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Nintendo Confirms Wii Price Drop, 'Nintendo Selects'
Nintendo Confirms Wii Price Drop, 'Nintendo Selects'
May 4, 2011 | By Mike Rose

May 4, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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Nintendo has confirmed rumors of a Wii price drop, revealing that the motion-controlled console will have a new U.S. retail price later this month.

Starting from May 15, the system will have a suggested retail price of $149.99, a 25 percent drop from the previous price of $199.99. This is just the second price drop for the Wii since its launch in 2006, when it debuted at $249.99.

The console will now also come with a copy of Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel accessory, as well as a Wii Remote Plus controller and Nunchuk controller. Mario Kart will replace the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games.

News site Eurogamer also has details regarding a price drop in Europe, with a similar Wii package being released on May 20 for 129.99 at retail.

The price drop comes about a week after Nintendo confirmed it would reveal details about the Wii's home console successor at June's E3 in Los Angeles this year. The company said it plans to launch the console sometime in 2012.

Along with the price drop, Nintendo has also revealed a new discounted range of software titles. The Nintendo Selects collection will offer popular Wii releases at a $19.99 retail price.

The range will initially include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Mario Super Sluggers. It will also include Wii Sports, marking the first time the title has been available to purchase as a separate software release in the U.S. and Europe.

Europe will also receive the Select range, with titles costing 19.99. The first batch will include Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football and Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City.


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Daniel Boy
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Finally we will see, what effect a wii price drop has. And a platinum series of games. This will settle years of dispute in the comments here. Started to get a little bit boring. Good times.

Dennis Furia
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This PS3 fanboy is getting himself a Wii!

E Zachary Knight
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I look forward to the discount line of games. I can't wait to pick up some games I have missed.

Eric Geer
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I really wish they would have done this sooner---how come the people to last hold out on buying a console always get the best deals.

E Zachary Knight
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Because things decrease in cost as time moves on? I think that is a good reason. Perhaps we need to switch things up a bit. Let's have a really cheap first run of games and consoles and then over the years we will ratchet up the price as punishment for not being early adopters. I think that would go down quite well with the general public. Don't you?

Eric Geer
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I like this idea.

Mark Harris
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lol @ Ephriam.



I'm assuming you are being facetious, at which point I am laughing with you in amusement.



If not, then I'm just plain laughing at you. :D

Eric Geer
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facetious is how i took it

Fiore Iantosca
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I think it's stupid to purchase a Wii not even with a dropped price. With the new system on the horizon and they already said it will be Wii BC, i think the better option is to wait, which is what I am doing

jayvee inamac
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hey its cheap, and there are some good games in it (and they're cheap too), why not?

John Martins
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The Wii -should- be a cheap console. It's aimed at casual gamers, iPhone owners and people who play games on Facebook. There are a few titles there that appeal to the more "hardcore" market, but most of them reach the limit once their library reaches around 10-12 games.

kevin Koos
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Still not enough. At this point should have dropped it to $129 and have it be $99 by xmas, still would make money off it can.


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