Posted by Raine Hutchens on May 2, 2011

Rumor: Ocarina of Time 3DS Will Receive Limited Initial Shipment

On the Japanese retail news site Sinobi a post was received that reports Nintendo as having a slightly awkward strategy of releasing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS. The post was translated by Andriasang, and it notes the initial shipments of the game being intentionally small. Actually, their shipments are going to be “extremely small” according to Nintendo. On top of this, the company is not letting retailers order extra units of the game. This basically means that if you don’t have a copy pre-ordered, you won’t be getting one.

Apparently Nintendo is doing this in response to the issue they had with Zelda: Spirit Tracks. It seems that too many units of the game got shipped, and most of them ended up in sale bins on retailers’ floors. Of course most games will end up in bargain bins sooner or later, but this situation came much sooner than expected by Nintendo Japan.

This may seem a bit unusual, but I can see where Nintendo has a point. They don’t want to make a game that will end up directly in a sale bin. That being said, the Ocarina of Time remake is that of one of the best games ever made. Could it possibly not be a hit? How many of you are waiting on it?


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