Do you remember a rumor we posted way back on February 22 that outlined the 3DS roadmap for 2016? Every single piece of that rumor has come true, and now its time for another couple to fall into place. The rumor had stated that Nintendo would introduce a new wave of Nintendo Selects and that the 3DS would receive a price cut. Both have just been announced!
First up is the release of the standard size New 3DS system. Previously it has only been made available in North America via an Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle ($219.99) and a very limited Pokémon bundle ($199.99). Both of these are pretty much sold out at most retailers and have been for the majority of the year, leaving potential buyers of the smaller-sized New 3DS out of luck. Nintendo is fixing that with the Super Mario 3D Land Edition New Nintendo 3DS, set to release on August 26. It will include a copy of Super Mario 3D Land pre-installed on the handheld, as well as two Mario-themed cover plates. This bundle will retail for $149.99 and only be sold at Walmart and Target stores. This makes it the cheapest option for a New 3DS, and it’s a great size for a handheld. It’s the 3DS I prefer because the screens are slightly bigger than the original 3DS and the form factor is great for throwing it in my pocket. Plus, I really do enjoy the changeable cover plates and the Super Famicom colored buttons. If you’ve been wanting this style of New 3DS, I’d pick one up sooner than later as previous bundles have dried up rather quickly.
Also on August 26 is the next wave of Nintendo Selects games, each dropping down to $19.99 retail. For the 3DS you’ll be able to snag Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Tomodachi Life, nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends, and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins at the new low price. The following Wii U games are dropping to $19.99: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Nintendo Land, and Lego City Undercover. Out of the entire bunch, the ones I’ve enjoyed the most are: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Wind Waker HD, and Lego City Undercover (Wii U).
Finally, on September 9, three Wii U games are going to be packaged with an amiibo for $39.99. These include: Yoshi’s Woolly World with either a Pink Yarn Yoshi or a Blue Yarn Yoshi, Mario Party 10 with a Peach or Bowser amiibo, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with a Toad amiibo. Both Yoshi and Mario Party 10 are $20 cheaper than at launch with an amiibo, so these deals are pretty good, especially if you want the amiibos that come packed in with them.
The full press release is below for your reading pleasure:
Everyone deserves to have a little fun before back-to-school season begins – and thisapplies to both kids and their parents. Starting on Aug. 26, Nintendo rolls out a stellar set of offers for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including some of Nintendo’s biggest hits dropping to a suggested retail price of $19.99 each, like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as the debut of a new Mario-themed New Nintendo 3DS system that comes with the Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed at the low suggested retail price of only $149.99. And starting on Sept. 9, five convenient bundles each packed with a select Wii U game and an amiibo figure will be available. All of these great deals make getting ready for school a much more entertaining (and affordable) process.
“These back-to-school deals are some of the best and most varied we have ever offered,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Now is clearly the best time to get started on your essential Nintendo game collection.”
Great Games for Under $20: On Aug. 26, some of Nintendo’s most popular and premium Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games are joining the Nintendo Selects honor roll of games sold at a suggested retail price of only $19.99. The list of games being added to the Nintendo Selects collection is as follows:
Game System Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U Wii U Wii UThis is in addition to the dozens of Nintendo Selects games already available, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS to Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. Check out the other Nintendo Selects games at http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-selects.
Super Mario 3D Land Edition New Nintendo 3DS: Also on Aug. 26, a New Nintendo 3DS bundle that includes the system, the wildly fun Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed and two extra interchangeable Mario-themed cover plates (one inspired by Mario and one featuring 8-bit renditions of classic Nintendo characters) will go on sale exclusively at Walmart and Target stores at a low suggested retail price of $149.99. New Nintendo 3DS is more compact than New Nintendo 3DS XL and also sports removable cover plates that let you customize the system’s look. New Nintendo 3DS is one of the most versatile video game systems out there, and this price (with an included game!) really can’t be beat. The suggested retail price is $50 less than the suggested retail price of any New Nintendo 3DS bundle previously offered. For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/.
Wii U Games + amiibo Bundles: Starting on Sept. 9, select Wii U games will be packaged with specific amiibo at a suggested retail price of only $39.99 each. These bundles are a great way for players to be introduced to the world of Nintendo’s amiibo figures (and to have something to talk about with friends on the school bus). When tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller, each of the amiibo figures included in the bundles will unlock something special in its respective game. The bundles include:
Wii U Game amiibo Character Functionality Pink Yarn Yoshi Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure Yoshi’s Woolly World Light Blue Yarn Yoshi Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure Peach Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode Mario Party 10 Bowser Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode Toad Unlocks a hide-and-seek challengeFor more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.
Nintendo 2DS + Mario Kart 7 for a Suggested Retail Price of Only $79.99: Available now, the affordable and kid-friendly portable Nintendo 2DS system is ideal for parents looking to purchase a Nintendo system for their youngest gamers (and star students!) The system can play nearly every Nintendo 3DS game in 2D, is available at a suggested retail price of only $79.99 and specifically marked packages of the system include the hit Mario Kart 7 racing game, pre-installed. Combining this great package with one of the newly available Nintendo Selects games for Nintendo 3DS gives you a new Nintendo system and two awesome games – all for the great value of less than $100. For more information about Nintendo 2DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/2ds.