When it comes to the big three, they rely on new and exciting ways to move their handhelds and consoles. The only way to increase their profits and earn new fans is to make sure people are playing their games, after all. Sure, it all starts with a very basic system that is barebones. If you are lucky, you get one game with it. But once a few months or a year pass, we start seeing wonderful bundles. And, when it comes to Nintendo, they’re among the best at providing a wide array of options for people who want systems.
Nintendo always has fans’ backs. In addition to being a company that is rather reliable when it comes to providing pack-in software when hardware launches, it is also very quick about getting better value bundles out there as soon as possible. Walk down any store’s aisle and you should see at least two 3DS models, two 2DS models, and even two sorts of Switch bundles. There were plenty of DS, Wii, and Wii U bundles too. There’s a sense of consistency here, providing for people over and over again. And right now, the company is in its prime.
Let’s start by focusing on some of the Switch bundles being offered so far. Within the first year of its launch, Nintendo prepared two for people worldwide. One is a Walmart-exclusive Splatoon 2 bundle, and the other is for Super Mario Odyssey. Both are more expensive than the standard Switch, coming in at $379.99, but the options with them make the extra cost worth it. Each one has unique Joy-Cons, with the one having a set of pink and green and the other’s being red. Each one comes with a game. They also each have a carrying case with a design from the respective games, to help people carry the console around. It is a great value and way to get started with a new system, all things considered.
Of course, there have always been plenty of handheld bundles. Most recently, Nintendo has really been pushing for value by pairing its 2DS models with games. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is the best possible gateway into the 3DS ecosystem. A normal 2DS is usually around $79.99 on its own. But fortunately, almost every one of them now comes in some sort of custom color and pre-installed game. Sure, they do not have 3D or amiibo support, but 3D effects are not mandatory in any games and you could always buy an amiibo reader separately. Some of the most recent bundles options include ones for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart 7, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. Those are three of the absolute best 3DS games you can get, and someone can get the system and a game for $20 more than some AAA release they might be done with after two weeks.
Nintendo has even been getting good about actual game bundles. We are seeing collector’s editions more and more often. Both Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Fire Emblem Warriors had collector’s editions that cost more, but gave us things like soundtracks and art books. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will have a special edition, just like Xenoblade Chronicles. And most exciting is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition, a bundle that is designed to reward people who might have waited to buy the game at launch by now providing a double-sided map, 100-page strategy guide, and the game at $59.99, the same price as the game alone cost back when it launched.
It is like Nintendo realizes how important being fair to its customers is. It wants people to get a good value for their money. The sort of goodwill that comes from packing in a great game and some extras with a system or putting together special editions of popular games is huge. You can’t discount the value and appeal that brings to the table. After all, people are more likely to buy and stay loyal to a company when they know that each time a system comes out, there will eventually be new models with special designs or colors and games packed with them. Kudos to the company!