Nintendo of America confirmed earlier today that they will be bundling the new Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus controller with copies of Nintendo Land. The new bundle will be available to purchase at North American retailers on December 2nd for $59.99
Several people are reporting that Nintendo Land has mysteriously been removed from the North American Wii U eShop. However, Nintendo Land is still available to purchase from the European Wii U eShop. Nintendo hasn’t disclosed why the game has been removed, but people shouldn’t fear as the press release which Nintendo recently sent out said that the game will be available on the eShop for a new low suggested retail price of $29.99.
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As one of several holiday shopping specials rolled out by Nintendo on November 1st, the likes of which include a free download of Wii Fit U and the introduction of Mario and Luigi Wii Remotes, the company has also cut the cost of its flagship Wii U game, Nintendo Land, from $59.99 to $29.99. In a press release, Nintendo of America announced the permanent new price for the game in the United States, but no word has arrived yet about whether or not they plan on initiating the same price drop in Europe. Here are some details from the press release:
“Nintendo has the best deals for the holiday season, and four of them kick off today. Nov. 1 marks the day consumers can find a lower price for Nintendo Land, a new Wii U hardware bundle, cool new accessories and a free trial for one of the most popular exercise franchises in video game history. These deals represent one of the many ways that Nintendo is bringing value and variety to consumers.
New Price For Nintendo Land: Nintendo has dropped the suggested retail price of the Nintendo Land game for the Wii U console. Nintendo Land is now available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop at a suggested retail price of $29.99, down from the original suggested retail price of $59.99.”
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during the E3 analyst briefing that the company acknowledges that Nintendo Land has failed to attract consumers to Wii U. Iwata said that Nintendo Land hasn’t fulfilled the same role as Wii Sports – which consumers flocked to play and subsequently purchased a Wii back in 2006. Iwata did say that Nintendo is going to release a variety of Wii U software which shows off how convenient and delightful it is to have the Wii U GamePad controller, and how it changes the gaming experience.
“Asymmetric gameplay” is one of the important elements which differentiate Wii U from other products. Thus, we have released “Nintendo Land” as the software to make consumers understand the value of asymmetric gameplay. In the United States, we bundled it with the Wii U “Deluxe Set” which is a higher-end model equipped with 32GB of memory. We have received a lot of comments from consumers that the gameplay in “Nintendo Land” is interesting. However, we presume that they have not yet come up with the best words to easily explain how interesting it is to other people.”
“I would say that “Nintendo Land” has not fulfilled the same role as “Wii Sports” did when we bundled it with Wii.”
“Of course, we won’t remain silent and do nothing. We are going to release a variety of Wii U software, and with each title, we would like to show how convenient and delightful it is to have the Wii U GamePad controller, and how it changes the gaming experience.”
“In addition, we have also learned that the name “asymmetric gameplay” does not fully explain the GamePad’s value to consumers. As for the software going to be released from now on, we would like to describe the experience that the GamePad provides with a different expression in order to adequately convey its necessity to consumers and increase the number of consumers that think, “Indeed it is good to have a GamePad.” In this sense, starting with “Pikmin 3,” we aim to include functions that make good use of the GamePad that consumers can appreciate”
Nintendo has announced that it will launch a Nintendo Land bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller in Japan. The bundle will be priced at 5,985 yen and will be released on July 13th – the same day the white Wii U Premium Set launches in Japan. Consumers who don’t want the extra controller will still be able to purchase Nintendo Land as a standalone game.
US retailer Frys is advertising a Wii U bundle that console owners can’t miss out on. The retailer is selling ZombiU, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Nintendo Land together for the bargain price of $59.99. The regular price for all three games is $129.97. Will you be purchasing this three game bundle extravaganza?
Nintendo is apparently looking to introduce a 8GB Wii U Basic pack which comes bundled with Nintendo Land this holiday season. This means that the 8GB Basic won’t receive a price cut, but it will instead be bundled with the well-received Nintendo Land. However, the Wii U 32GB will apparently continue to be bundled with Nintendo Land, but it will see a price reduction.
For a limited time, Best Buy is selling the Wii U Basic Set bundled with Nintendo Land for only $299.99. Regularly, the Wii U Basic Set is sold at that same price without Nintendo Land, whereas the Wii U Deluxe Set includes the party game and costs $349.99. Nintendo Land retails for $59.99, so, technically, if you decide to purchase the Wii U Basic Set bundle from the American retailer, you’re saving over $50. Will you be purchasing the bundle? Or do you rather paying the extra cash for the Wii U Deluxe Set, which features more memory? Let us know in the comments section below.
Anything’s possible, even a Nintendo theme park, according to legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. ABC recently asked Miyamoto whether he would consider an actual Mario theme park, as opposed to a digital amusement park like the one found in Wii U launch title Nintendo Land. The company is currently focusing on digital products; however, Miyamoto reassures that a Nintendo theme park isn’t out of the question. Who wouldn’t want to visit a real ‘Nintendo Land’ or ‘Nintendo World’?
ABC: “Nintendo Land” very much teased us, and everyone wants to actually go to Nintendo Land in person. Have you ever been approached about a Mario theme-park, or is that ever something you would consider in real life?
Miyamoto: Certainly, with Nintendo being in the entertainment industry, there may come some point in the future where that might become a possibility. But right now we’ve got our hands full creating our digital products. Certainly, it’s not an impossibility.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U has entered the UK all-formats chart this week. The game charted at number ten for the Nintendo 3DS and number twelve on the Wii U. Nintendo Land also made a re-entry in the UK all-formats charts and entered in at number thirty-six. All in all it was a slow week in the UK as the number one game Gears of War: Judgement sold less than 4 times the amount that Gears of War 3 sold in its first week.