Nintendo Confirms Expected Wii Price Cut, Budget Game Line

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In a move to squeeze every last ounce of sales power out of the fading Wii console and clear the way for its next console revolution slated to take the market by storm next year, Nintendo has officially announced the Wii price drop that has been circulating as rumor for at least a month or so now.

Effective as of May 15th, the Nintendo Wii console will drop from $199.99 (or the $169.99 sale price many retailers have been unloading it at recently) to $149.99. The newly priced console will be available in black or white, and instead of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, it will be bundled up with a copy of Mario Kart Wii and a matching Wii Wheel, along with the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller pair.

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Also on May 15th, Nintendo will kick off a new line of budget Wii games equivalent to Microsoft’s ‘Platinum Hits’ and Sony’s ‘Greatest Hits’. As part of the ‘Nintendo Selects’ line, old Wii favorites The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports will be sold at the low retail price of $19.99 each.

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Seems way late in the Wii’s lifespan to launch such a line, especially with the next console right around the corner. But better late than never I suppose!

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