In a surprising, but not really so surprising move Nintendo announced today that their Wii U Deluxe Set would be making a change to its bundled-in game. Since launch that game has been Nintendo Land, a themepark collection of mini-games that showcase the Wii U GamePad's various technology and features. From now on the bundled-in games will be New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Luigi U.
The Wii U Deluxe Set will still retail for the standard $300 price it's sat at since this year's earlier $50 price reduction. For those still wanting to pick up Nintendo Land, it will be available digitally for $30, since Nintendo game prices never really drop past that these days.
Nintendo of America VP of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt provided the following statement:
"Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games. This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season."
Hard to make an argument that this is anything except an improvement for potential Wii U buyers. Nintendo Land has a few fun games, but it doesn't have the depth or value of two full Mario games. Heck, New Super Luigi U was only released what seems like a few months ago. The two titles should provide a great introductory experience to the Wii U, including multiplayer and an assortment of GamePad features
Nintendo's new Wii U Deluxe Set featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U should be available at retailers starting November 1, which is also when Nintendo Land will be purchasable on the Wii U eShop.