Zelda Vorverkäufe vor Vice City!

News vom 12-03-03
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Nintendo of America gab heute in einer Pressemitteilung bekannt, dass Zelda: The Wind Waker schon jetzt ein voller Erfolg ist.
So wurden bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt (zwei Wochen vor Release) 560'000 Exemplare von Wind Waker vorbestellt - mehr als GTA Vice City (PS2).

Zelda hat sich damit sogar zum meist vorbestellten Spiel in Nintendos Firmengeschichte gemausert! Natürlich ist das kein Wunder bei einer solchen Vorbestellaktion - die limitierte Vorbestelledition mit dem Zusatz Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest sei beinahe vergriffen.

"Kaze no takuto" (japanischer Titel für Wind Waker) konnte sich in Japan bis Anfang März 750'000mal verkaufen. Mit den vorbestellten Einheiten aus den USA wäre pünktlich zum Release am 24. März die Millionengrenze überschritten. Von der kompletten Zelda-Serie wurden nun gar über 36 Millionen Spiele verkauft. Die PAL-Version erscheint wie geplant am 3. Mai.

Offizielle Pressemitteilung

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker Generates Record Pre-Sell Numbers

March 12, 2003 - Since it was first announced, The Legend of Zelda®: The Wind WakerTM pre-sell program for Nintendo GameCubeTM has captured the hearts and attention of gamers across the country.

Still two weeks from launch, more than 560,000 Zelda fans have reserved their copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and received the nearly sold-out limited-edition disk featuring two playable, full-length games originally for the Nintendo® 64: The Legend of Zelda®: Ocarina of Time®(a) and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest, for a suggested retail price of $49.95. This makes The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo's most successful pre-sell program in history.

"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the most anticipated video game in Electronics Boutique's history based on our pre-orders, even outpacing last year's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," says Jerry Madaio, vice president, merchandising, Electronics Boutique. "And the number of pre-orders is still growing! Clearly, this game's appeal is so wide, that it is a 'must-have' for any Nintendo GameCube owner."

"Given the history of the Zelda series, we expected overwhelming interest, and this solidifies the ever-growing phenomenon and attraction gamers have to the characters and story," explains George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America Inc. "It doesn't matter which system you own, gamers across the world respect and anticipate the launch of any Zelda game and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a killer application that will move hardware."

Launching March 24, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an epic adventure that will have the character Link sailing the high seas and searching for clues to his sister's mysterious disappearance. The game is brought to life with incredible toon-shaded visuals and a unique facial animation system. Link's eyes not only show his emotions but also provide hints and spot danger, inspiring a sense of wonder in players of all ages. Connect the Game Boy® Advance, via the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance cable, and players can summon the mapmaker Tingle to uncover hidden secrets to help Link in his voyage. GU rult [irgendwie]

Thomas Fontana 
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