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Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again

Coming soon to participating retailers on 10/6/2023

Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again
Its-a-me! Again! Just like last year, and the year before and...

There are a few guarantees in life. Death, taxes, and a new Mario Kart bundle from Nintendo around the holidays.


Nintendo's New Switch Bundle: A Missed Opportunity?

Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant known for its ability to captivate the hearts of millions with iconic characters and addictive gameplay, has made waves once again. This time, it’s about their recent announcement on Twitter of the Nintendo Switch — Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle set to release on October 6th. While many fans eagerly await any new offering from the company, there are several points about this bundle that may raise eyebrows for longtime Nintendo enthusiasts. Let’s delve into the details and my thoughts on the matter.



Mario Kart Holiday Bundle: A Recurring Theme

Year after year, it seems like Nintendo has an unwavering affinity for pairing their flagship console with Mario Kart during the holiday season. This year appears to mark almost a decade of this recurring trend. While Mario Kart is undeniably a fan-favorite, drawing in gamers of all ages and backgrounds, the repetitiveness of this bundle strategy can feel a bit stale for long-time Nintendo enthusiasts.


Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again
Lets be honest, this one was actually better....

One begins to wonder if this is Nintendo playing it too safe. The predictability, though potentially profitable given Mario Kart's immense popularity, lacks the novelty and surprise that fans have come to expect from the innovative gaming company.



A Different Offering for Europe: Nintendo Switch Sports


Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again
Europe gets to have all the fun

Europe, on the other hand, seems to be getting a more varied treatment this year. The continent is being graced with a unique Switch Sports Bundle. Nintendo Switch Sports, with its nostalgic value and family-friendly gameplay, might resonate well with European gamers, making this bundle an intriguing choice for the holidays.


Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again
Announcing the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle ...Again
Animal Crossing Lite Specials - coming to both regions

Additionally, both regions will also receive some special Animal Crossing Switch Lite bundles. Animal Crossing's massive success, especially with its latest release "New Horizons", has solidified its position as a modern-day Nintendo classic. Offering it on the compact and portable Switch Lite seems to be a strategic move, catering to the game's dedicated fanbase and those who prefer gaming on the go.


The Non-SWOLED Switch

The most glaring omission in the new bundle is the absence of the SWOLED variant of the Switch. The SWOLED version, for those unfamiliar, is essentially a beefed-up version of the original console with better specifications and performance. Not including it in the bundle feels like a missed opportunity. Many fans, including myself, have been clamoring for a bundle that includes the latest and greatest hardware, especially considering the performance demands of newer games. The decision to stick with the standard Switch model seems out of touch with what the community has been expressing.



Digital Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The bundle includes a digital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. While this title remains a fan favorite and arguably one of the best in the series, offering it in a digital-only format can be a bit limiting. Physical game collectors, and there are many in the Nintendo community, often prefer tangible copies of games. They appreciate the resale value, the tangible feeling of owning a game, and the aesthetic of physical boxes. The digital version might be convenient, but it doesn’t cater to everyone.


Three-Month Switch Online Membership: Not Enough?

Another component of the bundle is a 3-month Switch Online individual membership. Given the increasing importance of online gameplay and the plethora of features Nintendo offers through its online service, a three-month membership feels somewhat underwhelming. A more extended membership period, say six months or even a year, would have been a more enticing proposition, adding significantly more value to the package.


Price Point: Standard, but is it Justified?

While Nintendo hasn’t announced the official price for the bundle, speculation suggests it will be pegged at the regular $299 price point. This raises questions about the value proposition. With the standard Switch and not the SWOLED, a digital game, and only three months of online play, is it truly worth the $299 price tag?



The Missed Opportunity: A Super Mario Wonder Bundle

In the eyes of many devoted fans, Nintendo seems to have missed a golden opportunity this holiday season. What they should have presented is a 'Super Mario Wonder' bundle, an homage to the rich legacy of Mario. Imagine an OLED Switch tailored with a unique design, bursting with vibrant colors reminiscent of the Mushroom Kingdom. Along with this, the inclusion of a game that dives deep into Mario's storied history, offering both nostalgia and fresh experiences. Such a package would not only celebrate Mario’s legacy but also showcase the best of Nintendo's hardware advancements. It's about merging the old and the new, creating a product that's both a nod to the past and a beacon of the future. A bundle like this could have been a monumental hit, capturing the hearts of both veteran fans and newcomers alike... and a great one-last hurrah before the inevitable "Nintendo Switch 2" announcement!


Nintendo, with its rich history and loyal fanbase, has often found success by pushing boundaries and offering value to its customers. However, with the Nintendo Switch — Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle, it seems they might have played it too safe. The absence of the SWOLED version, the decision to include a digital-only game, and a somewhat lackluster online membership period leaves a lot to be desired. While this bundle might still find a market, especially among newcomers to the Switch ecosystem, it might not be the most compelling offer for seasoned fans or those looking for the best bang for their buck.

~Smash

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