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Nintendo Keeps Everyone Bundled Up for the Holidays

Nintendo has announced a number of video game value bundles today that are already on the market and available as part of its holiday value program. In the spirit of the start of the holiday shopping season, the games and gaming giant has decided to add a few more bargain bundles for good measure...

Limited Edition Pink 3DS Bundle -- On December 4th Nintendo will launch a new 3DS bundle featuring a unique pink Nintendo 3DS portable system while giving the gamer the choice of what game will be included with it -- either nintendogs + cats: French Bulldog and New Friends or nintendogs + cats: Toy Poodle and New Friends! The limited-edition bundle will be available at the suggested retail price of $169.99 in the U.S. -- the exact same price as the standard Nintendo 3DS system.

These new bundles join the already-extensive list of impressive limited-edition bundles that are now available. Each one is sure to find a recipient on everyone's shopping list:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle -- featuring the just-launched Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game for the Wii system, a gold-colored Wii Remote Plus controller, and a CD with music from the series at a suggested retail price of $69.99 in the U.S.

Limited Edition Flame Red 3DS Bundle -- Packing the LE Flame Red 3DS with the just-launched Super Mario 3D Land game at a suggested retail price of $199.99 in the U.S.

The Limited Edition Hyrule 3DS Bundle -- Featuring a rare and Special Edition Nintendo 3DS system with the Hyrule emblem and gold-colored embellishments that is bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D game with the suggested retail price of $199.99 in the U.S. This special bundle gives serious Zelda fans a game system and a game that they can treasure this Christmas!

Limited Edition Metallic Rose or DSi XL Bundle -- this rare colored DSi XL system comes bundled with the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! game at the suggested retail price of $169.99 in the U.S.

Limited Edition Midnight Blue Nintendo DSi XL Bundle -- this rare colored DSi XL system comes bundled with the Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! game at a suggested retail price of $169.99 in the U.S.

Special and Limited Edition Systems a Tradition at Nintendo

The creation of Limited and Special Edition gaming systems as well as holiday bundles is a tradition established by Nintendo dating all the way back to the original Nintendo Game Boy handheld gaming system!

The Nintendo Game Boy -- which debuted on April 21, 1989 -- was the handheld gaming system that established the market and made portable gaming legitimate, and when it originally launched like most systems of the era it came in one basic color -- grey. The massive popularity of the system combined with games like Tetras and later, the increidibly popular Pokemon Game Series -- first caused Nintendo to consider the idea of special colors, resulting in the following Special Edition Game Boy Packages:

1996 Limited Edition Colors
Clear (Ice) Blue (Toys 'R' Us Exclusive)
Silver w/Grey Border

1997 Limited Edition Colors
Ice Blue
Extreme Green
Silver w/ Black Border

1998 Limited Edition Colors
Emerald Green (Toys 'R' Us Exclusive)

Collector's Edition and Limited Edition Game Boy Versions
The special colors turned out to be so popular with gamers, who began to collect them, that Nintendo soon realized that there was a major market for their specially colored Game Boys -- and this realization spurred them on to begin releasing very special and rare Limited Edition (LE) Game Boy versions that used themes or branding.

In the midst of the LE program some major corporations came to Nintendo requesting that the company make ultra rare LE versions exclusively for them to be used as corporate gifts and given to special customers, with Toyota being the first company to manage to convince Nintendo to create an ultra rare branded LE for them.

The 1996 Limited Editions Program
Donkey Kong Land -- Gold Game Boy Bundle (EU Exclusive)
Famitsu Limited Edition -- Clear Game Boy

The 1997 Limited Editions Program
All Nippon Airways (ANA) -- Clear Blue Game Boy with Logo (JP Exclusive)
Atlus LE -- white with Light Blue Border (JP Exclusive) (1)
Hello Kitty -- Light Pink Game Boy with Artwork (JP Exclusive)
Hello Kitty Uranai Party -- Pink Game Boy with Artwork (JP Exclusive)
Nintendo Power Magazine Special Anniversary Gold Game Boy with Logo
Seibu Lions -- Blue Game Boy with Logo (JP Exclusive)
Swedish National -- Blue/Yellow Game Boy (1997) Limited to 3000 Units
Tamagotchi -- Pink Game Boy with Artwork (JP Exclusive)
Toyota -- White Game Boy with Logo (JP Exclusive)

(1) Atlus is a Japanese computer and video game developer, publisher, and distributor based in Tokyo, Japan, best known for creating JRPG games.

(2) Seibu Lions are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League.

Note that 1997 was the final year for these programs because the Game Boy Color was introduced in 1998, and became the focus of the collectible and LE programs, with the original Game Boy retiring in that year.

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Posted: 28th Nov 2011 by CMBF
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