Wii officially $200 starting Sept. 27

As widely rumored, console's first price cut set to go into effect on Sunday, nearly three years after original launch date.

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With the eyes of the gaming world turned to Sony's Tokyo Game Show kick-off keynote address tonight, Nintendo of America stole some of its competitor's thunder by announcing the long-awaited first price cut for the Nintendo Wii. After weeks of leaks and price cuts that brought both the Xbox 360 Elite and PlayStation 3 to $299, Nintendo has finally confirmed the suspicions of gamers and analysts alike, announcing a $50 price cut to the Wii, effective this Sunday, September 27.

Surprise?

The system and its motion-sensing controller debuted in North America on November 19, 2006, with a $249 sticker price. It sold out almost immediately and remained a tough find on store shelves throughout the holiday season of 2008. While the price tag on the system has finally changed, the contents of the box have not. The $199.99 Wii will come with a Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and the original Wii Sports. The pack-in's follow-up, Wii Sports Resort, and its accompanying Wii MotionPlus attachment will still need to be purchased separately from the console.

In a note to investors, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich said the cut is a response to disappointing hardware sales that have been slipping industry-wide since February. While Nintendo isn't the only company feeling that pinch, Divnich said the sales slip of the Wii has been steeper than its competitors. He believes this cut will help the Wii reverse that trend and keep it selling well throughout the holidays.

"EEDAR believes Nintendo is making a preemptive strike to capture as much of the mainstream and casual market as possible before Microsoft and Sony can release their mainstream-targeted motion capture devices (expected to launch in late 2010)," Divnich said.

Discussion

261 comments
Gov1
Gov1

@ Xtatic324 Check your currency convertor $200 = £125.724

ybrik222
ybrik222

The Wii costs $220 where I live now. I've seen it at that price at Wal Mart, EB Games, etcetera. I already own one though. I just recently got a PS3. IT ROCKS!

spoonOFknife
spoonOFknife

why is there no "I don't buy casual consoles" option on the front page, cos at the moment the only option that is close is winning but the economic climate has nothing to do with not wanting a wii. edit- a ton of wii friends have seen the poll since i voted

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Nintendo was the #1 console in August in N.A even though it is not the best and it was $250-------------- Now that it is $200 and there are actually good games coming up, Nintendo should sell more, although why is Metroid Prime Trilogy not selling well if it is one of the best deals of Nintendo history.--------------- Some of the good games coming up are New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Metroid: The Other M, Red Steel 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and other good titles. Nintendo should sell more since good games are coming to the Wii.

dwd_27
dwd_27

I bought mine the 2 month it came out ****

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

And I already bought mine a year ago...OH THE AGONY!!! :P

retroguy02
retroguy02

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calvinsora
calvinsora

@chimera23: Don't make ignorant comments. Have you ever heard of the word "opinion"?

Flint247
Flint247

This site is full of Sony/Microsoft fanboys...ugh, it makes me sick. I admit the Wii needs shaping up now, but really, some of you are being too serious over it.

meta_foxx278
meta_foxx278

I honestly don't get a lot of gamers these days. They often whine, cry, b****, and moan about price drops this and price drops that, and when the price drops finally come, all they do is whine, cry, b****, and moan about that. They just made the system more affordable for those that have yet to purchase one, and yet you still want to complain about it? What do you expect Nintendo to do? Make it free? I don't think so. You begged and pleaded for a price drop, and you got one. Make the best of it and stop complaining. Everyone knows that Nintendo systems come down in price a little at a time. The Gamecube did so, the Nintendo 64 did so, and so did the Super NES. Maybe near the end of the life cycle it will see a $100 price drop, but now is not the time. It's more affordable now, so just pool up whatever money you can, and buy one. If you don't want to buy one, then don't buy one at all...problem solved.

Hunt270
Hunt270

Even though i have one, i do think i paid to much, i mean 199 is good but maybe 149.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

woah i know alot of wiitards say a lot of dumb things, but dang, this takes the cake, way to go Gamespot, giving these idiots the power to post a comment.......never a good combination in my book ......and i swear to !^*$% if a mod deletes this message just because a wiitard went "OMG THIS GUY MADE FUN OF ME!!!! "WAHH!!!!" i'm filing a complaint. period, i've had enough of the BS with mods on Gamespot and why can reviewers cuss while we cant!? WHAT DA.....*sigh* and those comments are also on M rated game videos........*facepalm* the amount of fail i've seen from mods astounds me to no end, which there is no end of to speak cuz it happens ALL the time!........ anyways, wii fanboys are the most ridiculous bunch of all the fanboys you could find......hilarious actually....

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

$99.99?!?! Oh, wait. That's a misleading crop, Gamespot. :x

Flint247
Flint247

I hate the fanboys these days.

Lable1985
Lable1985

It seems as though everyone has been getting price drops ever since Sony put the ps3 on a diet and made it affordable. What guys, afraid the clearly most powerful console might start turning the tides unless you remain cheaper than it? Yea, I'm probably going to get sh*t for this, but looking back on this year, and the rest of this year its clearly obvious that Sony has produced the best software. Microsoft hasn't released anything significant, but Halo ODST, and that's just a mission pack thats 3 hours long and cost 60$. Nintendo has done jack sh*t this year besides release mediocre 3rd party games, and yes I mean Wii sports resort as well! Now At this point you all think I hate the wii and the 360, but they both have some of the best games made in this generation! problem is none of those games have come out this year on their systems. Sony hands down has the best software this year. Though maby with this price drop I might consider actually buying a wii or 360 so I don't have to steal them from my friends and family.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Wii are still the champions.

wolvklaw
wolvklaw

So I start thinking to myself, here I am just about to pay off my MW 2 Prestige edition for the 360. It was $150 plus tax right? Now as a collector I am stoked but for what? A cheesy pair of night vision goggles? Then heres the Wii, priced only $50 more and I gawk at the price. Has IW done more to sell me a product than Nintendo? It's a pretty messed up world, as I am pleased with that choice. Still not buying a Wii, but I shall enjoy my MW 2 Prestige edition.

LOXO7
LOXO7

@jadefury27 Let's be 100 percent honest. The Nintendo Wii is a success. This is the first price drop in three years and its only droping $50!

hatecandie
hatecandie

oh great! so when i sell mine cause hate it ill get less for it!

Evilhen88
Evilhen88

I got a wii and totaly regret it i wish i got a 360

jadefury27
jadefury27

Let's be 100% honest. A price drop is only a band-aid on a decline in sales. The only thing that will save the wii is better, less gimmicky games. Fortunately for nintendo they have that too going into the 1st qtr of 2010 with games like RE:darkside chronicles 2, No more heroes 2, and tatsunoko vs capcom, not to mention new super mario bros, and new wiiware. the holiday season is gonna be intresting...

InExcelsis
InExcelsis

Nintendo will have to do more than lower the price 50 dollars to save their shovel ware flooded system if they don't get any third party support than it doesn't matter if the system costs only 50 dollars.

malverick
malverick

I bought a Wii ( I'm not a fanboy ) because of the control method, and the idea that you could play FPS / RPG games with better aiming / control than a control stick can provide ( in my own opinion - I come from playing FPS / RPGs on the PC with a mouse ). I also liked some of the IPs that come with a Nintendo system, such as Metriod Prime, Mario and Zelda. However, I will admit that I would like to get another console, and I am choosing the 360 over the PS3. Again, not because I'm a fanboy or because I think Sony are crap, but because the 360 has had a long lead in the next gen arena which gives it more software to choose from - plus it has Fable which I like. I think that there is room for the different consoles to provide different gaming experiences for different types of gamers. I don't want online, even if I get a 360 - I won't be shooting people in WAW or Halo - I'm antisocial. I like to play games on my own. I like playing Wii sports with the family - but I also like playing Madworld, and would like to play Obvlivion, Fable, Fallout 3, Bioshock etc. I just wish that I could get these games on the Wii, in non-HD glory :)

pure_impact
pure_impact

This is more good news for gamers and consumers but I agree that the Wii should be slightly lowered a bit more. It DOES NOT belong in the PS2 price neighborhood but I think $150 is a perfect price for it. Maybe a bundle could push it up to $200 but it should be at least $150 by now. i'm thinking about hanging on to my money a little longer seeing how MS and Sony are reeling. Another price drop will definitely happen next year as well, because the economy will prolly be in even worse shape with unemployment steadily climbing. Now, if only the software (new releases) could go back down by $10 bucks, then my world would near perfect 8-)

Flint247
Flint247

To people saying "Wii sucks", it doesn't, BUT it is lacking some good games lately. Wii Sports Resort was a GREAT example of what the Wii should have had since the beginning. If we had more games like that plus some hardcore games, then Wii will remain in one of the top spots. So I do agree that Wii needs better games, but I don't agree that Wii sucks. It's worth playing.

PapaRocks
PapaRocks

Will this really sell more Wiis? I thought everyone that wanted one already got it.

OwnageGuy
OwnageGuy

Wii's worth is not $199. take off the 1. aka $99 which is very generous estimate of what the wii is worth, maybe too generous.

OwnageGuy
OwnageGuy

no REAL hardcore gamer would go for the wii. ps3/xbox360 ftw!

real-guitarhero
real-guitarhero

@DanOwns1207: well, you can 'cause all macs are: simply PC's made fancy. they dont really have much better content and uses... dont get me wrong i love apple products haha

thingta42
thingta42

Two words already Nintendo... Wii HD.. Make it compatible with all current wii games and i will gladly pay 300 pounds for it. Since now Nintendo have lowered the price there isnt much room anymore for any changes.. Microsoft have updated the 360 to the Elite with HDMI and 1080p support and lowered the price, Sony have lowered there price and changed the hardware a little. Now Nintendo has Lowered there price they need to update the console.

DanOwns1207
DanOwns1207

@retroguy02 How can you compare Apple devices to the Wii? I have a Wii, Macbook, and iPod Touch. I feel the Wii was overpriced, but the Macbook and iPod (which I got free with the Macbook) were worth every penny I paid. They feel much higher quality, run much faster (even with far lower specs), and get far more use.

retroguy02
retroguy02

there will always be a market for the wii whether it is $250, $150, or $200, despite the fact that there are much better consoles (technically and economically) out there. just like there will always be a market for the imac and ipods regardless of 10x more advanced PCs and MP3s out there. these products have just got "it", and that is why they sell (also known as "a marketer's dream").

ArielAguayo
ArielAguayo

I'm glad all the systems have gone down in price. :) I Iike the Wii for its exclusive games

wolf0
wolf0

they can bring it down all they want still a POS ,for just $100 more xbox 360 or ps3

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

not enough of a price cut for this type of console. wii should be in the same price league as the ps2. $99 is MORE than enough for what the wii is worth.

chimera23
chimera23

wii sucks in every aspect ( except mario and zelda wich are milked cows )

Beltsu
Beltsu

I still wont buy one.

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

It's so predictable that Microsoft and Sony are making motion control stuff too now... I can see why Nintendo didn't reveal anything about the Wii for so long, they knew they'd be copied. But the reason the Wii's sales have slowed down isn't because of the price, it's because so many people already have them. Still, a $50 drop now is a good move. Now if only third parties would help on the game front...

Linkari
Linkari

YES!! That makes it so much easiert to get one...when I find it on the shelf that is.

Flint247
Flint247

I already have a Wii, now saving for Xbox 360

cjasko94
cjasko94

@ wonderwaffle111 And that's coming from a 10 year old right? You saying the Nintendo Wii is better then both the Xbox360 and Playstation 3.....crazy. Have you played those consoles?