Rumor: Nintendo Prepping $50 Wii Price Cut


Nintendo might be planning to make the Wii more affordable in May 2011.

With Wii sales declining in recent months, Nintendo may have decided it’s time for another price cut. A rumor going around states that the console will be dropped another $50 by mid-May.

A “trusted source” reportedly told Engadget about the cut, which would bring the Wii to $149.99 on May 15. If true, it’ll satiate the desires of publishers that have been calling for such a cut.

The cut would only be the second since the Wii’s launch at $249.99 in November 2006. Nearly three years later in September 2009, Nintendo dropped to console to its current MSRP of $199.99, another price slash that was first spoken of in rumors before an official reveal.

The Wii has been somewhat of a mystery lately, with a lack of first-party titles leading to speculation that a Wii 2, or similar successor, is on the way. Nintendo only has Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Wii Play: Motion, and Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust in its current lineup. A Wii price cut, especially before E3 2011 which runs from June 7-9, might herald the announcement of a new console. Whether it does or not, a cut is a good idea to get things rolling again for Nintendo.

Source: Engadget

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