Nintendo cuts price on New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Company lowers entry price for NSMB Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Wii Sports Resort to $30.

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Nintendo today cut the price of three top-selling Wii games. Starting today, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Wii Sports Resort are available in North America for $30.

It is not clear if the price cut is also in effect in Europe or other regions.

Wii Sports Resort (bundled with new systems) has already sold 31.89 million units across the world, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii has moved 27.88 million copies globally. Super Mario Galaxy 2 has sold more than 2.7 million copies in the United States alone.

The Nintendo Wii system is currently available for $130.

Its successor--the Wii U--launched last November and failed to reach sales targets. Nintendo announced a price cut for the 32GB Deluxe system recently, dropping its MSRP from $350 to $300 effective September 20. The 8GB Basic model will be phased out.

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161 comments
TrueRadiantFree
TrueRadiantFree

Almost every article Eddie writes about Nintendo mentions the negative about them and is so biased against them. You mention Wii U sales are bad, why don't you mention that the Wii outsold the X360 and PS3? Learn how to be a better journalist and tell the whole story.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

This is why I miss out on so many Nintendo games...... It's so uncommon for them to just lower to the reasonable price of 20 bucks no matter how old they get 

rushiosan
rushiosan

They're extremely expensive in my country, while other Wii games are about 50% cheaper. Now I understand why. The price cut is 3 years late, when NOBODY wants these games anymore. Smart move, Nintendo.

tightwad34
tightwad34

If you can get the Wii for $130 then a price cut is definitely called for. Could you imagine if the games costed nearly half the price of the console? That's almost like PS4/Xbox1 games costing $150 or so, almost.

malice216
malice216

anyone looking to get Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Wii Sports Resort its back in stock on Amazon!!!

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

While I wish the Wii U had more 3rd party support there's a reason why. Back in the 80s they ruled 3rd parties with a death grip. Since they were pretty much the only game in town they could dictate who gets to make games for their system. This caused bad blood with the 3rd party devs. Remember that gold nintendo seal you'd see on the cartridges? 

Then during the SNES days they did the same thing. While the Genesis was a great competitor and it had games made as recently as... 2010? it was a rpg called pier solar I believe. They were still trying to rule everything with a iron fist. 

Then the Sony deal with the SNES CD. If nintendo finished that platform with sony then the playstation wouldn't be in existence. Nintendo decided to stay with cartridges and then they have been behind technology wise ever since. 

GCN used mini dvds while ps2 and xbox used full dvds. Then the Wii they made their own disc format for that one, and the same with the Wii U. The Wii U is the only format they made that holds as much as their competitors. But now they are behind on online support. That is why some Wii U games don't have multiplayer.

So its a mix of bad blood, behind on technology, and online support that is making the 3rd party devs back off. Well that and sales but the sales will be changing soon. 

Bluemeanie77
Bluemeanie77

wow...the games are only how old and are now only getting a price cut?!?  slow down Nintendo...don't go cutting the prices on all your items!

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

The funny thing is that the more I think about the more excited I get for it. While torn about if sony releases a Vita/PS4 bundle for 500$ I'll more than likely get the Wii U anyway. And all the Wii games I missed out on

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

wow, it's about time.

I finally got it in my head to /not/ wait for nintendo to drop prices...which makes it easier to simply pay up when a game comes out---knowing that it's not going to drop a month later.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Should be $20 by now. Those games are freaking old. 

omar_q
omar_q

I just feel sorry for the sad chaps that actually paid full price for a regurgitated and rehashed game that is almost becoming on par with CoD. 

ziqi92
ziqi92

This is surprising considering that Nintendo rarely ever lowers the price of their first party titles at all, save for those Nintendo Select games on the Wii.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh, finally cutting prices for games on your LAST CONSOLE?  Sheesh, these were overpriced for years.

RiotRing
RiotRing

Nintendo is on borrowed time. When November comes...thats all she wrote for them.

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Nintendo's pricing policy on their old games is baffling. Everytime I check the (original) DS section, I see Mario Kart DS at its full price and shake my head. I guess people will buy anything Mario related, so they can afford it.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I like Nintendo, I grew up playing the NES, SNES, N64, etc....But in the last year or two, Nintendo has been confusing the shit out of me!  I don't understand their directive.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@rushiosan 

Yet Nintendo's the only developer who's ever reported seeing a significant amount of game sales years after the game was released. Super Mario Galaxy was reported to have broken 5m sales about 3 years ago (game came out in 2007 if you forgot), taking a quick look at the overall sales now, it doubled. 

Immortallix
Immortallix

@bunchanumbers The Wii discs are DVDs in every single way except by name. By making their own DVDs and not including a commercial DVD player in the Wii Nintendo saves a decent amount of money due to licensing fees. They are still DVDs technologically, just a proprietary type, stamping out these discs are no problem to publishers. Same thing with the Wii U, the discs are high density and use a blue laser just like Blu-rays. Its the same thing in every way except name. This allows them to have to not pay Sony. Format isn't a threat to their 3rd parties as you might think. It definitely was in the N64 days because of cartridge vs stamping out cheap CDs and to a lesser extent in the GC days because miniDVD was less used, but the GC still had decent third party support, compared to today.

AFR_basic
AFR_basic

@bunchanumbers 

I agree with everything you said but remember that the deal breaker with Sony & Nintendo  was that  Nintendo was getting to greedy & did not agree with Sony on how to divide the profits between partnership.

mario113
mario113

@bunchanumbers You don't need online for multiplayer sure online multiplayer but not splitscreen

vampyren
vampyren

@Bluemeanie77 hehe I know, I hate that about Nintendo games too. For my ps3 games go almost half price after a few months button Nintendo games well a few years if ever. 

komuchen
komuchen

@bunchanumbers If you want to buy Wii U, then buy it now. There are really awesome games, like Pikmin & TW101 (and 30% discount), and there are a lot more coming

I've got mine for birthday in July and I really have a blast.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@omar_q 

You shouldn't, you should feel sorry for those ignorant fools who feel the need to judge others based on the videogames they play. 

ziqi92
ziqi92

@omar_q None of those games are regurgitated from their previous entries in any way, shape, or form. You can't compare Mario to CoD.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@ziqi92 

If anything, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Wii Sports Resort all should be Nintendo Selects at this point (thus being priced at $19.99).

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@RiotRing 

Isn't that what she wrote before the PS Vita came out and when the Wii was revealed and before the PSP came out? 

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@kuda001 LOL atari died off years ago - but seriously, I am worried for nintendo. They keep relying on their past. and they don't believe enough in third party support, which is a BAD IDEA!

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

@abHS4L88 Yes I buy all the Zelda games new, bought New Super Mario Bro's U new recently, bought Mario Kart Wii and Mario Galaxy, Kid Icarus, all the Pikmin games, a few Animal Crossing games, all brand new..... Those are just some Nintendo titles I've bought new but I'm not rich I can't drop 50 bucks(now 60) on everything that comes out.... once a game is old and newer versions of the games games have been released I think I deserve more of a break.....  They can get what they charge so they do it but it sucks for me 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@vampyren 

The interesting thing is that most games from other developers only sell strong for a few months yet many of Nintendo's biggest games continue to sell strong for at least a year, some even longer than that (Super Mario Galaxy continued to generate sales 4-5 years after its release). 

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@komuchen @bunchanumbers I would but I'm waiting on the Zelda bundle. I never finished it so it would be a good time to pick up the bundle. And the 50$ I save will go towards a HDD. So its like getting a 500 GB Wii U for the same price as the old premium bundle and with a free game!

RiotRing
RiotRing

The first console I ever owned was an NES. I have played every system they have ever produced up to this year. Nothing has changed since day one besides their accessories. I have played them and I can safely say that it is too late to step their game up. They are fighting in a war with bows and arrows. At one point in history, it was pivotal to have them. In this day and age, you need serious guns to contend.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

@abHS4L88 It's really more of a cash problem.... I know the games are worth it but it's hard to keep up when you have bills to pay.... would be nice if the wait awarded you more ya know? 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@uglypinkmoose

I was just asking because if you feel like you're getting the value for what you pay for, then it shouldn't matter. Also it's really only Zelda, Mario and the occasional major title from another franchise that rarely drops in price. 

I understand though because while I do think many of Nintendo's games are worth full asking price, that's not the case with other games (since I only get like less than a week's worth of playtime out of it).

vampyren
vampyren

@DukeMagnum @abHS4L88 

I guess there is some truth in that but most people i know by games when the price drops as initial price is way too high at 70-80$ (in Sweden). I just bought myself mario galaxy 1+2 and some other old Wii games like Zelda and metroid at half price or less :-D 


abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@DukeMagnum 

Aren't you cute? I remember you, Mr. ZING. That would be true if you were completely ignorant or owned Nintendo systems ONLY for Nintendo games but truth is that there are plenty of great 3rd party games available on Nintendo's systems (well not so much on the Wii U right now but that'll change soon). 

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@abHS4L88 @vampyren that's because there are about 100 games to pick from per year on eveyr other platform and about 5 on nintendo consoles. they dont need to drop price cause you either buy first party or buy nothing at all.

ziqi92
ziqi92

@Thanatos2k @ziqi92 @omar_q New Super Luigi U is completely different from New Super Mario Bros. U. None of the levels are the same and you only get 100 in-game seconds to complete each level.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@ziqi92 Nintendo will outlast everyone, but not in the way they are now... I imagine they'll go the phone route at some point. They'll drop out of the console business before going Sega.

ziqi92
ziqi92

@RiotRing You claim that Nintendo is on borrowed time when in reality they have the most money in the bank of the big three right now. Plus, they have numerous first party titles coming out for both the Wii U and the 3DS before the end of this holiday season. How the hell are they on borrowed time? Pokemon alone will sell millions of copies right out of the gate.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@RiotRing @bunchanumbers I wouldn't say its a bad thing. When both sony and MS turn into game streaming services nintendo will be the last home console standing. By then their online services will be improved to be on par with X1/PS4. And they will be the only game in town that lets you keep your games and will still function without a internet connection. 

The general direction of gaming will require internet and Nintendo won't. I think nintendo will be the last one standing. 

RiotRing
RiotRing

@bunchanumbers@RiotRingIts horrible isn't it? It's also the way it will be. Companies will sell their games to the popular bidders. Nintendo is not progressing technologically. I don't like Apple products but that won't stop its unstoppable flood of generic products. Get with the times. I know it sucks. I am right there with you. But its the way things are. This movement is one thing that the big VG companies will not buckle to once the gamers rage about it. Nintendo made me a gamer. But they are now dissolving because no company will back them like Sony or MS. Nintendo needs to conform to what the public wants, or else they will dreamcast themselves into oblivion.