May 4, 2011

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Confirmed: Wii Price Drop, Nintendo Selects Official Starting May 15

Confirmed: Wii Price Drop, Nintendo Selects Official Starting May 15

It’s official: after rumors and leaked screens earlier this week, Nintendo today confirmed that the Wii console will be dropping yet another $50, and that a budget line of games, dubbed Nintendo Selects, will also hit store shelves.  Both these offers will begin May 15.

As we had reported yesterday, the new Wii bundle, which will retail for $149.99, will no longer include Wii Sports, but instead will include the console, a nunchuck, a Wii Remote Plus, a Wii Wheel, and a copy of Mario Kart Wii.  These bundles will be available in black and white.  If you already own a black Wii, you can now purchase a matching black Wii Wheel for $9.99.

As far as the Nintendo Selects line goes, as of right now only four titles will be included, and these are the ones from yesterday’s leaked screens: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, and Wii Sports.  This is the first time that Wii Sports will be available as a standalone title.  Each of these games will retail for $19.99 each.

In regards to the new Wii bundle, price, and Nintendo Selects line, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime remarked:

“From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another. 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.”

Why Nintendo decided to change the bundle, I’m not sure.  However, I’m happy Nintendo has finally introduced budget pricing for older titles.  Let’s hope it doesn’t take them years to include more in the Nintendo Selects lineup.

[Source: Nintendo]