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For those considering a Wii U purchase this holiday season, Nintendo is switching up its hardware bundle. At launch, the console came with Nintendo Land, a cute collection of mini-games based on familiar first-party franchises. This holiday, the brothers Mario are stepping in.
Starting on November 1, Nintendo will remove Nintendo Land from the package, replacing it with two games: New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Nintendo Land is available from the eShop for $29.99.
Additionally, the Wind Waker HD bundle will still be available. This console comes with download codes for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and the Hyrule Historia. Both hardware bundles retail for $299.99.
Our TakeWhile Nintendo Land doesn't have the staying power of Wii Sports, my family and I spent many nights playing Mario Chase and Pikmin Adventure. Swapping in Mario and Luigi is a smart move, as the pair are icons, even to non-gamers.
The Wind Walker HD bundle is also extremely attractive and has a themed gamepad. The Hyrule Historia is fascinating, and if you don't mind not having a nice hardcover, the downloaded version is a great inclusion.
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This could get more people to buy a Wii U. If this package is still around in a year or two, when I could get a Wii U, I might get it.
Pretty good move on Nintendo's part. While I actually enjoyed Nintendo Land a lot, I think this will attract more people that don't already have the system.
To be honest this seems like a good move. I bought the Wii for my wife when it came out with the Super Mario All Stars bundle, and a friend of mine did the same. My wife really only plays Mario and Zelda games and this purchase got her into the New Super Mario Brothers as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Party 8/9. I don't play Wii Sports much and I doubt my wife would want to play Nintendo Land. Including Mario and Zelda games into the bundles available at $300 is very tempting. Nice inclusion right around the holidays!
"the brothers Mario are stepping in." Mario brothers :P anyways, pretty cool. Great deal, although if they wanted to introduce all the ways players could interact with the gamepad, I'd suggest bundling it with Game & Wario. I had tons of fun with it and I feel it introduced the Wii U's capabilities way better than Nintendo Land.
I think packing in Mario U and Luigi U is a little redundant and together, they are somewhat poor examples of "selling the Wii U" to new customers, based on it's features and abilities. What would make more sense would be Mario U and Rayman Legends, at the very least.
Good move, Nintendo. This might get the 'still on the fence' Mario fans to buy a Wii U.
Meh, not that great of a bundle in my opinion. I found that Mario game to be pretty boring and very easy.
This is a much better bundle then Nintendo Land. Also, the Wind Waker Bundle still has me wanting a Wii U.