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Nintendo confirms Wii price drop

New budget re-release range also announced for both Europe and U.S.

A new hardware and software bundle will signify a long-expected price drop for Nintendo's Wii, with the Mario Kart Wii Pack going on sale for £129.99 from May 20.

Due to EU regulations Nintendo is not allowed to state a retail price itself but in the U.S. the same bundle will priced at $149.99, down from $199.99.

The Mario Kart Wii Pack does not include either Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort, but instead a copy of Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel - as well as the console itself and a single remote and nunchuck.

At the same time Nintendo will be reducing the trade price of its existing Wii Sports Resort Pack, which includes a black Wii console, Wii RemotePlus, nunchuck and a copy of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on one disc. This is also expected to sell for £129.99/$149.99.

The company has also announced the Nintendo Selects range of re-released budget titles, that will initially include Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football, and Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City.

The new range will launch on May 20, with sister site Eurogamer quoting a price of £19.99 for each title.

The label will go on sale in North America on May 15 but with a different line-up: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.

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