Nintendo Drops Wii Sports From Wii Bundle, Slashes Price

Nintendo Drops Wii Sports From Wii Bundle, Slashes Price

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The Nintendo Wii is getting a new bundle at a newly slashed price, along with a lineup of budget-priced games.

After rumors had been hinting at a new Wii price cut for weeks, Nintendo just made it official, but with an interesting twist. On May 15, the price of the Wii will be reduced $50 to $149.99, which is the second official price cut in the console's 4+ year history. I just hope you don't care about Wii Sports anymore.

The original Wii pack-in that captivated gamers young and old for years is being taken out of the bundle in favor of Mario Kart Wii (with Wii wheel). Previously, the Wii was packed with both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. The new Wii bundle will still come in white or black and include the Wii Remote Plus that features built-in Wii MotionPlus technology.

However, Nintendo isn't just sending Wii Sports into the endless nether. It'll be part of an also newly announced "Nintendo Selects" budget line, featuring Nintendo titles at the low, low price of $19.99. In addition to Wii Sports, Nintendo Selects will include Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Mario Super Sluggers.

Mario Kart Wii is a great pack-in, but seriously, taking Wii Sports out to charge $20 for it? That's an odd move. If it was Wii Sports Resort, the majorly upgraded version of Wii Sports that features much more content, it'd be understandable. As such an integral piece of the Wii's success, why not just leave it in the bundle?

The price cut is likely a move to reinvigorate Wii sales before the announcement of Nintendo's next console to be made at E3 2011 in early June. Dubbed anything from Project Cafe to the Nintendo Feel, rumors have it blowing the Wii out of the water in tech specs and innovative ability. It'll be interesting to see what kind of pack-in, if anything, Nintendo comes up with for the new machine.

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the Wii really is drowning. Cant wait to see what crazy crap Nintendo put into the next one. Fingers crossed for a decent console rather than a granny pleaser

Don't think this'll do much, pretty sure everyone who wanted a wii has one by now.

Taking out Wii Sports for the unavoidable item hell that is Mario Kart Wii? That's so dumb. Take out a nifty little game that shows off the Wii's abilities rather nicely for a game that works better with standard controls and is frustrating to play. Yeah.

People had better hurry up and get the Wii with Wii Sports in stores while they still have those in stock if they want one.

Well this is going to....... do absolutely nothing for the Wii.

Wow....a game they can't make money on, that costs pennies to duplicate is removed from the system sells.... wow..... nin you fail!

So... We have Mario Kart Wii, Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing and some other game for 150$?

Argh! Living on a budget will be the death of me!!!

Oh my god, Nintendo's so goddamn cheap. How much does it cost to press that disc and print that booklet? Less than a dollar? They've made millions of them...

I love first-party Nintendo games, they're still the best on the market. But I've disagreed with every step they've taken this generation. I'm glad they've finally got it into their heads that they need a new console.

Random Argument Man:
So... We have Mario Kart Wii, Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing and some other game for 150$?

Argh! Living on a budget will be the death of me!!!

No? I don't think you read that properly.

Xan Krieger:
Don't think this'll do much, pretty sure everyone who wanted a wii has one by now.

EXACTLY. I dont understand why nobody else has seemed to grasp this yet.

Honestly Wii sports has got more mileage then any of my other Wii games (and I play them quiet a bit) so from where I stand it would seem removing Wii Sports actually makes the package worse off.

This does sound tempting to me, and I did miss out on Twilight Princess. Oh, but I need a new video card badly. Then theres my power supply. And I could always use a new Hard Drive.

Damn you technology D:

They must have a real good Feeling about their new console if they're trying so hard to unload the Wii.

This makes a lot of sense to me, most game retailers (in England anyway) will have a second hand copy of Wii Sports for £3-4. Not that I'd ever buy another Wii, but it does make sense.

Twilight Princess is finally getting a price drop?

FUCK YES.

HankMan:
They must have a real good Feeling about their new console if they're trying so hard to unload the Wii.

You are the OFFICIAL pun-master of the Escapist. SOMEONE GET THIS MAN A CUSTOM TITLE!

Hiphophippo:

Random Argument Man:
So... We have Mario Kart Wii, Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing and some other game for 150$?

Argh! Living on a budget will be the death of me!!!

No? I don't think you read that properly.

That's what I was wondering...

I was never a fan of wii sports. I thought it was just a couple of goofy gimmicks. I don't really see why so many other people like it.

Wow, I'm going to rush out right now and buy this! Because what I want more than an underpowered gaming system with fewer features than my Grandma's false teeth is a DYING underpowered gaming system for a pittance less.

Mario Kart Wii > Wii Sports
Motionplus remote > Wii remote
150$ > 200$ (as in better)

 

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