Nintendo has elected to send the Wii off to pasture this holiday with a price cut and brand new bundle. The Wii currently sells at $149.99, but it will hit $129.99 before the month’s end.
The new Wii package will include Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on one disc, sold in black and it will include a Wii Remot Plus and Nunchuck controller. It will replace the current New Super Mario Bros. Wii console bundle. The unit is on its way to stores now, and Nintendo expects it will be widely available in the U.S. by October 28th.
While I hesitate to talk negatively about a price cut for gaming hardware, the decision to drop the Wii by only $20 as this stage in its life span is a little baffling. Seriously, who could possibly be left among the roster of potential Wii owners? The console’s life span surged with massive sales. It’s become one of the best selling gaming consoles of all time, and it enjoyed an outstanding launch period.
With all of that success comes one major point: everyone who wanted to own a Wii has likely already purchased the console. Dropping the price by $20 and adding a two game, one disc bundle probably won’t do much to attract new users.
Nintendo Drops Price of Wii to $129.99, Includes Both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort
Value Package Comes with Black Wii and Two Classic Games on One Disc
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is dropping the Wii console to a suggested retail price of $129.99 U.S. in advance of the busy holiday shopping season. The new configuration is beginning to arrive in stores now, and will be broadly available in the U.S. by Oct. 28. This high-value configuration includes a black Wii console and both Wii Sports andWii Sports Resort on a single game disc, as well as a Wii Remote Plus and a Nunchuk controller – both black to match the console. This configuration replaces the current black Wii that comes with New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
“Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “A new suggested retail price and the inclusion of two great games make it an easy choice for families looking for a great value this holiday season.”
Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort represent two iconic games that helped pioneer the industry move toward motion-controlled video games. The games include a wide variety of sports that use the controllers in unique ways. Players can try their hand at sports like bowling, tennis, baseball, archery, table tennis and basketball, all while simulating real-life motions using the Wii Remote Plus controller. For the first time, both games are included on a single game disc.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wii.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 630 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
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