It’s been less than smooth sailing for Nintendo’s Wii U console ever since it released last year, but the company is hopeful that the current fortunes of the platform can be reversed with some significant sales this Holiday season. Ninty has been hard at work pumping out some must-have software for its struggling console and has even dropped the price point in order to gain the attention of potential consumers. There’s still a lot of ground to make up, though, and the newly announced Wii U Deluxe Set should help.
The new bundle removes Nintendo Land from the Deluxe Set and replaces it with both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Much like the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD Wii U bundle, the Mario and Luigi variant will run gamers $299.99 when it hits retailers later this year on November 1st.
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing, Scott Moffitt, was understandably excited by the prospect the new package presents his company, so he released an official statement on the matter.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games. This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season.”
Despite Nintendo Land being kicked to the curb in an attempt to pull in the masses with a familiar gaming icon and his sibling, fans can still pick the title up at retailers or the Nintendo eShop. Best of all, the game will be receiving a price drop to coincide with the release of the new Wii U SKU, awarding the Nintendo-centric theme park adventure a very reasonable $29.99 price point.
Whether or not the Mario and Luigi set, price drop, and recent onslaught of first-party games are enough to get the Wii U a significant user base remains to be seen, but the moves Nintendo has made lately appear to be setting up its home console for a much more successful 2014. This upcoming Holiday season will also be big for the Big N, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Wii U stacks up to the next-gen platforms landing later this November.
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