Nintendo Announces New Nintendo Switch “Starter Packs” and More Holiday Bundles

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on August 28, 2018 10:08 AM

Earlier today Nintendo announced a new batch of bundles for the upcoming holiday season. These new bundles include “starter packs” of first-party Nintendo Switch titles, a New Nintendo 2DS XL bundle, and a bundle pairing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a Pro Controller.

First and foremost is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle which was originally announced yesterday. Players will have the opportunity to buy a steelbook copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the game’s custom Pro Controller (MSRP $139.99) or buy the Pro Controller by itself (MSRP $74.99). As a new Nintendo Switch game costs $59.99, the bundle allows players to save around five dollars.

Additionally, Nintendo also announced that it will be releasing “starter pack” versions of Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey. Each starter pack will include one of the titles alongside the game’s respective strategy guide on September 28th for an MSRP of $59.99.

Perhaps the most surprising of the news of the day is the announcement of yet another New Nintendo 2DS XL bundle. Flaunting a purple and silver color scheme, the new bundle comes with Mario Kart 7, a game that has seemingly been bundled with 3DS and 2DS consoles for one hundred years. This new bundle will be released September 28th with an MSRP of $149.99.

Notably, Nintendo did not unveil any Nintendo Switch console bundles with today’s announcement. While there’s still plenty of time for Nintendo to announce something else, it seems odd that the company is not cashing-in on the potential gold mine of a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate console bundle. This is interesting because Nintendo’s newly announced “starter packs” are explicitly aimed at new Nintendo Switch owners– the kind of people that would benefit the most from new console bundles.

Only time will tell what Nintendo has up its sleeve for the rest of the holiday season. If the company announces anything else, we’ll keep you posted.

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Travis Verbil is a Staff Writer at DualShockers. Outside of writing, he is a musician from Queens, NY. He enjoys the New York Mets, tabletop gaming, and Donkey Kong lore.