Video game publishers offer bundled games to get people to buy consoles. This allows the consumer to buy everything in one package and not have to shell out a fortune for the console and then a game.
Wrap games are usually first-party entries, and most are very good. You don’t want the introduction of a console to be with a bad game, so many bundles became the iconic must-haves for a particular console.
8 Wii Sports
When the Wii launched, some of us troglodytes needed help figuring out the motion controls. Why was the controller a TV remote? Do we need a wrist strap? Wii Sports was partly a technical demo, but captured the sports of tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing well.
Tennis will cause you to get into shouting matches with friends; Boxing will wear you out. Bowling has never been topped as the ultimate bowling experience and was played at senior centers across the country. Baseball was a fun showcase for the motion controls, and golf was one of the most relaxing gaming experiences you could have.
7 Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Mash Bros. Melee was packaged with the Gamecube, which had the best controller ever designed for a fighting game. SMBM followed up the N64’s Super Smash Bros., with better graphics, tweaked gameplay and fantastic multiplayer. It was the best-selling game on the Gamecube with seven million copies sold, and was a competitive esports game well into the 2010s and well past the Gamecube’s lifespan. Some saw this as the reason you’d get a Gamecube, and it’s still one of the best Smash Bros. out there today.
6 Mario Kart 8
The WiiU didn’t set the gaming industry on fire, but Mario Kart 8 was packaged with the console and serves as the benchmark for kart racers. Mario Kart 8 took the best elements from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. It still feels like a newly released triple-A title today, even though it was released in the WiiU era.
The number of tracks, riders and vehicle types is exhaustive, and the graphics are bright, colorful and satisfying. No wonder it jumped over to the Nintendo Switch and has become the defacto kart racer for that console as well.
5 Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet
Back in the NES days you could get one of the best video games of all time, the granddaddy of rail shooters and a game that required physical effort. The Super Mario Bros / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet bundle for the NES was epic. You and your friend can use the power pad to compete in four events in the World Class Track Meet, meaning the NES was the first Peloton exercise machine. This could be the best package for the money for really any system.
4 Super Mario Bros. 3
Packaged with the NES later in the console’s life, you could look forward to playing the best Nintendo had to offer with this packaging. While the original Super Mario Bros. sold over 58 million copies, Super Mario Bros. is considered 3 as the superior game due to expanding almost every single gameplay aspect of the original. It would end up being the third best selling NES game and has been re-released several times. Super Mario Bros. 3 was even featured in a full-length movie, “The Wizard.” It also introduced the raccoon suit, which causes+ Mario to have a flying mechanic in each subsequent entry.
3 Super Mario 3D Land
When Super Mario 3D Land packed the Nintendo 3DS, it brought new energy to Mario games that had started to feel a bit old hat. Before this, Nintendo had pumped out Super Mario Bros. Wii and U games that felt a bit derivative.
Not Super Mario 3D Land, however, as it was able to blend 2D and 3D gameplay aspects together and gave everyone an excuse to buy a 3DS before it was ported to the Nintendo Switch. While some said this game was too easy, it was fun to play and kept people coming back to it with its great depth of gameplay.
2 Zelda Wind Waker + Metroid Prime
Want to get a Gamecube? How about a Gamecube with two of the best games made for the console? The Metroid Prime and Zelda Wind Waker bundle was available with the Gamecube in Christmas 2005. Wind Waker’s unique art style, open world and gameplay are loved by gamers to this day, while Metroid Prime was the first in the series since Super Metroid on the SNES. If you’re going to do a bundle game, putting the very best together is a great move to encourage people to buy the console.
1 Super Mario World
When the SNES came out, people were interested in seeing the follow-up to the masterpiece Super Mario 3. Nintendo didn’t disappoint, and many kids got their shiny new 16-bit console with one of the best platformers ever. Producer Shigeru Miyamoto said this was his favorite game, and probably a bunch of us feel the same way. It’s so special.
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