Nintendo UK has now confirmed that the Super Mario Maker hardback artbook will not also be sold separately on the official UK store, as stated in its original press release. It will only be available in the bundles outlined below and as a PDF with eShop purchases of the game.
We've written on various occasions on how Super Mario Maker will be a vital release for the Wii U, at least in terms of keeping the system ticking over into 2016. Mario games sell, and this creation tool is arguably one of the most exciting releases in the series in quite some time.
Of course, one key suggestion has been that Nintendo accompany this release with a hardware bundle - these can be a great way to lure in gamers on the fence. The pleasing news is that this is going to be a reality, and it'll be arriving alongside the game on 11th September; we don't take this for granted, as the Splatoon hardware bundle lagged behind the game in Europe.
This bundle is currently confirmed for Europe, but as it's simply a 32GB system packaged with the physical collector's version of the game we'd expect an equivalent North American announcement soon.
The Nintendo of Europe press release outlines the options:
- Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack: a black Wii U Premium console, a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection
- Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection
- Super Mario Maker Standard Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker and a Hardcover Artbook
In addition, it's confirmed that the eShop version of the game will come with a PDF of the artbook, and that book will also be sold separately in the UK by the official store.
On the amiibo front, that Classic Colours Mario included in the bundles will also be sold separately on 11th September, while the Modern Colours Mario amiibo arrives in Europe on 23rd October.
Plenty of options, then. Are you pleased to hear about the hardware bundle, and have you decided how to pick up Super Mario Maker yet?