Super Smash Bros. Characters' Games Discounted in Month-Long Sale

Each week this month, Nintendo will drop the price of games featuring characters from the upcoming Super Smash Bros.

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Each week from now until the launch of the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Nintendo will be discounting games featuring characters from the upcoming fighting game.

The first week of sales includes games starring characters like Mario, Yoshi, and Rosalina. It's primarily Virtual Console games playable on Wii U and 3DS that are on sale, but there are also some original games for both systems, too. Among the highlights are Super Mario 3D World for $40, Super Mario Bros. 3 for $3.50 on Wii U and 3DS each (sadly, there is still no cross-buy support on Nintendo systems), and Super Mario 3D Land for $20.

These deals are now live, with subsequent sales starting each Thursday in September at 9 AM Pacific. Specific games for the next three weeks of sales have not been confirmed, but Nintendo has laid out which characters' games will be offered during which week. Check out the full preview, along with a list of this week's sales, below.

Super Smash Bros. launches on 3DS on October 3 and on Wii U this holiday.

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Jedilink109

That Shulk reveal trailer is cool. I'm glad that while they have MASSIVE characters from video gaming history, they are also including several lesser known characters too. I'll have a blast playing as my old favorites, and then I'll find the second wind of fighters that I don't know quite as well. This game will have a ton of replay value. It also comes out just before my birthday. Excited? Yup. I am.

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Blue9628

Forgot Super Mario 3D World is $39.99 instead of $59.99, which I will totally buy.

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grin89

Thats some really bad english voice acting.

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NTM23

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's British. Not sure if you're making a joke or think it's an attempt at American English.

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PosiTVEMinD355

Meh, I still prefer physical copy

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guydude3412

Same. Unless it is only digital. Then I don't mind

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Raizak

It would be wishful thinking to expect Nintendo to drop the price on Xenoblade Chronicles. I already have the game, but I think not being $80 or whatever would give it more exposure.

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Bowser05

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm pretty sure Xenoblade Chronicles isn't in print anymore, so Nintendo isn't setting the prices. I could very likely be wrong but I remember it going out of print back when I was still working at Gamestop.

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iamllamapie

Nintendo games are still way too expensive. They hardly drop in price through their lifespan and when there are discounts it feels like it is still expensive.

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Bowser05

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yet they sell really really well. See the thing is, unlike most modern games, the majority of gamers are perfectly happy with paying full price for Nintendo games because the value is there for them. I don't regret buying Tropical Freeze at full price, but I DO regret getting Battlefield 3 at full price. In fact, it's kind of sad that so many publishers depend on this 'sale marketing' tactic rather than relying on releasing a quality product that people deem worth every penny.

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Too-DementeD

I want Pokémon X/Y to go on sale. I already have a copy, but cos I moved over all my Pokémon from previous games to my Y copy, I can't restart the save file without deleting everything or getting a "Poké bank" subscription.

Thinking about getting Super Mario Bros. 3 on my Wii U too, hmmm...

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Bowser05

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's $5 a year. I don't want to be rude but in order to make my point I'm going to say it anyway: if you can't afford $5 a year for a service that covers ALL your Pokemon games from here on out then you are likely in the WRONG hobby.

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Too-DementeD

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Excuse you, but there is a difference between being able to afford something (which I can easily afford it, thank you) and how much something is worth. If I was offering you a small can of Pepsi for $5, would you buy it? No you wouldn't. Does that mean you can't afford it? No.

It's a cloud storage for nothing but Pokémon "for all your Pokemon games here on out" being X/Y so far... and that's it. How often do Pokémon games get released? I know OR/AS is coming out in two months (and I'm excited for it, don't get me wrong) but saying "$5 a year for all your games here on out" is sorta stupid when they aren't released that frequently. Next game will be out by the next time you gotta pay another $5. To me, that's not worth it. The whole idea of having to pay for the Poké Transporter to move previous game's pokémon over is equally not worth it. That function used to be free, but now they've implemented it as part of the Bank (which you have to pay for) for no good reason.

Plus, like I said I was planning on getting Pokémon X... so again I have no idea why you have the assumption that I couldn't afford $5. An entire Pokémon game for $30-$40? Worth it. Putting some Pokémon in a box for a year for $5? Not worth it IMO.

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Bowser05

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh you want to talk about value then? I can easily talk to you about value. Let's see. Let's just take the last two generations as examples. My Pokemon ranch was the last storage system we got. It worked well, don't get me wrong, but it was limited exclusively to Diamond and Pearl. Not even with Platinum (unless they patched it...but at Platinum launch it didn't work so I stopped using it). That was $10. That's 2 years of Bank which from it's release already will have covered X/Y AND the next set of games (Ruby/Sapphire remakes). That's already two sets within the $5 time frame which Pokemon Ranch only covered ONE set for 10. Alright still not worth it for you?


Since Platinum launched, we've been consistently getting a Pokemon set every year. So putting that into perspective, and assuming the trend continues, say you only play for the next...say 5 years. So that covers Ruby/Sapphire, one more game (probably Z or X2/Y2), the next generation pair, Diamond/Pearl remakes (assuming they continue the predictable trend) and the tertiary next generation game(s). As an added bonus it retroactively covers X/Y, which is merely a bonus considering our scenario. So that's $25 you spent on that over the course of 5 years.


Say the storage system isn't what you really care about? All you really want to do is keep moving your Pokemon forward each set of games (I understand that, that's mostly what I do so that it's easier to complete the Pokedex for me). So you'll only really use Transporter. Alright let's take a step back again. With the sole exception of GBA->DS, Pokemon transfers have ALWAYS been a real pain and a large, time consuming hassle to deal with. So then there is more added value for you. You pay $25 over the course of 5 years and 5 big game releases in order to assure you have a safe, easy to use and extremely convenient method of transferring. I could make more analogies to the older storage systems as well but I think that point was made.




All the long and drawn out text wall aside, I realize I am coming off as completely negative toward you and your choices. In fact, my original post WAS rude and WAS inconsiderate, to which I apologize. Ultimately, the point I'm making is there is EXTREME value in what they are offering. You may not think any of the points I made add value, which is fine...but the fact is that the majority of Pokemon players DO see the value. I mean, would you really rather have a temporary method that is extremely limiting or (presumably) timeless method that can evolve with the series without worrying about hardware limitations and what not. I mean, Nintendo said the reason they are doing this is not just for storage. Say you want to use the Transporter to put your old X/Y guys onto the games that are 2 generations AFTER that. According to them, that's something they are trying to make sure happens. All at the cost of $5 a year.

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Too-DementeD

<< LINK REMOVED >> Pokémon Ranch was not worth it either, I wouldn't really compare it with the bank to get the "value" of this whole cloud storage thing. The worth of it is however much the consumer using it thinks it's worth to them, which to me, $5 isn't really worth it. To be honest, I didn't really mind the 'hassle' you had to go through to get stuff between Gen 4/Gen 5. Heck, to get them through the transporter, you have to move everything from Gen 4 to Gen 5 to start off with. It's mandatory.

Anyway, personally I would be wanting to use it as a transporter alone, there are already so many boxes in the game (which I thank Game Freak for doing) that I don't need a cloud storage system. What I do need is something to move Pokémon across games, especially as you said, when newer gens come out. Right now however, all I have is a copy of Y and all my Gen 4/Gen 5 pokes are already on it. Even if I had a copy of X too, I have two 3DS's so could just trade between the two for whatever I need. Maybe what it comes down to is circumstances.

Since Y is my copy that has all my main pokémon on it, I won't be trading anything over to OR/AS when that comes out. At most, I would just need to trade stuff from OR/AS to Y. Not sure how that'll work right now, whether you can trade between the games or if you need to use the bank, but if you have to use the bank, I'd probably see it more worth getting. Getting it now when there isn't much reason to, besides moving old Pokémon to X/Y (which you could have done for free, since Nintendo were nice enough to put out a free trial on the bank), isn't worth it to me. It reminds me of when I bought the Wii U at launch, played it a bit, then didn't touch it for almost a year because there aren't many good games on it. Essentially, I'd be paying ahead of time for services you don't need at the moment, and that are timed so would need to pay AGAIN when new games are released. Down the line when there are more games that utilize the Bank/Transporter, only then would I think the $5 is worth it.

Besides moving old Pokémon over, the biggest use for the bank/transporter right now I believe is creating perfect pokémon via Pokégen for Gen4/Gen5 and then moving them into X and Y. I can't really think of anything else to do.

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Spartan-1657

Yea.... not that impressive. At all.

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RainIsMyDrug

NSMBU been $39.99 on amazon for long time now :/ hell its cheaper on amazon right now for like 38$ and some cent ..

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elheber

My wallet is ready.

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phillybro806

@elheber You want to help mines get ready?

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Bowser05

<< LINK REMOVED >> Speak English, please.

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phillybro806

I guess I'm the only one in this comment section happy about 3D World being on sale :/

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whatsazerg

Nintendo almost always has shitty sales. So shitty that even MS's deals seem stellar by comparison.

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Blk_Mage_Ctype

Cool, but I strongly prefer physical copies and have recently had issues with my eShop purchases due to Nintendo's policies, so I'm not interested.

Nintendo seriously needs to completely rework the eShop and the policies surrounding it, They should honestly follow Valve's example and model their eShop after Steam. If they did it, they'd completely blow Sony and Microsoft out of the water and attract tons of new customers, thus strengthening their overall presence as a serious competitor in the console market.

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Xisiuizado

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Sadly, at this point it's too late. The games are too old for us who played them as kids, and younger gamers have fond memories of Sony and Microsoft rather than Nintendo platformers. They took too long and now they need to recreate the feverish interest they once held.

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Pupchu

"Wii Fit Traineer"... -.-;

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You know you want her. lol

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uncha1n3d

The eshop is so damn dissapointing. Nintendo literally has hundrends of classic games from the game boy to the gamecube that they can port over and they just dont. Instead they recycle the same pool of around 50 games and they overcharge for them. The discounted prices above should very well be current prices without the discount. Id totally download more stuff if I felt like they priced everything more competitively

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RabidBurp

@uncha1n3d

Who would they compete with? Themselves? Nintendo releases quality games that retain their value for decades at a time. This isn't some Battlefield or Assassins Creed game where the price drops from $60 to $20 in less than 3 months after launch.

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Liquid_

Zelda Ocarnia of Time - 20$

Donkey Kong Country Returns - 20$


COME ON!!!!!!!!

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Spartan-1657

$20 for OoT? That's a sale to you?

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Xisiuizado

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Heck, it's like bloodletting for Nintendo. "A decade old game for $20? What? No. If you ask again, it'll be sold for $80 used at Gamestop after we find unopened copies in a warehouse."

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raddys2001

Poor Shulk if Nintendo would have not made your game more available.

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SonyOnly4

O Come on Nintendo not you too Why no UK Price drop ?

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Slim_Lyrics

Nintendo actually providing discounts for their first party titles? Unbelievable. This is the same company that's still selling the 3DS port of Star Fox 64 for $40 2 years after its release.

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elheber

Nintendo games generally have long legs. An exception that comes to mind is Other M, which I found in discount bins after a single year.

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Slim_Lyrics

<< LINK REMOVED >> It still doesn't make the fact that they sell most of their top games at launch price years after it's release. Gran Tursimp 5 was one of the best selling Ps3 games yet the price dropped a few months after it's release. Likewise for Halo 3 and even GTA V (the best selling game ever) has gotten a price drop less than a year after release. Yet Mario Kart Wii still sells at full price for years. Unacceptable.

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Xisiuizado

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It's a "benefit" from the lack of competition their games have from third party publishers. They still sell at high prices years later since Nintendo's games are almost all the system has available.

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xantufrog

Nintendo offering discounts on their games!? They usually hold so fast to their prices... this is a cool promotion, love how it ties in to the big blockbuster title coming out too

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nastyhotpocket

wow a dollar off...thats hilarious,didnt think anybody could beat M$ greed but dang a dollar off.

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delete-EasyComeEasyGo

It's better then nothing at all.

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delete-EasyComeEasyGo

Week 3 looks like a good deal so with that, Destiny will keep me occupied until week 3 sales is up.

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CrimsonBrute

Week 1 games seems a little lame. The other 3 weeks look good.

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