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SDCC 2011: Why CDs Aren’t Offered by Club Nintendo in North America

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While talking with Bill Trinen, a product marketing manager at Nintendo about the Zelda Symphony concerts coming up in a few weeks (you can buy tickets to the show as of yesterday!), I also took the chance to ask why North America has been getting the short end of the stick in regards to the exclusive music CDs that Club Nintendo offers fans in Japan. I’m talking about the recently-released Donkey Kong Country Returns soundtrack, the Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks, and even the Touch! Generations music CD. I thought the recent release of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D soundtrack would have paved the way more more music releases, but perhaps I was wrong.

As Trinen explained, by making music CDs like these available in the United States, it opens up the gates for people to start asking Nintendo about licensing and the ability to use the music for other purposes (commercials, radio, etc.). Nintendo isn’t currently set up to handle these requests (i.e. nobody has the time to deal with it), so that’s why they’ve been reluctant to release their music here. I guess this makes sense given the stories that many of the game music cover bands and doujin groups will tell you about times that they’ve tried to reach out to Nintendo to “do things the right way.”

I have to say that it’s a little discouraging, but I still think the Ocarina of Time 3D CD is a step in the right direction. What do you make of the situation?

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