I was actually just contemplating picking up the Zelda Wii U for $299.
Should I not do that?
No. The Zelda Wii U doesn't have the game on disc, but only an online code. Considering Wii U eShop games are bound to individual hardware instead of a unified account, even die-hard digital mavens would be stupid to get Nintendo games that way. You're better off getting the New Super Mario/Luigi U bundle with both games on the same disc, then buying Zelda HD separately.
Hmmm that is concerning. My girlfriend is a big Zelda fan so I was going to get her that version for Christmas. It's quite stupid it doesn't come with a disc though.
Yeah, that shocked the piss out of me too, especially with the big deal they were making about the Hylian markings all over the pad and console. Seriously, they were too cheap for a disc?
For real though, get her the Mario bundle and the game separately. You'll not only have a more permanent version of Wind Waker HD, but you'll be giving her three of the best games the platform has instead of just one.
Get a pro controller too, as Wind Waker HD fully supports it should she wish to play it like the Cube one.
System, pro controller, Wind Waker HD, and Super Mario. Anything else?