Nintendo Drops Price of Wii15 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Nintendo Oct. 15 said it is dropping the suggested retail price of the Wii console to $129.99 (effective today) from $149.99 in the United States in advance of the holiday shopping season. The new price point is expected to be will be available on new Wii devices nationwide by Oct. 28.
The new 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. The configuration replaces the current black Wii that comes with New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
The Wii also includes apps for subscription video-on-demand services Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Separately, Nintendo's upcoming Wii U system is slated to ship Nov. 18 before Thanksgiving, and be available in two versions. The basic set, which includes 8GB of storage, will retail for $299.99, while the 32GB deluxe set will retail for $349.99.
“Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console,” said Scott Moffitt, EVP of sales and 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.”