Nintendo reveals that a number of high-profile games are set to become members of the Nintendo Selects line-up, including the likes of Super Mario 3D World.
Although Nintendo fans are patiently awaiting word on the cryptically codenamed Nintendo NX, there are still plenty of titles worthy of playing before the new console launches. Now, Nintendo has made it a little bit easier for gamers to pick up some of the better Nintendo games on the market right now. The publisher has confirmed a number of new games for the Nintendo Selects line-up, including some high-profile names.
The Nintendo Selects line drops the price tag of the publisher’s games, and has previously included titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Mario Kart Wii. However, starting from March 11, seven more current-gen games will also be added to the roster. Included in the list are Wii U games such as Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, as well as 3DS games including Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
Wii U owners will also be able to enjoy Pikmin 3 and NES Remix Pack at a reduced price of $20, whilst 3DS players will soon have the choice of picking up Yoshi’s New Island and Mario Party: Island Tour as part of the plan. As well as these current gen releases, Nintendo has also announced four original Wii games that will join the Nintendo Select range. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario All-Stars will also fall in price, and will be backward compatible on the Wii U.
Nintendo fans who have yet to play the titles listed above will no doubt be pleased to be able to do so at such a reduced cost. With Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze counted amongst the best games on the Wii U, it’s a good chance for those that have missed the titles on their initial release to grab them on the cheap. Meanwhile, late adopters of the console could also use this as a way to expand their gaming library.
The addition of these games, however, may suggest that reports of an earlier-than-expected release date for the Nintendo NX may have some merit. Last week, rumors surfaced that the NX would be released later in 2016 alongside Zelda, prompting many to wonder about just how much longer the Wii U would continue.
If the NX does indeed launch at an earlier date than some were predicting, be it in 2016 or later, then it makes sense for Nintendo to drop some software prices in preparation for the console’s launch. After all, this could prove a vital time for the publisher to maximise profits on some of its older games. Although the Wii U struggled in comparison to its peers in terms of sales, there are still 12 million Wii U owners worldwide, so Nintendo could see this as an opportunity to reach out to those customers.