In an e-mail, Nintendo announced that Pikmin 2 and Mario Power Tennis would be added to the Nintendo Selects collection for the Wii, selling at a suggested retail price of $19.99. Both games were originally released for the Nintendo GameCube. The email continued:
Pikmin 2 has updated controls optimized for the Wii console as players help brave Captain Olimar and his assistant, Louie, salvage treasures and return them to their home planet. In addition to the original red, blue and yellow Pikmin from the first game, players can also take command of purple and white Pikmin, creating a wealth of new strategic options. Additionally, Pikmin 2 features a frantic, two-player split-screen multiplayer battle mode, for which additional accessories are required and are sold separately.
Mario Power Tennis lets players power up their tennis game by swinging the Wii Remote to smack powerful forehands and backhands. Players can take on the role of their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters and play on imaginative courts not possible in the real world, including a court littered with Mario-style power-ups. As players win tournaments, clear minigames or challenge Gimmick Courts, they unlock new characters, courts and challenges. Up to four players can compete in wild multiplayer action.
The company also announced that Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns will be available at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Nintendo stated that the “value pricing provides shoppers with a great way to expand their game collections with some of the hottest Wii games around.” The e-mail also stated:
The fan-favorite Super Smash Bros. Brawl features dozens of characters from numerous Nintendo games and franchises in a battle royale. Up to four players can battle in the same room or over a broadband Internet connection. To date the game has sold nearly 5.5 million in the United States alone.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is a new take on the classic platforming, barrel-blasting and banana-hoarding franchise. The game features the first simultaneous cooperative game-play mode for the series, allowing both novice and skilled players to play the game together. Players run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until they retrieve Donkey Kong’s stolen banana hoard. The game has sold more than 2.5 million in the United States.
Other games in the Nintendo Selects collection include Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!!, Super Paper Mario, Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Mario Super Sluggers. More information about Nintendo Selects can be found here.
Analysis: This is great news for fans of any of these franchises. Pikmin 2, on its original GameCube disc, can range from $35-175 in price used; and Mario Power Tennis generally runs from $10-50 used, if you’re lucky enough to find them. I know I’m a huge fan of the Mario Tennis franchise, so I’m looking forward to getting Mario Tennis Open for the 3DS when it comes out. Pikmin is also always a fan favorite, so this was definitely a great move on Nintendo’s part. Making these games available will please people and is a smart move all around, especially with those prices.
I’m also quite pleased to hear about the reduction in price for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns, as there really isn’t a reason that those games should be selling at $50 new for the Wii. Having these games at a lower price will allow more people to have access to games that have been staples for many gamers’ homes, especially Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I wonder if this move is influenced in part by the announcement at last year’s E3 that there will be a Super Smash Bros. title for the Wii U and 3DS. Either way, this will be sure to please some people who have wanted the Wii versions of these games but had previously been unable to afford them.