GAME to clarify it but I just want to know if anyone else had been in the same situation as me and if it ever ended well. Thanks everyone!

FilTheTurtle

#68

FilTheTurtle said:

NOA really needs to step up their game. We rarely get preorder bonuses for games here, and at best it's a poster or maybe a download code for a game most of us already bought anyways. I would love to have this special edition in America

ToxieDogg

#69

ToxieDogg said:

I love how people are surprised every time Game blatently tries to rip people off. They're old hacks at it, they've been doing it for years. It's business practices like this that stopped me having too much sympathy for them when they nearly went bust last year.

Henmii

#70

Henmii said:

Sounds pretty nice! Also, that picture on the packaging looks awesome!
A pity that I already have Links awakening DX on my 3DS though.

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