Nintendo fans rage, profiteers rejoice over ultra-limited Hyrule Warriors edition
Nintendo collectors will go to ridiculous lengths to get their hands on the rarest of the company's games, as anyone who's followed the sky-highpricespaid for Nintendo World Championship cartridges can attest. Today, those collectors have a new collectible to lust after: a limited-edition version of Hyrule Warriors given only to a few hundred patient customers at the Nintendo World Store in New York City this morning.
The limited-edition box, announced earlier this month for the US, is a Nintendo World Store exclusive that includes a copy of the Dynasty Warriors-inspired hack-and-slash game packaged with a blue and gold Zelda-themed scarf. Nintendo didn't allow pre-orders due to "limited" quantities, causing eager fans to start lining up late last night for the midtown Manhattan store's 8am opening.
That line stretched to over 600 people by opening, according to one person on the scene (others simply said it "goes on forever"), but many of those in the line went home without the collectible edition they wanted. Nintendo reportedly made somewhere between 300 and 500 copies available, meaning buyers had to be in line by somewhere between 3:30 and 4am to get a wristband entitling them to a copy, accordingly to tweeted reports from the store. All limited-edition copies were distributed within an hour of the opening, according to a report from fan site Zelda Universe.
Some of those lucky enough to get a copy of the extremely limited-edition box are already trying to turn a profit on the deal. One eBay offering for the package is already up to $233 in bids as of this writing. Other eBay resellers are seeking $500 or even $1,000 Buy It Now prices for their copies. "There were only a few of these made and a lot of people did not get a chance to buy one," one eBay seller writes.Advertisement
While resellers seem happy about the situation, many Nintendo fans are not. "Fun. Didn't get a Hyrule Warriors limited edition... Got here early for nothing," wrote one disappointed tweeter. "I thought I wouldn't have to camp out to get Hyrule Warriors limited edition. Boy was I wrong," wrote another. "I am baffled at how Nintendo apparently thinks the proper amount of units for a limited edition of a Zelda game is 300 for the nation," Wired gaming editor Chris Kohler tweeted.
Others expressed disappointment that Nintendo decided to distribute this limited edition only at its New York City retail store, even though similar limited-edition versions of the game in Europe and Japan were available at many geographically dispersed retailers. "Nintendo, why do you make stupid decisions?" begged one YouTuber in an eight-minute video decrying the decision.
But some looked on the bright side. "Thanks Nintendo, your ill-informed decisions have made it easier on me for oversleeping," as one tweeter put it.
Still others saw the profiteering we're already seeing on eBay as logical. "If anybody actually opens any of the Nintendo world store Hyrule Warriors exclusive. That's just stupidity," Twitter user @Zronium writes. "It's gonna be worth a ton."
A similar collector's edition for Mario Kart 8, with a blue shell figurine, was also available exclusively through the Nintendo World Store earlier this year, but in greater quantities that could be pre-ordered. Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition to the standard edition of Hyrule Warriors that went on sale today, Nintendo offered a special Limited Edition through its Nintendo World Store in New York City. With there being a very limited number of copies available even for those willing to arrive hours early, many walked away without the LE. Worse yet, a reported gaffe in the handling of the launch event may have resulted in some people expecting to receive a copy the store didn't have--leaving eBay as the only place to now get a copy.
The store's official Twitter account announced the Limited Edition's availability earlier this month. "On 9/26 this exclusive Hyrule Warriors bundle goes on sale at 8am only at Nintendo World!" reads a tweet sent out on September 9. A follow-up tweet indicated, "Quantities are limited, due to high demand pre-orders will not be available for this item."
The Limited Edition consists of a copy of the Wii U game, and a special, Zelda-branded scarf. Being in New York City today (or knowing someone who owes you a favor) was the only way to obtain one in the US, much to the chagrin of Zelda fans who live outside of the city.
Fans began lining up well in advance of today's 8 AM opening, as evidenced by firsthand accounts on forums and in videos. The fan-run Zelda Universe Twitter account reported at 7 AM that the line "wraps around three blocks." Wristbands were distributed for the allotment of copies that were available, and according to someone speaking with Wired's Chris Kohler, these were all gone by as early as 3:30 AM.
There was apparently some mistake made with the wristbands, however, with the number of wristbands not matching the number of copies of the Limited Edition the store had on hand, Kohler reported on Twitter. This meant that many of the people who waited, believing they'd get their hands on the LE, were left with no option but to pick up a standard copy. GameSpot spoke with a manager at the Nintendo World Store, who declined to comment on the launch, citing store policy. We've also followed up with Nintendo, but have yet to hear back.
Within a few hours of the Limited Edition selling out, copies appeared on eBay, as is customary for any kind of special edition of a game that is truly limited in quantity. As of this writing, one auction is up to $355 from 20 bids with nearly a full week to go, with two other listings offering buy-it-now prices of $500 and $1,000. These are likely to be the last copies to appear on the site; it's proven to be a way to make large amounts of money for those who get their hands on limited-edition games, as we saw with Destiny earlier this year.
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