Nintendo bringing Super Mario and Zelda 3DS bundles for Thanksgiving

American 3DS hopefuls will have two more reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving, as Nintendo has announced it will be filling retail shelves with two new Black Friday 3DS bundles starring a certain plumber and his plucky Hylian friend.

Available starting November 24, the first bundle will include a Flame Red system and the newly released Super Mario 3D Land (a game we liked a whole bunch ). The second bundle will honor Zelda's 25th Anniversary with a limited edition Cosmo Black 3DS adorned with a Hyrule Emblem and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - the same one we drooled over when it was revealed for Europe a few weeks back. The packs will retail for $199.99 each, however they have been spotted in Best Buy's leaked Black Friday ad for $179.99 in case you want to brave the hectic lines and elbow-flailing of deal-hunting mothers.

Nintendo is also setting up demo promotions in malls across the US to allow fans a chance to get hands-on with both titles. A full list of participating malls has been collected here.

Last month, Nintendo reported it will post losses of up to 20 billion yen ($264 million) by March 2012, the end of its 2011 fiscal year, with the loss is being attributed in part to lackluster sales of the 3DS. However, the last price cut, recent release of titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Super Mario 3D Land, and these latest deals should help the handheld make up for lost revenues over the holidays.

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  • WTeen8 - November 21, 2011 4 p.m.

    So that's why I waited til christmas!
  • StonedMagician99 - November 21, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    That Zelda one is awesome. That just might be enough for me to get a 3DS...we'll see.
  • badgraphix1 - November 21, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Damn, if I knew they would release bundles this early in the console's life cycle, I would've undoubtedly held off. Never buying a console at launch again.
  • talleyXIV - November 21, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    That is exactly how I am feeling. Here are 10 horrible games, thanks for wasting $80! I have to be honest, every single one of those games they have given us have sucked. If the next 10 suck as well, I will personally kill every single person that worked on the 3DS.
  • comaqi - November 21, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    I really hope you guys have a weekend giveaway with these. The Zelda 3DS looks pretty sexy...
  • codystovall - November 21, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    This looks good, Ill buy one for even cheaper on Ebay.
  • db1331 - November 21, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Alright, they might finally get me with the Zelda 3DS. Only because SM3D looks fun, there is a new Zelda in the works for the platform, and because I have around $200 on my Gamestop card.
  • talleyXIV - November 21, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    You know what would be really cool? If ambassadors could trade in their console for these new ones with nice designs on them. Honestly I am starting to get really annoyed by the fact that I paid $80 more for ten old games that are taking forever to come out.
  • codystovall - November 21, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Thats called buyers remorse and it your fault, you deserve nothing extra.
  • talleyXIV - November 21, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Well obviously I do since they are giving me a bunch of rehashed games as an excuse for their actually quite great system selling terribly. Would it be too ridiculous for them to let me trade my system in for one of these? Not really, they both took exactly the same amount of money to make.
  • db1331 - November 21, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    I'd like to personally thank you for being an ambassador and paying more than the 3DS is worth, so that later down the road, people like me could get a much cooler 3DS, for much cheaper, and with a game packaged in. Thank you for your service.
  • WTeen8 - November 21, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    You sir, just made my day

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