It's been almost six years since the launch of the original Wii console. Nintendo now has its successor, the Wii U, on tap to launch in November. So what's going to happen to the Wii? Is Nintendo going to abandon it like they did the Gamecube soon after the Wii's launch? Not at all, as Nintendo has a new bundle and price for the holiday season.
Nintendo announced this morning that the Wii's price will be cut to $129.99 from its long-standing price of $149.99. The price cut will coincide with a new bundle that includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on a single disc. The console will also feature the Wii Remote Plus that has become standard. The new price cut and bundle should be available on October 28.
“Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “A new suggested retail price and the inclusion of two great games make it an easy choice for families looking for a great value this holiday season.”
The new bundle might appeal to the one or two families who still haven't picked up a Wii, but more serious fans who have not yet experienced the Wii should pick up the current bundle before it's replaced. For the longest time, Nintendo was selling a bundle that came with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and the Super Mario Galaxy 2 orchestral tracks. It was a fantastic bundle that will be sorely missed.
For those who don't care about Mario, you'll get plenty of fun out of Wii Sports Resort. Just avoid the cycling mini-game as you're likely to have a brain aneurism while playing it.