$150 Wii out May 15?

Source tells tech blog Engadget that Nintendo is cutting the price of its system by $50 next month.

Source: Technology blog Engadget.

What we heard: The Nintendo Wii burst onto the gaming scene in November 2006 at the going rate of $250. Nintendo's white knight sold millions at that MSRP for over two years before the Japanese game company cut its price to $199 at the end of 2009. Now, as industry analyst Michael Pachter said in May, it appears the Wii's price will drop to $150.

Is Nintendo readying yet another Wii price cut?

The news stems from tech blog Engadget, which cites a "trusted source," who tells the site Nintendo is prepared to drop the price of the Nintendo Wii to $150 on May 15. Further, according to the report, the $150 price tag would also include a copy of the portly plumber's well-received racing game Mario Kart Wii.

The official story: A company rep told GameSpot, "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."

Bogus or not bogus?: With the Wii having been regularly outsold by the Xbox 360 over the past few months, the time seems right for Nintendo to cut the price of the system. As for the purported May 15 date when the price change is to go into effect, a more likely time for the announcement to be made would seem to be the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is slated for June 7-9.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Dekanis
Dekanis

@grant4500neo Trying to assume my age just by what games I play?... It is rude to assume, and you assume wrong, but whatever. I simply have a different preference in games to what other companies offer. I am not gullible enough to believe that HD offers anything more in gaming than motion sensing... Most people who have wiis and think there aren't any good games, are either graphic whores, or they don't have the good games. I prefer Metroid over Halo, Zelda over God of War, Donkey Kong Country over Little Big Planet and Mario over Rachet and Clank. Nintendo has been in the gaming company for far longer than Sony and Microsoft combined. They just don't have games I like, so don't try guessing my age (incorrectly) again. 5/10 of the 10 highest rated games of all time are made by nintendo, with nintendo being 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2 of those being wii games... and they weren't rated by 12 year olds...

Dekanis
Dekanis

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Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@smeghead83 You are in need of intensive schooling when it comes to math.

megahunter777
megahunter777

@smeghead83 oh my God i had to sign in to my old gamespot account which i never use, JUST so i could say you are an idiot lmfao hahahahahahah

Lims26
Lims26

@monson21502 mario galaxy 2 or super mario 3? mario galaxy everytime...just saying

CJ45_
CJ45_

You can already get a used Nintendo Wii for like 75 bucks lmao

Ralph2580
Ralph2580

lol it still is a profit no mater wether he makes $50 or $151 back. If he buys it for $150 and sells it for $200 he is making a $50 profit.

smeghead83
smeghead83

@ Zaiwen How can you sell it for a profit? if you buy something for say 150, and then sell at 200...thats a loss of 150 on your part as you would only be making 50 back having spent 150 in the first place. You would have to sell the console at a price where you would get back at least 151 to actually make profit. meaning its so expensive no one would buy it.

King-gamer
King-gamer

Rumors are floating around that they are gonna announce Wii 2 later this year. The price cut and recent lack of games from Nintendo should be an indication of this. They are prepping their resources for a new console.

zaiwen
zaiwen

At $150 i'll buy it alright... Then resell for a profit... After all, not everyone is updated about price cuts, let alone gamers.. So this is easy money!!

McDog3
McDog3

Now that is a pretty good price. Nearly the price of a new PS2.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Its official, the wii is dead. Nothing but shovelware and crappy kid games.

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

@Dekanis no offense, but you must be like 12. the 360 and PS3 have great games and I find few games I enjoy playing on the Wii (most are mainly kid games with poor graphics and controls).

Dekanis
Dekanis

That would be an extremely good price, although with the price drop in 2009, that was already good. I've found very few PS3 or 360 games that I actually enjoy. Too much effort went into the graphics in a lot of games and not enough thought and effort went into more important areas, with the exception of Square Enix and Naught Dog, among a few other third party games. Nintendo didn't get all that good third party games, sure. I have a lot games... still don't have all the first party games which are in fact pretty amazing. So... if you wouldn't buy a wii at such a good price, jokes on you...

houshidar
houshidar

Ive been regetting buying mine since may 2007...

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

LoL.... funny thing, i still wouldn't buy a Wii... xD ...i'm just say...*shrugs*

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

rarson. There's a loophole in reducing real time ray tracing processing. It's called "Caustic one die reduction". By cutting the preformance in half by 50% it still results in 3D stereoscopic preformance. Accusing me of being unrealible without providing your own sources is what we call trolling. Also, SEGASammy has delayed thier fiscal report for the year all the way until May. Usually thier fiscal is officially released in early April. http://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/etc/schedule/index.html Meaning they might have a surprise annoucement for everyone. All SEGA hardware annoucements take place in May. Saturn was annouced in 1994, Dreamcast in 1998. The May annoucement, will be the KIDSPAD tablet. http://www.trademarkia.com/kidspad-85264286.html

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

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monson21502
monson21502

@Lims26, not every1... some of them are franchize worsts imo

monson21502
monson21502

what a ripp off.... i got a wii plus 2 games of choice at a pawn shop last year for 80 bucks....you all can too! pawns are filled with wiis:wink:

Lims26
Lims26

the wii is a great console. but its devoid of a great number of games. although every nintendo developed game on it is amazing as usual.

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@LordelX I am beginning to think that even it was sold for free, some would complain that they won't buy it until they are paid. meh, keep on hating

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@mtait01 second hand wiis are the same price as 360, not less. @SuprSaiyanRockr why would they do so when they are still among the best games available on any platform? and it is 40$, not 70$, even limited edition metroid trilogy is available for less than that.

elozl
elozl

Wii want the Players Choice Games on sale now!! please? xD

LordelX
LordelX

$99 Wii for the win. Anything more is too expensive.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@maven_zer09 - the amount of work it takes to fully test and support a site on all browsers is massive, which is why few places work to support their site on everything. The number of people trying to access GS using Opera is likely so small, it's not worth the time, money and resources it would take.... if loads were using Opera, then they would support it. Just use another well known browser instead. simple.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ subyman I'd recommend giving Metroid Prime Trilogy a try, if you can get your hands on it. Hard to get a copy for some reason (at least in Australia it is), but def worth it.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Hopefully games that have been out for 3 or 4 years will start selling for less than $70 now. I'm looking at you, Super Mario Galaxy.

naraku2099
naraku2099

Dear Nintendo: Still not cheap enough.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I've no plans to buy another Wii.... owned two now [one at a time of course], and have sold them on ages ago whilst they still had decent value, to use the money to buy more PC, PS3 and 360 games instead, and it was money well spent. There are only two games that I want to play on Wii that I haven't yet - Epic Mickey and Mario Galaxy 2... I can wait... by the time Wii 2 [or whatever it will be called] comes out, i'll be able to pick up a Wii with those games for chump change. I have plenty of other platform games to get through before that time comes round.

ar2_arr
ar2_arr

Gamespot is saying that Pachter predicted this, but thats not right. I mean, he said in may 2010 the wii would drop later that year, but it will end up droping the price around may 2011. So he is not right because he missed the time, sure, you could say he guessed it was gonna drop, but i can say the 3DS its also gonna drop its price at some point, i mean, we all know it will, the question is when.

mtait01
mtait01

Secondhand Wii's are dead cheap now, Nintendo would be silly not to drop the price

blackace
blackace

A price cut for the Wii is obvious for this year. Microsoft and Sony will be following suit as well once the E3 gets here. None of this is really a surprise. I also expect the Kinect will drop in price as well. Most likely to $99 like the 'Move'. Not sure if the 'Move's' price will drop. If it does, it'll most likely go to $79.99.

namdar
namdar

I believe nintendo will have some small details on new console at E3 this year? Anyone know for sure?

awarriorg
awarriorg

Haven't played the Wii in years, but the time I played it, created some fond memories. Twilight princess inside a warm house w/ the fireplace going, during the winter break from college. Seeing my parents hold a gaming controller for the first time, playing Wii Sports (*took plenty of pictures, lol.) Super Mario Galaxy during Thanksgiving Break - enjoying the gameplay and humming the epic music. Experiencing Metroid 3's awesome use of the controller to explore a world alongside Samus. Jumping around, arms moving like crazy with Excite Truck - a "think fast" racing game. Kicking back on the couch, while my bro and I blasted zombies in RE Umbrella Chronicles. The Wii is what it is - it's up to you to make the best of it. It's different and it was intended that way...AND it's winning. Lotta mercy! Respect. I probably won't get one again since Nintendo's due for another console release. Heck, it's been almost 5 years now.

Sethbeastalan
Sethbeastalan

@Flint247 They announced it early because they wanted to counter a leak, so as not to look bad. If there wasn't going to be a leak, they were planning on announcing it at E3.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

It would be a smart move for them to boost sales, but I think Mario Kart may not be the best game to bundle with it. I Think either DKCR or NSMBW would be better choices but I can understand why they would not want to use them.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Everytime they drop the price, it's still $50 more than I'm willing to pay :/

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

and why the F*** gamespot doesn't support opera, I can't delete or edit my comments, sorry for double posts

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@warhawk-geeby Wii isn't online oriented, and casual games and gamers aren't either. And Wii hardcore games aren't online oriented that much either. And I am not suggesting people buy it because it has online games, or fps games or mature games, they buy it because games that aren't present on the other consoles, whether casual gamers or hardcore gamers. and no, people are not getting Kinect for their games, unless their kids don't want to play anything beside kinect adventure. its games are not charting anywhere. I really don't think why people would buy one beside the novelty of control-less gameplay, cause they "Severly" lack software, on par with 3DS. People buy Pokemon for their kids, and people buy just dance and zumba fitness for themselves. and they chart

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@warhawk-geeby Wii isn't online oriented, and casual games and gamers aren't either. And Wii hardcore games aren't online oriented that much either. And I am not suggesting people buy it because it has online games, or fps games or mature games, they buy it because games that aren't present on the other consoles, whether casual gamers or hardcore gamers. and no, people are not getting Kinect for their games, unless their kids don't want to play anything beside kinect adventure. its games are not charting anywhere. I really don't think why people would buy one beside the novelty of control-less gameplay, cause they "Severly" lack software, on par with 3DS. People buy Pokemon for their kids, and people buy just dance and zumba fitness for themselves. and they chart

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@MEDzZ3RO no they don't. PS2 has sold around 140 million. Wii has sold 85 million up to now. and definitely market has expanded since that time. and people definitely pick up wiis, as I said it is selling on par with 360 even in US and still has the lead worldwide.

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

and let's be honest, the only worthy Move game until now has been KZ3, and how much did that sell? and do I need to remind Move Heroes scores? no major game is planned for Move beside R3. Wii already has lots of games that support wiimote, well that is all of its games. Crysis didn't support it, BF3 doesn't, Portal Doesn't, DS2 didn't, Tiger Woods didn't.

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@Deaho you don't get it, I am not comparing Wiimote with PS Move. I'm am comparing a 150$ Wii with a 140$ Kinect and a 100% Move.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

@BelmontWolf I wasn'y saying the official name would be Wii 2, just a term to describe the successor to the Wii until it is announced. But I think we're all in agreement that the 8th Generation of gaming is beginning, and the Wii's successor is going to be announced fairly soon.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Wtih Wiimote Plus with its incredilbe acuracy and this price cut, Nintendo appears to wish to continue in its first position on sales !

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@Nozizaki i'd be disapointed in nintendo if they call any new big console they make "previous console" with a 2 on the end thats a sony tactic

selbie
selbie

If they drop the DSi price as well I'll be happy.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

Big whoop, I've owned one for years, and the Wii 2 is likely to be announced at E3 or soon after. Nintendo needs Third Party support and better Online. The 3DS really has fixed most of the problems, if the Wii 2 follows in its footsteps, I'll easily be buying it. If not, this Nintendo fan, might be getting a PS4 first.