Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

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.

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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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  • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

    They have to in order to compete with the 360 and PS3.
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

      @statuskwo5 Not really, seeing as the Wii is aimed more at casual gamers than the other two consoles. The biggest problem I see with Nintendo is that most everybody that wants one already has it.
      Aerowind
      • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

        @Aerowind

        I think that too. Most got it right away or after playing it at someone that had it. Demand was high at first but has tapered off.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

        @Aerowind Actually Kinect has brought demand for the xbox and family xbox games. With Kinect selling faster than any other consumer product ever (according to Genius Book of World Records), that it putting a dent in demand for Wii.

        My niece and her husband (for example) just traded in their Wii for an xbox.
        rmark@...
      • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

        @rmark
        I agree we have a Wii. My kids love it.. but now they're really excited by Kinect and want an X-Box as well
        Tablazines
  • A-slashing we will go

    While we're at it, you can get the black-and-white 3G Nook for a hundred bucks today on Woot.
    Robert Hahn
  • Is there any way we can have

    Is there any way we can have HDMI and better graphics?!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

      @Hasam1991 Not until the next generation. Until then, You'll have to play New Super Mario Bros. Wii in the Dolphin emulator to get your HD Mario fix.

      Sad part is I'm saying this, and I know for a fact that the Wii, in its current state, is very capable of 720p... thanks hackers for hacking your Wii...
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

    I think Nintendo will be first out of the door with a new console, they just need to make their minds up on an incremental evolutionary Wii2 with HDMI and media playing facilities as a stop gap, or a revolutionary NG console.<br><br>both will need to be fully backward compatible with the Wii, due to the market penetration.<br><br>--<br>Persoanlly I think a Wii2 with HDMI decent media playing abilities (see NetGear's Boxxee Box or WDTV Live for best of breed suggestions), better internet will be enough for a couple of years - Nintendo do this all the time with the ever popular DS, but never a mainstream console - as MS and Sony have don't with repackaged 360's and PS3's/
    neilpost
  • RE: Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?

    Time to get a Wii
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