After literally years of questioning which format The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess would end up on, Nintendo has committed strongly to the Wii version these past few months. Not to be outdone by previous downgrades, it now appears that the GameCube version of Twilight Princess will sell in Japan - exclusively online.
Nintendo have an official online store, through which Japanese gamers can buy up their gaming needs to their heart's content. The GC Twilight Princess will be available only through this channel. This is both good and bad news - Japanese gamers can now avoid the confusing mess that is in-store retailing, but it also could mean more planned downgrades for the launch of Twilight Princess in PAL regions.
It will be easier for customers to decide between the two versions if there is only one on the shelf - and give that extra nudge to those considering a Wii purchase. However, Nintendo doesn't have a full-fledged online store in Australia, so this could mean the retail version is still going ahead as planned. We're betting it will be very limited; GC stock is hard enough to find as is, but for those unwilling to take the risk with the Wii, the GC version is still happening here - until further notice.