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Nintendo UK Outlines September's Dazzling Zelda eShop Discounts

Posted by Damien McFerran

Plenty to be saved on the run up to Hyrule Warriors

If you've already consulted our European Nintendo Download report this morning you'll be aware that Nintendo is running a discount promotion to mark the release of Hyrule Warriors later this month.

The promotion runs for the majority of September and will see Zelda games across the 3DS and Wii U eShops getting generous reductions.

This week — the 4th to the 11th, to be precise — you'll be able to pick up Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Zelda: Wind Waker HD for £25.99 and £32.99 respectively. The original Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will also see 30 percent price reductions on both consoles.

From the 11th to the 18th, the Game Boy Color titles Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will be reduced to £3.59 on the 3DS eShop. On the Wii U eShop, you'll be able to get Zelda: A Link to the Past and Zelda: Minish Cap for 30 percent less than normal — £3.43 and £4.49 respectively.

In the final week of the campaign — 19th to the 26th September — Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will see 23 percent slashed from its RRP, making it a very reasonable £30.99.

To cap it all off, if you download any of the above titles during the promotional period you'll be entitled to a 10 percent discount on Hyrule Warriors itself — when purchased from the Wii U eShop, of course — making it just £35.99. This discount only applies between the 19th and the 26th.

Nintendo is clearly going all-out to make sure people get as excited as possible about Hyrule Warriors — will you be picking up any of these titles in light of the price reductions? Let us know with a comment.

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User Comments (58)



ekreig said:

The Hyrule Warriors discount is actually a great idea.

Please share the love with the US! I need to pick up OoT3D!



Sentinator said:

I have all these games though. They are still good offers for those who haven't got them but I would have preferred information on the DLC costumes.



shibbyduckegg said:

Wait, is a game purchase required specifically in this promotional period to get the Hyrule Warriors discount, or will any previous purchase of a Zelde title do (excl. Four Swords Anniversary Edition).

The image in the tweet says the latter, the article says the former.



rjejr said:

Smart move w/ the 10% discount in addition to the sales to get people wanting to DL the game rather than get the disc. Nintendo has been rolling along lately with the promotions. If only all the "Wii U isnt getting so and so game" would go away I really think Wii U could be rolling as well. It should be regardless.

@damo - any rumours or rumblings on Nintendo extending or replacing the DDP? Its due to expire "the end of Dec 2014" and it would be a shame to see it go away with all the good games set to release on Wii U in 2015.



Peach64 said:

I know people will call me negative again, but those are really poor discounts compared to the sales on other platforms. Hyrule Warriors has been available for £28 physically, which is way less than this discounted price. Ocarina 3D is now 3 years old, but the discounted price is £26?

Last week I got Bioshock Infinite for £6.19 on PSN, almost 90% off. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is only 5 months old and was down to £9.99, which is 50% off. Wolfenstein: The New Order, only a month old and 50% off to make it £19.99.



DESS-M-8 said:

Why!? OH WHY!!?have I already bought all these amazing games at full price on eshop. Could they back date my discount?



ColdingLight said:

Sigh.... So Europe gets another awesome deal and the Americas get jack. So, what's your excuse this time Europeans?



kukabuksilaks said:


Ninty games hold their price way better than most games, oot3d still cost £30-40 here..

50% off after only a month! that's why I only pre-order Ninty games, I would feel seriously robbed if I had bought it at full price..



DualWielding said:


Agreed, Nintendo discounts are really blah, I've never seen a single Nintendo sale that makes me buy a game because the deal was too good to pass, on PSN I have bought more games that I have time to play just because the deals are so good (and yes Steam deals are even better)



Ps4all said:

Too bad this isn't in North America. I would buy everything I don't already have(Zelda is my favorite franchise ever.)



NibelsnarfNoob said:

@Peach64 All 3 games you named were 3rd party games that basically are on sale after the first month. Bioshock is a year old, Ground Zeroes is a paid demo that never should have cost as much as it did in the first place, and Wolfenstein came out in May this year (at least in the US, if it came out later in EU I apologize lol) so that isn't surprising.

I've only had a WiiU for a month now so I can't say how sales on the eshop for it are, but 3rd Party on the 3DS eshop is similar. Atlus games are on sale for half off every 2-3 weeks, and we just had that sale on Capcom games for both 3DS and WiiU.



DiscoGentleman said:

Really smart and really good advertising NoE.

NoA, take some damn notes. They've been dabbling with cross-buy, cross-buy discounts and now this.



Spoony_Tech said:

Wait? Hyrule Warriors is going to be that cheap before the discount? News to me. I was expecting a full 59.99 here state side.



MajinSoul said:

I'd consider buying it digitally, but that way you don't get any of the pre-order costumes



TromaDogg said:

@Peach64 On the one hand I agree with you, but historically top Nintendo franchises like Zelda have always had a much, much longer shelf life and lasting appeal than most third party titles so they can get away with charging higher prices, just as they were able to get away with re-releasing Ocarina Of Time for the 3DS and charging £30 for it even though (3D visuals aside) it didn't have any more new content than the free Ocarina Of Time/Master Quest disc that initially came with Zelda Wind Waker on the Gamecube, and charging full price for Zelda Wind Waker HD on Wii-U which, as good a game as it is, is still a bit lacking in value when you can (for instance) get both Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus HD on one disc on PS3 for £20, or the entire Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank PS2 trilogys on one disc in HD for the price of one game.

A lot of people will still pay top dollar for Zelda games regardless, Nintendo don't need to lower the prices.



ColdingLight said:

@kukabuksilaks Shovel Knight is coming Worldwide and I'm sure the other two are coming soon. Nintendo of Europe is good at this sort of thing. And our Club Nintendo sucks. So, yes I'd like more. Presuming you have anymore.



SmithJurd said:

Spend a month with the UK club Nintendo!!

There are sections that have been 'coming soon' for years now and the items on offer are nothing morevthan forgettable trinkets for the most part.
I Can't blame Nintendo for the lack of some games in the uk/Europe though when PEGI expect you to mail them a body part with each game submission!!

Each region and console manufacturer has it's issues in these regards...



SetupDisk said:

That must be PSN + prices right? I have been waiting for Wolfenstein to go down in price for months. I did get infinite on flash sale for 10 bucks though.



TromaDogg said:

@ColdingLight No need for you Americans to get upset, after all you've got a ton of amazing titles like 'The Letter' on your Wii U E-shop which might never see the light of day in Europe



ColdingLight said:

@walzgi Are you implying that our Elite rewards is anything good? If I remember correctly, people were livid with rage about the rewards this year.



TingLz said:

@ColdingLight Are you implying that they were always bad? Are you implying that they are not complimentary items on a complimentary service that don't even cost any coins?

Yes, I'm implying that they are usually good. And I'm implying that those who complain about Club Nintendo often forget about the good things.



ColdingLight said:

@WaLzgi I'm implying that those who complain about Club Nintendo often forget about the good things. That's what you wrote right? You guys got that Zelda pack on your Club Nintendo and that's not a good thing to you?

And I'm not implying that Club Nintendo in the American regions are bad. I'm outright saying they suck.



Portal_King said:

@shibbyduckegg Is someone going to address this? How has no one answered this question yet? It does appear that it's if you own a TLoZ game, but we could be wrong.



Reverandjames said:

I can buy oracle of ages and still buy Hyrule warriors cheaper, and in physical format. Not good enough NOE. Not good enough.



ikki5 said:

@ToxieDogg The letter not coming to Europe would probably be a blessing to Europe


There was a number of the NA elites rewards available on your club Nintendo provided you had the stars. A prime example is this:




outburst said:

Minish Cap and ALttP for me next week! Still can't decide about WWHD. 33% is not good enough. It was 50% on my local store last week but I'm switching to digital. Although I might consider going hybrid (physical on DLC-free games + digital on games with DLCs).

As for Hyrule Warriors, I'll wait for it to go down 20€ and considering there will be DLCs.



ZenTurtle said:

Didn't it cost a ridiculous 17000 stars? But the worst thing is that they still put it in the stupid little club Nintendo booklets in game boxes, even though you can't get them anymore... I wish Club Nintendo Europe had actual games as rewards...



Starwolf_UK said:

In this comments thread. The grass is always greener, weather it is sales or Club Nintendo...

My thoughts on the 10% fan discount. A bit pointless when a GAME download code is highly likely to be cheaper than that and give you NNP points as if you bought it for £40. Then again you can not use existing NNP points at GAME.

OOT 3D Should be better as it has been at the past (disappointed it isn't). Then again given how physical copies still seem to sell well at a high price maybe that is reflected here (Amazon has gotten to the point where any copies new or used sell out a few times...except that one £200 used one)

30% seems to be the best discount they want A tier first party VC games (I should have gotten SMB2 when it was 50% off to celebrate the year of Luigi ending), excluding Link to the Past but that is a crappy 50Hz version so who would want that?

@Spoony_Tech It could still be $60. IIRC Pikmin 3 was and that was €50 here. Likewise WWHD was $50 but was €60. What I'm getting is while €=$ is the norm there are exceptions.

@ikki5 You should note earning 600 coins is a lot less (and easier) than spending 7500 stars. 600 coins is around 3000 stars if you compare full price Wii retail games. That means Europe has to work more than twice as hard...also consider the Platinum members also have those 600 coins to spend on anything they like. But none of this comes free which is probably why Club Nintendo is crashing and burning currently.



GhotiH said:

You know, AMERICA WANTS THESE TOO! Why did we never get the SSB4-related sales?



ikki5 said:

I'll tell you one thing, though yes it is cheaper for NA (as it always is for everything... blame your government for that) At least you have something to spend your coins on. We got paper and digital content that we already bought which is why we have our coins. I am sitting over 800 coins that will expire this year and nothing for them and another 460 coins worth of surveys that I am waiting until the last minute to do so they will last longer. I had 400 of them expire last (not the previous June, 2013 June) year because there is literally nothing other than what I stated above. My platinum reward I gave away because I owned everything which again is why, I was platinum status. So personally, I would so prefer to trade your system our piece of garbage system because then there would actually be rewards to get.



ikki5 said:

I'm not European, Also, I am referring to what Club Nintendo has been for the last two years. It has been going down since 2011, actually before then. There have been very few rewards even worth while except for ones that would be gone in less than a hour because it would be a special limited item. The services was pretty good a few years ago on both ends but NoA has been slipping.... badly.



TradeMark said:

Great deals, but being the huge Zelda fan that I am, I already own every one of these games (except Hyrule Warriors, but that is not even out in my territory yet). Plus, I live in the US, anyways.



Turniplord said:

I live in the Uk and I don't like the star cat - I did manage to get the following though:


I own all the Zelda games - I have Hyrule warriors on pre-order for 30.00 at the moment but i'm considering cancelling and getting digital as its only 7.8 gig and will be constantly on for me (over 400 hours on DW 8XL on my ps4 so far) so will be less stress on the drive.

@shigulicious - Steam beats PSN



nik1470 said:

Nice! I'll clean up and get the oracle games and minish cap but then I will own all downloadable Zelda titles so it will be bittersweet.



kukabuksilaks said:

@ColdingLight you'll probably get a zelda sale too, sooner or later, just as we get the three games I mentioned later.. but we live in a world of instant gratification so I want them NAOW! just like you want the Zelda sales.

you might say your club N suck but it's better than nothing, if I lived 100 miles south of my current home I would have a club N to join, I even get codes with Ninty purchases but can't use them.. that's seriously annoying..

Oh and a lot of the Eshop pricings aren't corrected to the € or £ rate so a $14.99 game will cost 14.99 € or £ that's quite a bit more..



zool said:

Nintendo download prices are always high so I guess that if you pay these high prices then any discount will look good.

But to say that a 23 percent slashed from its RRP, making it a very reasonable £30.99 for 'a link between worlds' is pushing things to far.

Amazon have a hard copy for £29.99 and with that you will have a trade in value once you have finished it, or give it to a friend to play, as it does not have much replay value.

You can always download it again in 10 years as a retro game on the all new 3ds 2024.

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