Mario Kart 8

Preorder bonuses are often a mixed bag. Occasionally, you’ll land something pretty cool, like a glowing steelbook case, a medallion, or a poster. Other times, you won’t get much more than a measly, ugly skin that does not justify the already risky move of preordering a game. Every now and then, though, an early buy gift will rise above the rest and knock your socks off. What is the best preorder bonus you have ever landed?

My answer, which I suspect many of you share with me, is the bonus that came with Mario Kart 8. That bonus, which was available to anybody who bought the already worthwhile kart racer within about a month of launch, was a free Nintendo game. That ended up being The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and it is unlikely that any preorder bonus will ever be able to match it.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is unbelievably good. I played it a lot more than Mario Kart 8, and it did not take Link’s seafaring adventure long to get beached in my list of my top ten games of all time, where it remains to this day. An entire separate game that I ended up liking more than the game I actually preordered? Yeah, that’s tough to beat. Players who took advantage of this offer had a few other choices as well, most notably Pikmin 3. It was an excellent incentive that no-doubt introduced plenty of players to awesome new gaming experiences.

What about you? Have you preordered a game that came with something even better than The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD? What game was it, and what did you get out of it? Let us know in the comments.

Andrew Rockett
Reviews Editor at Nintendo Enthusiast. I am a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to watch me tweet about the many old games I love to spend time with.

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