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::
What types of controllers? Pad, joystick, dance mat, steering wheel? I've had pretty good results from the Mad Catz line over the years, and their Retrocon, while it looks like an ergonomic nightmare like its inspiration, is still a hoot.