USAopoly, game maker noted for their spinoff versions of Monopoly, has released a Super Mario Chess Set just in time for the holiday season. Could be a nice alternative to a video game for the gamer in your life as well as a neat way to introduce them to chess! The pieces are the classic Nintendo Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, with Mario and Luigi as the King and Queen for the Good Guys and Bowser and Bowser Jr. for the Bad Guys. Gold coins and Koopa shells are the pawns.
Walmart has just announced that beginning this Saturday, December 5th at 8 AM, they will be giving customers a $50 gift card with every Nintendo Wii purchase, bringing the net price of the console down to just $149.99 — and that is by far the absolute best deal on for the Wii we’ve seen so far this holiday season.
The promotional offer lasts until December 12, or while supplies last. Our guess is that the “while supplies last” part will end the promotion well before the 12th. We’d recommend getting their bright and early Saturday if you wanted to take advantage of the offer. No word yet on whether they will make this offer available online as well.
Amazon now has the Metallic Blue Nintendo DSi Mario Bundle available for pre-order for $154.91 and is eligible for free Super Saver shipping. You can also pre-order the White Brain Age bundle for the same price (same link, just change color selection) . The ship date is November 27th and this purchase qualifies for Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, so if there is a price decrease prior to the release date, you’ll automatically get the lower price.
The Mario DSi Bundle comes with 5 pre-installed titles, they are:
- Mario Calculator
- Mario Clock
- WarioWare: Snapped!
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
- Dr. Mario Express
The Brian Age Bundle also comes with pre-installed titles:
- Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
- Brain Age Express: Sudoku
- Brain Age Express: Math
- Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
- Photo Clock
This is one of the best DSi deals out there this holiday season and you don’t even have to leave the house!
Our friends at Black Friday Ads just announced that Dell has the Nintendo Wii for $179.99 with free shipping, $20 below retail for the Wii. Retailers are not allowed to advertise the Wii for under MSRP, so you need to add the Wii to your shopping cart to see the discounted price. This deal probably won’t be around long, so act quickly if a Wii is on your holiday shopping list.
ANY discount off the already reduced Wii will be a good deal this holiday season and the Dell deal is particularly attractive if you only want the console. The prediction is that you may find some deals on Wii bundles, but the gaming console alone won’t be discounted at major retailers.
Starting this Sunday, the Wii’s price will drop to $199, in response to price cuts by rivals Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox 360 Elite and PS3 prices have both been cut to $299 and Nintendo hopes this latest move will give a boost to Wii sales as we enter this year’s holiday season. Sales of the Wii console in 2009 are down 10% from 2008’s blistering pace and Sony is gaining momentum with their new PS3 pricing.
While the price cuts may help this years sales numbers, it looks as though 2009 will be the first year since 2004 that the gaming industry will see a year-over-year sales decline.