Last week, rumors surfaced that the Wii would have $50 shaved off its then-price of $200 on May 15 ahead of a Wii 2 unveiling in June. Now, it appears several retailers have jumped the gun by slashing the cost of the console as of today. Best Buy, GameStop, and Target are all now selling the Wii bundle for just $170. The discount applies to both the white and black versions of the console.
The Wii console package includes Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and the Wii MotionPlus controller. The two compilation discs include a variety of games, with the former offering tennis, baseball, golf, bowling, and boxing. Wii Sports Resort features a series of Wii MotionPlus-enabled games, including skydiving, nerf-katana swordplay, water scooter racing, and a throw-and-fetch minigame involving a dog.
Though not officially announced by Nintendo, today's price cut is just the latest cost reduction for the popular console. Initially $250 when released in 2006, the platform saw its cost cut to $200 in late 2009. In mid-2010, the console's bundle expanded to include Wii Sports Resort and the Wii MotionPlus controller. Nintendo recently announced the latter will also now be available as part of Wii Play: Motion, a sequel to the wildly popular Wii controller/minigame compilation bundle. To date, the Wii has sold over 85 million units worldwide.