Nintendo announces holiday discounts, new Wii U bundles

Nintendo announces holiday discounts, new Wii U bundles
Just in time for Saint Nick to wedge himself down the world's chimneys, Nintendo has revealed a swath of discounts designed to tempt holiday shoppers toward the House That Mario Built.

Nintendo Land, the pack-in game attached to most launch-era Wii U consoles, has been reduced in price from $60 to $30. Wii Fit U on the other hand, receives no discount, but is now available as a free trial. Visit the Wii U eShop and you'll see the game (which is otherwise priced at $20) available for gratis download. Once you've pulled down the software, you then have one month to test the game and potentially shed some of that unsightly holiday weight.

In the realm of the new, Nintendo has also revealed Wii Remote Plus controllers which feature either Mario or Luigi themes, and come equipped with $40 price tags. These new controllers are available now.

Two bundles have also been revealed. The first features a $300 price tag and includes a Wii U Deluxe console alongside both New Super Mario Bros. U and its New Super Luigi U expansion. A Skylanders Swap Force bundle is slated to debut on November 15 at that same $300 price tag, only this one contains "a white Wii U Basic Set, a Skylanders Swap Force starter pack that includes three Skylanders figures, a Portal of Power, trading cards, Skylanders sticker sheets, a collector poster and a Nintendo Land game disc."

If neither of these packages convince you to buy a Wii U, there's also the previously revealed Wind Waker HD bundle, which includes a Legend of Zelda-themed Wii U Deluxe, as well as Wind Waker HD and a download voucher for Hyrule Historia, an in-depth examination of the franchise's lore.
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Nintendo Offers Great Wii U Deals to Kick off Holiday Shopping Season

Holiday Cheer Starts with New Bundles, Accessories and Offers

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo has the best deals for the holiday season, and four of them kick off today. Nov. 1 marks the day consumers can find a lower price for Nintendo Land, a new Wii U hardware bundle, cool new accessories and a free trial for one of the most popular exercise franchises in video game history. These deals represent one of the many ways that Nintendo is bringing value and variety to consumers. If that's not enough, an amazing new Wii U bundle featuring Skylanders Swap Force debuts on Nov. 15.

Today Nintendo launches a new bundle for the Wii U Deluxe Set that comes with two games - New Super ...
Today Nintendo launches a new bundle for the Wii U Deluxe Set that comes with two games - New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U - all on one disc at a suggested retail price of $299.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

"Nintendo is making sure holiday shoppers have great deals and lots of choices," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We have something for everyone on your shopping list, and we're making it easy for you to beat the holiday rush and get started now."

Values that start today include:

New Hardware Bundle Option: Today Nintendo launches a new bundle for the Wii U Deluxe Set that comes with two games – New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U – all on one disc at a suggested retail price of $299.99. The new bundle becomes the default Deluxe Set model.

Wii Fit U Free Trial: Between today and Jan. 31, 2014, anyone with a Wii Balance Board accessory, a Wii U system and a broadband Internet connection can download a complete version of the new Wii Fit U game in the Nintendo eShop for free. The trial version includes the full Wii Fit U experience and will be free for a month from the day it is first played. Fitness fans can make the trial version permanent by purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter to the game. Fit Meter accessories are available online and at select retailers at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. For more information, visit http://www.wiifitu.com.

New Price for Nintendo Land: Nintendo has dropped the suggested retail price of the Nintendo Land game for the Wii U console. Nintendo Land is now available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop at a suggested retail price of $29.99, down from the original suggested retail price of $59.99.

New Colorful Controllers: New Mario-themed and Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus controllers launching today make great, colorful accessories for Wii and Wii U. The controllers are now available at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each.

In addition to all of these great deals, the Skylanders Swap Force Wii U bundle launches Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 and includes everything needed to start the new adventure plus an assortment of Skylanders extras that will satisfy current fans and newcomers alike. The bundle comes with a white Wii U Basic Set, a Skylanders Swap Force starter pack that includes three Skylanders figures, a Portal of Power, trading cards, Skylanders sticker sheets, a collector poster and a Nintendo Land game disc.

Wii U has the best lineup of games for any home console this holiday season, with new installments in The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. franchises. Wii U games out now include Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, EarthBound, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Wii Party U. Games still on the way in 2013 include Wii Sports Club – Tennis and Wii Sports Club – Bowling on Nov. 7, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Nov. 15 and Super Mario 3D World on Nov. 22.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 659 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.