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Wii hardware and software prices drop in U.S.

Retailers cut console prices as Nintendo reduces key software titles by $10

A number of U.S. retailers have reduced the price of the Wii console from $199.99 to $169.99, as rumours continue to mount that Nintendo is planning an announcement on the system's successor.

Although an official price cut was expected in May the cuts made this month appear to be led by retailers rather than Nintendo itself. Chains such as Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys 'R' Us, and Amazon have all adopted the new price, although others such as K-mart and Sears have not.

At the same time Nintendo has announced that that the price of Wii Sports Resort and Wii Party will be reduced by $10 to a suggested $39.99 - although no other first party titles are affected.

Last week major UK retailer GAME also reduced the price of its black Wii console bundle to £99.98, from £129.99, just as the rumours of the Wii successor began to break. GAME quickly clarified that this was simply part of an Easter price deal.

Although possibly coincidental, the various price cuts have come as speculation continues to run rife regarding the Wii's successor. Rumours on the nature of the hardware, both in terms of its graphical power and special features, have become a hot topic across the Internet.

Many of these rumours have suggested that the new console could be released this year, although most analysts have refused to be drawn on that question. Most though agree that an unveiling at E3 in June is now "highly likely".

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Latest comments (3)

Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University5 years ago
Inaccurate--Many of the rumours have in fact specified a late 2012 release date.

"Game Informer has been told that Nintendo will unveil the system at E3 in June, if not sooner, with a view to a late 2012 release"
[link url=http://www.next-gen.biz/news/sources-confirm-more-details-on-wii-successor
]http://www.next-gen.biz/news/sources-con...[/link]

Both sources from that article state the late 2012 date.

[link url=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2011-04-14-hd-wii-successor-expected-at-e3
]http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/20...[/link]

Your sites own report on this also reports the late 2012 date.

At this point I'm surprised Nintendo hasn't announced a Player's Choice range. Perhaps they have it waiting till an investor conference or E3?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
Daniel, I don't think Nintendo will do a "Player Choice" brand until after the the successor console launches.

They have titles that have sold ~25 million units at full price. Dropping the price from a business standpoint seems pointless. AND it would anger 3rd parties who already have a tough time fighting against Nintendos own software as it is. Nintendo seems intent on patching up 3rd party relations, not giving them a coronary.
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Tony Johns5 years ago
Perhaps maybe the successor to the Wii might have been released later on this year if it is revealed at E3.

But it will be interesting to see that, because it would mean for the first time in a long time Nintendo is the first one to kick off the next generation of gaming.
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