Nintendo Selects

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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 "Essentials"), 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 on May 20, 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.[citation needed]

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 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 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.[citation needed]

The Player's Choice line was introduced for 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 launches coincided with the Wii Mini launch, on March 22, 2013.[7] On 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] On September 28, 2015, Nintendo of Europe announced a Nintendo Selects range of games for the Nintendo 3DS.[9] The label was then expanded to the Wii U alongside select Wii and Nintendo 3DS titles in Canada, released on March 11, 2016, priced at CA$29.99.[10] On March 10, 2016, a range of Nintendo Selects were announced for release on April 15, 2016 in Europe.[11]

Home console titles[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Game Europe North America Australia
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker September 30, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze April 15, 2016 March 11, 2016 December 1, 2016
Mario Party 10 September 30, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased
NES Remix Pack Unreleased March 11, 2016 Unreleased
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U April 15, 2016 Unreleased May 8, 2016
Nintendo Land April 15, 2016 August 26, 2016 May 8, 2016
Pikmin 3 September 30, 2016 March 11, 2016 December 1, 2016
Super Mario 3D World September 30, 2016 March 11, 2016 Unreleased
Lego City Undercover April 15, 2016 August 26, 2016 May 8, 2016
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD April 15, 2016 August 26, 2016 Unreleased
Wii Party U April 15, 2016 Unreleased May 8, 2016
Fast Racing Neo September 30, 2016 Unreleased October 1, 2016
SteamWorld Collection September 30, 2016 Unreleased October 1, 2016

Wii[edit]

Game Europe North America Australia South Korea
Animal Crossing: City Folk May 20, 2011 May 15, 2011 Unreleased August 28, 2014
Avatar: The Game September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Donkey Kong Country Returns October 18, 2013 March 11, 2016 August 27, 2015 Unreleased
Kirby's Epic Yarn February 25, 2011 October 17, 2010 February 24, 2011 April 23, 2015
Mario Kart Wii October 18, 2013 Unreleased November 7, 2013 August 28, 2014
Mario Party 8 March 22, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Party 9 November 6, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Power Tennis[note 1] June 22, 2012 June 10, 2012 Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Strikers Charged May 20, 2011 August 28, 2011 Unreleased August 28, 2014
Mario Super Sluggers Unreleased May 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
My Fitness Coach September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
New Super Mario Bros. Wii June 13, 2014 Unreleased August 27, 2015 Unreleased
Pikmin 2[note 2] Unreleased June 10, 2012 Unreleased Unreleased
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure October 18, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Punch-Out!! Unreleased August 28, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Red Steel September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Sports Party September 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition Unreleased March 11, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased
Super Mario Galaxy September 16, 2011 August 28, 2011 November 7, 2013 April 23, 2015
Super Mario Galaxy 2 June 13, 2014 March 11, 2016 August 27, 2015 Unreleased
Super Paper Mario June 22, 2012 August 28, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Super Smash Bros. Brawl October 18, 2013 Unreleased November 7, 2013 November 6, 2014
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess September 16, 2011 May 15, 2011 November 7, 2013 August 6, 2015
WarioWare: Smooth Moves May 20, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Party June 13, 2014 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Sports May 20, 2011 May 15, 2011 Unreleased Unreleased
Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort Unreleased Unreleased November 7, 2013 November 6, 2014
Wii Sports Resort March 22, 2013 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
  1. ^ Also a New Play Control! title.
  2. ^ Also a New Play Control! title, except in North America.

Minna no Susume Selection (for Japan)[edit]

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.

Game PAL North America
1080° Snowboarding 1999 1999[12]
Banjo-Kazooie 1999 1999[citation needed]
Bomberman 64 Unknown if released 1998[citation needed]
Bomberman Hero Unknown if released 1999[citation needed]
Cruis'n USA Unknown if released 1998[citation needed]
Diddy Kong Racing Unknown if released 1998[citation needed]
Donkey Kong 64 Unknown if released 2000[citation needed]
F-1 World Grand Prix 1999 1999[citation needed]
F-Zero X 1999 1999[citation needed]
GoldenEye 007 1998 1998[citation needed]
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside Unknown if released 1999[citation needed]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Unknown if released 2000[citation needed]
Mario Kart 64 1999 1998
Perfect Dark Unknown if released 2001[citation needed]
Pokémon Snap Unknown if released 2000[citation needed]
Pokémon Stadium Unknown if released 2001[citation needed]
Snowboard Kids 1999 Unknown if released
Star Fox 64 1999 1998[citation needed]
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Unknown if released December 1999[citation needed]
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Unknown if released January 26, 1999[citation needed]
Super Mario 64 1998 1998[citation needed]
Super Smash Bros. Unknown if released December 26, 2000[citation needed]
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Unknown if released January 1999[citation needed]
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Unknown if released 1999[citation needed]
Wave Race 64 1999 1998[citation needed]
WCW vs. nWo: World Tour Unknown if released 1998[citation needed]
Yoshi's Story Unknown if released 1999[13]

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game PAL North America
Aladdin Released Unreleased
Disney's Magical Quest Released Unreleased
Disney's Magical Quest 2: The Great Circus Mystery Released Unreleased
Donkey Kong Country 1998 1997
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1998 1998
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1998 1998
F-Zero Unknown if released 1996
The Jungle Book Released Unreleased
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1998 1996
The Lion King Released Unreleased
Mario Paint Released 1996
SimCity 1998 1996
Super Bomberman 2 1998 Unreleased
Super Star Wars Unknown if released 1996
Super Street Fighter II 1997 Unreleased
Super Mario All-Stars 1997 1996
Super Mario Kart 1997 May 20, 1996
Super Mario World 1997 1996
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Released Unreleased
Super Metroid 1998 1996
Tetris & Dr. Mario 1997 1996
Tetris 2 Unknown if released 1996
Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games Released Unreleased

Satellaview-exclusive Player's Choice Classic SoundLink games:

Handheld titles[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Game Europe North America Australia Japan
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Unreleased August 26, 2016 Unreleased March 17, 2016
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Unreleased March 11, 2016 Unreleased September 15, 2016[15]
DoraEigo: Nobita to Yōsei no Fushigi Collection Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
Fire Emblem Awakening Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased September 15, 2016[16]
Frozen: Olaf's Quest Unreleased June 6, 2016[17] Unreleased Unreleased
Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
Teddy Together Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 16, 2015 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D June 24, 2016 March 11, 2016 Unreleased September 15, 2016[18]
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins June 24, 2016 August 26, 2016 Unreleased September 15, 2016[19]
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Unreleased August 26, 2016 Unreleased March 17, 2016
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team June 24, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Mario Party: Island Tour October 16, 2015 March 11, 2016 May 26, 2016 Unreleased
Mario Tennis Open October 16, 2015 Unreleased May 26, 2016 September 15, 2016[20]
Nintendogs + Cats October 16, 2015 August 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 March 17, 2016
Paper Mario: Sticker Star June 24, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Star Fox 64 3D October 16, 2015 Unreleased May 26, 2016 Unreleased
Style Savvy: Trendsetters June 24, 2016 Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased
Sumikko Gurashi: Koko ga Ochitsukundesu Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb Unreleased Unreleased Unreleased March 17, 2016
Tomodachi Life Unreleased August 26, 2016 Unreleased March 17, 2016
Yoshi's New Island October 16, 2015 March 11, 2016 May 26, 2016 Unreleased

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Game North America Japan
Family Tennis Advance Unreleased February 2, 2006
Golden Sun Unreleased February 2, 2006
Golden Sun: The Lost Age Unreleased February 2, 2006
Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan Advance Unreleased February 2, 2006
Magical Vacation Unreleased February 2, 2006
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga April 6, 2006 Unreleased
Mario Kart: Super Circuit September 25, 2006 Unreleased
Mother 1 + 2 Unreleased February 2, 2006
Mr. Driller Ace: Fushgi na Pactelia Unreleased February 2, 2006
Namco Museum Unreleased February 2, 2006
Oriental Blue: Ao no Tengai Unreleased February 2, 2006
Pac-Man Collection Unreleased February 2, 2006
Pokémon FireRed September 25, 2006 Unreleased
Pokémon LeafGreen September 25, 2006 Unreleased
Shining Soul Unreleased February 2, 2006
Shining Soul II Unreleased February 2, 2006
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Unreleased February 2, 2006
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 Unreleased February 2, 2006
Super Mario Advance April 2, 2006 Unreleased
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 April 2, 2006 Unreleased
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis Unreleased February 2, 2006
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords September 25, 2006 Unreleased
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 April 2, 2006 Unreleased

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. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2015/September/Selection-of-Nintendo-3DS-games-to-join-Nintendo-Selects-value-range-on-October-16th-1053681.html
  10. ^ http://nintendoeverything.com/retailer-says-new-nintendo-selects-are-coming-on-march-11/
  11. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2016/March/Must-have-Wii-U-games-to-join-Nintendo-Selects-range-on-15th-April-1091214.html
  12. ^ 1080: TenEighty Snowboarding (Players Choice) (US, 1999), archived from the original on 2016-09-02, retrieved 2016-09-02 
  13. ^ Yoshi's Story (Players Choice) (US, 1999), archived from the original on 2016-09-02, retrieved 2016-09-02 
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHG8fWiWJaw&t=647
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHG8fWiWJaw&t=647
  17. ^ https://mynintendonews.com/2016/06/07/a-nintendo-selects-version-of-disney-frozen-olafs-quest-has-surfaced-in-north-america/
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHG8fWiWJaw&t=647
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHG8fWiWJaw&t=647
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHG8fWiWJaw&t=647

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