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Nintendo 3DS XL bundle with Mario Kart 7 confirmed for the holidays

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Rumors based on a retailer ad flyer for a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle started Tuesday. Nintendo formerly announced the bundle that includes Mario Kart 7 is headed to stores in time for the holidays.

Nintendo is offering a blue/black Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 already installed for $199.99. We should start seeing the bundle on retailer shelves starting the week of Dec. 2.

The bundle announcement for the larger version of the popular handheld follows the flame red regular Nintendo 3DS bundle that comes with Super Mario Land 3D that was available during the Black Friday shopping period.

This is the first Nintendo 3DS XL bundle put out by Nintendo since the new handheld was released on August 19, 2012.

The complete announcement from Nintendo for the new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle is below.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mario Kart fans are getting a limited-edition bundle to help keep their engines revving through the holidays. On Dec. 2, Nintendo is offering a Blue/Black Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on the system for a suggested retail price of $199.99. If purchased separately, the system and the game would be offered at suggested retail prices of $199.99 and $39.99 respectively, making this another great Nintendo value for holiday shoppers.

The portable Nintendo 3DS XL system offers two screens that are 90 percent larger than the original Nintendo 3DS and let owners see even more amazing 3D details. Owners can watch their karts zoom across the track in 3D without the need for special glasses. The system also includes the Nintendo eShop, a one-stop shop for downloadable new games, Virtual Console games, free game demos and full downloadable versions of retail games. Users can also enjoy augmented-reality features and Nintendo Video, a channel filled with free one-of-a-kind 3D videos.

Mario Kart 7 lets karts race through the air and under the sea for the first time. On big jumps, karts deploy a wing to help them glide over the track. When karts dive underwater, a propeller pops out to help the kart cruise across the sea floor. Players can customize their vehicles further to enhance their driving style or play to certain types of terrain and even race as their own Mii characters. Multiple courses challenge players to race for the checkered flag.

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