Rumor: Nintendo limiting number of 3DS Zelda: Ocarina of Time copies

Sinobi Blog, a reputable source of leaked Japanese videogame retail information, reports that the number of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on 3DS copies that Nintendo is manufacturing is incredibly small. What's more, Nintendo is reportedly refusing to let retailers set their own order sizes, and will be shipping the game in predetermined small quantities to stores regardless of shelf space.

The move makes sense in Japan, where orders for the DS Zelda: Spirit Tracks greatly exceeded demand. By the beginning of the summer, copies of the game were marked down to less than 500 Yen (less than $5) at every major retail outlet in the country. Spirit Tracks didn't face a similar problem in the west, so it's unlikely that the western runs of OoT 3DS will be as limited.

The game comes out June 16 in Japan, June 17 in Europe, and June 19 in the US.

Source: AndriaSang

May 2, 2011

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  • Spybreak8 - May 5, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    I don't understand the reasoning at all, Spirit Tracks was a sequel to a game that pissed off a lot of people. Ocarina of Time is one of the highest held games of all time, why the hell would they limit the supply. F u
  • AuthorityFigure - May 3, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Challenge: Name a DS title released within 3 months of the systems launch that didn't end up in a bargain bin:______________________ Even the (more?) important Super Mario 64 DS was slashed just as quick as Ping Pals. It is inevitable that it will resort to a cheap price because the only alternative is to limit their own sales numbers.
  • shawksta - May 3, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    Thats why I pre-ordered it back when I got my 3DS! @ManiacalMuphin Heck no, Spirit Tracks is awesome, it Surpasses Phantom Hourglass and its Gameplay is supposed to be unique just like every zelda game, If its the trains, dont let it throw you off, its suprisingly addicting
  • ChiChiRocket - May 3, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    At times like these, I'm glad I pre-ordered months ago.
  • Cyberninja - May 2, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    @ManiacaMuphin ST is a great game but after everyone bought their copy they still had tons of extras.
  • FVDub - May 2, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    @ ManiacalMuphin That seems like an overreaction. It wasn't up to awesome Zelda quality, but it didn't suck.
  • ManiacalMuphin - May 2, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    That probably has something to do with the fact that Spirit Track was an incredibly shitty game.
  • ChrisCultista - May 2, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Nintendo just got a +10 to their asshole points.
  • 4fromK - May 2, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    almost had a heart attack before I realised this only applies to japan... everyone but crabhand should read more carefully that said, totes preorderin now just in case.
  • TheKey - May 2, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    That picture makes me cringe, since it's a great game. I can say the same for the one to the left of it, though that's really cheap in the states.I doubt they'll do it- I mean, it's Ocarina of Time for Christ's sake.
  • Crabhand - May 2, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    Seems odd that Spirit Tracks would have trouble generating appropriate demand in Japan, the game was pretty fantastic. I hope Nintendo doesn't underestimate demand for a remake of one of the most revered games of all time.
  • Robusken - May 2, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    Bad feeling in the pit of my stomach...
  • ALinkToTheZack - May 2, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    I would be very sad if I didn't get a copy of OoT...

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