Nintendo's Wii hardware crossed the finish line in third place in September, reportedly selling only 254,000 units in that month in North America compared to 312,000 PlayStation 3 units and 484,000 Xbox 360 units. Now it appears the Japanese game maker is hoping to rekindle enthusiasm with two new system bundles, a fresh controller, and a game due out next month.
Nintendo today announced that on November 7 retailers will begin selling a red Nintendo Wii bundle, the Wii Remote Plus, a new DSi XL bundle, and a new game, FlingSmash.
The new Wii package--in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.--will include a red system, copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports, a Wii Remote Plus, and everything else normally associated with the system. It will debut at $200 and will be a limited edition.
Also being released on November 7 will be a new $180 DSi XL bundle. Similar to the Wii package, the DSi XL bundle is also a limited edition and is colored red in honor of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This package will include a DSi XL with three themed graphics on its face, a copy of Mario Kart DS, and three preinstalled titles: Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock.
Also included in today's announcement was a release date for the Wii Remote Plus. Nintendo had previously confirmed the existence of the controller following a leaked image of the peripheral but had not specified a release date for it. It will debut on November 7 and will be sold in all-new Wii hardware packages and bundles. It will also be sold separately beginning on that date for $39.99. The Wii Remote Plus combines the original Wii Remote with the MotionPlus add-on.
Finally, Nintendo officially announced the FlingSmash bundle. The new SKU bundles a Wii Remote Plus with a copy of the game. According to Nintendo, FlingSmash "combines the hands-on fun of tennis with the nonstop action and instant gratification of pinball." Nintendo employed a similar tactic with Wii Play when the company included a Wii Remote with the title. That game went on to become the best-selling game of all time in the United States. The FlingSmash bundle will retail for $49.99. For more on FlingSmash, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview.