Mario celebrates 25 years with Wii, DSi bundles

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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The new Wii bundle commemorating Super Mario Bros.
The bundle commemorates Super Mario Bros. Nintendo

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.

Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. on September 13 and commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System on Monday.

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.