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Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Dated for Holiday Bonanza

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Tropical Freeze will retail at $49.99, $10 less than Mario's adventure

While naturally eyes are trying to take in the 2DS, which is an actual thing, Nintendo's Wii U strategy continues apace with an official price cut in North America that begins on 20th September — we'd expect other regions to follow suit. We've also had some release dates, and two of the biggest releases have now been tied down for North America; Super Mario 3D World arrives on 22nd November at $59.99, while Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings into the region on 6th December for $49.99. European dates still simply state November and December.

It's clear that, with an earlier arrival and premium price, Mario's latest adventure is unsurprisingly taking center stage. Whether that'll have the effect of overshadowing Retro Studio's platformer remains to be seen, but it does offer a more conventional 2D experience at a slightly lower price. As with the other major pre-Holiday releases, both will be under pressure to drive hardware sales not just in the Festive season, but presumably with some momentum into the early parts of the New Year.

With both releases coming in a two week span, do you intend to pick both of these up, just one or neither? Let us know in the comments below.

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Wonder_Ideal said:

Tropical Freeze is only $50? That's great! That will make picking up both DK:TF and SM3DW even better.



NintyMan said:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for $50 is a great deal for the Wii U and will certainly help me pre-order it. It's strange that Tropical Freeze and Mario 3D World swapped release months, but I'm fine with that since they're still going to be in the holiday season. Nintendo must be wanting Mario to be the first big Nintendo game to release near the Christmas season, so in that case, it makes sense.



SkywardCrowbar said:

Yes, the release dates have been switched. Sound marketing, IMO.

I'll be getting both because both will be great.



banacheck said:

I'll have to put money aside for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, as i'll be doing some serious gaming come Nov 29th, & beyond.



ThomasBW84 said:

@123akis Most game dates are still vague. I've updated the Wind Waker story, and will do so for Wii Party U. Scribblenauts is in hand too. A lot happening!



Ryno said:

Good to see Nintendo offering some pretty big name games at $49.99 like Tropical Freeze, Wind Waker HD, and Sonic Lost World.



JadedGamer said:

Im getting both contemplating buying another wiiU for the kids downstairs and buying them 3d world.



triforcepower73 said:

I've already played Super Mario 3D World about 4 times all the way through so I'll just pick up DK:TF since I've never played a Donkey Kong game.



ricklongo said:

Wait, DKTF was actually delayed by a couple of weeks? NOOOOOOOO!

It's by far the Wii U game I'm looking forward to the most this year.



sinalefa said:

Well, now @rjejr will be able to sleep at night.

So this and Zelda are released the same day? I will have to rearrange some purchases then.



Wanderhope said:

WAIT WAIT WAIT. The Wonderful 101 and Wind Waker HD release digitally within 5 days of each other. And NOW A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World release the same day? I'm torn between rampant joy and dread for my money/free time...



Mommar said:

Zelda Bundle plus Mario and/or Donkey Kong. That's pretty good value and three HUGE titles for the Holiday season. Though big sales of a Nintendo Console does not mean additional third party games, they all crapped on the Wii too even though it was in more households.



rjejr said:

So much news today. So glad Nintendo had that Direct a month ago with nothing in it. Is anybody in charge of their marketing dept at all?

Price drop
Zelda bundle
release dates

It's like Nintendo's own E3 day. There's really no point in them ever having a ND again if today didn't qualify for one.



rjejr said:

@sinalefa - Well I can sleep at night about about the SM3DW release date, but I just bought my Wii U 2 1/2 weeks ago at $349 I am glad Zelda is bundled and not SM3DW, then I would relaly be annoyed.

Just realized both these games have Friday release dates. Better than Sunday for people who want release date shipping. Doesn't matter to us, Santa leaves then under the tree at Christmas regardless of what day it is



sinalefa said:


Based on previous comments, it seems you bought it on a whim, as you wanted it originally for Xmas. Had you sticked to the plan... jk

Anyway, it is not that much of a cut, hopefully you are like me and you are enjoying Pikmin 3. And I do agree, these should have been covered in a Direct.



Silent said:

@Wanderhope You are not the only one. The movie Catching Fire comes out that same day, Mario Party and Super Mario 3dW?!!? 1 day before my B-Day??



Mint_Pepper said:

Man I am liking all these Friday releases. This gives me enough time to play over the weekend!



R_Champ said:


Same! Rayman Legends is coming out on Tueday here in US...T_T I like that upcoming games are coming out right on the weekends.



PikminWorld said:

Can't wait for those games! Also happy that Tropical Freeze is $50 instead of $60. I miss those Wii $50 priced games haha.



JaxonH said:

Not anymore. These are the revised release dates. Looks like they strategically switched places.

Are you kidding? How could I pass up either of these games?! This is why I buy Nintendo consoles- these games are the bread and butter of any Nintendo fan!



triforcepower73 said:

@XneroX @Goginho Yeah except it's called Super Mario 3D Land. They're pretty much the same. One's on a home console and the other is on a handheld that's about the biggest difference I can find between the two. And the multiplayer but nobody in my family would be interested in doing that since they "don't play Nintendo games."



Ricube said:

@triforcepower73 Maybe you don't play them either or you should know why your statement is not correct. Maybe they have a similar style, but I've never heard someone complaining about, let's say, SM galaxy 2 because they've played a SMG a lot. And this one is a sequel on a different console, so if you liked SM 3D Land I think you should make a gift yourself with this one. Anyway that is what I am going to do.



ULTRA-64 said:

@triforcepower73 same name, same Mario game! Even though it's a different didn't just say that on a Nintendo fan site did you!?! If you could see all of the mucky looks at you right now!!!



triforcepower73 said:

@Ricube @Ricube You guys realize I'm being half sarcastic right? I love Mario and have the highest respect for the series. Without it gaming would either be nonexistent or very, very different and most likely a lot worse than it it now. I'm just saying I have only enough cash to spend on one of these two and since I've never played a donkey kong I'm going to buy tropical freeze instead.



rjejr said:

@sinalefa - "Based on previous comments, it seems you bought it on a whim"

Not so much a whim as an agonizing internal debate that had me pacing the aisles at Target between the electronics section and Starbucks about 5 times over 30 minutes. Pro - $50 GC, W101 demo, Pikmin 3, Pokemon Rumble U, $200 birthday cash burning a whole in my pocket, and my kids had 4 weeks of summer vacation left. Con - figured the price drop was coming since Feb. or March, knew the Zelda bundle was likely coming, Santa likes big gifts under the tree, I had $200, not $300, there are still a bunch of PS3 games I want. So yeah, sort of like a whim

I gambled, kinda lost, kinda won. Its like when you take the good looking drunk girl home but the next day your friend tells you the really hot girl wanted to go home with you. There's always buyers remorse in situations like these, even when you made the right decision at the time.



Nintendo2013 said:

Duh..... when a Nintendo title like mario drops everyone and their mothers buy it... you better pre-order these ladies and gents they are going to be sold out very.. very fast.. and yes i will get both.

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