Nintendo Drops Wii Price, Adds Freebies
The manufacturer may be looking to boost sales before its next-gen gaming device is announced this summer.
May 05, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

Recently, Nintendo said they are planning to announce a new Wii later this year. So when it comes to the original console, it seems like everything must go.

The gaming manufacturer just unveiled plans for a new $149.99 Wii package, which includes the original console in either black (pictured) or white, along with the Mario Kart Wii game and a matching Wii Wheel accessory. The add-ons will replace the previously offered Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games. The new package will be available at retailers starting May 15.

If you have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket from the console savings, the company will also have new games available on the same day. Nintendo says that a new Nintendo Selects collection of Wii games will be available at $19.99 each. That will include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports. This will be the first time that Wii Sports will be available as a separate purchase.

“The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater numbers of people,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s president.

Of course, it could also be helping Nintendo to clean out the warehouse. Expect the next Nintendo Wii (Wii 2?) to be announced at this summer’s E3 Expo, which will take place in Los Angeles from June 7 to 9.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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