Mario anniversary bundles, Wii Remote Plus coming Nov. 7

Nintendo announces new Wii and DSi XL packages; release date for new controller and FlingSmash bundle nailed down.

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.

Nintendo is bundling up for November.

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.

The new DSi XL bundle.

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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171 comments
Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@VenkmanPHD With FPS, controls is EVERYTHING. The Wii has the best controls for FPS. I care not about online. Online play ruined competitive gaming. I would rather see the look on my opponent's face when I rip him a new one, not hear him scream from New Delhi.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

@Oni_Taedo You must have some kind of malfunction if you think CoD for the Wii is the better choice..... I never thought I'd ever hear anyone say that, no matter how hardcore the fanboy.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@Spartan-1657 Wii controls are better for FPS. So getting CoD on the Wii is a much better choice. @monson21502 The 360's sales are the lowest. With the Wii being just behind the PS3.

Permafry_42
Permafry_42

as someone who likes both the move and the wii, i like to use my ps3 move and eye controller with my pc more than the ps3 via move controller drivers and software. IMO sony was dumb to make the move and the eye connect through usb, since it makes it to easy to softmod it for use with the pc.

Jebril
Jebril

@Gelugon_baat So what you're saying is if I'm poor I should shut up, and the only way I can prove a point is if I just buy a copy of a game I like 10 times over. Ok got it.

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

@swamptick Is anyone tired of your trolling? I am.

monson21502
monson21502

all these ps fan boys bashing the wii need to buy this new wii bundle. instead of buying a move bundle and a extra move and a sub controller that they need for some one player move games. for only 10 bucks more you could have a whole new console with a ton of new games and some of them are great, alot better then anything you will be playing with move...

fierro316
fierro316

This is my childhood's G spot. Day one.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@Oni_Taedo : Never bashed anyone there pal.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@Waldkrieger Hey! 360 owners made their choice, no need to bash them for making the wrong one.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

If I bought either on of those, I would keep them in the box and save for a future investment.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Cool, its that's a good time to get a Wii. I think I'm waiting for the 3DS though

justincoool
justincoool

Nice! I want that RED controller, I will import one from Japan soon. :)

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Rather wait for the 3DS actually. It is a good value there though. The wii hardware is becoming outdated too.

Sinisevil
Sinisevil

Nintendo has done it again! It's cool how players who get the Wii Remote Plus won't need a Motion Plus Accessory to use in games like Wii Sports Resort now. And I own a Wii and it cost a lot to buy a separate Motion Plus for my Wii Remote. I,m telling you, this is going to be an awesome deal. The black Wii that was released a while back and it was the same price as this new red Wii, so a deal like this probably going to make it $149.99 soon.

riariases
riariases

@soulless4now Its just one of those things that grinds my gears. Like rubbing styrofoam or wearing socks with sandals.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@hannify Good work - outstanding. You surely are the king of the bargain hunters :D

digi-demon
digi-demon

@Bozanimal Uhh? :? - Ah, its seems that you my dear are a sausage sandwich minus the meat! Never heard of the 3DS? :D

digi-demon
digi-demon

@hannify Hmm nice...we'll just have to wait and see now then wont we... ;)

digi-demon
digi-demon

The limited editions look great - especially the Wii version - I'm sure the UK will be paying £200 not $200 though Softco's note that $200 is equivalent to £150 in UK money = £ip-off Britain

blablablo
blablablo

Great, finaly Nintendo offer limited bundled Wii. I Hope they will release a similar bundle for the next Zelda game, golden system just like the zelda edition DSLite.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

I'm a little too preoccupied by trying to get a PSP and PS3 right now. Maybe I'll find one on Ebay later.

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

@Mariokart: They create unsuccesful franchises that only affect the company. That's what I clearly meant.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Can't say I like the red with blue lights. Looks.......like a cartoon vesion of a Wii.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

chasing how is this a failure to create new ips when nintendos done more then 3 new ips this gen , , they are the wii linw of games , excite series and sin and punishment as well as metroid other m fling smash etc , you sir are not worthy of being thumbed up ~

Ganados0
Ganados0

Relax folks casual/Mini games games are dying out on the Wii, they have been doing so for a while now, they plain don't make money. It's time developers looked at what really sells and brings in profit (Resident Evil 4, Monster Hunter 3, Call of Duty) and why it sells.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

Dear Nintendo: I have owned all of your systems, but it is time to stop allocating marketing resources towards repackaging your existing products. Please redirect resources towards increasing your variety of high-quality titles. Listen to your own Miyamoto, "There are always ups and downs in this business. As long as we create unique and unprecedented experiences with video games, there should be nothing to worry about." Thank you, Boz

XanderZane
XanderZane

I like the red DSi XL. The only thing that sucks is it doesn't play older GBA games and I have a lot of those. I might just wait for the 3DS at this point. i really don't need to own 3 DS systems.

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

Ah, Nintendo keeps rehashing their original creations, and they keep failing at creating new IP's. This is yet another attempt to milk the Wii, only to have a mediocre library of games.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

No thanks. I think I'm all Mario'd out. I don't want anything else that involves him. I realise that there are many who still love him but I'm kind of sick of him now.

64316431
64316431

Like the way you called photo clock a 'title'

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

@ iluminat23, you might want to keep an eye on the PS3 Move then. I don't find too many of the Move's games interesting right now, but they will probably make better ones in the future

iluminat23
iluminat23

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Tarfang2
Tarfang2

this should get nintendo through until the 3DS comes out then the wii aswell will boost their sales nintendo wii2 is gunna be the first 8th generation console

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

I think I just might buy it. Look's amazing and such a great deal.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

The only thing wrong with a red anniversary Wii is... there isn't an image of super Mario on the side :(

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@Expo_Smacko Any console (or anything for that matter) collects dust, whether they are in use or not. This is why you need to clean them. Don't use that for an excuse for why you don't play a game system.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

they should of gave us another disc with older mario games on it

Jebril
Jebril

@Gelugon_baat The problem with casual gaming isn't that casual gamers are having fun it's that casual gaming kills the hardcore games. It's pretty obvious most developers are making their games more accessible, more user-friendly, and taking depth away from their games to aim them for a broader audience. While that's good that does make people who are actually good at video games feel a lil disappointed at the new standard of shallowness found in video games.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Wouldn't it be great if the Wii Mario Anniversary bundle came with Super Mario All-Stars Wii, Wii Sports, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $199? That would be a heck of a great deal and it saves you 2000 Wii Points from buying all four NES Mario games from the VC with your new red Wii.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@monson21502 Yes, I'm certain everyone at Nintendo was totally thinking of releasing a Red Wii to symbolize blood and momentum stopping. It has nothing to do with the fact that they're into the color red because of Mario, or that their logo used to be red, or that the NSMBW box is red for Mario. Y'know, it ended up being the #2 SKU in the US, so maybe red just screams "AWESOME!"

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

That new Wii... I want it. I won't buy it since I already have a Wii, but goshdarnit I like having colors to pick from! Next gen better have MS, Sony and Nintendo making systems of every damn color available. I want a freaking Periwinkle console already.

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

I sure do want that Mario Edition Wii and DSi. But I am saving my money for a 3DS and a bunch of games for it at launch. I will stick with my Launch DS and Wii. Where is my infinite money code?

BigStik
BigStik

They're releasing a new DSi XL? With the release of the 3DS so soon? I don't get it.

monson21502
monson21502

nice color choice nintendo... though i doubt its really for mario ... red means stop meaning these will be the last new wiis and dsi`s made before wii 2 and 3ds hit. it also is the color of blood which means both wii and dsi sales are dieing. these bundles scream warning to me for some reason. if you do buy these dont open them.. they could be worth alot of money one day...

archvile_78
archvile_78

i've yet to own a wii, this bundle is interesting. Oh and red wii

Slammer612
Slammer612

I never understand when people already have one of these systems will go out and blow another 200 bucks on another just because it has a paint job... Tell you a trick. Use spray paint from the hobby shop.

monson21502
monson21502

@Jenova-Witness, i dont have to look up sales numbers... i see how the ps3 is beating the wii almost every week in japan here on gamespots sales charts. i also see how the 360 has out sold them both more then enuff to cover a months worth of bad japan sales. because the last 3 months 360 has outsold both wii and ps3 by over 150 k and on a great week sales almost never reach 50 k for a week in japan. like i said.. nintendo knows the wii`s days are numbered. it did have a great run though. but it ends starting november 4th... trust me :)

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

Well I'm not exactly going to buy another Wii just for a game and a new color, but it's a good bargain for people who still don't have one. The key word being "still". I think the main reason Wii is slowing down on sales is because everyone that wants one has one already. Not that that's bad, just how it is. I have four normal Wiimotes already. Damn. They'll still be selling the WiiMotionPlus on its own, right? I only want it for Skyward Sword. :P Maybe it'll come bundled with a WiiRemotePlus, though. That'd be sick. Four Swords Adventures came with one of those Gamecube-GBA connectors, after all.