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2DS Hardware Bundle With New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coming on 4th July

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It's all about the coins, remember

In its recent financial results, Nintendo confirmed that over two million 2DS systems had been sold since its launch in October 2013, a solid return considering its arguably limited demographic. The company remains keen to promote the system, particularly to young gamers, and has now announced a new bundle set for a 4th July arrival.

The New Super Mario Bros. 2 Special Edition comes with, of course, New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed on a 4GB SD card. It's a unique version of the 2012 release in that it has all Coin Packs — originally sold as DLC — pre-installed, adding 30 additional challenges on top of the core game.

The choice of NSMB2 makes sense in light of the target market of the 2DS — budget hardware for younger gamers. That said, we're a little surprised that this isn't an official Mario Kart 7 bundle, as one example, though in that case Nintendo may be keen to avoid distraction from the just-released Wii U entry.

This is only confirmed for Europe so far, and we'll provide an update should it be announced for North America. What do you think of this bundle?

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TruenoGT

#6

TruenoGT said:

It'd be cool to see this color in NA, though I'm liking that sea green/white 2DS coming out later this week a bit more.

OneBagTravel

#7

OneBagTravel said:

Playing through the game right now on my recently purchased 3DS XL. I had no idea there were coin packs. I'll have to look into this.

Blue-Thunder

#8

Blue-Thunder said:

If the price is right I might bite. I can really see how downloads are handy with a handheld but not with a home system.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

@Maelstrom - I'm guessing b/c this is a system for kids, and it has Mario collecting coins. Plenty and plenty of coins to collect. And it looks really good on the box?

I'll never like the 2DS, but that box really does look good. Any word on the price? I still think 2DS should officially be $99.99, but if they add a $30 game in the box - and isn't that about $10 worth of DLC? - and keep it at $129.99, same thing.

And I agree w/ the MK7 issue, I'm still annoyed about Wii Mini ;-)

And I think NSMB2 is a better choice than the newer SM3DL based on the 2DS's lack of 3D. I don't think it will be an issue w/ this game but SM3DL loses something when you turn the 3D effect off.

Another Pre-E3 announcement from Nintendo. Every one of these makes me think something else is waiting. :-)

Hortencio

#12

Hortencio said:

@rjejr
Yeah, $129.99 seems to be the logical move, but that's somewhat of a deal-breaker for me as, come Christmas, a similar Smash Bros. bundle will likely cost the same. I've had my fill of 2D Mario Bros. games over the past two years (and the comments about this one don't exactly ignite my excitement), so they'll have to bundle something special for me to finally make the leap...

EarthboundBenjy

#13

EarthboundBenjy said:

Why is there so much New Super Mario Bros. 2 hate in the comments? I played it and thought it was a cool game. It's also a good choice of game to bundle with new 2DS systems, as the 3D doesn't really matter in it that much.

Peach64

#14

Peach64 said:

I don't like the game too much either, but it probably makes the most sense to include in a 2DS bundle now that they've already done Pokemon.

PuppyToucher

#17

PuppyToucher said:

I personally haven't played this game but if this bundle is $129.99 and comes to the U.S. I might get it. My friend has been wanting a 2ds to play animal crossing and this might be a good opportunity to get her one with a free game that she would also like included.

dumedum

#18

dumedum said:

looks cute, and I really like the game. No interest in the 2DS though. 3DS Cosmo Black for life for me.

Mahe

#23

Mahe said:

Now that's a bundle!

Also worth noting that this system includes Mii Plaza and the initial Streetpass games by default. A great game offering right out of the box!

Andremario

#24

Andremario said:

The game wasn't that bad. Try out the dlc packs unless you have nothing but time on your hands you will die on some of the dlc worlds. NSMB 2 may not be everyone's cup of Tea but one thing you can't say that it's not challenging.

TeeJay

#26

TeeJay said:

Wait a large number of people didn't like NSMB2? Why? This is news to me.

LtAldoRaine

#27

LtAldoRaine said:

I liked NSMB2 more than U, because at least it tried to do something a little different. I just thought U was kind of bland.

Diddy_kong

#28

Diddy_kong said:

It's funny, I haven't played the game once since I reached 1 million coins. That grind, and with essentially ZERO reward for actually reaching that milestone, completely killed my desire to ever play the game again.

But anyways that's just me. As a pre-installed game on a handheld that is marketed towards children I think this is a good idea.

midnafanboy

#29

midnafanboy said:

Not a bad deal and i bet they will do a bundle when smash bros come out which i would buy it if that happen cause the 2DS is so comfortable and easy to use in my opinion .

rjejr

#30

rjejr said:

@Hortencio - My thoughts on the 2DS is that it generally isn't made for anyone old enough to post a comment on the web. At least that's my impression w/ the whole - 3D is bad for eyes under 6 years old so we took it out - marketing. Not to say teens and adults won't get one, but to me this is a kids toy, and 2D Mario is viewed as a kids game, even if it is too difficult for today's kids to play it. I think SSB is more likely to be bundled w/ the XL than the 2DS, though probably just the normal 3DS.

Hortencio

#31

Hortencio said:

@rjejr
Interesting thoughts. On the converse side, however, it wouldn't surprise me if older gamers are somewhat turned off by the 3DS because it hurts there already aged, video-game traveled eyes. I am almost 30 (with 20/20 eyesight at that) and I hate the 3D slider and always, in stores, play with it off; when the 2DS was announced, with a cheaper price tag in tow, it was the first time I honestly considered buying the system (which has about 10 games I could easily buy "day one"). Your probably right about a future Smash bundle, which is a shame, because I would rather buy both separately than kill two birds with one stone, as it were...

rjejr

#32

rjejr said:

@Hortencio - Well it's not completely about the removal of 3D, its also the removal of the clamshell design so it's not broken as easily, but I also feel it's not as pocket friendly, it's made for kids to play in the car or at home, not take on the metro to work in your pocket or on the bus to school. It looks like a big tv remote control to me.

When I first saw it I immediately guessed it would have tv out b/c it just looks like its designed to stay in the home on the coffee table. And I thought they called is 2DS b/c most tvs cant play 3D. As much as I don't like it I would have bought one if the top screen played on my tv over an optional 10' HDMI cable w/ stereo sound that the system lacks but the games still have built in.

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