UPDATE: Yep, it’s confirmed! EB Games, GAME and JB Hi-Fi are all selling their copies of Ocarina of Time 3D as soon as they receive stock. Not all stores will have received their stock yet, but you can definitely keep an eye out for it over the next few days. The game cannot be registered on Club Nintendo yet (the code will show up as expired), but will be able to be registered around the game’s scheduled release date.
Welcome to Australia, the land of high game prices and late release dates. While most Zelda fans around the world are already enjoying their copies of Ocarina of Time 3D, the game’s release has been stated as the 30th of June down in Australia. However, it looks like fans of the game down under may be able to get their hands on a copy sooner than expected.
Gametraders, a game retailer in Australia, have been reported as importing European copies of Ocarina of Time 3D and selling them already, over a week before the game’s street date. European games are the same format as our games down here (PAL), so they will run on Australian 3DS consoles. However, the Club Nintendo code found inside the box will not make owners eligible for the Ocarina of Time soundtrack offered exclusively through Club Nintendo, as a gift for registering your copy of the game before July 31st.
In retaliation to this, apparently EB Games will be selling copies of Ocarina of Time 3D (including the fancy Ocarina Edition of the game, pictured above) as soon as they receive stock, which is likely to be on Friday. These copies of the game will be Australian copies, meaning that the owners will be eligible to receive the Ocarina of Time soundtrack if they register their game on Club Nintendo.
This is pretty great news for Australian Zelda fans! It’s possible that EB Games will not be advertising that they’re selling the game from tomorrow, so it’s worth asking a staff member if they know anything about it.