Nintendo Selects

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The official Nintendo Selects banner, used on current and upcoming Wii Nintendo Selects game covers.

Nintendo Selects, formerly Player's Choice, is a marketing label used by Nintendo to promote video games on current Nintendo game consoles which have sold well. Nintendo Selects titles are sold at a lower price point than other games. The program parallels other budget range software by Sega ("Sega All Stars"), Sony (the "Greatest Hits" and "Platinum range"), and Microsoft ("Platinum Hits" and "Xbox Classics") to promote best-selling games on their consoles as well.

History[edit]

1996-2010: Player's Choice[edit]

In North America and Europe, Nintendo introduced the label in 1996 as "Player's Choice" both for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and for the Game Boy to distinguish titles that had sold over one million copies. As of 2014, recommended retail prices are £19.99 in the United Kingdom, USD$19.99 in the United States, CDN$19.99 in Canada, A$49.95 in Australia and €29.99 throughout the Eurozone. Nintendo's "Player's Choice" range concept is similar to the "Greatest Hits" line (known as the Platinum range in PAL regions) on Sony consoles, the "Platinum Hits" (Xbox Classics in Europe) line on the Xbox, and the "Sega All Stars" line on the Dreamcast.

American NTSC "Player's Choice" games can be identified on the Nintendo 64 by the yellow background of the N64 logo in the upper right corner of the game box. On the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance, games are marked in a yellow box on the top of the case. PAL region Player's Choice games have boxes that are colored silver or platinum with Player's Choice markings on the right hand side of a Nintendo 64 box or on the top of a Nintendo GameCube box. Super Nintendo games had the words "Super Nintendo Entertainment System" written in gold (instead of the usual red) on the box, along with a "Player's Choice" seal.

The Player's Choice line was introduced for Nintendo GameCube titles in January 2003.[1] The first titles were Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pikmin, and Luigi's Mansion, and they each retailed for $29.99. Later in the year, when 6 new titles were added, Nintendo split the pricing for different sets of GCN games, so that some titles would enter in or stay at U.S.$29.99 while others would be reduced immediately to U.S.$19.99.[2]

In April 2006, the "Player's Choice" was applied to Game Boy Advance games, which sell for $19.99 in the United States.[3]

2011-present: Nintendo Selects[edit]

The Player's Choice label was renamed Nintendo Selects on May 15, 2011.[4] The first Wii games added were The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports. The New Play Control! version of Pikmin 2 debuted in North America as a Nintendo Selects title, alongside New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis.[5] On February 28, 2013, Nintendo announced that the UK would receive two new Nintendo Selects games: Mario Party 8 and Wii Sports Resort.[6] These new launches coincide with the Wii Mini launch, which Nintendo plans to do on March 22, 2013 in that country.[7] In October 22, 2013, was announced Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort for the new Nintendo Selects Australian line by price AU$49.95 and NZ$59.95 with the release date of November 7, 2013.[8]

Console titles[edit]

Wii[edit]

Game Europe North America Australia
Animal Crossing: City Folk May 20, 2011 May 15, 2011 Unreleased
Avatar: The Game September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Donkey Kong Country Returns October 18, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Kart Wii October 18, 2013 Unreleased November 7, 2013
Mario Party 8 March 22, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Power Tennis [note 1] June 22, 2012 June 10, 2012 Unreleased
Mario Strikers Charged May 20, 2011 August 28, 2011 Unreleased
Mario Super Sluggers Unreleased May 15, 2011 Unreleased
Pikmin 2 [note 2] Unreleased June 10, 2012 Unreleased
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure October 18, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased
Punch-Out!! Unreleased August 28, 2011 Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Red Steel September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Sports Party September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Super Mario Galaxy September 16, 2011 August 28, 2011 November 7, 2013
Super Paper Mario June 22, 2012 August 28, 2011 Unreleased
Super Smash Bros. Brawl October 18, 2013 Unreleased November 7, 2013
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess September 16, 2011 May 15, 2011 November 7, 2013
WarioWare: Smooth Moves May 20, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Sports May 20, 2011 May 15, 2011 Unreleased
Wii Sports Resort March 22, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort Unreleased Unreleased November 7, 2013
Mario Party 9 June 13, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased
New Super Mario Bros. Wii June 13, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased
Super Mario Galaxy 2 June 13, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Party June 13, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased
  1. ^ Also a New Play Control! title.
  2. ^ Also a New Play Control! title, except in North America.

Nintendo GameCube[edit]

PAL-exclusive Player's Choice titles:

Nintendo 64[edit]

Due to the use of a more expensive cartridge-based format, all N64 Player's Choice titles retailed for $39.95 each in North America.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

PAL-exclusive Nintendo Classics titles:

Satellaview-exclusive Player's Choice Classic SoundLink games:

Handheld titles[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Game Boy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (2003-01-23). "Nintendo revives Player's Choice". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  2. ^ Calvert, Justin (2003-09-09). "Nintendo Player's Choice range grows". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  3. ^ Harris, Craig (2006-07-27). "Player's Choice, Roun Two". IGN.com. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Jim (2011-05-04). "Nintendo Confirms Wii Price Cut". IGN. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  5. ^ "PIKMIN 2 MAKES ITS U.S. WII DEBUT, JOINS MARIO POWER TENNIS IN NINTENDO SELECTS". Nintendo Pressroom. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Nintendo Selects". Nintendo. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wii Mini". Nintendo. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nintendo Selects range for Wii finally coming to Australia". Vooks. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ あなたが選ぶ名作サウンドリンクゲーム. Nintendo.co.jp. Archived 5 June 1997.

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