Nintendo is changing up the game and has begun shipping new configurations of its popular Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Although it debuted the Deluxe Set back in October of 1985, Nintendo has quietly made the decision to discontinue that bundle. Retailers cite a higher price point and lack of interest in R.O.B. the robot as key factors in phasing it out. Indeed, in the past two years not a single new robot-compatible Game Pak has released. Perhaps the writing was on the wall all along.
In its place is the new Nintendo Entertainment System Action Set. This bundle contains the NES Control Deck, the necessary cables to hook it up, two controllers, the Zapper light gun, and Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on a single Game Pak. Super Mario Bros. has remained one of the most popular games on the NES, and for good reason – it’s amazing! The inclusion of Duck Hunt is a great choice as it shows off the interactivity that the NES Zapper can provide. Kids and adults alike can take aim at the TV to see how many ducks they can bag! This set retails for a suggested price of $119.95. Nintendo expects this to start showing up at retailers across the country beginning in February in the larger markets and filtering out to the rest of the country in the following months. They are still playing catch-up thanks to a stellar holiday season, so don’t be surprised if it takes awhile for your retailer to get some NES consoles back in stock.
Nintendo is also revamping it’s current Control Deck bundle. It has pulled out Super Mario Bros. and replaced the game with an Official Player’s Guide. This black book contains 164 pages of reviews, hints, and maps for the latest NES titles. This configuration retails for $99.95, but we expect to see it on sale for $79.95 at some discount retailers, just like the previous bundle was.