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Wii Price Drops to $129.99

by Andy Goergen - October 15, 2012, 6:29 am PDT
Total comments: 12

The new Wii bundle will appeal to sporting types.

A new Wii bundle is being released to US stores at a suggested retail price of $129.99. The bundle will replace the existing bundle which includes New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a music CD at the $149.99 price point, and will include Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on a single disc. 

The new bundle includes a black Wii console and both a black Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk. 

The new Wii bundle is on its way to store shelves now. Nintendo expects the bundle to be widely available by October 28.

Nintendo Drops Price of Wii to $129.99, Includes Both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort

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 and Wii 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, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii.

Talkback

I don't need another Wii, but I'd love to get my hands on one of those Wii Sports + Resort combo discs.

MaxiOctober 15, 2012

I take it this one has no backwards compatibility correct?

The press release doesn't specify, but it would appear so.

lolmonadeOctober 15, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

I don't need another Wii, but I'd love to get my hands on one of those Wii Sports + Resort combo discs.


Agreed.  Also, I think $129.99 is still a little more than what i'd be willing to plink down for another Wii.  If it were at the $99 price point, I think it would be a much more tempting proposition.

Granted, I already saw a local Best Buy selling their systems at this price a few weeks ago, so it already looks like retailers were trying to find a way to get their remaining Wiis off the shelf before the new system arrived.  Just not sure how many potential buyers are left for the system...i'd imagine the market is already saturated with the system.

It was a little over 14 years ago when both the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation dropped to $129.99 on August 25 1998.


Also, no way this new bundle has backwards compatibility.

mustbeburtOctober 15, 2012

Wow.  I'd love to see some screenshots of the menus and stuff for the combo disc.  Do you guys think it will just have you choose which game you want, then it will boot it up, or do you think the 2 games will somehow be merged into one?

It's almost certainly a case of booting to a screen where you pick which one you want, which loads the original game. They're not going to put anymore effort into it than they have to.

TJ SpykeOctober 15, 2012

Frankly, I am surprised they are even doing that rather than just bundle the 2 discs in one package.

That would be very slightly more expensive for them, and they could probably have some rookie developer slap together the select screen in an afternoon.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorOctober 15, 2012

Some EU countries already had the combo disc... so I'm guessing they just had to do a little bit of localization on the menu.

I think the fact we're finally getting the combo disc in the US shows that Operation Rainfall's efforts were successful and that Reggie heart has grown three sizes.

tendoboy1984October 16, 2012

No more Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD? Good thing my mom gave me the CD that came with the Wii I bought her! She doesn't give two shits about Mario games.

ShyGuyOctober 16, 2012

Price Drop? Bomba.

Will it hit $99 next year?

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