By Michael Fontanini / September 30th, 2014
Best Buy has two different Wii U bundles on sale currently. Both bundles are discounted to $274.99 (down from $299.99). They are the Super Mario 3D World bundle, and the New Super Mario Bros. U bundle. It should also be noted that this offer is available online and in stores. If you order either bundle online, you will get free shipping as well. As you can see in the images below, both bundles come with the black Deluxe Wii U.
But which bundle should you choose? Well, if you like an old-school 2D-style Mario game, then the New Super Mario Bros. U bundle may be the one for you. On the other hand, if you’d prefer a 3D Mario game, then you might want to go with the Super Mario 3D World bundle. There are some important things to note here though. Firstly, the New Super Mario Bros. U bundle comes with New Super Luigi U (a standalone DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U). Conversely, the Super Mario 3D World bundle comes with Nintendo Land. The following table shows screenshots of what you get in the New Super Mario Bros. U bundle in the top row, and what you get in the Super Mario 3D World bundle in the bottom row:
Having played all of these games, I can personally say that none of them are bad at all. Super Mario 3D World is kind of like a cross between a 3D Mario game and New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Land has a bunch of various activities that you’d probably call mini-games, which are inspired by many of Nintendo’s franchises. Some of them can be quite difficult. On the other hand, New Super Mario Bros. U brings a lot more challenge to the table in its 2D levels than Super Mario 3D World does in its 3D levels (just my opinion). And lastly, New Super Luigi U has you playing as Luigi, with every level in the main game redesigned and giving you only 100 seconds to complete each stage. And as you might guess, New Super Luigi U is harder than the base game.
So if you’ve been waiting on getting a Wii U, now might be the time to do it while you can snag some savings in the process, especially since the Wii U has received several new high-profile titles in recent months (including Mario Kart 8 earlier this summer and Hyrule Warriors which came out just last week — both of which are excellent games). Plus, Super Smash Bros. and Bayonetta 2 are just around the corner and a new Zelda game and Xenoblade Chronicles X are set to arrive sometime next year, too! So this is a very nice setup for those who have not yet gotten a Wii U but are wanting to.
I should also note that they’re site doesn’t say how long this sale will last, so wait at your own risk.
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