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Nintendo to Cut Price of Wii to $150?

By - Source: Engadget | B 23 comments

The world is still debating whether or not the 3DS is too pricey, but Nintendo is supposedly busy thinking about the pricing of another of its consoles.

Nintendo is rumored to be dropping the price of its wildly popular motion-gaming console, the Wii, by $50. This would bring the current price of $200 down to $150. Engadget cites a trusted source that says the price will fall on May 15, a little over four weeks from now. At $150, the Wii would be a full hundred dollars cheaper than the just-released 3DS.

With Wii sales dropping, it’s hard to pass this rumor off as pre-E3 gossip. Microsoft and Sony both offer gamers a motion-sensing alternative to the Wii in the form of an add-on peripheral -- an appealing option for those who also like their more hardcore console games. Still, that could be Nintendo’s angle here: If Kinect, Move and the Wii are all around the same price, the Wii becomes less of a console in and of itself and more of an extra for those who just want to add a little motion-gaming to the mix.

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    Anonymous , April 13, 2011 9:29 PM
    Sorry, not having HD is a real deal-breaker for me even with the $150 price tag
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    kinggraves , April 13, 2011 9:30 PM
    Price drops usually come before the next generation console. This year's E3 might have some surprises after all.
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    captaincharisma , April 13, 2011 9:37 PM
    i hope they do so then MS will drop the price of the xbox arcade to the same price and then i can finally buy an xbox at the price its was always worth.
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    the associate , April 13, 2011 9:39 PM
    kinggravesPrice drops usually come before the next generation console. This year's E3 might have some surprises after all.



    E3 can't come soon enough!!!!! =D
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    memadmax , April 13, 2011 9:41 PM
    Should be only $75 considering it doesn't play DVD's................
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    gruntlord6 , April 13, 2011 9:59 PM
    memadmaxShould be only $75 considering it doesn't play DVD's................

    It doesnt without the homebrew channel ;) 
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    adamboy64 , April 13, 2011 10:05 PM
    I don't expect any new hardware from Nintendo at this year's E3... It could be a real problem for them trying to consolidate the 3DS alone.

    Guess we'll find out..
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    ucther , April 13, 2011 10:10 PM
    I have all three of the current systems and have to clean the dust off the 360 and PS3 to play them. Those are the consoles that should be $150 or less. HD is nice and playing a DVD or BR is OK, but I am in it for the game play.
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    fyend , April 13, 2011 10:20 PM
    ucther HD is nice and playing a DVD or BR is OK, but I am in it for the game play.


    So you're a PC gamer. Good for you.
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    tacoslave , April 13, 2011 10:39 PM
    FyendSo you're a PC gamer. Good for you.

    on a pc mostly everything is above "HD" which is 720p
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    azcoyote , April 13, 2011 10:45 PM
    Make it $99 and I will still pass...

    I have kids that cannot use the Wii remote very well.
    They can sure jump though so I am betting Kinect will be more fun... :) 
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    mickrussom , April 13, 2011 11:20 PM
    Wii is obsolete. Kinect is way more interesting than these moron input devices. The wii has gadget-itis, there are too many gadgets and the kinect solves them all. Wii sucks. The games suck. Its not a bluray player. Its OS is locked down too much. The legacy controllers suck. The games are made for the new input systems and not made to be good games. Wii is the first console I bought and I returned it to Costco. It also BROKE (went dead) int he first month. I hate the Wii and think Nintendo jumped the Shark bad on these. I hope they revise the Wii and this idiot alternate input system crap goes away. Its as dumb as the NES zapper, NES bazooka, NES Powerglove, VirtualBoy, they all suck, and everyone wants a game pad and a joystick like the nes advantage or the NES Max, and we want to play GAMES. Not stupid simulations of a bad reality.

    Wii is a piece of crap. One of the best games of all time was Ocarina of Time. A little juvenile but fun. Then they went to make the vaginas mask and the windwaker gayness. Nintendo has been making lamer games for toddlers and it needs to get back to cool stuff. And they focus on nintendo DS which sucks. its like I really did look forward to playing NES, SNES and Genesis games a LOT more than these new games coming out today. better graphics, but bad controls, bad gameplay and bad game design.

    I want more games like Deus Ex, that was one of the best ever. But then they make lame crap like Deus Ex 2, which stunk, it was horrible and was one of the worst ever. Horrible.
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    dalethepcman , April 13, 2011 11:53 PM
    uctherI have all three of the current systems and have to clean the dust off the 360 and PS3 to play them. Those are the consoles that should be $150 or less. HD is nice and playing a DVD or BR is OK, but I am in it for the game play.


    I have all three systems also, and I rarely clean the dust off the Wii because the only time its fun to play is if I'm drinking with 3 or more friends. If you have to be drunk to enjoy the games that sais something about the system.
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    captaincharisma , April 14, 2011 12:12 AM
    mickrussomWii is obsolete. Kinect is way more interesting than these moron input devices. The wii has gadget-itis, there are too many gadgets and the kinect solves them all. Wii sucks. The games suck. Its not a bluray player. Its OS is locked down too much. The legacy controllers suck. The games are made for the new input systems and not made to be good games. Wii is the first console I bought and I returned it to Costco. It also BROKE (went dead) int he first month. I hate the Wii and think Nintendo jumped the Shark bad on these. I hope they revise the Wii and this idiot alternate input system crap goes away. Its as dumb as the NES zapper, NES bazooka, NES Powerglove, VirtualBoy, they all suck, and everyone wants a game pad and a joystick like the nes advantage or the NES Max, and we want to play GAMES. Not stupid simulations of a bad reality. Wii is a piece of crap. One of the best games of all time was Ocarina of Time. A little juvenile but fun. Then they went to make the vaginas mask and the windwaker gayness. Nintendo has been making lamer games for toddlers and it needs to get back to cool stuff. And they focus on nintendo DS which sucks. its like I really did look forward to playing NES, SNES and Genesis games a LOT more than these new games coming out today. better graphics, but bad controls, bad gameplay and bad game design. I want more games like Deus Ex, that was one of the best ever. But then they make lame crap like Deus Ex 2, which stunk, it was horrible and was one of the worst ever. Horrible.


    it looks like someone had a bit too much of the MS cool-aid
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    palladin9479 , April 14, 2011 1:26 AM
    dalethepcmanI have all three systems also, and I rarely clean the dust off the Wii because the only time its fun to play is if I'm drinking with 3 or more friends. If you have to be drunk to enjoy the games that sais something about the system.


    Ahh but that is entirely the reason to have a Wii (and before it the GC). Its the best "party platform" for adults. While the two other consoles fight to be media platforms and hardcore gaming platforms the Wii instead places itself as a casual gaming platform. When me and my gf have our friends over, its incredibly fun to throw in a party game and start passing the sticks around. Throw in some drinking game rules (lose a round take a shot) and things get awesomely fun.

    For "gaming" stuff I'm usually on PC or 360 / PS3, but for group fun nothing beats the Wii.
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    t_wilson , April 14, 2011 2:49 AM
    The wii is utter garbage and it's price is a sacrilege.
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    silverblue , April 14, 2011 11:47 AM
    Wow @ the Wii hate. Yeah, it's overpriced, but it has its charm. I'm more likely to play on the Wii when I visit some friends as opposed to their PS3 or PCs.
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    Toddosan , April 14, 2011 12:15 PM
    My son has had a Wii since release and has had no issues at all, its a great system for kids who like to have fun and could care less about graphics. Me i prefer playing games on a PC, but also like the 360 too.
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    dalta centauri , April 14, 2011 12:51 PM
    mickrussomWii is obsolete. Kinect is way more interesting than these moron input devices. The wii has gadget-itis, there are too many gadgets and the kinect solves them all. Wii sucks. The games suck. Its not a bluray player. Its OS is locked down too much. The legacy controllers suck. The games are made for the new input systems and not made to be good games. Wii is the first console I bought and I returned it to Costco. It also BROKE (went dead) int he first month. I hate the Wii and think Nintendo jumped the Shark bad on these. I hope they revise the Wii and this idiot alternate input system crap goes away. Its as dumb as the NES zapper, NES bazooka, NES Powerglove, VirtualBoy, they all suck, and everyone wants a game pad and a joystick like the nes advantage or the NES Max, and we want to play GAMES. Not stupid simulations of a bad reality. Wii is a piece of crap. One of the best games of all time was Ocarina of Time. A little juvenile but fun. Then they went to make the vaginas mask and the windwaker gayness. Nintendo has been making lamer games for toddlers and it needs to get back to cool stuff. And they focus on nintendo DS which sucks. its like I really did look forward to playing NES, SNES and Genesis games a LOT more than these new games coming out today. better graphics, but bad controls, bad gameplay and bad game design. I want more games like Deus Ex, that was one of the best ever. But then they make lame crap like Deus Ex 2, which stunk, it was horrible and was one of the worst ever. Horrible.

    The Wii is obsolete, which is why there is a price drop. Logic, understand it.
    Another thing, the xbox would also be obsolete compared to say a ps3 in your words. The xbox 360 doesn't have a bluray player, it also had a 54% fail rate originally, and "a stupid simulation device of a failed reality" with Kinect.
    Majoras Mask upped the level of difficulty over Ocarina of Time, so how this 'lamer' game is for toddlers only is beyond me. Using , "Vaginas Mask" and "WindWaker Gayness" shows exactly why the wii isn't for you, because you're an immature user that makes up the bad side of a consoles community.
    Only problem I had with the wii was the lack of better graphics. It may look better than the gamecube, but playing at an equal resolution with only a touch of extra eyecandy doesn't feel impressive.
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    jfby , April 14, 2011 1:34 PM
    TOMS: please fix the thumbs up/thumbs down... these ads are annoying.

    To the article: Nintendo revolutionized motion sensing gaming with the Wii. Now they need to continue to innovate with either new hardware for the Wii or bring the next gen Wii online. Just because Wii sales are slacking off doesn't mean they haven't done a great job overall, they have just saturated their current potential target audience to capacity. Hopefully for Nintendo in the next several years they can bring out some new games and new hardware before too long.
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