Nintendo plans to release a Red Wii bundle a Red Nintendo DSi XL bundle on November 7. Also coming: a Wii Remote Plus for better control of on-screen action.
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Nintendo has unveiled limited edition Wii and DSi XL bundles to mark the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
The new Wii bundle includes a "Mario-red" Wii and a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
In addition, the bundle will come with a red Wii Remote Plus, the game company's upcoming controller, which combines the functions of the Wii Remote and the Wii MotionPlus add-on. The bundle will also include a red Nunchuk controller and a copy of Wii Sports.
According to Nintendo, the limited edition bundles will be "available while supplies last." They will hit store shelves on November 7 for $199.99.
Nintendo also unveiled a new DSi XL bundle, which includes a red DSi XL and a copy of Mario Kart DS. The bundle will set consumers back $179.99 when it launches on November 7.
As noted above, November 7 marks the U.S. launch of the Wii Remote Plus, which will sell for $39.99. Starting then, all Wii consoles or bundles will come with the Wii Remote Plus, Nintendo said.
Finally, Nintendo plans to offer a FlingSmash bundle starting November 7. The game, which combines elements of tennis and pinball, comes bundled with the upcoming Wii Remote Plus. The package will retail for $49.99.
Both of those launches were significant. The game and the console were released at a time when the future of the gaming industry was in doubt. Their successes helped revive the industry and created a benchmark by which later hardware and software releases were judged.