Two weeks before the physical disk is in stores, the digital version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has officially launched. The Wii U bundle with the digital version of the game and the Hyrule Historia is also available today. I think having the game release digitally two entire weeks before its official launch is genius. I don’t think there’s any better way to convince a consumer to buy the digital release at full price, than to give them the game much early. Some publishers have released their digital games a day or a weekend early, but Nintendo is attempting to try a better approach. I reserved myself a copy of the Special Edition Wind Waker so I have to wait two more weeks, but I’m hurting to play the game now. If I wasn’t a hoarder for cases and toys, I’d download the digital copy. I think this is a smart choice and every publisher should consider this approach instead of having online passes only inside a brand new case. Maybe releasing digital games weeks before its physical version is the future. Maybe this can be the solution to the flood of used games on sale.
The Wind Waker is Out NOW!