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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD press release is bogus (UPDATE)

UPDATE - Here's a statement from Operation Rainfall.

Basically it was a screw up on our part, we started a relationship with MEC Global who does the marketing/pr for Nintendo UK. One of the things we asked them before we started this was do we notate that it's been provided by Nintendo UK or MEC? They responded with "This article has been provided by Nintendo UK" So that will explain that line and why Nintendo UK doesn't know much about it.

Yesterday, we posted up a press release that was said to come from Nintendo UK pertaining to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. When I first saw the PR, I thought it to be bogus. Something about it just didn't seem right. I wish I went with my first judgment.

I searched the internet far and wide to find the original source. I found nothing from NoE or Nintendo UK. I couldn't find the PR anywhere around the web from any other source than Operation Rainfall. I sat on the PR for a bit, wondering what to do. I decided to trust Operation Rainfall's name and ran the press release, since the outfit has done so much good in the past and had no reason to provide a bunk statement.

Today, we come to find out that the PR was fake. Nintendo says it didn't come from them. I've reached out to Operation Rainfall to see what the issue is. Hopefully they were just duped as well.

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15 May 2013 15:36

Wait...there were people who ACTUALLY thought it was legit? Even after it criticized a few parts of the original game? Really? :?

P.S.: I'm not saying the game is without flaws (far from it), just saying that Nintendo would be the last to say it; that would be silly, especially in a press release. "Yeah, turns out that fetch quest WAS pretty awful..."
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15 May 2013 15:40

Could GoNintendo also post a source for their debunking too? Like the quote from Nintendo confirming it's not genuine?
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15 May 2013 15:52

LDAF wrote:Wait...there were people who ACTUALLY thought it was legit? Even after it criticized a few parts of the original game? Really? :?


I thought the same thing. Their use of the word "hinted" gave it away. It didn't read like a press release should, and Nintendo would never ask the fans for their input in such away, that's what why we have the surveys on Club Nintendo.

Either way, it was a simple mistake. I've made a few in my life. :P No harm, no foul.
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15 May 2013 15:55

I thought it was weird, too. Even though I didn't read it all. I also tried to look for a source. I didn't think it would effect development, especially this late in the game. It seemed like maybe just an EU thing like they post on ONM, but this wasn't anywhere on the official Nintendo site.
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15 May 2013 16:20

Yeah I replied on the Operation Rainfall site saying that if this was true that some of us would want 2 sets of main controls and 2 sets of Tingle Tuner controls too.
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15 May 2013 16:59

Yeah figured as much, no offense to Nintendo UK but I highly doubt they have any influence over the development of any Zelda game :P. (Just like NOA doesn't, nor any other Nintendo besides NCL)
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15 May 2013 17:25

It came from MEC Global, which comes out to about the same thing as "press releases" from GolinHarris.
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15 May 2013 17:49

I figured something was off because they were a little bit too knowledgable of some aspects of the game that people wanted fixed.

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