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Europe Gets New Wii Bundle and Budget Range Too

Posted by James Newton

Console price drop incoming

The Wii is dropping to $149.99 in North America soon, but Europe's not being left out of the fun, as Nintendo of Europe has announced its own line-up of cheap Wii treats.

From 20th May, the Wii will drop to £129.99 / €144.99 (approximately) with the launch of a new bundle that removes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort in favour of Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel.

Europe will also receive the Nintendo Selects budget range, launching at £19.99/€24.99 (approximately) though the line-up is slightly different:

How do you feel about this upcoming price drop?

NEW MARIO KART Wii PACK AND“NINTENDO SELECTS” LAUNCH FOR MONEY SAVVY SHOPPERS

4th May 2011: With the summer holidays edging closer into view, Nintendo today announced the launch of a new range of software titles that are light on the wallet and heavy on fun. The Nintendo Selects range, launching on 20th May 2011, is a value for money* selection of popular Wii game titles for all the family.

What’s more, Nintendo will also launch a new entry level Mario Kart Wii Pack on the same day. The new pack will contain a white Wii console, Wii Remote™ Plus, Nunchuk™, Wii Wheel™ and a copy of Mario Kart Wii™.

Nintendo has also announced that on 20th May 2011 it will be reducing the trade price** of its 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 games in the Nintendo Selects range offer social gaming fun for the whole family. Titles included are the fitness phenomenon Wii Sports™, WarioWare™: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers™ Charged Football and Animal Crossing™: Let’s Go To The City.

Wii Sports introduces a new entertainment experience. Offering five distinct sports experiences, tennis, bowling, golf, boxing and baseball - each using the Wii Remote in a different way to provide a natural, intuitive and realistic feel. Warm up and throw yourself into the action with the hit sports game that will have you on your feet and having fun faster than you can swing a tennis racquet.

With over 200 lightening-quick microgames and controls that will have you waving, flapping and jumping around the place, WarioWare: Smooth Moves takes interactive gaming to a whole new level. All you need is a Wii Remote and your best moves to be the champ. With hundreds of microgames and with the help of the Wii Remote, you will swing, spin and squat your way to victory.

Mario takes to the soccer pitch in Mario Strikers Charged Football, bringing his own unique 'fighting football' style to Wii. In this follow-up to Mario Smash Football, you use the skills provided by the Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controller to win the ball, score unstoppable goals and take control of the goalkeeper to perform spectacular saves.

In Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City you can while away the day chatting with friends, be a workaholic or figure out a pace of life to suit somewhere in-between. Try your hand at fishing, plant trees and flowers, discover artifacts from ancient worlds, gaze at the stars, decorate your home, see a hit show or make a name for yourself as an auction-house entrepreneur. It’s all up to you!

For hours of great value entertainment for all the family, look out for Nintendo Selects and Mario Kart Wii Pack when they launch across Europe on 20th May 2011

[via mcvuk.com]

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User Comments (30)

b_willers

#1

b_willers said:

How much will they charge UK gamers for the budget games? I expect £19.99 which is way too high, £15 would be best

b_willers

#3

b_willers said:

Most of the originals are on gameplay.com for under £20 already. Animal Crossing is £16.99 and comes with the Wii Speak.

James

#4

James said:

They'll be limited stock though I should imagine, Nintendo hasn't reprinted any of these titles for a long time as far as I know.

antdickensAdmin

#5

antdickens said:

I guess it was only a matter of time, can't harm sales of Wii. @JamesNewton, do some maths and work out how long before Wii came out Nintendo started doing Player's Choice on Gamecube...

RedYoshi999

#7

RedYoshi999 said:

Do they have the same style as the US ones? I want Animal Crossing and maybe WarioWare there, the rest I have. Also it's nice to see Mario Strikers getting re-printed again. (although I don't like it)

James

#8

James said:

Not sure yet, we're waiting for official artwork to come through :)

James

#10

James said:

It's no longer bundled with the Wii console itself but Nintendo still wants people to buy it — and they will.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#11

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I expect some of the NPC range to join that "select" band. Shame we won't be getting super sluggers in the EU. Shame also, I'm pretty much done with the wii back catlogue except for MAYBE Star Wars F Unl. 2 and RE Darkside Chr....I don't want games like Create, Sims SkyHeroes and Shadow Tale like I did before...

Cipher

#12

Cipher said:

Zelda isn't part of the European range, only the North American range.

Do we have any idea if the other console bundles (black Mario Kart Wii, black Wii Fit Plus etc.) will be kept in production or are we just going to have a white Mario Kart Wii bundle and a black Wii Sports Resort bundle now?

Zimeon

#14

Zimeon said:

That is about 240 swedish crowns for an old game and that is NOT cheap :(

Pj1

#16

Pj1 said:

I think the new 'budget' game choice is bit limited, a Mario title should have been included. Maybe Nintendo could do a pack that doesn't include a game and then have a bigger 'budget' game library, so when people buy a wii without a game they also buy a game.......

pixelman

#17

pixelman said:

Dang it. I wish Mario Kart wasn't only in a bundle. I still need to pick it up but I don't want to drop 50 bucks on it.

Doma

#18

Doma said:

No TP? i guess that (launch game) will be staying at full-price over here then.

At £20, buying these wouldn’t actually be saving me any money it seems and the selection is just too crappy for me to care anyway.

Wasn’t Wii sports just a tech demo?...

Stuffgamer1

#19

Stuffgamer1 said:

@LTD: I don't know about in Germany, but GameStop has been taking used copies of Wii Sports in America since Wii launch. They sell, too...mainly to people who broke or lost their original copy.

You guys get WarioWare: Smooth Moves? Dangit, that's been on the top of my "Wii games that need a budget price reprint" list for YEARS, and America misses out (for now, anyway)! But then you guy missed Twilight Princess, so I'd say this deal kinda stinks in general. I can understand the variance in which Mario sports game was picked, but the rest of the lineup really didn't need to change between regions, I think.

motang

#23

motang said:

I wonder if Japan is also getting price drop on the console, I know they have had the budget price for titles for a while now.

Henmii

#24

Henmii said:

Warioware: Smooth moves, heh? I wanted to buy it someday when it got cheaper. Now it gets cheaper! Count me in!

Molotov

#25

Molotov said:

Well Thats Effed Up... The Selects Cost 20 Dollars Overseas And 25 Euros(!!!!) Down Here...Wow....Thanks Nintendo

Doma

#26

Doma said:

Yup. According to Nintendo, $20 = £20. We’re paying almost double.

And i still cant understand why the tech demo is a part of this range.

eviLaTtenDant

#27

eviLaTtenDant said:

@21. Stuffgamer1: Thanks for the heads up. :) That kind of makes sense. Guess i've just gotten careful enough with my games discs to not even think about something like that. And i don't want to sell it either.


On topic: I know i'd be more inclined to get one if they included Super Mario Galaxy in the bundle. Maybe even all two of them. :)
But well, i've got a Wii already anyway, so what do i know. ;)

Edit: And since the Mario Kart bundle only includes one WiiMotion+ controller i guess i would go with the following games to get to four Motion+ controllers if needed.

  • Wii Sports Resort + Wii Party
  • Wii Play: Motion
  • Fling Smash more out of curiosty than for actual quality i guess. Alternatively i guess i'd go with Wii Play + Red Steel 2
Jamouse

#28

Jamouse said:

I hope we also get this budget range, i 've always wanted smooth moves but never got around to buying it.

Capt_N

#30

Capt_N said:

Sorry, my European friends. This is not cool for you. :(

Edit: Way to go, as usual, Nintendo.

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