Nintendo Wii drops to £129.99

So you still don’t have a Nintendo Wii yet? Well this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Nintendo have announced that they are to reduce the price of the Wii down to £129.99, with the option of two bundles to choose from at the new price.

The first is the existing Wii Sports Resort Pack, which includes a black Wii console, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk and a copy of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on one disc.

The second is a new Mario Kart Wii Pack, which includes a white Wii console, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Wii Wheel and a copy of Mario Kart Wii.

The new price won’t come into effect till May 20th, however the Wii Sports Resort Pack can already be purchased at this new price from HMV and Amazon online. The price for the Wii has also been reduced for North America, where it will retail for $150 from May 15th.

There will also be a new Nintendo Selects range of games too, with classics such as Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football, and Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City re-released at £19.99. However, with the exception of Wii Sports, (which has always been bundled with the console, and never sold separately), you could probably already pick up these games at £19.99, or maybe less, if you do a little bargain hunting.

Having remained at £179.99 ever since it launched back in 2006, this is the first official price cut for the Wii to come from Nintendo. Chances are that a price war amongst retailers could see the Wii selling for under £100 on the run up to Christmas. A price cut has been expected ever since they announced the development of a new console, currently codenamed Project Café, which is scheduled to launch next year.

With the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii, having previously launched in North America in November, and Europe in December, and the announcement of this price cut before Nintendo have even displayed their latest console (which won’t officially be unveiled till June at E3), it does beg a tiny inkling of suspicion. Maybe… just maybe… they intend to launch their new console before the end of the year?

Sources: Nintendo | Gamecentral

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