Nintendo Bundles Abound This Holiday Season
Beginning this month and leading straight into the holiday season, Nintendo is bringing a variety of bundles to retailers all across Canada. If you’re in the market for a New Nintendo 2DS XL or a Nintendo Switch game, then they just might have something for you.
First up is a new purple/silver New Nintendo 2DS XL with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed, all for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $199.99. In addition, the already available black/turquoise and white/orange color schemes will also be updated on the same day to include the game.
That very same day, new “starter pack” versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey will arrive in stores with strategy guides packed in. Each one retails for an MSRP of $79.99.
Fast-forward to December 7th and the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, and you’ll find a bundle containing the game, a steel case, and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller emblazoned with the Super Smash Bros. logo, all for an MSRP of $179.99. If you’d rather just have the controller by itself, though, you can get that on the same day for an MSRP of $99.99.
Alongside these releases, new titles are on the way, including Super Mario Party on October 5th, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on November 16th, and the aforementioned Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7th, all on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo 3DS won’t be left out, either, as WarioWare Gold and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters were released recently, while Luigi’s Mansion is going to arrive just in time to make this Halloween the most spook-tacular it can be on October 12th.
“We want to give people a variety of options and price points when shopping for themselves or the Nintendo fans in their lives,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. “Whether looking for a portable system for a first-time gamer or a cool controller to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo has great gifts for all ages this holiday season.”
The Nintendo Switch has been selling hot and fast ever since its early March release, so there’s a possibility you may not have one yet. Whether that’s the case, or you just want to try out the hottest new games on the new on-the-go home console, Nintendo of Canada has just the news for you.
Throughout the summer of 2017, fans across Canada will have the chance to take part in the Nintendo Switch Play Together events featuring 1-2-Switch, Snipperclips – Cut It Out, Together!, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and eventually Splatoon 2, once it’s been released on July 21st. Other activities for visitors include snapping pics at the themed Photo Walls, competing in the Competition Zone for prizes, getting to grab some Nintendo goods (while supplies last, of course), and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm*, meet Mario or Luigi!
Lucky participants will also score a Nintendo Switch Play Together prize pack, which includes a Nintendo Switch system and one copy each of ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2. Full contest rules and regulations can be found here.
Here is the full schedule as it currently stands:
|June 25||Vancouver, BC||Greek Day on Broadway|
|July 1||Surrey, BC||Canada Day Celebrations [Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre]|
|July 1 – 3||Toronto, ON||Redpath Waterfront Festival|
|July 7 – 9||Montreal, QC||Montreal Comiccon+|
|July 7 – 16||Calgary, AB||Calgary Stampede+|
|July 15 – 23||Montreal, QC||Mondial des Jeux+|
|Aug 2 – 6||Lévis, QC||Festivent Ville de Lévis+|
|Aug 11 – 13||Montreal, QC||La Ronde+|
|Aug 18 – Sept 4||Toronto, ON||Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)+|
|Aug 19 – Sept 4||Vancouver, BC||Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)+**|
*Mario/Luigi schedule subject to change. 12-4pm is approximate timing and does not include breaks.
** Closed August 21 and 28
+Require general ticket purchase to events for access to grounds.
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