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Target is selling copies of Wind Waker HD early

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Over the weekend we got numerous reports from our readers that Target has been selling copies of Wind Waker HD early. Our own Mark Hearn from Xbox One Daily was able to confirm that his local Target even had Wind Waker HD Wii U bundles out for sale, which aren’t supposed to be available until Oct. 4th.

It looks like Target is breaking street date left and right for this title, so if you want a physical copy, find a Target. You’re out of luck if you wanted a limited edition bundle with the Ganondorf figure, as those were only sold at GameStop and GameStop isn’t breaking street date as far as we’re aware.

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  • bizzy gie

    Woo! Hoo! RAID TARGET LIKE SAVAGES!!!!!

  • Elitepwnsface

    Ok, i was hoping i could pick up my preorder at gamestop. Sad day =(. But i think its cool when stet dates are broken. Especially since the product is already at the retailer.

  • Wiiluigi

    Preordered my bundle soon as I heard about it. So I’m in luck. They sold out fast on that one.

    Sidenote uh what’s up with the double posts? am I doing something wrong?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      It just appears to be a double post. It’s actually only single posting. Carry on like normal until we can figure out what’s up with Disqus.

      • Wiiluigi

        Got it thanks!

  • Mark

    Actually the street date for the wii u special edition was 9/20. That’s when I got mine. It only had a digital copy of the game. Oct 4 is street date for the disk.

    • Orange Lada

      I got digital too. Who wants to screw with disks (although I will, when there are price discrepancies – FAR TOO OFTEN), and I got to play early.

      Not to mention… not ever having played Zelda before – this game is GREAT! Definitely a MUST HAVE title!!

      • Arthur Jarret

        I want discs

        They’re collectible, re-sellable, cheaper to be found online than digital versions, quicker to get (well, I live across the street from a mall with three gamestores, so that might just be me) and since blu-ra… erm, proprietary disc format – they are scratch-proof and generally last longer than any Harddrive, internal or external.

        • SonicLucario

          Yea I like discs a lot, even cartridges because I love collecting my games, I don’t want my hardrive to crap out and then all my games lost.

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    really wow.. im gonna go there right now if call them if this is real lol.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    I got a few games early from GameStop, so this isn’t anything new. Happens a lot.

    • beerkin

      Your avatar matches your tone. Very interesting.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I know, it’s very awesome.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        The nothingness on your avatar matches your tone. Not that interesting.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          My thoughts exactly.

        • beerkin

          Geez. Somebody needs to get laid. Judging by your avatar that could be a pretty difficult task to undergo. Lighten up you douche.

    • david jarman

      Still exciting for a lot of us on here and these stores pay a fine if they get caught releasing something before street dates(of course that’s up to publishers if they want to fine them). So, they must see it worth it.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I have no idea if the ones that I’ve been to paid any fine or not. I would assume they did, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve gotten away with it.

        • david jarman

          That you are right my friend.

  • hikkerd

    we, from belgium need to pay at least 60 euros for the game, that is like 15 euros more than you americans

  • bakedapplepie

    The Wii U/ WW bundles were released on Sep.20th. Picked mine up from Best Buy.

  • Guest

    The walmart near me had the wind Waker bundle out 2 weeks ago!

  • cole nichols

    The walmart near me had the wind Waker bundle out 2 weeks ago.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Shh… Don’t tell anyone I told you but I am getting my limited edition with the Ganondorf figurine tonight. My sister-in-law works for Gamestop and she pre-ordered it for me and the stock was delivered yesterday I am told and her boss is letting her take my copy and my brother’s copy tonight since they are paid off.

    • Wiiluigi

      Lucky!!!! Let us know if the cover is reversible.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Yey! I did get my N64 the same way. One week ahed of its official release :)

    • brian murphy

      thats what they did for my gta 5 i got mine on friday the 13th but if anyone wants the gannondorf now there online only for gamestop

    • Razo_E

      I bought my PS2 when it first came out similar to this. My brother’s friend who worked at Best Buy was told to randomly set up little cash registers in the corner, and ring people up for PS2s. It was insane, it felt like a drug deal. He called us up a few minutes before closing, and we snuck in.

  • beerkin

    I’ll sell my LE w figurine for 200 dollars if anyone is interested…….HA! Seriously though. I ordered the LE then had zero control and need immediate gratification. So I downloaded it.

  • Ace J

    the Fred Myers here in Tacoma, WA were selling WWHD bundles since last week

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    Someone’s going to get Nintendo’d …

  • Tobias Naustdal

    i got my Wind Waker Limited edition today ;)

  • Miles “Tails” Prower

    It’s only $50? I thought it was $60. Guess I can save 10 dollars almost. :D

    • Jon

      the game is $50, it costs $60 if you got the limited edition ganondorf bundle.

      • Miles “Tails” Prower

        What’s in the bundle?

        • rp17

          Ganondorf, duh :)

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            I should have known XD
            That’s pretty cool. Did you pre order a copy to get the ganondorf action figure? :0

          • rp17

            Nah, I personally don’t like Zelda. (WWHD would definitely be be the first on my list though.)

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            I’m not all that into Zelda either, but this one will probably be my favorite from the looks of it.

    • Denvy

      Only? It should be 40 or less. Not exactly a new game or one with extensive new content.

      • Miles “Tails” Prower

        Well actually they did change some things. Like adding a feature where you can interact with other players somehow,( can’t remember exactly) and they’ve add a hard mode, but I can see where you are coming from with it being $50.

        • Denvy

          Hardly worth investing additional money when the original game is fine. For newbies, yeah, highly recommended

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            Well by newbies do you mean kids or for people just getting into the series. I can tell you now XD I’ve never played WW. I thought this would be the perfect time.

          • Denvy

            I meant those who never got to play this game 10 years ago and/or don’t own it already

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            Yep I fall into that category. I think the game looks fun. I tried playing majoras mask…yeah…wasn’t the best game to start with. For me at least.

          • Denvy

            Wind Waker is among my favorites in the series. You will enjoy it! I just can’t justify rebuying it myself until I hit a good sale or something

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            That’s good to hear about the game. At first I was unsure about buying it but many have recommended it. The only way I could really see you buying the game is for the HD but I’d probably wait for a price drop for that matter.x]

          • Denvy

            Keep in mind it is a little shorter than some of the other games. 6 main dungeons I think, but heck of a lot of fun :)

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            Well I’m sure those 6 dungeons are full of puzzles!

          • gamerinexile

            Not very many people bought wind waker. Nearly the entire gaming world are “newbies” to this game, so yeah, there’s a lot of ground to be broken with the new version. And nobody’s forcing you to buy it, or any game, for that matter. Do you actually think most brand new games are worth anywhere near the retail price? I personally don’t.

          • Denvy

            Game sold pretty well, I believe over 4 million copies. I don’t buy that most of the gaming community (Zelda and Nintendo fans more specifically) are new to the game. Some are, yes. No, most brand new games are not worth their MSRP, however, games that take 60+ hours to burn though typically are too me. Regardless, I wait for sales.

          • gamerinexile

            According to wikipedia, wind waker sold 3.07 million copies, which nintendo even stated was below expectations. But even if it had sold twice that number, there are hundreds of millions if not billions of people who play games, so a very small percentage of the gaming world has actually played that game. Get it?

          • Denvy

            Wikipedia source, no comment. But below expectation does not make it a commercial failure. Besides, are you really saying that since there are billions of potential players in the world, all games should be remade? Barely anyone played OoT then too as well as pretty much every game nowadays. Why not “remake” the entire Cube catalog since no one played? Don’t get me wrong, I love the Wind Waker, but after the initial investment in the Cube version, this isn’t offering anything new. I can’t justify $50 on this. A sale, yes, I might consider picking it up, but I think Nintendo could have hit a sweeter spot for pricing.

          • gamerinexile

            Holy shit, man. It’s a simple straight forward point. Very few people have played wind waker. There are many, many potential new AND old customers out there who may be willing to buy this game. There is no broader discussion here about any other points, related or otherwise.

      • Gregg

        The entire game is rebuilt from the ground up. It’s ALL new.

        • Denvy

          Wow, really? New dungeons? New items and weapons? Treasures rearranged and new storyline elements? I had this game completely wrong…

  • Merrfn

    Only 2 more days…

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      SHOW SOME EXCITEMENT! JEEZUZ!

      • Merrfn

        I am more expressing exasperated excitement. Only, two, more, days…

  • Ac7iVe

    Went to target and they haven’t even got their shipment yet…

  • Miles “Tails” Prower

    Maybe after a while they’ll have it or you’ll just have to wait 2 more days ^^’

  • Jon

    I already got mine pre-ordered with the ganondorf figure at EB games.

  • Zuxs13

    I will patiently wait for my Limited Edition version on Friday.

  • Jacob T. Plante

    Target = Opposite of Tesco! XP

  • Javed Grewal

    DARN IT. I WENT TO TARGET JUST NOW AND THEY DIDN’T SELL IT TO ME :( I SAW IT IN THE FLESH, SHINY GOLD BOXART ARGHHHHH

  • Landesca

    The bundle wasn’t just being sold at Target. My friend got the Wii U bundle at Best Buy monday night.

  • http://taiyokun94.deviantart.com/ Keaton

    oooooo, I’m telling nintendo on youuuuuuuuuuu.

  • NkoSekirei

    stfu u dam troll u microsoft douchebag

    • xXbox4EverXx

      wow, calm down u butthurt fanboy, im telling the truth. Mr.Iwata and friends need to do something about the weak u instead of standing there doing nothing but postpone games

      • 00EpicGamer00

        I think you need to learn some proper grammar…..yeah umm, you’re living proof why the world doesn’t need an Xbone. It seems it has already started to make people stupid.

        • xXbox4EverXx

          Hahahaha, NICE ONE!

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Thanks :3

        • xXbox4EverXx

          It’s like grammer nazi is the only good comeback people have now… what a shame.

          • Davor Peterlin

            Both of you failed, it’s “grammar, lol :L

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Sorry about that. I’m typing on an IPad, and it messes up sometimes.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Oh, okay, I didn’t know you wanted other reasons why you’re a failure. Gammar isn’t the only thing you lack. :)

            You lack many things. The big thing being, intelligence.

      • WellWisher

        Lol this guy’s funny. I like the bit where he said the X1 was good looking.

        • DarkLegacy

          To tell you the truth, I don’t think that the Xbox One is good looking but it sounds like an epic fail

      • Gregg

        Just a guess. You are 12

  • ShadowKnight7

    I just gotta say this… I wish Nintendo would of remade the Original Luigi’s Mansion instead of Wind Waker. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m grateful for windwaker HD… It’s just that, well… With it supposedly being “the year of Luigi”… I expected a lot more of “Luiginess” in store for this Year. Releasing “Luigi’s Mansion HD” and Luigi’s mansion 2 together would of been cool. But that’s just my opinion.

    • Gregg

      But Luigi Mansion for 3DS blows the original away. I LOVE the original, but, it was a very short and simple game compared to New Moon. Plus… ZELDA.

      • ShadowKnight7

        Well, honestly… I thought Dark Moon was fun, but I still like the Original better. I thought Nintendo toned it down a little and made it more “kid friendly”. I mean, I still liked it, but the original was more… well… intense and suspenseful. It had a “darker” feeling to it. That changed with Dark Moon.

  • hahahero

    Hey, has anyone ever pre-ordered a game off amazon? Does it arrive on the release date? If not, how long after?

    • Mitch Hall

      If you select release-day shipping, it arrives on the release date. If you choose regular shipping, it typically arrives 3-5 business days after release.

      Release day shipping doesn’t cost much, though. I’m doing it with the PS4, and the total was a little less than $10 extra.

      • hahahero

        Hmmm, don’t remember having that option. Just tried to change it and didn’t see it. Thanks tho

  • Savlep

    My local Wal-Mart has had the bundles and hard copies since it was available on the Eshop as a download, so for a couple weeks now.. I didn’t even know that the release date wasn’t until October.

  • Aleks

    Tried a Walmart and Target in ATL and no dice. The employees were confused and DID almost sell to me. The game was on the shelf at both locations. Almost.

  • Shelim Uddin

    Friday bitches!

  • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

    I wen to my local target. They had them out and right when they scanned it they told me I couldn’t have it until he 4th..argh.

    • jake

      They have to sell it too you dude….I worked at Target for 2 years……Any store like kmart target walmart shopko if they have it on the shelf with a price, they have to sell it too you, if they do not, request a gift card. the store gets the money back and you get a free game.

      Not to mention kmart here in wisconsin screwed up luigis mansion dark moon, it was put on the 19.99 rack and had a price of 19.99+ tax, they had to give it too me for that price cause it was there screwup.

      You must of either had a manager or somebody who likes there job tell you you cannot have the game.

      I think they get like a 500$-+ fine for selling before street date.

      • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

        I use to work at a Target like 6 years ago but I didn’t really know the policies that well. I was only seasonal. I also live in Wisconsin! I live in Madison.

        I should have asked for a gift card but it’s alright. I didn’t feel like making a scene. I had just gotten out of work and wanted to pick up a sketch pad lol.

        • BIG Franky

          FWIW, when i was there and took the picture…. the staff in the dept. sold two copies right in front of me. so not sure what kind of douchebags were tryign to pull a power trip on you.

          • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

            Damn. I really wanted it. It looked sexy & shiny in it’s gold foil haha

        • jake

          Haha i live in Oshkosh lol

          Im from Milwaukee Though

          Wisconsin is unrecognized for its many gamers lol.

    • Igor

      I would so not give it back.

  • Guest

    I thought it was 49.99??

    • Andrew Chambers

      It is, that’s the price of ZombiU. I’m not sure why it’s so expensive there, ZombiU is only $30 at my Target. I’m guessing someone forgot to update the price sticker.

    • gamerinexile

      It is. Look closer.

  • Chris

    I worked in retail a looonnng time ago and if anything is rung up before the release date, the system won’t actually let you sell “that” item.

    I also went to Target and saw it in the flesh but their system caught it when they tried to ring me up, “tried”. It’s literally impossible for them to sell you that exact item.

  • Hulkamania

    I already bought the Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle from Best Buy over a week ago.

    • Quicksilver88

      The bundle official date was Sept 20th because it included the download version so no violation there.

  • Christopher Acuna

    poor you.

  • Hulkamania

    You’ll be the only one playing that piece of shit lol

    Thats why its called “Xbox One”

  • david jarman

    I hope that thing catches you doing something illegal and sends your ass to jail where you can sit and stew about this run-on sentence.

  • me

    Nobody sees THE price of zombieu 59,99 stupid price

  • Rinslowe

    Naughty naughty Target… ;P

  • TheSidgee

    Pre-ordered online. Got it in the mail yesterday. oh yea!

  • mrjoedawgbrother

    So, I went into my Target, because of this article, and the system wouldn’t let the sales associate sell it to me. Kept flashing a “Street Date Violation” on the screen. Then he got in trouble, because it sent a red flag to security. Whoops.

    • mrjoedawgbrother

      And clearly, i’m not the only one who tried this….

  • Prince Ali

    The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle has been available since Sept 20th in the US, so if the Target is in the US, its not being sold early. It releases at the same time as the eShop version and the price drop.

    The disc though is not to come out til Oct 4th and their system should prevent a sale from being made. I always hate it when stores put up games on their shelves before the street date…

  • 504HotBoy

    I try to buy a copy at Target yesterday and when the girl scanned it. She said can’t sell it to you. It’s not suppose to be out till the 4th. Then she asked another employee, who put these out for sale. I was disappointed. Well just one more day.

  • Ralph Ortiz

    Any decent people here kind enough to tell everyone that you can’t sell a game before its street date? I should have known better cuz I was at Best Buy last year waiting for the midnight release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter on PC. Best Buy staff had to wait at least 5 minutes after midnight before they took care of my pre-order just to make sure they don’t violate any rules ‘cuz according to the store manager that I’ve talked to… “We can be fined up to $10,000 for a single violation selling a game prior to the release date”. It’s illegal. Anyway, I went to two Target outlets this morning after I dropped off my daughter to school. Yes, the Zelda game is in the store display but as soon as the game is scanned in the counter a message pops up on the screen that “it cannot be sold before 10/4/2012. Target do sell the game cheaper at $49.99.

    This article by ashley King is misleading & should be taken off ASAP.

  • lobster

    Anyone actually able to walk out of the store (Target) with a copy today? called my local and they said yes we have it for sale….

  • Ricky__Spanish

    Ill get mine tomorrow. No rush

  • catsby

    Holy shit i cannot Believe the price tag on this game. The game is OLD nothing can change that. Greedy Nintendo just updated the textures and Selling it like a new game, Hell dolphin can do the same thing with textures. This is crazy!

    • Quicksilver88

      You have obviously not been following the development of this game they did not just update the textures…..the game is more of a reboot version. Game has been updated to true 16×9 1080P and runs @ 60fps tweaks have been made to the sailing as well as the final tri-force collecting mission. MiiVerse integration was added with the in game message in a bottle. I have purchased various ps2 updates on ps3 and they were lame but this is a worthy remake of a game that never really was popular on GC…so sure price could be lower but the critical review is already excellent and I and many others are looking forward to replaying this game.

      • catsby

        MiiVerse.. yeah but does that even add anything to the game? Not really, I read you can find bottles with letters in from random players..
        There is not enough for a 59 Euro price tag (game,gamestop sweden)

        • Quicksilver88

          Well I won’t argue with you on 59 euros because that is what like $80 US…..I think you guys get hosed on game prices over their in general as a game like Zelda WW would probably be more attractive at 30 euros. It was priced $50 retail in the US which is $10 cheaper than typical new release and you can get it thru the eShop with the deluxe digital promotion for $45. You really should see it before judging it though because they did a beautiful job on the update and with its artistic style its a game that really deserves get an HD makeover…..I played it on GC back a decade or more ago but a lot of people didn’t because remember at the time it was considering ‘cartoony’ and all that. We all have a gaming budget and have to make choices for what we like the most……people were complaining Pikman and W101 were only 20 hours long but I just saw were the new Batman’s story mode is only 12 hours. I am not spending full price for a game that is done is 12 hours and has little replay value so I feel for your position….meanwhile someday (like 2015) we will get a new Zelda and the one for 3DS looks awesome.

  • Peter Paul

    Nintendo please Stop making Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and Luigi games. Spend the time and money to make original games. This is why Wii U sells are low. 30 years of Mario. Boring!

  • devmiles

    the price in europe is insane, 55 euro’s for a copy and 69 euro’s for the special ganondorf edition (which i bought) to compare: pikmin 3 was 37 euro’s. this is an updated game, looks beautiful but still..why so expensive. they would sell more if they do it for 39 ..kinda lame nintendo