Japanese GameCube Zelda to be sold online only

Famitsu.com reveals that the current-gen edition of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be available through online purchase only.

It has been a long, tough road for GameCube loyalists eagerly anticipating one of the system's last big titles, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. After causing huge lines at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game was noticeably AWOL from this year's E3, replaced instead by its Wii counterpart. Then Nintendo confirmed that the GameCube edition of the game, which had already been delayed, wouldn't release November 19 alongside the Wii version (and the Wii itself) as previously announced. Instead, the GameCube version was to follow some weeks later in December.

The winding saga of Twilight Princess' voyage to the GameCube took another twist today, as Famitsu.com is reporting that the Japanese current-gen edition of the title will be available only through online purchase from Nintendo's Web site. According to Famitsu.com, preorders for the title will begin November 6 in Japan, and the game will ship on or after December 2. The price, including tax, will be 6,800 yen, or about $57.

Nintendo of America representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment and confirmation of the company's US launch plans for the GameCube Twilight Princess.

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385 comments
diablobasher
diablobasher

This game is better on the Cube, it actually uses a good portion of the Cubes power, as well as not having crap swordfighting controls. The Wii version is a joke in terms of what the Wii can actually do, im ashamed to have paid full price for it, i should've waited, oh well, Virtual Console and wiisports are still very very fun, and shall continue to be for some time.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Either way what is the differnce of getting a game for the wii if its on the game cube too... I would rent it on both of them first then make a decision... but I think the only difference is, well on this game you on the wii can actually control the aiming.. and no the new smash bros you will have to use a game cube controller to play the game from what I heard but hey I must get the wii too... ther are a few sweet nintendo exclusives that are coming out especiall smash bros brawl that will be awesome

barnold81
barnold81

Getting the US version hasn't been easy either. I just ordered a copy for myself and my sister online this week. Can't wait. . .

gamnedude64
gamnedude64

the japenese people are going to be pissed about this

foolwestcoast33
foolwestcoast33

millions of dollars to develop a game? come on disfalling you dont have to be a game journalist to figure out that it doesnt cost millions to make a great selling game one exception to this could halo and maybe companys go over a million on advertising if they're that dedicated but other then that pcp is a bad drug

disfalling
disfalling

people whining about how "it's all about the money"... it costs millions of dollars to produce a game. yes, it is all about the money. and it makes sense. 1: people that don't pay too much attention might grab the gc zelda for their wii, and nintendo is definitely more worried about the wii than the gamecube, which makes sense. 2: only people who really want the gc zelda will get it. yea, it seems crappy, but most people will just say "damn, i guess i have to buy a wii", and nintendo will be happy. of course, in america, flub-a-dub.

lavalleema
lavalleema

Sucks to live in Japan. I just bought this yesterday (12/13/06) at Best Buy for $40. Just one more reason why the USA rocks. Go Hawks!

Pdiddydov
Pdiddydov

I bought the gc version in best buy today, its obvi in stores

wickerman2004
wickerman2004

wow - how about putting some effort into updating the news??? this is over 2 months old....you haven't even tried to update this, there's been news worthy of posting - you just haven't tried. bad gamespot, bad!

wickerman2004
wickerman2004

wow - how about putting some effort into updating the news??? this is over 2 months old....you haven't even tried to update this, there's been news worthy of posting - you just haven't tried. bad gamespot, bad!

shazaila
shazaila

I just got my copy. Oh well, getting it offline can't be that bad can it?

jebusforcezone
jebusforcezone

2 More days until i get my zelda on gamecube but i dunno my sister is getting a wii 4 x-mas i probably get it on wii probably

Built
Built

honestly... if i was to get a wii and zelda for x-mas... i wouldnt wait, ill just open it up and play it instead of putting it under da tree....

chrissantos
chrissantos

i dunno... bestbuy in, in this week's paper, said that they would have it in-store, sooo....

Sperry1989
Sperry1989

I really want this game...maybe I'll get it for the Wii also....if i get a Wii. But I definitely agree with Comedyco. I think it would be a big mistake for Nintendo to just push this game aside.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I already have a Wii and Zelda ready for X-Mas. I also have to agree with some of the stuff Comedyco mentioned.

Younggun135
Younggun135

heh i was going to get game cube version.... but im getting a wii for X-Mas......... so... wii version it is!

DEZITH
DEZITH

looks like i gotta shell out the cash for the wii...theres no way im gonna wait this long for a gamecube game then have to get it online...cmon =\

Comedyco
Comedyco

I've been waiting for this game. Even though my 360 is far superior to my dusty, old gamecube, I've still been waiting. I've been waiting for about a year now, I've gone through the summer when we were told it was coming to the Wii. This made no difference because it seemed like if anything, the Wii was just going to be a way to sell more, and come AFTER the orignal Gamecube announcement. However that's not the way it turned out. The Wii gained control over our GAMECUBE Zelda. It was intended to be for GC. Not for Wii. I then went through more screens, video, info, looked great. Went through the release of it on Wii, knowing that it should have been on GC first, and now this. I don't mind buying it online. Not one bit. However, I do mind the fact that Nintendo has slapped this GC version around and around. The next step is cancellation. It's not a critical deal: It only being sold on the internet, but the fact that they aren't releasing it all around the world to vendors, shows that they don't want to waste time, and money shipping it around, with not much in the way of profit. All they really make is more Nintendo fans respect, the one's that don't want a Wii. I guess that doesn't really matter to them. Has Microsoft abandoned the Original Xbox yet? No! Many games are still coming out on Xbox. Granted, it's making money and that's probably the only reason why, but look at the GBA. Nintendo would have left that in the dust just like the GC, if it wasn't making as much money as it is. Many people don't like the DS and stick with the gamecube. Ironic? Many people don't like the Wii and want this LAST game one the Gamcube. So what'a difference? The GBA is making money. I use to think Nintendo was above that. That quality was the most important thing, that it wasn't all about the money. It's easy to make that mistake, they mask this drive with cheap prices on their stuff,. All those movie based games? You think Nintendo has those games on it's system for quality games. It's another way to get money from those crappy movie-game adaption companies such as THQ and EA. You soon learn that all, ALL big Companies main goal is money. I'm all for next gen. I already have a better next gen system than PS3 or Wii, however, they have practically abandoned a game that Nintendo announced years ago FOR THE GAMECUBE. Not for the Wii. The truth is, this game is going to end up getting a much better rating on the Gamecube. Many of the reviewers have already said that the controls are okay but don't feel any more realistic than a regular analog controller. Nintendo knows this, and they also know that it's not going to matter how good it is money wise because GC is practically dead. Why can't they go out with a bang? Stop lessening this game, give it more hype, and realease it, ACTUALLY realease it. It might not bring in a whole lot of profit for them, but it would be loyal to the fans who have been waiting. As for me, this will be my last Nintendo Console game for a long time, and I hope to get my hands on it, even with the ridiculous 57 dollar price tag; three dollars short of a next gen price, what does that suggest?

Insanitymanitee
Insanitymanitee

I have a Wii, but I don't plan on getting the game any time soon. Don't know why, but Zelda series has never really appealled.

_TheJoker_
_TheJoker_

That's strange. And to answer poi102, I don't have a wii, and maybe I don't want to have a wii, why would I buy the wii with zelda TP when I can only buy Zelda, wich is the same game? only 250 -

gamer984
gamer984

why is it only sold online?

poi102
poi102

why would you want it for the gc when you can get it for the wii?

bulldawgs50
bulldawgs50

I'm glad I pre-ordered. I really want the Wii version more than the GCN, I guess I'll get both...

Wiitendo64
Wiitendo64

Wow this is old news, IGN reported on this about a month or two ago. Geez I was scared that North America would also sell it online only as well. (Not that it matters to me since ill get it for the Wii but I dont want the fans who bought a Gamecube jus for this game to be disapointed.) Well anyways I jus hope that everybody is happy and can enjoy the latest and greatest Zelda game.

great_punisher
great_punisher

uuuhhh to bad..... well in my own case i got mine on my new WII

SPANNER-MAN
SPANNER-MAN

Because they don't want the wii and this is not about the this is about the dam Gamecube version of Zelda. But no thanks to nintendo now i have to wait for even longer for the dam game, and no i'm not going to buy a system just for one game and yes the only game i like from nintendo i zelda. I know they want there wii to sell yes, but that's not fair for the gamecube version of zelda that's been put off over and over again. I want my zelda for the cube.

FortuneC00kie
FortuneC00kie

I don't understand why people are even thinking that Twilight Princess is the only good title on the Wii...I mean...there are several at this point. LOZ Trauma Center Rayman (I've gotten excellent feedback from customers on this game) DBZ T2 Red Steel (If you can get over the somewhat glitchy controls) Super Monkey Ball (I'm not a fan, but I've been hearing good things) Metal Slug Anthology (Coming soon) Elebits (Honestly...I don't know anything about it...looks kinda cool though) Others... The system had an excellent launch, why are people second guessing buying a Wii?

Ced_Quijote
Ced_Quijote

probably won't even reach us european residents... one thing for sure though... I'm not paying 300 dollars for a zelda game alone. GC or nothing. (nothing being my 360...) mastermune89> (nice avatar.) a lot of people don't wanna get a wii just for one game, or spend the money in the first place.

kiddoom93
kiddoom93

i might pick up a gamecube tand get some good games and if i do i will definetaly pick this one up with re4

ChucklesMginty
ChucklesMginty

this game is about about the only thing coming out on the gamecube nothing has come out on the gamecube this year all games now are on xbox, x360 and PS2. I'm hoping that more games will come out on the Wii as well that are on xbox360 and PS3 but I kinda doubt it.

sh4d0wc4st3r
sh4d0wc4st3r

whatever. nothing bad about buying it online

caveturd
caveturd

uh.....WHAT THE HECK?! OOOOOOH. It's only japan. Close one, eh?

Evilfixxor
Evilfixxor

Because Nintendo will start ignoring the GC... there hasn't been anything good for the GC since they announced the Wii... Nintendo strategy... ignore the system not yet dead for the one making the most $$ or the new ones...

biff00912
biff00912

ok notice how its says JAPAN not US so we will have it for the cube:)

LinkCraZ6421
LinkCraZ6421

nintendo is reely pissing me off. ive had this game reserved for nearly two years, before i heard they were making it for the wii. and now they pull this crap. and since ther r no reserves left for the wii version its gonna be nearly impossible to get. cmon nintendo.

kafuffle
kafuffle

lol, why are there so many upset people outside of japan? i have no doubt that the vast majority of japanese people have an internet connection. if it was feasible here in north america they would probably do it here. not only that, but without packaging and discs, the game will sell for less than going to a store to buy it would cost people... they are not forcing anyone to buy a wii, they are saying "We are releasing this game for the wii, and in Japan there is next to nobody without an internet connection. So, in order for us to conserve costs and still market this game to those who will continue to use their Gamecubes for some time, we will offer it online to those who wish to play it on the current generation system." Think about it people...

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

Most of people getting Twilight Princess will get the Wii version anyway. Its not that bad I mean look at Electroplankton that game was sold only online and I don't see anyone complaining about that.

mastermune89
mastermune89

you know what would be nice?If Instead of a seperate GC game,why not just give the option of plugging in a GC controller and play it that way,If you wanted?

mierdahp
mierdahp

What's everyone so mad about, its called business, and they want you to get the Wii, not the cube version (duh); oh, and if youre really mad about it, never buy nintendo products ever again, simple as that, its your job as a customer to make companies make good products and decision. Capitalism people, capitalism.

Halo_Forever
Halo_Forever

Well, then try to port a game with X360 visuals to the Xbox and then say that. You see the X360 and PS3 don't use previous gen tech like the Wii does, so it is a lot easier to have the game on both platforms.