Wiis bundled with Wii MotionPlus, Wii Sports Resort starting May 9

Nintendo packing in motion-sensing add-on, minigame compilation along with black and white versions of console in the Americas; price staying at $200, will still contain Wii Sports.

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Following a week of rumors, Nintendo has finally made it official. Starting May 9 in the Americas, the Wii will be bundled with not only Wii Sports and a Wii Nunchuk, but also with Wii Sports Resort and the Wii MotionPlus motion-sensing-enhancing add-on. Though the latter game and peripheral is sold separately for $50, the console's price will remain $200. The Wii MotionPlus is also available a la carte for $20.

American gamers' Wiis will finally color coordinate with the rest of their AV systems.

Also starting next Sunday, would-be Wii buyers in the Western hemisphere will have a choice of color for the first time. Nintendo confirmed that the console will be available in both in black and white hues, after over three and a half years of being available solely in white. When the Wii was first unveiled as the "Revolution" at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, prototypes were shown in five colors, including gray, red, and green. The black Wii has been available for some time in Europe and Japan.

Nintendo's move comes seven months after it shaved $50 off the Wii's cost to counter price drops by its two rivals in the console wars, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. This spring, Microsoft also tried to boost sales of the Xbox 360 Elite by bundling it with two top games: Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3. However, the NPD Group's March US game sales report showed the Wii was still on top with 557,500 units sold, compared with 338,400 Xbox 360s and 313,900 PS3s.

Discussion

212 comments
killer690
killer690

-Damn, that Wii is pretty neat looking, too bad I already own the white one -

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@GodGundamNT1 I would love too!!! Can I bring my sister along too? It'll be just the 3 of us.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

@ayumi_miyazaki not as beautiful as you, wanna play with my Black Wii?

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

i think this is a very good bundle with wii sports resort and wii motionplus included.im so glad ive been holding out on buying a wii.now i can get one in black which to me looks better than the standard white thats been available.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Yeah this is awesome now with the black Wii every consoles I own this gen would match up quite perfectly, my black Xbox 360 Elite, slim PS3, and now this. A bit disappointed that I can't transfer all the stuffs I downloaded from the white Wii to this new one.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

@ hatieshorrer I am aware of this but last I heard Nintendos' VC DRM locked the downloads to your console and not a Club Nintendo account or anything like that so in order to transfer the licenses so that you can play your content on the new system you have to go to Nintendo to get it done. Granted it has been a while since I have looked into that so I could be wrong, I guess the only way to find out is to track down another system and give it a shot.

Wula_
Wula_

Lawl I knew they would finally offer a alternate color as soon as sales started to slump too much for the wii. God Nintendo. You sure know how to milk us for what we are worth : D

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

oh wow sexy black color, i'll get it since i don't have one. they should have sold the black skin separately for existing wii owners. it sill would have been profitable.

Henninger
Henninger

@ fon1988 use a SD memory card & u'll b able to bring em over. Some games might not let u though. I could b wrong on this so dont hold me to it. But trying it out wont hurt.

fon1988
fon1988

I want to know if you can transfer all your VC/Wii Ware games over to the new system, if not, I won't be getting this.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Valen_Ca You dont have to ask Nintendo to transfer your data you can do that with an SD card they are as low as ten dollar by now.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

This is what the wii should have been since the very beginning, the black wii is awesome.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Might have to finally pick up one of these..after the E3 announcements of course!

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

wii motion plus?!?! now im getting a wii! NOT! LOL!!!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well it's certainly about time they brought the black one over here (...again, we get the late invite in West for such options). And while the deal is certainly bangin', I'm still going to hold off until I know what Nintendo plans to do on the HD-front. I'll be damn if I end up being one of those people jumping on getting something from Nintendo--i.e. DSi--only to have them drop something new--the DSi XL--several months later. I ain't got money like that to blow on repeat system buying (hell, I still got a DS lite!) due to hardware changes....:| I'll see what Nintendo holds in store for E3. If they don't announce a new home console (not counting 3DS) by then--then I might consider getting later on this year.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@link_623 Weird, it was $42 yesterday. Will remove.

monson21502
monson21502

after owning a wii in early 07 then selling it in late 08. i just cant see myself paying over 99 bucks for a wii doesnt matter what color it is. does motion plus work with all wii games? i heard it didnt and that makes this bundle kinda lame. they should have bundle 2 controlller sets and 2 games. then that woulda got me thinking about it.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

I'd buy it, except that I don't want to lose all of my VC stuff nor do I want to ship any of my systems to Nintendo to get them to transfer the licenses for said VC stuff to another system.

link_623
link_623

The link that was supposed to show the wii sports resort and wiimotion plus bundle at $42 is a bit misleading. The link to the gamestop site still shows the bundle at $50, not $42 like the article claims.

DarKnite32
DarKnite32

Finall they added a new color. I predict that the Wii will gave its best year ever. I am hoping to see more colors on the way just like when it first came out with concepts of new colors such as green red.

grungeman91
grungeman91

Console sales are slow, So they drop the price with a new paint job and the Motion plus, Don't get me wrong it's a very good deal but an all-red Wii with "New" Super Mario Bros would be better, Which is a possibility it will be out in another year or two.

wolfgang_amon
wolfgang_amon

I'd buy it...too bad wii's aren't known for breaking. :(

gamebreakerz__
gamebreakerz__

So as the sales start to slow, the best thing they can come up with is a new colour. The worst thing is that it will probably work.

gamefanatic544
gamefanatic544

I'd use the word "sexy" in this context, but I don't feel it would do the new paint job justice.

Flint247
Flint247

@GameBeaten In my opinion, I like playing with the Wii Jacket on; it gives me more comfort. (I am not careless with the Wiimote, though. I just like the jacket on)

Flint247
Flint247

Now all systems are Black! :D

gameking5000
gameking5000

Gosh I'd definitely buy a Wii but I already have one and I'm not buying another one :(

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

wow this is great and i think just in time for mothers day i think ill take advantage of this she always wanted a wii and this saves me some money from buying motion+ and sports resort along side of it...this is great now my extra money can go towards something else

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I still need to get Wii Sports Resort. The black Wii looks good. There is one thing I don't understand though. Why is it that that rubber casing around the Wii Remote is now the "official" look of the Wii Remote? Does Nintendo think everyone has one? It's in the instructional pictures before every game now it seems. Its not necessary to have at all in order to play games, unless your grip is really THAT bad.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Sweet deal, but I'd pay the $200 to have Nintendo recase my Wii so I can still have my save data that wouldn't transfer like SSBB.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Why is people complaining about this bundle being late? Sony and M$ are going to have their own motion stuff this year so I think Nintendo is anticipating their techs... So, if someone if late here with motion stuff, that is Sony and M$ are the only ones...although Sony already had the camera since 2003 or before. (Sorry for bad English)

zzamaro
zzamaro

@svalink Dude, we are talking about 2010 titles, that's why I named Tatsunoko vs Capcom and NMH2 as well, i forgot about RS2 but I also forgot PS3 and X360users (not me) are playing Heavy Rain and Star Ocean the last hope, too.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I knew Nintendo would eventually make motion plus standard in the bundle but I didnt think it would be this good a deal. $50.00 worth of hardware added to the bundle with no increase in price. I guess the old white Wiis without Wii sports resort and motion plus will drop to $150.00.

zar144
zar144

Nintendo made a right thing, but in the most WRONG moment...

metalkid9
metalkid9

And this is coming in the worst month possible. I'll be playing RDR and Alan Wake. If this came two months ago I would've got it for sure but I'll be pretty busy with other games in 15 days.

metalkid9
metalkid9

They're probably gonna announce Wii HD at E3 so there is no point in getting this. Too late Nintendo, but you're not gonna fool me.

rexCo
rexCo

Bout time! Still haven't used MotionPlus but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it incorporated more fully.

svalink
svalink

@zzamaro i'm playing (new) Monster Hunter Tri, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Red Steel 2, No more heroes 2, Silent hill shattered memories, Blue Ocean, Pokemon Rumble, Fragile Dreams and (old) Fire Emblem radian Down , Smash Bros Brawl, Wii Fit PLUS right now.

5j3553
5j3553

this is a GREAT deal. 2 free games and a free motionplus!(the motionplus should have been free/bundled with wiimote anyways, but still...)

march202002
march202002

Man I knew it. At least I got it when it first dropped to $199. But it's a bit perturbing to finally have a slick black one AND that damn Wii motion plus thrown in.

Neosonic23
Neosonic23

Nintendo always does this, like they did to the Gamecube and N64, Release Color Choices 4 years later. Lost that interest along time ago..

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I wish that this came out sooner. It would have been cooler,but I like my white wii. If it breaks I'll et this one.

Phantom454
Phantom454

Well, 2 weeks ago i took advantage of the wii with a free copy of wii sports resort and wii motion plus on gamestop, so i got the same thing technically. Although i would of love my wii to match my ps3 in color... oh well, its the same thing.

zzamaro
zzamaro

About this bundle, it's a great deal. I agree with the guy who said this bundle is much better than the xbox+kung fu panda bundle, what a joke of bundle...and I know there's a new elite bundle.