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Nintendo: No Wii Price Cut, Sorry!

Just a couple of months ago, Nintendo cut the price of its handheld gaming console, the DSi. The company announced in August its decision to drop the DSi to $149.99 and the DSi XL to $169.99. However, if you though that meant we'd soon see the price for the Wii fall, you thought wrong.

Despite the fact that sales are slowing down and it now has Microsoft and Sony to compete with in the motion-sensing  gaming market, Nintendo has said it has no plans to make the Wii any cheaper. Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata recently spoke to the AP and said that though Nintendo is trying to attract those who never got around to buying a Wii, they won't be dropping the price to get them on board.

"Those who really wanted it would have already bought it so now we need to reach those who considered it but never got around to buying it," Iwata said, adding that to grab their attention they'll be using bundles like the Mario 25th anniversary bundle, which comes with a red Wii.

However, while Iwata said they're not considering a price cut right now, he didn't rule it out completely.

"Of course, we cannot say it will never happen, he said. "But we are not thinking of it for the near future."

The Wii got its first price drop this time last year, when it fell from $249 to its current $199 price tag.

Source: AP via CNet

  • wicko
    No purchase, sorry!

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  • tacoslave
    fuck nintendo i run all there games on emulators just because a wii costs them no more than 30 dollars to make and yet they charge us 200 for 10 year old tech.
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  • reprotected
    tacoslavefuck nintendo i run all there games on emulators just because a wii costs them no more than 30 dollars to make and yet they charge us 200 for 10 year old tech.But surely their games are pretty good since you play em on the emulator :D Play Kirby's Epic Yarn with AA enabled, it's like PS3 graphics, no joke.
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  • chriskrum
    CEO and marketing 101. Don't announce an upcoming price cut or even hint that one might be coming. It completely undermines current sales as customers will wait.

    There's no story here as it's not conceivable that he would answer differently even if there was a massive price cut coming tomorrow.
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  • N19h7M4r3
    I say it will probably come down a bit, to like 175. Think about it... if word came out that before Christmas Nintendo would lower the prices, pretty much no one would buy one until it did... less cash for Nintendo... I'm pretty sure it will come down this year again... specially with move and kinect. Its just a matter of how much.
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  • rhino13
    Nintendo says:
    We may have inferior tech, but no one else can boast a red Mario console!
    Buy now!
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  • fjjb
    this will end in stores burring wiis on the back, at least if sales dont go well at least plants will have its nutrients..... what was the wii made of?
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  • matt87_50
    I don't care.

    cbf with the wii now.
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  • wmalinowski
    I already own Wii do this doesn't bother me, but Wii needed does need a price cut(althought Goldeneye could change that).
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  • mman74
    reprotectedBut surely their games are pretty good since you play em on the emulator Play Kirby's Epic Yarn with AA enabled, it's like PS3 graphics, no joke.
    I am too busy playing games like Killzone 2, Modern Warfare & Black Ops when it comes out later this week. You mean I can play games like these with this level of graphics and gameplay intensity on the Wii?
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