DSi bundled in metallic blue, white for holidays

Nintendo's popular handheld gains $170 limited-edition hardware package beginning Nov. 27; preloaded software valued at $20.

Nintendo has made a tradition of cashing in on the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping rush by releasing bundles for the DS in limited-run colors coupled with popular software, such as New Super Mario Bros. or Nintendogs. And while Nintendo will again be stocking retailers with a holiday bundle featuring festive colors, the publisher will this year be playing to the strength of its multifunctional DSi by preloading a batch of free software.

Because a red Mario-themed bundle was so 2008.

Beginning November 27, gamers can pick up a bundle featuring the third iteration of Nintendo's best-selling handheld in either metallic blue or white for its standard retail price of $169.99. As an added bonus, the holiday bundles will also include a batch of non-transferable software valued at more than $20, were it purchased through Nintendo's DSi Shop.

The metallic blue bundle includes five DSiWare titles that feature Nintendo's iconic paunchy plumber, Mario. Software to be preloaded on the system includes Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again, Dr. Mario Express, WarioWare: Snapped!, Mario Calculator, and Mario Clock.

Nintendo's white bundle has more of an intelligentsia bent. Titles to be included in the soon-to-be-available bundle are Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Sudoku, Brain Age Express: Math, Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics, and Photo Clock.

Though available only in limited quantities, metallic blue and white are the two latest additions to the DSi's expanding rainbow of colors. It was first available in the US in light blue and black, and then Nintendo released a white-and-pink version of the camera-equipped portable in September. In Japan, the system has also been released in red, green, and metallic blue color schemes.

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Quezakolt
Quezakolt

non-transferable software ; i.e. paying full price for some kind of "rental" that you don't own, is a deal killer for DSi (to me).

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

How lazy Nintendo. I know how much people protested on Mother games and SSB for the virtual console. Why can't the DSi have portable games from the game boy micro and all those versions. Release them Nintendo. The Wii is for console and dsi should be for portables re makes.

gtaking40
gtaking40

Does anyone know if this bundle will last throughout the holidays, or will Nintendo drop the bundle and sell the console only?

robertdobert
robertdobert

I'm guessing because not everyone likes the same color Chidoriboy...

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Great news. I need to buy me one! :D

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

why does Nintendo make 100 of colors for one device again? oh they think that's competition

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

@Spacemoose - I pretty much share a very similar sentiment. At first I liked the idea of Nintendo being proactive, but the results have not justified an investment.. especially at that price. Too little was added and too much was taken away.. the subtraction of the GBA slot + worse battery life mixed in with 90% shovelware on their online service killed whatever interest I had. As it stands now Scribblenauts and Zelda:Spirit Tracks will probaby be the only thing I end up buying for my DS this year.. maybe in years past the DS has the superior hardware features/software releases, but this year simply saw the PSP have a FAR better release schedule and the iPod Touch have more interesting applications at a very similar pricepoint.

SpaceMoose
SpaceMoose

@hatieshorrer I already have a crappy camera on my cell phone, as does pretty much everyone else at this point (and I don't even really use that one). Frankly if I was going to buy it as a general purpose media device then the PSP is the clear winner between the two. I own a DS and not a PSP though, and the reason is that it just has more good games, which was even more the case back when I bought it. On the other hand, Sony has the right idea with offering so much of the PSP catalog for download via their store, though why they waited for another PSP version to do it is kind of beyond me. Having all the games on-board truly makes it a "portable" gaming device. I seriously don't understand what the hell Nintendo is doing with DSi Ware. They made it just so they can put out stupid half-baked games and parts of games and ****Ing clocks? Clocks? LOL. I want to like the DSi. I really do, but they aren't really giving me any compelling reason to spend almost $200 to "upgrade" like...oh, I don't know, offering actual full-fledged retail games for paid download for example. Nintendo still does not get the whole "online" thing. They really don't.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

OMFG it finally happened, now Mario can do your taxes.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@SpaceMoose Im not sure about that. Camera. Audio record. Picture editor. Audio editor. Web browser. Downloadable video games. Note pad studio. Voice chat. Im sorry I almost forgot the bundles this article is based on.

SonicDBZRacer
SonicDBZRacer

Why do they always release the colors I want when the current DS line is almost up? Now on to the DSi XL. But the color handeld I want will probably come to it's year line end as well. >_>

SpaceMoose
SpaceMoose

I guess releasing new colors is easier than actually providing any good reasons for the DSi even existing.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I love my shiny blue DSLite, yes i do.

dlihcraw
dlihcraw

I just bought a DSi for someone... this sucks.

gtaking40
gtaking40

Metallic Blue is the best color of the DSi's.

thetravman
thetravman

@glimpus That's what these new hardwares are about. They're improvements of the same hardware. DSi is an improvement of Ds lite, while adding a bonus of additional content.

JoeAdvanced
JoeAdvanced

At least with Nintendo they change the colors and hardware is the same, GOT IT SONY PS3, AND YOUR MULTIPLE SKUS?!!!!

Ric_SlayeR
Ric_SlayeR

More colours available for DS...

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

Sadly everything listed was probably about half of the DSi Ware. *secretly laughing*

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

waiting for the dsi xl instad, those this deal isnt bad rellly dsi is a great handheld, like all nintendo handhelds

left4right
left4right

some psp loser is thumbing down every one, no surprise since no games available for the psp.

left4right
left4right

this is my favorite color.its so damn sleek.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@donkey the has had mature titles and they failed, i thought this was understood by most people that mature titles dont work on the wii case in point the less then stellar sales of dead space extraction

AZE160
AZE160

Got three words-"NOT WORTH IT"

Normaral85
Normaral85

Looks like a good gift idea, but personally I'm just not a fan of the games on the DSi.

dag204
dag204

I just might get this, I was already thinking of getting a DS. So I don't see what is wrong with going with the DSi

glimpus
glimpus

This makes DS's look more like fashion accessories than gaming consoles..

glimpus
glimpus

I already have a DS Lite. We don't need a million different versions of the same hardware, how about improving the actual hardware instead?

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@HerbalVideogame I bet you can't take a joke. Why are getting so butthurt over 1 comment?

kenveltre
kenveltre

when we get the original pokemon games on the DSi i will buy it

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

@CorruptGamerGX I bet you couldn't wait for the white and pink version...

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

DS is still my favorite system this gen, but I won't buy a DSi. I might go for the DSi XL, but only if I see some DSiWare games I want. No reason to replace my DS phat. It still works fine. Don't fix what isn't broken.

togo2828
togo2828

Does this mean that the metallic blue is coming to america

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Why are people talking about the DSi XL when the article only talks about the DSi.

Superzone
Superzone

@noodles297: You haven't been gaming for very long have you?

sonicboom712
sonicboom712

@crazyguy105 the only difference between the two is that the xl is bigger and more expensive. so ya

noodles297
noodles297

I'm getting really sick of seeing mario's fat face on every nintendo game and console out there.

okassar
okassar

Good deal, BUT seriously Nintendo, and Sony for that matter, move on to the NEXT GEN of portable game systems instead of wasting your time on "upgraded versions" of your systems that are worse than the originals (especially PSP Go, lmao), DS and PSP are getting really old for me.

Burning-Sludge
Burning-Sludge

to BrYaNq93 Nintendo has always been a business and if they don't continue to act like one they will die out.

Keving7
Keving7

when is the DS lite gonna do down in price? wtf nintendo