Press Release: Skyward Sword Bundle

Skyward Sword to come with gold Wii Remote Plus, soundtrack disc.

By Andrew Hsieh. Posted 08/29/2011 11:11 5 Comments     ShareThis

Like Goldeneye 007 before it, it looks like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will touch down on November 20 bundled with a golden controller. (Not actually made of gold, but rather gold-colored, as the press release is quick to tell us.) (But you knew that.) This time it’s a Wii Remote Plus, in lieu of a golden disc or cartridge– understandable, considering a golden controller is certainly bound to attract more attention than a golden disc. Of course, not much can beat the gold-colored cartridges that the The Legend of Zelda series has been known to release ever since the NES version of The Legend of Zelda, but we’ll take what we can get in the disc age. Though, really, a golden DS cartridge for Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks would have been nice.

For people who don’t want to buy the Skyward Sword bundle, every initial-run game also comes with a special The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert Special CD, which will, shockingly, highlight specific tracks from the upcoming 25th anniversary orchestra concert that Shigeru Miyamoto announced at E3. While this isn’t quite up to the standards of such companies as Atlus, who continuously throw full soundtrack discs into every DS and PSP release they publish, it’s still a nice touch for Nintendo, considering the company doesn’t usually do this kind of thing. We’re certainly not complaining.

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Nintendo also released some miscellaneous release dates for a nice autumn release calendar, including Tetris: Axis (3DS; Oct. 2), and Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS; Oct. 17). They join Pokémon Rumble Blast (3DS; Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land (November) and Mario Kart 7 (December) for quite the first-party effort this fall. Tetris: Axis promises to have over 20 different play modes (“some familiar, some new”) while the Layton game begins a prequel trilogy set three years before Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Looks like the DS will have to keep chugging along then, if just to let Layton’s trilogy play out!

Full release below:

Aug. 29, 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Highlights a Golden Autumn for Nintendo Games

Dates and Details Revealed on Zelda Bundle with Gold Controller, New Tetris and Professor Layton Titles

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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Leaves won’t be the only things turning gold this fall as Nintendo prepares to launch an extraordinary lineup of games for its Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS game systems. At a recent meeting of GameStop retail store managers from across the United States, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt revealed new details about upcoming releases for several fan-favorite franchises:

  • A special limited-edition The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bundle containing the game and a gold* Wii Remote Plus controller will be available when the game launches on Nov. 20.
  • Also for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, every copy in the initial production of the game will come packaged with a special music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.
  • Nintendo will launch the upcoming Tetris®: Axis game for Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 2.
  • The Professor Layton and the Last Specter game for the Nintendo DS family of systems will launch Oct. 17.

“Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the pick-up-and-play puzzle fun of Tetris: Axis or the mind-bending adventure of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, we’ve got you covered.”

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit

The original portable Tetris® game was a smash hit on the Game Boy system. The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses. The game includes more than 20 different modes – some familiar, some new. Up to eight players can compete in wireless multiplayer battles, even if only one player has a game card**. Tetris: Axis also makes use of the augmented-reality and SpotPass features of Nintendo 3DS. Tetris: Axis is part of a stirring fall lineup for Nintendo 3DS that also includes Pokémon Rumble Blast (launching Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land (November) and Mario Kart 7 (December).

Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS family of systems is the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. It begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games, set three years before the events in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. The game contains more puzzles than any in the series to date. As a North American exclusive to the overall Professor Layton and the Last Specter package, a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life containing more than 100 hours of additional content will be available to players from the start of the game.

Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

* Note that the gold controller will simply be gold in color and will not contain any actual precious metals.

** Multiplayer mode requires multiple Nintendo 3DS systems, each sold separately.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wiihome console, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 3.7 billion video games and more than 600 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCubesystems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

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