GameStop.com selling Zelda only with Wii bundle

$695 console package includes Twilight Princess and five more games; bundle also includes 1GB SD card, additional Wiimote, product replacement plan, and mag subscription.

Earlier this week, GameStop and its subsidiary EB Games announced their online Wii preorder program. The console would only be available beginning Thursday night as part of an expensive bundle--around $699--the details of which were not made public. Given the fact the Wii costs only $249.99 on its own, many potential buyers balked at forking out close to $449 for an unknown assortment of "games and accessories."

Now, GameStop.com has revealed the contents of its Wii preorder bundle, which has a final price tag of $694.88 before tax and shipping. Besides the $250 console package--the Wiimote, Nunchuk controller, power and AV cords, sensor bar, stands, and the game Wii Sports--the bundle will contain six games: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, Red Steel, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, and Madden NFL 2007.

Normally, each Wii game costs $49.99--meaning that the value of the console and six games is roughly $549.93. However, the bundle's inclusion of Twilight Princess could be an irresistible draw for those who have not yet preordered the game. According to a GameStop.com rep, the online store has "sold out of their allocation of Twilight Princess," and is no longer selling it a la carte. The rep could only speak for GameStop.com and EBgames.com, and said that gamers should contact their local retail GameStop and EB outlets to see if they had any preorder allocations of Twilight Princess remaining.

Besides the sextet of games, the GameStop Wii bundle will also include an extra Wiimote controller ($39.99) and 1.0GB Wii Memory SD Card ($59.99). The addition of the duo brings the bundle's value to $649.91--$44.97 less than its pre-tax-and-shipping price tag.

What do purchasers get for that extra cost? Two items--a 12-month product replacement plan and a 12-month "gift" subscription to Game Informer magazine. GameStop.com sells the latter for $19.98, leaving the cost of the 12-month product replacement plan--which is normally optional--at $24.99.

While the Wii bundles can be preordered on Thursday, November 9, they will not ship until Sunday, November 19.

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455 comments
gilmog1
gilmog1

So have they OFFICALLY sold out everywhere yet ? im thinking of trying Target and bestbuy tonight in the hope they may have some left? any advice? thats for buying a wii not that stupid bundle..

solidleader
solidleader

"Ha...my walmart was offering a 2 year service plan for $18. " Same here,

gertish
gertish

Ha...my walmart was offering a 2 year service plan for $18.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Cool bundle, but I still want it cheap as possible!

BatmanBegins24
BatmanBegins24

Thats a great package.The only game i don't want is Red Steel.Well i already got my wii so its over with.

MaRiOmAn222
MaRiOmAn222

Do you guys not get this!? The value is no different than if you get this separately! It's not as big of a deal as most are making this out to be. You may be getting shorted a handful of change if anything. Also, if there are games you don't want, just take 'em back to your local gamestop or EB games while they are still shrink-wrapped and get your money back. (That's what I'm doing...)

desert-sniper24
desert-sniper24

Hey Noelrock, not to be a jerk, but you can still by the 250 dollar version of the wii and then just buy all the other games seperate. They did the same thing with the x-box 360.

Noelrock
Noelrock

This is another fantastic example of corporate America's faith in the stupidity of the general populace. Let's force crap on consumers they neither need nor want and make them pay a ridiculous amount for a ridiculous bundle!

a336061
a336061

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppppppp offfffffffffffffffffff, there aren't even 5 good games, duh

Sandro909
Sandro909

What's the point of Nintendo's plan of making this the cheapest console if Gamestop is just gonna jack up the price? PS3 would be a better buy compared to this bundle...

doogi05
doogi05

DO U NEED A MEMORY CARD TO SAVE YOUR WII GAMES? PLZ ANSWER!

Duminakan89
Duminakan89

hmm, I already got 1 reserved with my Wii for this Sunday, so its not a huge surprise or anything.

stripeknight
stripeknight

Hey, I just found a place where you can reserve Zelda Twilight princess for Monday, I have my reservation ticket in hand!, I also know where you can almost guaranteed get a system Sunday morning and it's at................(Drum Roll).............we'll maybe I won't tell! (evil grin).

LinkCraZ6421
LinkCraZ6421

this is not gonna sell well. alot of ppl are most likely not gonna like all the games in the bundle, which right ther is a waste of at least $100 and u probably wont need the product replacement plan. if the systems dont work like the 360s thers probably jus gonn be recall and giv evry1 a new system. i would never spend money on this bundle

LinkCraZ6421
LinkCraZ6421

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lannyboy334
lannyboy334

thats a load of crap you dont have to wait in line that line. those guys are overkilling it. our best buy is getting plenty here in town, my bro works there, he said something like 400, though i doubt its that much the rush wont be near as bad as for ps3 or even 360.

bigredman3000
bigredman3000

is 1.0GB memery card is good for downloading , just a guest.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

doogi05 It has 512 Megabytes of memory already built-in, but for downloading games, and keeping large quantites of memory, you need and SD memory unit.

doogi05
doogi05

I HAVE A QUESTION!!! DO U NEED A MEMORY CARD TO SAVE YOUR WII GAMES??? PLZ ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

urine72
urine72

Screw gamestop, get zelda somplace else. if they are going to pull this crap. and rape the oppertunity. they dont deserve customer support. Unless they have a reasonable explanation for this.

djochei
djochei

i need help here, can someone tell me which is right? Is it "daylight robbery" or "day light robbery?"

halofreak3487
halofreak3487

Well it's not bad i'm, but i'm still going to get the standard edition

stripeknight
stripeknight

Hey "PeTer__GriFFin", I just went to Best Buy and noticed a line of tents wrapping around the store for a PS3, I was told allot of them would stay to get their wii's, if you're not already in line you better get there now if you want a system on this first go around, I'll tide myself over with Gears of War,, booooyaaaaa!!!

stripeknight
stripeknight

Buy Okami for your PS2's, it'll get you through your Zelda woe's!

fighterguard
fighterguard

That's because there are 9 pages, but it shows the first seven and the last one.

hexmarkXXV
hexmarkXXV

Anyone notice there's no page eight in the comments?

noirsake
noirsake

sounds good, i didnt preorder a wii so i will have to wait to get mine like i did with the 360 owell. the bundle is ok i guess. all i need is 2 controlers, wii, zelda and thats it

madogmgd
madogmgd

pssshhhh ill wait for zelda it doesnt even look good and yes if you think about it the boundle will save you money and time going to the store you can have 6 games rigt there

PeTer__GriFFin
PeTer__GriFFin

im waiting all night for the wii, im gunna get out there at like 11 pm or 12 am untill best buy opens at 9 am. Anyone think i should get there earlier?

mickeyvov
mickeyvov

eb games lied to me about preorders. they told me they'd open at 10, and they opened 2 hours early, said they sold out, a friend showed up 4 min later and they gave her one, eb mo fuggers@#$$!$@!#$@! but i ended up getting one at the ghetto side of town :) im tricky

thegame584
thegame584

What the hell is Wallmart... sounds like Big W. Yeah it's not so big in Australia it kind of sucks compared to Target and Kmart (I'm just talking about Australia.) Right now i could go to Kmart and get a pre-order because not much people bother and they can't be bothered lining up.

gokubowser
gokubowser

Man so lame im getting mine in Best Buy!!!!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I need money :(

littlewiz77
littlewiz77

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snugglebear
snugglebear

I dont have anything BUT an EB/GS in my area. There's a Rhino, but it's an hour away in the best traffic. I wouldn't even be buying the darn console at EB if I didn't already have some credit there from somehing else, but I think it'll be WalMart that I buy all my accessories at.

Yan1978
Yan1978

Is anyone really surpised their getting ripped off by EB/GS? I wouldn't buy there even if it saved lives.

payback_56
payback_56

yea it seems like a waste, since u may own some of these games already, i aready have madden, i dont want to buy it again....

CaptainDingo
CaptainDingo

Ewww. Charging more for the bundle than what the entire bundle is worth? That totally defeats the purpose of bundling in the first place. Anyone with a shred of decency, grab your $250 Wii instead and buy what you want separately.

krazykone12
krazykone12

Well you could always go get Zelda at Wal-mart :)

happy_fizzle999
happy_fizzle999

Tis is why I boycotted EB games, SteveTwo (p.1unless thre have been ,more posts then he could be on p.2-3)is right its stupid.

Zero254
Zero254

Funny that I've already got Red Stell and Twilight Princess reserved for Wii already lol... Now I've got to raise some more money in case i want to go out and buy The Oane Chapara vorteX And the Chikuyuu Boeigun(earth defense force) I would say, have patience for something that you really want. It will make it less stressful and more enjoyable when the times comes.

FortuneC00kie
FortuneC00kie

I don't much care that you worked for a gamestop in the past, I work for EB now. There are games that are extremely difficult to get your hands on, and if people didn't choose to guarantee themselves a copy for the outragously high price of 5 dollars, then that's their problem. I would never tell someone that if they don't preorder a game, that they have no chance of getting it, but they are infact better off just putting the 5 dollars down. It gets them a copy and gets the store more copies to sell overall. Our store is small, and we had about 70+ preorders for Gears of War, and that game was pretty much unattainable for a couple days after launch. For as long as I've bought games I've pre ordered the games I wanted just because I could, it's a nice service, and I'm not saying this to make any game store look good.

in2DarKneSs
in2DarKneSs

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Me buying this is as likely as Tales of Rebirth being brought to north america with english translation.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

This is the worst bundle ever invented. Atleast, since it's the only way to get the system from them it is. If they offered a normal non-bundled system that would be okay. But basically, everyone who can't get a PS3 who was going to get a Wii instead, is now looking at the ability to pay the same amount to GameStop for a cheaper console. But everyone who wanted a Wii because they couldn't afford a PS3 are completely left out. It may be smart from a buisness standpoint, but it's a dirty mean and stupid thing to do to your gamer customers.

chemwizard
chemwizard

I honestly hope nobody is excited about this...some bundle, buy a Wii, get a new controller, Zelda and 5 other games you don't want (plus other "bonus" crap you don't want anyway) all for the low low price of: more than you would pay for them each separately. Nice EB. Really nice.