Now, the following statements from the linked article made my radar go up:
Following in the footsteps of a similar offer in the USA...
Unlike the US offer, however, the European deal is a bit more stingy with its software...
I ask again: WHAT US offer? (Someone brought it up in a recent Metroid Prime thread.) I've done some digging in the usual places (EB, GameStop, nintendo.com, gamecube.com, assorted message boards) and found nothing on its existence, much less any details. Did I miss a memo?
"Ah, the old exploding-beartrap-in-the-ass trick." -- Goemon Ishikawa
I heard something on Gamespot via GameFAQs (a story I can't find a link to anymore) a few weeks ago about the US promotion being buy a Gamecube, get one of 4 titles free: Resident Evil 0, Mario Party 4, Metroid Prime, and... something else (Star Fox?)
And no, I haven't heard it mentioned anywhere else or seen anything remotely close to that offer in any ads or anything. ::shrugs::
See, I think this could be an awesome thing to do on purpose. Enter a town and find out a plague has hit it. You also find out the town has been quarantined and troops are coming to kill everyone so the plague doesn't spread.