Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nintendo of America finally lets the (red) cat out of the bag

Although we've known for some time now that Nintendo's European and Japanese arms are going to release red DSi XLs and Wiis in their respective regions the next few weeks, we haven't heard a peep from the company's North American arm.

Until today, that is.

Yes, the red DSi XL and Wii systems you've been salivating over--don't try to deny it--since you saw this post will hit store shelves in the States on Nov. 7.

Strangely, the bundles that will be offered to North American gamers are going differ from those being offered to their European and Japanese brothers and sisters. The DSi XL bundle, for instance, will include a red DSi XL, a copy of Mario Kart DS and a trio of DSiWare titles (Brain Age Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters and a Photo Clock app) for $179.99. The Wii bundle, on the other hand, will include a red Wii (along with a red Wii Remote Plus and nunchuck attachment) and copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports for $199.

Unfortunately, it seems the North American Wii bundle won't include the special anniversary edition of Super Mario Bros. that will be pre-installed onto the systems that will hit the streets in Japan on Nov. 11. Nor will it include Donkey Kong: Original Edition (whatever that means), which will be preloaded onto the systems sold in Europe starting on Oct. 29.

Also, at this point it seems that the awesome Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary DSi system mentioned in this post will remain a Japan-only release, as neither Nintendo of America nor Nintendo of Europe mentioned it in their respective announcements.



Bryan Ochalla said...

BTW, you can now pre-order the red DSi XL, the red Wii and the new Wii Remote Pluses at Amazon --

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Lame. Leaving out the coolest parts smacks of the ridiculousness of our American But dang it all...I wish I had $200 to throw around.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, don't give up the special edition of SMB yet, Justin -- I have a feeling they may just be holding it back for release on the Virtual Console. Otherwise, what would be the point of not including it? It certainly can't cost them anything to preload the systems with it.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That's why it seems so completely bogus! Maybe they will!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I either think the game will be preloaded on the systems, as in Japan, or will be made available via the Virtual Console sometime later this year.

Nintendo loves money, and this game is free money for them.