Nintendo DS Lite dropped to $99.99, six Mario games to receive new packaging

Nintendo of America have today announced a price drop for the Nintendo DS Lite, that’ll see the handheld drop to a $99.99 price point across the United States from June 5th onwards.

In addition to this, Nintendo are also to re-release six Mario games for Nintendo DS with new red packaging – making it easier for consumers to identify such titles in retail stores.

“From the moment it launched, Nintendo DS Lite hit a sweet spot for consumers in terms of value, experience and fun,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “This new price point will introduce Nintendo DS Lite to even more consumers, and the new red packaging will make it easy for them to find their favorite Mario titles.”

The six Mario games that are due to receive the new Mario-red packaging in June are New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart DS, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! and Mario Party DS.

Each represent some of the best-selling Nintendo DS games from the software history of the handheld, with total sales through to the end of April 2011 as follows (according to NPD Group figures):
* New Super Mario Bros.: more than 9.25 million units
* Mario Kart DS: more than 7.40 million units
* Super Mario 64 DS: more than 4.34 million units
* Mario Party DS: more than 3.27 million units
* Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story: more than 1.98 million units
* Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!: more than 1.01 million units

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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