"Black Friday" will be a little brighter this year with the addition of two new Nintendo DS bundles, each featuring a limited-edition color scheme and a popular game.
The first bundle, "Mario Red," will feature a bold red DS stamped with the familiar Mario "M," and will include the New Super Mario Bros. game, while the second, "Ice Blue," will come with a custom carrying case and a copy of Brain Age. Both bundles will be released on November 28, and will sell for $149.99.
"Nintendo DS is both the most affordable and the most popular video game system in this generation," said Nintendo of America's executive vice president Cammie Dunaway. "These limited-edition bundles make great gifts for first-time Nintendo DS players and collectors alike."
Just what the world needs now: Another console from Nintendo that's immensely popular and nearly impossible to get. Despite optimistic words from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii is expected to be in short supply once again this year, the popular Wii Fit peripheral is guaranteed to be and now, in what's slowly becoming a holiday tradition, Nintendo has issued a warning that people who want one of these new DS bundles should grab them while they can. "Shoppers are encouraged to act fast if they want to get their hands on these limited-edition bundles," the company said in a statement.
No word on whether Nintendo plans to release something along the lines of a "Supermutant Green" model, complete with lifelike Eviscerated Eyeball Headphones (It's In Your Hair!) but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
"Black Friday," by the way, refers to the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The day is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, a fact retailers take advantage of by opening early and offering special deals and other promotions. The term "Black Friday" actually originated in Philadelphia in the 1960s, according to Wikipedia, as a result of the heavy traffic that typically occurred on that day, but more recently it's come to mean the period during which merchants earn their real profits - a reference to being "in the black."