By >Tom LESKIN
Nintendo drops Wii to $150, launches ‘Nintendo Selects’
Although the coming of the Project Cafe, Nintendo’s answer to a Wii successor coming in 2012, is certainly exciting news, today the company “dropped” some other great news.
Starting May 15, the Nintendo Wii will be sold in a new bundle for $149.99, previously $199.99. This bundle will include a Wii system in either black or white, and will come with Mario Kart Wii plus a matching colored Wii Wheel accessory. The Mario game replaces the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games.
This isn’t all of today’s big news from Nintendo. On the same day that the bundle launches, their new discount collection of popular Wii games is also coming, Nintendo Selects. Much like Sony‘s Greatest Hits for Playstation, these are games that millions of people have already experienced and will be available for $19.99 each.
Some of the top Nintendo Selects games will include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, available for the first time outside a bundled package.
If you haven’t yet picked up a Wii or any of these games, now is the perfect time before the new console comes next year!
Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own games in this collection are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is available for the first time as a separate software purchase. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games.
“From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “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.”
With Mario Kart Wii now included with the Wii hardware, players will be able to enjoy fun go-kart racing with Mario and all his Mushroom Kingdom pals right out of the box. The Wii Remote™ Plus controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Wheel included in the package will all match the hardware, meaning they will be either black or white. The new black Wii Wheel will also be available separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com.
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