Nintendo has declared the four weeks preceding the Aug. 19 launch of New Super Mario Bros. 2 as the Month of Mario. To celebrate the launch of this new game, which is playable on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo is making one Mario game per week available at a discount in the Nintendo eShop. Fans who can't wait to get their thumbs on New Super Mario Bros. 2 will have four classic Mario adventures to enjoy before launch day.
Each classic Mario game will enjoy a one-week run at a discounted price. The games, prices and dates of each discount are as follows:
July 26 - Aug. 1: Super Mario Bros. ($3.99)
Aug. 2 - Aug. 8: Super Mario Land ($2.99)
Aug. 9 - Aug. 15: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins ($2.99)
Aug. 16 - Aug. 22: Mario's Picross ($2.99)
Read the full press release here. This is the type of stuff that we've been begging for on the eShop and Wii Shop Channel since it launched.
It's cool they're finally having sales, but $1 off already arguably overpriced games doesn't seem like that big of a deal compared to stuff like the Steam sale. They should have just done "all Mario games in the eShop $.99 all month long", that would have drawn some major attention to the eShop.
Super Mario Land 2 is leaps and bounds ahead of SML. It's definitely worth $3 (and so is Mario's Picross, and SMB is worth $4), although SML is a harder sell (even at $3).
I'm thrilled to see they're doing more sales and promotions. Game of the Weekend, 8-Bit Summer, Month of Mario -- plus plenty of packed release days and solid titles coming out. NOA is really doing well with the eShop lately.