We've not been shy about advocating that Nintendo exploit its IPs as much as possible, boosting its brand power in the process. The Big N has been doing this to varying degrees, of course, and is seemingly going so far as to license The Legend of Zelda Trading Cards, which come with decal stickers and temporary tattoos.

They've gone up for pre-order at EB Games in Australia, with the range promising a lot of variety for the initial launch (pegged for 30th June); the following details are from product pages.

Cards from 5 Games:

  • Twilight Princes
  • Majora's Mask
  • A Link Between Worlds
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Skyward Sword
Approx. 85 Cards in the Base Set including
  • Foil Cards!
  • 23 regular
  • 8 Gold Foil Cards
  • 12 Decal Stickers (1:2 Packs)
  • 9 Tattoos

As you can see in the images below there's a 'Value Box' available to pre-order for $20AUS, which includes "4 packs of 6 randomly inserted cards and 1 decal or tattoo, a poster as well as 1 of 3 randomly inserted Collectors Pins":

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There are also booster packs available which have six random cards and one decal / tattoo, with a cost of $6AUS.

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We took a little look at other retailers elsewhere, including GameStop in the US, but these cards aren't broadly available to pre-order yet. If they do roll-out globally will you be keen to collect them?