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Nintendo Reveals Zelda: Skyward Sword Special Edition

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordNintendo doesn't usually go in for the premium priced special edition treatment of their games, but the company is making an exception for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword due out for the Wii on November 20, 2011 in North America.  Fans can mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Zelda franchise with a $70 package that includes the game, a gold Wii Remote with built-in Wii MotionPlus technology, and a soundtrack CD that features some of the orchestral selections that can be heard as part of the upcoming live symphony tour.  $50 will get you just the game and the CD.  Here's some of the press release:

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011.

If you don't already have Wii MotionPlus capabilities and you're already planning to pick up Skyward Sword, then this is the best, cheapest way to buy a controller with the required technology.  The soundtrack CD is a nice gesture, particularly when it's packed in with the basic non-special edition for no extra charge.  This is how to do a special edition package, publishers.  No pointless statues or a few pages of stock promotional artwork.  No unreasonable $100 price tag.  Just useful and enjoyable extras at a fair cost above the usual retail rate.

As for that soundtrack, I bet it'll sound a little something like this bonus track from the previously released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D soundtrack that was made available to very early owners of the game earlier this year.