Nintendo's Legend of Zelda sale on European Wii U and 3DS eShops discounts titles by 30%

Every Zelda game available digitally will be discounted.



Nintendo's sale is currently only available on the EU eShop.

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With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild less than a month and a half from release alongside the Switch, Nintendo is discounting all Zelda titles on the Wii U and 3DS eShop by 30 percent (via Eurogamer).

Nintendo's sale encompasses nearly two dozen games across both platforms, plus DLC and themes, and will run through February 9.

The full list of games can be found below. Games as far back as the original Legend of Zelda are included, as are spin-offs such as Hyrule Warriors and its oodles of add-ons.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3 for Wii U and Switch. Nintendo's console/handheld hybrid releases on the same day, and retails for $299.99.


• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link
• Zelda: A Link to the Past
• Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
• Zelda: Ocarina of Time
• Zelda: Majora's Mask
• Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
• Zelda: Oracle of Ages
• Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
• Zelda: Triforce Heroes
• Hyrule Warriors: Legends, and all DLC

Wii U

• Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
• Zelda: Wind Waker HD
• Zelda: Skyward Sword
• Zelda: Minish Cap
• Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
• Zelda: Spirit Tracks
• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link
• Zelda: A Link to the Past
• Zelda: Ocarina of Time
• Zelda: Majora's Mask
• Hyrule Warriors, and all DLC

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    January 27, 2017 12:58 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Nintendo's Legend of Zelda sale on the Wii U and 3DS eShops discounts titles by 30%

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      January 27, 2017 1:06 PM

      these prices don't seem to be reflected on their website

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      January 27, 2017 1:22 PM

      I believe it's Euro eShop only for now.

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      January 27, 2017 2:23 PM

      Not that I would do this, especially since I'm not in the EU, but is it possible to buy games if you don't have a Nintendo system? Just curious since their system seems so tied to a Nintendo ID which can only be generated from a system.

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        January 27, 2017 5:22 PM

        You can purchase games from their online store, and if you have an appropriare device attached to the account, it will start downloading. The current gen of devices (New 3DS & Wii U) are region locked. The Switch is tied to the region of the account. So theoretically, you could change your account region to Japan, buy a japanese Switch game and download it, and then change the of your account back to whatever it was.

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        January 27, 2017 6:29 PM

        No, it is not possible to buy on the eShop in a web browser without a Nintendo ID/Nintendo Network ID (NNID).

        It's been a few months but if I remember right, I already had a My Nintendo account set up for Miitomo and Super Mario Run and to collect gold/platinum points, but no NNID yet. To create an NNID, I needed either a 3DS or a Wii U (must be created on the hardware itself), but my 3DS was still in shipment. Without an NNID, I could browse the eShop in a browser, but I could not make purchases.

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          January 27, 2017 6:34 PM

          Thanks. That's what I was thinking too. Had some coupon thing at Best Buy that was about to expire, so I grabbed an eShop card to spend on the Switch.

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            January 27, 2017 6:51 PM

            The Switch might be different. Nintendo hasn't come out with details or even hints about their revamped online account plans yet. We can assume they will simply get rid of NNID and tie everything to My Nintendo, but that's speculation at this point. Will they revamp NNID? Or will they ditch NNID and start tying purchases to My Nintendo (which presently only records points and not purchases, unless tied to an NNID)? No one knows. I have a feeling Nintendo themselves are still working the details out.

            Things are made even more complicated with region free-ness of the Switch. Does that mean we can use the same account to log onto eShops of different regions/countries? I have a feeling they will follow the iOS model, and restrict each account to one eShop region.

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              January 27, 2017 7:22 PM

              Right. I'm just hoping I'm safe with the eShop card I just got. I would assume so. And, ya, they really need to things to the My Nintendo account. It kinda looks like that's what they'll do judging from SMR. We might get a bit more insight when Fire Emblem releases soon.

              5 weeks to go!

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      January 27, 2017 3:19 PM

      What Zelda would you dudes recommend for 3DS?

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        January 27, 2017 3:26 PM

        Ocarina of Time 3D and A Link Between Worlds. Those are the top two on the system. Majora's Mask 3D is great, but that game was and is polarizing. I love it and recommend it, although I'd go with OoT and ALBW first.

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          January 27, 2017 5:23 PM

          Rumor has it the now game is directly after OOT.

          • Zek
            January 27, 2017 7:25 PM

            Define "directly" - I'd certainly be surprised if it was within living memory of an existing game.

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              January 27, 2017 8:13 PM

              Sequentially afterwards is what I'd seen to be specific. Not directy as in without a break at all though.

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            January 27, 2017 8:04 PM


            Link is left handed in all games except for Skyward Sword. Technically he's left handed in the Wii version of Twilight Princess, but in the GameCube version and Twilight Princess HD for Wii U, he's left handed. He's right handed in Breath of the Wild. Thus he can't be the Hero of Time.

            Additionally, if Link was the Hero of Time, then he would have never met the Deku Tree who is the voice in the trailer stating that Link doesn't remember him. The Deku Tree died in all 3 timelines and was replaced by the Deku Tree Sprout. Nintendo could potentially weasel out of this one, but add it the list of issues. A bigger issue is that Hyrule Castle exists. In OoT, at least in the Downfall and Adult timelines, it's destroyed by Ganon. It could be the Child timeline Hyrule Castle, but Majora's Mask takes place after OoT and then after Majora's Mask, Ganondorf (from OoT) is "executed" and thrown into the Twilight Realm which leads to Twilight Princess, thus the Calamity Ganon can't be terrorizing Hyrule Castle for 100 years.

            Lastly, the story in the trailer says that Ganon had attacked Hyrule multiple times throughout Hyrule's history, but that can't be true if it's around OoT. It's only true if it's far down the timeline where Hyrule Castle has been rebuilt (or never destroyed).

            So ... it can't follow OoT in any of the 3 timelines.

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              January 27, 2017 8:12 PM

              There's a video that I believe covers those issues. I'll look for it. It's a longer version of one that covers the topic as well. As far as the hand is concerned, his right hand is shown as being hurt in the video. So his handedness could have been forced by the injury.

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                January 27, 2017 9:16 PM

                Nah because there's tons of gameplay videos out there that show him clearly right handed and not hurt. The E3 demo starts with Link waking up and going out and meeting the Old Man. During that sequence he picks up weapons and uses them with his right hand.

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              January 27, 2017 8:33 PM

              Yup the three places I'd pin it are either

              A) post wind waker in that timeline after the oceans have receded. Evidence for this is similar styling visually and audio queues/enemies that seem more wind waker style. Plus them releasing wind waker hd makes it seem like they may be going that route. Twilight hd was just to fill in time since botw was taking longer

              B) sometime post oot in the failed hero of time timeline. This would put it between oot and a link to the past. Evidence for this: no modern Zelda in this time line yet and this could serve as the companion to wind waker and twilight but for this timeline. Mentions of Ganon attacking frequently make this the least likely option.

              C) it is post adventure of link and thus the furthest along the timeline Zelda game. Evidence that supports this are striking similarities in the world map of Zelda 2 and this game, plus at this point ganon has been active far longer and would finally give them a modern game in the failed hero timeline.

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                January 27, 2017 9:11 PM

                About A) Hyrule is washed away post-Wind Waker. In Spirit Tracks etc they have a whole new Hyrule somewhere else. It's not going to be the Wind Waker timeline.

                I feel like they can tweak and fit it anywhere and even though I used the trailer, it could be misleading. The end of the trailer when Link gets up and the logo hits the screen, if you actually watch that frame by frame, you'll realize it's reversed. Link isn't getting up. He's falling down and Zelda is behind him trying to grab him as he falls. So.. you just can't take the trailer at face value for everything.

                The only timeline I can't disprove, is that this is a sequel to Skyward Sword before the timeline splits in Oot. Explains being able to see something that looks like Skyloft in the sky. Explains all the technology that roams the land that doesn't really exist in OoT, Adult, Child, or Failed Hero timelines. Explains Link being right handed. etc etc. The line about the Calamity Ganon that keeps attacking Hyrule could be evidence that breaks this one, but then there's Demise so it may just be a perspective. This could be the very first incarnation of Ganon following Demise being sealed away.

                Logically this makes the most sense, but it could fit anywhere if you try hard enough to explain it.

                • Zek
                  January 27, 2017 9:19 PM

                  Or maybe the most surprising thing of all happens - Nintendo says fuck it and this is a reboot.

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          January 27, 2017 7:16 PM


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        January 27, 2017 5:37 PM

        If you've never played A Link to the Past it's a VC game for 3DS, and my personal favorite Zelda. Link Between Worlds is excellent and would be great to play through right after Link to the Past.

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        January 27, 2017 7:18 PM

        Link to the past, link between worlds, ocarina of time, majoras mask

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        January 27, 2017 11:19 PM

        Start with link between world's which is probably one of the best Zelda games ever. Ocarina of time and majora's mask would probably be next since Nintendo gave those full remakes so you're not just playing emulated virtual console stuff.

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      January 27, 2017 9:21 PM

      Any idea if this will come State side?

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      January 27, 2017 11:23 PM

      they don't have Majora's Mask on sale in the eu/aus store and it's fucking horseshit

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        January 27, 2017 11:29 PM

        They don't? That's the same Zelda sale that the US got before the holidays then.

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          January 27, 2017 11:55 PM

          Pretty much everything else except MM for some reason