Nintendo likes to reward its customers with pre-order exclusives; that’s nothing new, as the latest Zelda games already rewarded loyal fans who pre-ordered their games with WWHD’s figurine and Skyward Sword’s special edition Wii Remote.

Recently, Aonuma and Iwata got together and promoted a pre-order bonus for A Link Between Worlds in a Vine video: a small musical treasure chest. Unfortunately, UK readers may not be able to get their hands on it after all.

Nintendo UK tweeted the small video clip for its community to get excited about, adding that the shown item would be exclusive to UK retailer GAME.

In the clip you can see Aonuma holding out his hand. On top of it magically appears a small treasure chest out of nowhere. When he opens the tiny box, it plays the famous and oh-so-familiar sound.

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Nintendo listed the retailer that gives away this cute gimmick as GAME, but the company is rather confused. They don’t have any pre-order rewards to announce! They didn’t confirm any boni and, while GAME is in hot-headed discussion with the three goddesses in order to deliver something special, nothing is final yet.


This leaves the fans rather confused. A pre-order bonus which is announced as GAME exclusive suddenly won’t be stocked by them at all? Instead of GAME, some Spanish companies are now promoting their A Link Between Worlds copy with the miniature chest pre-order bonus. Some of those include and GAME’s Spanish branch.

GAME also reminded customers that the previously announced special edition 3DS XL bundle is available to pre-order today.


Update: It seems the debate with the goddess trio is over as GAME revealed their pre-order bonus.


For the price of £49.99 GAME offers a small A Link Between Worlds pre-order bonus package, containing a physical copy of the game as well as a digital download code for Link’s Awakening, which you will receive immediately after you placed your order. That’s not everything! It also includes an exclusive glossy artwork poster and the famous musical treasure chest which can be used to store game cartridges.

Keep in mind that you will receive the download code for Link’s Awakening almost immediately as such you won’t be able to cancel your pre-order again.

For those of you who are still eager to place their pre-order, you can do so in their online shop.


Source: GAME on Twitter
Via: NeoGAF
  • sarah


  • but I wanted to open my very own chest 🙁

    • then they have the pre-order bonus which has the chest! so happy i pre-ordered it already :')

  • Baker1000

    Yeah this sucks. Nintendo seem to have announced it before even telling them. GAME look to have been working to get something else out as a pre-order bonus instead. We've been waiting for a pre-order bonus with Bravely Default to show up somewhere too. In their last Nintendo Direct, they said you would get an art book with "selected retailers". It's usually GAME who get these things, and they have nothing yet. It's most likely the same case where even the selected retailers don't know they're going to be stocking it!

    I hope Nintendo let retailers announce pre-order bonuses in future.

  • Baker1000

    Re: the update

    Well that was dumb, why did they say they didn't know about it when clearly they have a bundle with artwork and a poster? They must have had it planned but not even the guys operating their Twitter account knew about it.

    Well I've ordered it anyway, though I downloaded Link's Awakening when it was released so the code isn't much of a giveaway.

    • joey

      the chest was suppose to be free, but then then some boss at Game decided we could make an extra 20 pound profit and screw people by dumping it to a box and calling it a "limited collector edition"

      EB games in Aussie land will be following Nintendo original message and proving the chest free with all pre orders of the game.

      • i might not agree with the price increase but that little chest, a poster AND Link's Awakening? its worth it! Support Nintendo 😀

  • Rimskye

    If I don't get this I will kill someone.

    And £50 isn't too bad a price!