Zangeki no Reginleiv Promoted With Rentable Demo

By Spencer . January 14, 2010 . 12:56pm


Nintendo is testing a new marketing strategy with Zangeki no Reginleiv. Their plan is to get Sandlot’s sword slashing game in the hands of Wii owners before it launches, but the Wii doesn’t support downloadable demos for retail games.


Nintendo got around the issue by partnering with Tsutaya, one of Japan’s major media retailers, to loan Zangeki no Reginleiv demos to customers. While you can rent DVDs and music CDs, laws prohibit game rentals in Japan. Exceptions have been made like for promotional items such as Level 5’s Premium Gold Inazuma Eleven demo cartridge and this.


Zangeki no Reginleiv is scheduled for February 11. Demos will be distributed starting on January 21.

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  • malek86

    Do want. It should make for a nice collectible, at least.

    Remember when companies used to give out sampler discs together with new games? Nowadays we get the same thing, except it’s usually only a download coupon or already included in the game disc. That sucks. I like my demos to be separated from the main game. If they have a whole box for themselves (a la Christmas Nights), all the better.

    I should still have my FF10 demo that came together with FF6 PSX. Only came out in Europe, I think.

    • lostinblue

      Word. Christmas NiGHTS was AWESOME!

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Haven’t analyzed this game enough, but so far it sounds a little too bland to me, need more innovative ideas from this. The ability to remove specific limbs from monsters just doesn’t do it for me.
    Anyway, wish the big N good luck with this marketing strategy.

  • lostinblue

    They really should overhaul the Wii Operating System in order to support downloadable demo’s; Renting a demo, for a game that has no hype seems silly.

    At the very least they should rent a DVD with various demo’s in order to atract various clients, not just this.

    • malek86

      Well, you know what Nintendo (or at least Reggie) thinks about game demos, unfortunately.

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