This summer has been sorely lacking in Nintendo titles, but the company is putting out a new Mario-themed 3DS to hold you over until the next big announcement (or, at the very least, Pokémon Sun and Moon this November). On Aug. 26, a new bundle will feature a a New 3DS, Mario-themed cover plates and a copy of Super Mario 3D Land preinstalled, all for $149.99.
That price for the handheld and a game is a great deal. It's $50 less than any other 3DS bundle Nintendo has released.
If you don't have a 3DS yet, it's still a great time to get one. Besides Sun and Moon releasing later this year, there's a huge backlog of great games for the system, and some of them are about to get far more affordable. Nintendo is adding Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Tomodachi Life, Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever and New Friends, and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins to its Nintendo Selects line, all of which sell for $19.99 a pop.
If you haven't played any of those games yet, $20 is a fine price, particularly for Animal Crossing and Luigi's Mansion. Nintendo's games uniquely hold their value at retail over time; even used copies of games command prices close to the original MSRP months or years later.
At this point, you are buying a system that probably has more yesterdays than tomorrows. If rumors about Nintendo's upcoming NX hold true, it will serve as both your next handheld and console, which may be the death knell for new content on the 3DS. But even if you get a 3DS today, you'll have an awesome backlog to work through.