So we now finally know which retailers
are getting exclusive Hyrule Warriors skins and Princess Zelda's looking pretty depressed about the whole thing. I'm pretty sure everyone can agree that splitting up content between retailers is a load of crap. At least that's the vibe I've gotten based on the how many negative comments there are in those two stories I've linked to.
The thing that sucks the most is that, apart from this, Hyrule Warriors looks AWESOME! I know I'm super excited to get my hands on it and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that. In fact, I plan on picking up a copy day one.
So I'm going to preorder it. As much as I hate that they're doing this, it isn't going to stop me from getting the game. I figure I might as well get a couple free costumes since I'm getting it anyway. Don't get me wrong, I hate that they're splitting up the game like this, but there's nothing anyone can do to change that.
However, maybe there's is something we can do to prevent it from happening again. No, I'm not talking about not
preordering it. That's never worked before and anyone who thinks that it'll work now is deluding themselves. I'm talking about Club Nintendo.
If you'll recall, registering the game with Club Nintendo will score you a free costume pack for Ganon. All you have to do is enter the game's registration code and fill out a survey.
A survey in which Nintendo collects your feedback on their business practices.
They're ASKING you how they can improve. I can't think of a better place to tell them how bad retailer exclusive DLC is. It's the perfect place to vent some of that frustration and, best of all, it'll go directly at the source of the problem!
Believe it or not, Nintendo actually reads through those surveys and uses the feedback in them to improve.
I remember reading an interview with Reggie about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze where he mentioned that fans liked how challenging Donkey Kong Country Returns is but didn't like how the pig at the checkpoint would harass them with offers of help when they died a few times in a row. In Tropical Freeze that feature is gone and it seems fan feedback was the reason why.
The same trend can be noticed in the Zelda series. Skyward Sword was linear as fuck and held your hand through the whole game. I hated that and when I filled out my post play survey I made sure to mention it.
Then A Link Between Worlds comes out and is the complete opposite. The game puts a bunch of marks on your map where the dungeons are and lets you figure it out from there. Then there's all that stuff Aonuma said at E3 about the Wii U Zelda game that makes it look like they're taking player freedom even further.
I can't help but feel that Club Nintendo survey feedback influenced some of these decisions. Let's see if we can influence another one.
Besides, we're all gonna have to fill one out anyway to get the Ganondorf costumes. Might as well try to make a difference while we're at it!