Years in the distant past (or perhaps not so long ago), Nintendo ran a well-loved label known as Player’s Choice, where it would take popular titles (pretty much every Mario and Zelda game ever; sometimes games like Tales of Symphonia or, heck, Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside) and market them for a much lower MSRP than other games– usually around $19.99 USD (£19.99/$29.99 CND). While that faded in the first few years of Wii’s reign, likely because Nintendo liked pocketing large amounts of cash, it resurfaced once again in May 2011, rebranded as “Nintendo Selects”. (With Nintendo’s newfound success in “casual” markets, “Player’s Choice” apparently didn’t seem friendly enough.) While originally only composed of launch-window games, Twilight Princess and a retail Wii Sports among them, today Nintendo revealed four more games that people might have missed out on: Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Galaxy.
You know these games. You want these games.
While many Nintendojoites probably already own Super Mario Galaxy, many in general seemed to ignore Super Paper Mario, which was actually pretty delightful in its creative dimension-warping mechanic, while Punch-Out!! seems constantly pushed to the island of misfit Nintendo franchises considering how often people forget about the IP. Nevertheless, now that these games are part of Nintendo Selects, there’s no better time to check them out.
As always, the full press release is below.
Nintendo News: Nintendo Adds More Games to Value-Minded ‘Nintendo Selects’ Collection for Wii
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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Consumers and their families soon will be able to experience even more must-play games for the Wii™ system at an excellent value. Nintendo has announced the addition of four games to the Nintendo® Selects collection, a hot-selling series of fun, family-friendly Wii games offered at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. Starting Aug. 28, the Nintendo Selects lineup grows to include Super Paper Mario™, Mario Strikers™ Charged, Punch-Out!!™ and Super Mario Galaxy™, which is recognized as one of the most acclaimed Wii games of all time.
Already enjoyed by millions of players around the globe, games in the Nintendo Selects collection offer boundless fun at an enticing price for Wii users of any experience level, whether they want to expand their own game libraries or find affordable, fun-packed gifts for loved ones. The Wii console, which comes bundled with the Mario Kart™ Wii game and the Wii Wheel™ accessory, delivers extraordinary entertainment value for families and is available for a suggested retail price of $149.99.
Three of the four new additions to the Nintendo Selects collection invite players to interact with Nintendo’s iconic Mario™ character in imaginative and entertaining ways: Super Mario Galaxy is an out-of-this-world adventure in which Mario must travel through outer space to rescue Princess Peach™ from the devious Bowser™; Super Paper Mario offers classic Mario RPG action that can be switched from flat 2D worlds to a full open-world perspective; and Mario Strikers Charged finds the Mushroom Kingdom crew storming the soccer field for fast-paced athletic kicks. Also, the fan-favorite Punch-Out!! game delivers motion-controlled boxing thrills with a host of memorable characters. All four games feature multiplayer modes that let friends and family members have fun together.
For more information about the Nintendo Selects game collection, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii/console/nintendoselects.
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