There once was a year when Nintendo wouldn't do DLC. They wouldn't do preorder bonuses. They wouldn't do retailer exclusives. Wait, that was like last year! Not anymore, however. Nintendo has fully gone to the dark side, embracing one of the least respected business practices in the industry. Hyrule Warriors will feature not just preorder exclusive DLC, but retailer exclusive preorder DLC. You were the chosen one, Nintendo! You were supposed to bring balance to the force!
Anyway, Hyrule Warriors' retailer exclusive preorder DLC will be split into three packs. There's one each for Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Each one will transform Link and Zelda into their respective clothing from each game. No word on if any other characters will be included in the DLC. I guess they want to stick with the two they can guarantee were in each game.
Additionally, Club Nintendo members who register their copy of Hyrule Warriors within four weeks of launch will get a set of Ganondorf costumes for free. Twilight Princess' Ganondorf was shown, but we can probably assume it'll be the three versions of him from the three games that Link and Zelda will also be getting skins from.
How cool would it be if these skins were just in the game when you bought it? The people buying these games are Zelda fans, that should be obvious. Their joy at choosing their favorite Link, their favorite Zelda, and their favorite Ganondorf at the game's start should be embraced by Nintendo. Instead, the company is monetizing that joy. Shame, shame, and even more shame on Nintendo. This is worse than some random game doing retailer-exclusive preorder DLC. The fans have stuck with Nintendo. They don't deserve to have their dedication exploited.
Pick up Hyrule Warriors on September 26 in North America, September 19 in Europe and September 20 in Australia. Remember though, real fans preorder and anyone who doesn't, doesn't deserve to be rewarded for just buying the game at launch. Nintendo made that pretty clear.