Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

Summary:If you've been holding out on buying a Nintendo Wii console, you might want to wait just a little bit longer.

If you've been holding out on buying a Nintendo Wii console, you might want to wait just a little bit longer.

According to Engadget, Nintendo is slashing the price to $150 on May 15th. In accord with Engadget, it seems a bit strange that Nintendo would want to do this before making a big show about it at E3 2011 in June. Certainly it would garner more attention and could alleviate poor sales.

Naturally, it also gives cause to wonder whether or not Nintendo is trying to clear out stock before ushering in a brand-new Nintendo Wii. It could be foolish to hope for one. After all, Nintendo just released the 3DS handheld gaming console worldwide, so it might be a bit busy with that at the moment.

But considering the last real big pieces of news for the Wii have been the addition of Netflix support and a special red paint job on the exterior for Super Mario's 25th birthday last year, we're due for a new model. Seriously. We just might have to wait longer than we'd like on this one.

If Nintendo does drop the price tag to $150, then that $250 sticker on the new 3DS is going to feel a bit more absurd. Even if the Wii is ancient at this point.

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