These might be quiet times for Wii owners, but there's always a new "Zelda" game to lift everyone's spirits. Yes, "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" will undoubtedly cause many Wiis to be dusted off for one last big hurrah before we settle into the pre-Wii U days, and in order to make the release slightly more special, Nintendo is putting out a limited edition of the game. For $70 ($20 more than the usual Wii game price), the limited edition of "Skyward Sword" will include a gold Wii remote with Wii Motion Plus built in. And, while they're at it, they're also throwing in a CD with performances from the upcoming 25th anniversary "Zelda" concert, which will be travelling around the globe in 2012.
The news made me realize that while just about every major release gets a limited edition, Nintendo has remained pretty adamantly against the concept. Sure, they've released limited edition bundles and given out pre-order bonuses, but when was the last time you saw a Nintendo game released with bonus goods from an added price? What's next, cloth maps of the Mushroom Kingdom for "Super Mario 3D Land"? An all-you-can-eat buffet voucher for "Kirby's Return to Dream Land"?
In addition to the "Zelda" news, Nintendo also revealed the release dates of two upcoming titles. "Tetris: Axis" will bring the Russian puzzle game to the 3DS for the first time on October 2, while Professor Layton's next journey, "Professor Layton and the Last Specter," will drop on the DS on October 17. That "Layton" game might be of particular interest as it includes a seperate RPG called "Professor Layton's London Life," which, Nintendo claims, has 100 hours of gameplay stuffed into it.