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GameCube/SSBM Bundle Ships

by Jonathan Metts - August 24, 2005, 10:06 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: NOA Press Release

The system's biggest seller is now selling with the system.

Did You Know? Super Smash Bros. Nintendo GameCube Bundle Released

The most popular game in the Nintendo GameCube(TM) library is about to become

part of an amazing deal. Starting the last week of August, Nintendo will

release a special Super Smash Bros.(R) Melee Nintendo GameCube bundle, at an

MSRP of only $99.99. Saving $29.99, consumers nationwide get a great game and

the system to play it on - all for one low price.

Since its debut in late 2001, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Rated T for Teen, has

sold more than 2.9 million copies in the United States alone, spawning

competitive tournaments and clubs, from game shops to college campuses across

the country.

More than 20 characters, pulled from virtually every hit Nintendo game, meet

up to battle in 30 arenas and nine different game modes. Control Donkey

Kong(R) in a face-off with Princess Zelda(TM), or select Mario(TM) in a four-

player showdown against three of your friends. The array of game-play options

will make your head spin.

Talkback

ZapAugust 25, 2005

Too bad it couldn't be a TP bundle

BiLdItUp1August 25, 2005

I feel like they shoulda done this a loooooooooong time ago. Like to combat the Halo/Xbox bundle (they DID do such a thing didn't they?) But hey, better late than never...

RennyAugust 25, 2005

Halo was bundled in Europe. They kept it at full price in the US for awhile (2 years?). This deal womps.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 25, 2005

Yay, 2 years 2 late. Just in time to make up for Twilight Princess and to coincide with the hit Nintendogs which happens to be on a different system.

KDR_11kAugust 25, 2005

I know exactly one person who might buy that. And it's not me.

joeposhAugust 25, 2005

yeah I feel the same way, this might have done some good 2 years ago but now it's rather pointless. If you were going to buy SSBM, you probably already bought a cube and have it by now. Now if Nintendo had decided to do a Resident Evil 4 bundle at this price point a month or two from now, I think it would have caused a sizeable sales spike because it's attracting a different kind of audience to the console. I'd love to be wrong on this though...

vuduAugust 25, 2005

They did do it two years ago.

You bought a Gamecube for $150 and got your choice of a free game (one of which was SSBM). Then Nintendo dropped the free game and lowered the price to $100.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 25, 2005

I like the RE4 idea.

IceColdAugust 25, 2005

But it's a 3rd party game.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 25, 2005

So were Sega GT and Jet Set Something on that other system.

MarioAugust 25, 2005

I think there's some rule against bundling M rated games in the US, but I could be wrong.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorAugust 26, 2005

I don't think it's a rule, I think it's just more of common sense... With the majority of stores denying the sale of M-rated games to minors, why would any company want to risk losing a console sale because of a "free" game?

joeposhAugust 26, 2005

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Originally posted by: UncleBob
I don't think it's a rule, I think it's just more of common sense... With the majority of stores denying the sale of M-rated games to minors, why would any company want to risk losing a console sale because of a "free" game?


That may be true but at the same time I don't think I've ever been to a store that only stocked the bundled version of the cube... In my experience it's always been the current bundle along with the stand alone console.

And as a previous poster indicated Microsoft bundles their system with third party games all the time... it's just something Nintendo has choosen not to do up to this point.

KnowsNothingAugust 26, 2005

Th e only store that ever asked me about my age was Target, just recently with Geist. The guy asked me for my birthday, discovered, after much thought, that I was too young, and then proceeded to scan the item and print the receipt.

I've never been stopped from buying mature games (all three of them!), so as long as Nintendo offered another, not mature rated bundle along side of the RE4 bundle, I think it'd be a rad idea. They should have done it earlier, but perhaps it could be done along side the PS2 release, although I don't think it'd have that great an effect....but it'd be better than nothing.

KDR_11kAugust 26, 2005

Pfft, they bundled RE4 with the Cube here, they even had to remove the bonus disc they threw in because it was unrated. The game itself is rated 18 and ratings are legally binding here. I don't see a reason they couldn't do it in the US, too.

joeposhAugust 26, 2005

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Originally posted by: KnowsNothing
Th e only store that ever asked me about my age was Target, just recently with Geist. The guy asked me for my birthday, discovered, after much thought, that I was too young, and then proceeded to scan the item and print the receipt.

I've never been stopped from buying mature games (all three of them!), so as long as Nintendo offered another, not mature rated bundle along side of the RE4 bundle, I think it'd be a rad idea. They should have done it earlier, but perhaps it could be done along side the PS2 release, although I don't think it'd have that great an effect....but it'd be better than nothing.


I think they should target it for the holiday season... next year will be too late. Launch it right around halloween since the thrilling/frightening image of the series will be easiest to sell at that time of year and it allows the system to get a head start on the 360's launch. Of course all of this will never happen because it makes far too much sense...

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