PRESS RELEASEâ€”When confronted with a wide range of Black Friday retail options, U.S. holiday shoppers again turned to Nintendo. Nintendo sold 900,000 combined units in the Nintendo DSâ„¢ family of systems and 600,000 Wiiâ„¢ consoles between Sunday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 27, according to the companyâ€™s internal sales estimates.
â€œU.S. shoppers bought about 9,000 Nintendo hardware systems nonstop for every hour of every day during the week of Black Friday,â€ said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. â€œFor the past several years, consumers have decided that Nintendo defined both top value and all-inclusive entertainment, and that sentiment continues again at the start of this shopping season.â€
Nintendoâ€™s Black Friday surge was fueled by multiple new hardware colors, each of which comes bundled with games. The bundles provide a great value for shoppers who are looking to get the biggest bang for their video game bucks. These bundles, all of which are available while supplies last, include:
* Limited-edition Mario red Wii hardware in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros.â„¢ game on the NESâ„¢. It includes a new red Wii system, a red Wii Remoteâ„¢ Plus controller, a red Nunchukâ„¢ controller, and games New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ Wii and Wii Sportsâ„¢ at a suggested retail price of $199.99.
* A limited-edition red Nintendo DSi XLâ„¢ bundle in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. game on the NES. It features a Mario red Nintendo DSi XL system with three iconic Super Mario Bros.-themed graphics, the Mario Kartâ„¢ DS game and preloaded software, including Brain Ageâ„¢ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock. It is available at a suggested retail price of $179.99.
* Orange and green Nintendo DSiâ„¢ systems, which are bundled with the Mario Partyâ„¢ DS game. They are available at a suggested retail price of $149.99.
In addition to the great hardware bundles, shoppers have dozens of great video game options for everyone on their shopping lists. Some exclusive games for the Wii console include Super Mario Galaxyâ„¢ 2, Metroidâ„¢: Other M, Wii Partyâ„¢, Kirbyâ€™s Epic Yarnâ„¢, PokÃ©Parkâ„¢ Wii: Pikachuâ€™s Adventure, FlingSmashâ„¢ (which comes bundled with the new Wii Remote Plus) and Donkey Kong Countryâ„¢ Returns. Third-party Wii games include New Carnival GamesÂ® from 2K Play, NBA JAM from EA Sports, Just DanceÂ® 2 from Ubisoft, Sonic Colorsâ„¢ from SEGA, GoldenEye 007â„¢ from Activision Publishing Inc. and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios.
On the portable Nintendo DS family of systems, shoppers can choose games like DRAGON QUESTÂ® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skiesâ„¢, Professor Layton and the Unwound Futureâ„¢, PokÃ©mon Rangerâ„¢: Guardian Signs, Art Academyâ„¢, Mario vs. Donkey Kongâ„¢: Mini-Land Mayhem! and Golden Sunâ„¢: Dark Dawn. Some key third-party Nintendo DS games include Super Scribblenautsâ„¢ from WB Games, Rock BandÂ® 3 from MTV Games, GoldenEye 007 from Activision Publishing Inc. and Sonic Colors from SEGA.