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Nintendo Announces Official U.S. Wii Price Drop

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Will be $199 starting this Sunday

After days of alleged price drop sightings in upcoming American store circular ads, it's officially official: Nintendo will drop the price of the Wii in the U.S. to $199 on Sunday, Sept. 27. That's this Sunday.

Marked down from $250, the best-selling system will retain it's original Wii Sports bundle. The new price is on par with the Xbox 360 Arcade and $100 cheaper than the recently released PS3 Slim.

The price drop is only valid in the U.S., so everyone else will simply have to wait to see what Nintendo does in other territories. Check out the full press release below.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 23, 2009 – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, the world’s most popular home video game system gets even more appealing. On that day, Nintendo’s suggested retail price for its record-setting Wii™ drops by $50 to $199.99. The new $199.99 Wii price point delivers the full iconic Wii gaming experience, including the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Sports™ software, and furthers Nintendo’s mission to expand the gaming universe by making video games accessible to more and more consumers.

Wii ownership also opens an avenue for players to the industry’s most diverse and unique collection of home console games. Key upcoming releases include Wii Fit™ Plus, launching on Oct. 4, and the first truly multiplayer Mario™ title ever, New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii.

Both new and veteran players in America can jump into this new Mario action when it arrives on Nov. 15.

And beginning Oct. 2, consumers in select cities will have a new, convenient way to decide which Nintendo adventure to tackle next. On that day, a novel series of sampling events called “World of Nintendo” kicks off in Long Beach, Calif.

“Wii has reached more video game players than any game system before because it attracts everyone—both men and women, and people of all ages,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our research shows there are 50 million Americans thinking about becoming gamers, and this more affordable price point and our vast array of new software mean many of them can now make the leap and find experiences that appeal to them, whatever their tastes or level of gaming experience.”

The inherent social nature of Wii is fully demonstrated in a groundbreaking way with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the first Mario game ever to allow four players to take part in the action at the same time. That same dynamic is propelling the enthusiastic response for Wii Sports Resort™, while the release of Wii Fit Plus includes everything you love about Wii Fit™, along with new multiplayer elements and the ability to customize workouts to fit individual needs.

See below for full details on the World of Nintendo events that are scheduled to take place in Long Beach, Philadelphia and New York throughout the month of October.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.

For more information about New Super Mario Bros. Wii, visit www.MarioBrosWii.com.

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User Comments (21)

CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

No surprise here. After Sony and Microsoft dropped their console's prices, we had to know Nintendo would follow with the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching.

CharlieRod

#2

CharlieRod said:

Ya. I just really want them to release more colors... black Wii remote on the way which will help me end up having a white, black, red, and green Wii remotes:) I want all different color Wii remotes because I think that It's cool to have a bunch of different colors. I'll even trade in my other two wii remotes just to get differnt colors.

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

I'm actually surprised we haven't seen new Wii colors by now.

JonWahlgrenAdmin

#4

JonWahlgren said:

Yeah, I figured those would come before a price drop, but I guess Nintendo didn't want to chance having a higher-priced console going into the holiday season.

Hardy83

#5

Hardy83 said:

Now they just need to work on making their WiiConnect24 actually mean what it's called....
And promote the DSi and Wii online shops, much much much much much MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUUUUUUUUUUUUCH more.

CharlieRod

#6

CharlieRod said:

I agree with you Hardy. I remember them saying there was going to possibly be downloadable content for Nintendo made games. Like new dungeons for Zelda that have like a story or something that's a side quest. Like they could make a bridge that leads to the other side of that canyon and make like a town that has its comletely own story and have a sidequest that has Link save another town from something else other than Gananodorf that doesn't have to fit in with the repetitive save Hyrule story. Like Majoras Mask but a deed that Link doesn't have to accomplish but still does anyway just to help the people out. Get what I mean? Oh ya, and did you get your name from the Hardy Boy books or another source?

Hardy83

#7

Hardy83 said:

My name Hardy came out of my bum back in highschool when I was participating in lan parties for Starcraft with some school mates.
I had to think of a user name and people were yelling at me to hurry up so I just put Hardy in there for no apparent reason. And I just kept it ever since as my electronic user name for everything.

I have never read a Hardy Boy book. lol

skywake

#8

skywake said:

Holiday sales for Wii were going to be great as it was but with this they are going to go through the roof.

and yeah, the Wii Shop updates need to be more visible for sure. I don't think its an unknown service because its fairly hard to avoid seeing but there is no way to know what the new games are unless you do research yourself. Not sure what this has to do with the price drop but :P

Hardy83

#10

Hardy83 said:

I only mentioned promoting the shop because it's one of the major issues Nintendo has.
With the other system price drops, the Wii's price was a big issue, but now it's dealt with, but the problem with the majority of Wii owners probably don't even know the system can go online is still a big problem.

I know NIntendo may not care, but I do. Many WiiWare games surpass the quality of most retail Wii games.

Stuffgamer1

#11

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Hardy83: Don't forget the VC! There are plenty of games that anybody can enjoy on there. With the number of people I get in Gamestop always looking for the original Super Mario Bros., you KNOW VC must matter, pretty much to everybody! I agree that the Shop Channel needs more advertising. I liked the bit about the VC on this week's Nintendo Week, but it's obviously not going to grab anybody who doesn't know they can go online with the Wii. By all rights, it SHOULD be advertised on the box. I hate the Wii's clean, ad-less box.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Yay price drop! :D

Kevin

#15

Kevin said:

Honestly, I thought they would never do it. 250 still sounds reasonable to me. But I'm not complaining since I got it when it launched.

Objection

#16

Objection said:

Well, it was a safe bet for the last month that this was going to happen. And now it has. Moving on...

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