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Nintendo Confirms The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Bundle for North America

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Comes with a download code for the game

Not long ago we reported that Nintendo of Europe had unveiled an attractive 3DS XL model for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, with a gold and black design that'll attract plenty of envious glances. Just three days later a leaked GameStop advert showed that the bundle was set to arrive in North America, too, which seemed inevitable.

Nintendo of America has now officially announced the system for its region, confirming that it'll come with a download code for the game included and have a recommended price of $219.99; it'll arrive alongside the game on 22nd November.

Below is a video announcement from series producer Eiji Aonuma, while above and below are some images of the slightly different artwork on the North American packaging. Are you interested in picking this up?

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GraveLordXD said:

If I didn't already own a red xl and prefer a physical copy of the game I would get this
Looks good to me



Kevin said:

If they didn't go the digital route with the game and I didn't have a red 3DS XL already, I totally would of bought it.



TreonsRealm said:

The system doesn't look bad but much like the Zelda Wii U, I personally despise not getting a physical copy of the game. Nintendo has generally been good about their approach to digital downloads but I'm not a fan of this shift towards counting the digital game as the "included game" when you technically don't own it. They should know by now that anyone who would buy a "special edition" of one of their systems is primarily a Collector and would want a physical copy of the game (it seems like a way to double dip considering most people I know who bought the Zelda Wii U sold the download ticket to buy the physical version). It's not a big deal with something like Animal Crossing considering its personalized "daily play" style or including a digital Mario Kart with one of the standard systems but it's unacceptable for a Zelda themed system.



biglee said:

I think it's an awesome design! Classy and subtle, but still gets the point across. Much nicer than the Luigi louis vuitton design which looks more like a women's purse than a video game console. I might pick up one of these just to have as a collector's item, but will have to see how the funds look next month.



domdom87 said:

Getting a digital copy as a pack in is a much smarter move in my opinion. They had bundles where the game was pre-installed on the machine. For those upgrading from a regular 3DS or willing to replace their existing XL's, they can transfer the system over without worrying they'll lose out on the pack in game. Of course, the best option would've been a physical game in the box but that would've brought the price higher. For those like me who prefer a physical game, they could also just sell the code, like I did for wind waker HD.



ikki5 said:

well, I got a reason to get a 3DS XL now I would rather physical copy of a link between worlds but...... for the 3DS and pretty much 50% off the game..... I'll take it! Now I'll have three 3DS'.... and two of them limited edition Zelda



Shworange said:

Just in time. The top LCD screen of my flame red 3ds just got a crack in it. Oh darn, I guess I'll have to get this one.



metaversal00 said:

will the game be pre-installed or will it be a code? i was thinking of just selling the code and getting a physical copy if it is.



tchaten said:

Yea I am getting this! - Expensive year for 3DS hardware for me - got my original red XL, the Japan import Luigi XL, the Blue Pokemon XL and now the Zelda XL (which will just be part of the collection), will continue using the XY as my main go to system. I'm hoping it will be a download code so I can install it on my XY XL.



FishieFish said:

Download code or pre-installed?
The bad thing for you Americans is that it's on Black Friday, so it's going to be a nightmare to get one.



rjejr said:

Anybody know where the video was taken, looks like the Brooklyn bridge behind him, which would place him on the corner of Fulton and Gold.



Tasuki said:

Man I have to work Black Friday so I hope that I will be able to find one a bit later.



sinalefa said:

Good price. The game at half the price. But I just got the Blue Pokemon XL so I will pass.



Genesaur said:

I don't quite get it. Why would it be a download code and not just pre-installed?



CrimsonSkidmark said:

@TreonsRealm I agree with the physical copy but my collector friends and I wouldn't even open the box. Unopened games and consoles hold so much more value than opened merchandise.



Shadowkiller97 said:

Definitely, getting this and selling the code... On that note, anyone know the best way to sell the code?



ThomasBW84 said:

@Genesaur If they started manufacturing the things before the game was quite finished, it was maybe easier just to throw in a card with a code than pre-install. That's only a guess though



Mainer82 said:

I think it looks great but what annoys me is that it comes with a download code instead of a physical cartridge... it's their way of pushing their eShop. I go out of my way to buy the physical media version of the game.



Loserkid41 said:

I will buy this and transfer everything from my blue xl to it. Then sell my blue xl with the digital code to pay for the gold system and physical game.



GN004Nadleeh said:

i looks nice but i switched from xl to 2ds because the latter hurt my hands while playing, especially when you have to use the triggers. i can't wait for a special edition of 2ds because i can see having at least 2 around the house!



FishieFish said:

@ThomasBW84 Nintendo knows their Zelda fan-base well, and they know that we love physical copies.
So throw in a code, you can sell it.
That's my guess, since they did it with the WW HD bundle, when they never even included a download code with the Japanese Pokemon X and Y bundles, it came pre-installed instead.



Mayhem said:

I smell a possible Xmas gift from my American girlfriend heh... as she is over in the land of cheeseburgers currently...



Pokefanmum82 said:

I kind of want it but I just bought my red Pokemon XL and have no more transfers left. Although maybe I can trade in some stuff towards it and keep it as a back up system or maybe a collector's item. Very tempted since I like the gold color better than my red XL.



ultraraichu said:

I would of so get this if I didn't already get the Pokemon XY blue 3dsxl when it lauched. Already have a 3ds and 3dsxl, getting a third 3ds would make me seem cocky.



FluttershyGuy said:

Oh, come on, Nintendo, really? REALLY??? You've been packing in games for 30 years. The Zelda series in particular has been celebrated for its beautiful gold game paks since 1987.

And, so, all that being the case, you release a lovely limited edition Zelda-themed system with a DOWNLOAD CODE? I know how eager you are to dump physical copies and avoid production costs, but it seems you could at least pretend you care for physical copy owners to a degree.

At least have it pre-installed. This reeks of laziness. Bad form, Nintendo. Then, there's the matter of not even the inclusion of a bare-bones paper manual with Wind Waker HD. Sometimes, I barely recognize you these days, Nintendo.



rjejr said:

@DkFluttershyGuy - "I know how eager you are to dump physical copies and avoid production costs, but it seems you could at least pretend you care for physical copy owners to a degree."

I thought the same thing way back when I got my PS3, how Sony was dumping physical, but everybody was clamoring for digital. Nintendo isn't eager, they are years late to the party.

@siconlolz - They picked a great spot for the video, he must have friends down there. Maybe he's putting in an appearance at Nintendo World? My sister lives a couple of blocks away. I traded in NYC for a white picket fence on LI.



J-Manix98 said:

Sweet! I have the pokemon X/Y one though... And i'd much prefer the physical copy of the game sooooo.... not much point in me getting one.



TreesenHauser said:

If the supplies aren't completely dried up by then, it would make for a nice Christmas gift for me. I need a new 3DS and what better way to get re-acquainted than with the new Zelda game?

(Pokemon Y would be nice too)



Melkaticox said:

"Includes" is translated as "Incluye" not "Incluido", Nintendo >_>;
Anyway, I hope it's available for a long time and not just this holiday season...I don't have the money for a 3DS just yet



AdanVC said:

This is so cool and tempting! I haven't upgraded it to the XL yet, I still have my original aqua 3DS... But I'm from Mexico and here consoles and videogames (and pretty much all kinds of devices) are almost at double the price



KnightRider666 said:

@Kevin: I agree, why can't they just give you a physical copy of the game? I hate digital downloads of retail games with a passion. I bought the blue Pokemon X&Y XL 2 weeks ago, and I'm happy I did after seeing this.



yokokazuo said:

@Jazzer94 haha, I think I may get this one. I have yet to upgrade from my launch day 3DS so maybe it's time. But I'm going to be spending so much money in November...



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@KnightRider666 Because it would cost more. From a purely business perspective, including a physical copy of the game would either increase the price of the bundle or would not happen at all since it wouldn't be worth the trouble.

Judging by the price, we're getting a special edition 3DS XL and a new game for $220. That means XL = $200 and the game is being sold at a 50% discount at $20 when new 3DS games are generally $40.

Better yet, as someone mentioned earlier, it releases around Black Friday. You can probably find a deal on it and sell the code for a physical copy.



Legendary said:

@DkFluttershyGuy If it was pre installed, you couldn't sell the code and then get a physical copy, so thank goodness they didn't do that. Also, Zelda's also been having lots of collector's editions, so having it pre installed would make it harder to justify getting the best version of the game, since you'd have no need for it.

A download code saves them money, and gives the players options.



artofmana said:

I'm so excited! I am so happy the gold, Zelda special edition 3DS XL was announced for North America! I will be preordering it pronto! Nintendo just made my day!



aaronsullivan said:

I think it looks classy enough for the older gamers like me that this is meant appeal to --all the young'uns already have a 3DS presumably-- but I'm personally disappointed in the gold finish on the inside. I'd prefer black around my screens.

@ThomasBW84 @Genesaur
Manufacturing systems takes longer than manufacturing games. If you want the bundle system on the shelf at the same time as the release of the game and you DON'T want to delay the entire release so you can install the finished game on the systems you HAVE to use a download code.

Either that or raise the price of the bundle and wrap up an entire game box with it. (That's not just the cost of the box and game but also the logistics and cost of getting those warehouse items together somehow for an extra step before shipping to stores.)



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

Just pre ordered this from the GameStop website! I don't mind that it comes with a digital copy of the game, as I'll be picking up the physical copy at retail on launch day anyhow. Holy expensive day now, Batman. This, coming in at around $250 with S/H, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and possibly Tearaway for Vita too. I suppose I could have gotten a PS4 and it would have been about the same, but I like to wait until there are some games that interest me before jumping into next generation consoles.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@FishieFish Black Friday is the 29th, not the 22nd. It's always the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Edit: Plus they are allowing pre orders on the GameStop website. Nightmare averted!



PixelPerfect said:

It doesn't look as good as my normal sized Zelda 3DS, but I'm a sucker for Triforces so I'm getting it.



Obito_Sigma said:

If nobody wants their download code, I was planning to get the downloadable version anyway... so... yeah... '' kicking the ground softly while looking down ''

Uh, huh...



Bakajin said:

Man, reading all the comments I wish it'd occurred to me to sell my Wind Waker code and buy it physical . . .

That's a nice looking 3DS, but I can't justify the expense with my red XL working just fine.



JaxonH said:

Yep, just pre ordered this from Gamestop about 20 minutes ago.

I already own the original turquoise 3DS from launch and I JUST bought a brand new all black 3DS XL three days before finding out about this Zelda edition. So this will be my 3rd 3DS. Needless to say, I'll be giving my original turquoise 3DS away to a friend of the family this Christmas, and this Zelda edition will most likely end up being for show, a nice addition to the shelf indeed



SphericalCrusher said:

That looks epic! I already have a blue 3DS XL, so don't really need another one. My wife's pink XL was stolen, so she is using her regular pink 3DS atm... trying to talk her into getting this one, but she loves pink. Haha



PuzzleMaster7 said:

This would be great to own if I had the money for it. However, since I already own the LE Pikachu 3DS XL and the Zelda Wii U, the only way I'd be able to afford the Zelda 3DS XL is if I sold my current one, which is highly unlikely.



triforcepower73 said:

My wallet keeps on telling me there are better things to spend $220 on, but I have to ignore it. Is this going to be sold in limited quantities? If so, that would suck.



Nomad said:

I've got mine preordered but I'll still be getting a boxed copy of the game.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@Steamboat_Willie It depends, but consoles are usually more than $5. Sometimes these LE 3DS' are only available for pre order on the website, not in stores. If that's the case you'd have to go in on release day and buy it, but I'm not sure about this one though. If you're lucky and the GS employees are cool you can ask them to hold one for you, but I wouldn't rely on that.



tripunktoj said:

I don't have enough money to buy post-launch special edition systems and my OCD wont allow me to play games other than Zelda on that, but I'd be all over that special edition game with the chest if it came to America.



NihonNoir said:

It would be nice if someone wrote and updated an article about who's going to carry this item and where to find it for preorder online.

That's really all anyone cares about at this point.



FabioSMASH said:

Just can't get excited about this after seeing that amazing, and sadly Japan-only, orange-and-black model.



NightmareXIV said:

All these special 3DS bundles, and collectors items do is make me regret getting a 3DS XL before now.



Nintygek said:

It's just beautiful! Getting this for my birthday from my parents
Pre-order: Check

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