Nintendo has cut pricing of the original Wii game console to $129.99 and started to include additional title and controllers into the bundle several weeks ahead of the Wii U launch. As it appears, Nintendo intends to continue selling Wii systems even after the next-gen launch for some time.
“Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console. 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,” said Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America.
Nintendo is dropping the Wii console to a suggested retail price of $129.99 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 October 28, 2012. 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.
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.
Nintendo will release next-generation Wii U game systems on November 18, 2012, in the U.S. Basic white version of Wii U will cost $299, Deluxe black flavour of the console will retail for $349.