Wii With Mario Kart Is $150, Twilight Princess & Nintendo Select Games $20

By Ishaan . May 4, 2011 . 1:42am

Come May 15th, Nintendo will officially drop the Wii’s price to $149.99 in the U.S., and introduce a new hardware bundle consisting of a Wii system and Mario Kart Wii, which will take the place of the previously-included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.


The new bundle will be available in both black and white, and will also include the Wii Wheel accessory, which comes with Mario Kart Wii, in a matching colour. The new black Wii Wheel will also be available separately for $10.


Nintendo are introducing a budget games set, titled “Nintendo Selects,” with each game priced at $19.99. So far, only four games for the Nintendo Selects line have been announced: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is now available as a standalone game.


In Japan, Nintendo have a more elaborate budget line arrangement. Their “Everyone’s Recommendation Selection” line of games relies on votes for various games to be given a budget re-release, submitted by fans through their Wii systems. Rune Factory Frontier and Tales of Graces were recently added to the line.

  • malek86

    This seems a little late, doesn’t it? It’s been 5 years without a budget line.

    • lostinblue

      hopefully an error they’re not aiming to repeat with the 3DS and Wii sucessor.

      Doesn’t seem to have hurt them that much though. Japan has had a budget line for some time too.

      • malek86

        Sales of the Wii in Japan have also started dwindling a lot earlier than here, so it looks like they only start budget lines when things aren’t going as they hope.

        Did the DS even have a budget line at all? I think not. And now it’s too late to introduce one, not that they really need it anyway.

        • lostinblue

          To be totally honest… I HATE budget boxes.

          I think it’s fine if the market works as it should work, by the law of supply and demand. If there’s lots of supply and the demand is dwindling it’ll get cheaper anyway, cheaper into platinum/classics cheap without the “you’re a second rate customer” case. I’ve got a healthy wii collection and I rarely paid full price for the games; wasn’t a problem for me.

          Then again, I think “selections” of games have to be more than “it sold more than 1 million units!” there are games in those conditions that are utter turd and while I agree that a line such as this should exist (I have to beg for reversible boxart though) they could and should do it like they did in japan, according to the user feedback regarding their quality.

          I mean, a “quality title” collection sort of thing, rather than a best selling one.

          Of course though, making a reprint now of these titles as they are might be the way to make sure the best Wii titles get considered by new “wii sucessor” costumers, and more than that, that they’re even available. Let’s hope they nail it. And I agree the DS deserved one.

          • malek86

            Yeah, but how do you define quality? Is there a numerical index for it? And don’t say Metacritic or users feedback.

            In the end, a high sales treshold is usually a better idea, because at least it means people are interested in that game.

          • SeventhEvening

            As much as I also hate budget boxes, they are helpful, especially in nintendo’s case. When a game gets a budget re-release, then it results in the supply drastically increasing as well as the suggested retail price being lower. This helps drive down the price, even on the non-budget boxed versions. Some of nintendo’s first party titles, like Super Mario Galaxy, Brawl, etc. have used prices at (or even higher) than 20 dollars. With the consumer now being able to buy a new copy at 20, then the price of the used copy will have to come down.

    • seems lilke Nintendo needs cash for their new console which most likely be released next year.

    • gatotsu911

      As much as I agree with this, I will undoubtedly end up getting Super Paper Mario and WarioWare: Smooth Moves if and when they hit the budget line. Those are two games I really wanted to get, but didn’t feel could justify a $50 price tag.

  • Fire Emblem and Pokemon Battle Revolution would have been better candidates for games. Whose going to pay 19.99 for Wii Sports, thats a major ripoff.

    • PurpleDoom

      Agreed, especially since I think both of the games you listed are out-of-print and a re-release would be nice.

  • I like the design for this, more fancy than the yellow themed Players Choice before and doesn’t take up the whole box like the Japanese selects.

    Can I have DS editions as well?

  • I hope they introduce packaged games like the Metroid Trilogy or X360’s Capcom package (iirc it had RE5, Lost Planet, and DMC4)

  • Brawl would be nice…

  • Eddie

    Yes twilight Princess!!! I wish Metroid Prime Trilogy and Other M were Nintendo selects.

  • kupomogli

    Everyone start buying lottery tickets. No for sure chance that you’ll win, but the percentage of winning(a few billion to one) is definitely a lot better than a Nintendo price drop. And what do we have here? A first party Nintendo game price drop.

    • Kind of late considering Wii Party had already received a price drop two weeks ago.

  • It would be nice to see 3rd party titles as part of this lineup in the near future.

    An for those that saw big price drops already: pack two games together. Something like “Namco Platformer Selection” with Klonoa&Munchables on one disk. Would make my mouth wet (if I hadn’t already bought them).

  • YoFace

    Surely there’s gotta be a good 3rd party out there that did good in the eyes of Nintendo of America. I remember buying a Players Choice of Sonic Mega Collection for the GCN, so hopefully they didn’t forget about their support for the Wii.

    Regardless, good to see these, albeit late. Guess I’ll treat myself to Animal Crossing. Doubt it’d have the Microphone, though.

  • Eh, call me when Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s part of this assortment.

    • Check out this: http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=157226

      It says Brawl is supposed to be on the list too.

      • Brawl wasnt listed in the press release so I do not know where they got that from.

        “Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own games in this collection are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is available for the first time as a separate software purchase. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games.”

      • Well, here’s hoping. I’m amused by the commenter there who says “everyone” has Twilight Princess and SSBB already, seeing as I have neither…

  • Zero_Destiny

    Oh I own all of these. Except Sluggers might be worth getting that. I guess this is like The Wii’s player’s Choice then. Can’t wait to see more added. Man it looks real classy though. A lot nicer than the player’s choice did on the GameCube.

    I remember the Canadian’s Player’s Choice. heheheh It was super silly. Said it both in English and French. Man that label took up 1/3 of the box. XD

  • Twilight Princess at $20 will sell like there is no tomorrow! Guaranteed!

  • Chow

    Is it time for my anti-Nintendo ways to open up and finally get one? Maybe. Despite not wanting terribly to play Mario Kart, it’s higher up on the list than the Wii Sports titles. And yes, I’ve given them the chance before, since I try to be objective about my opinions.

    *glances over hopefully at unopened copy of Shattered Memories, despite having already played the PSP version*

  • Where is budget Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2? WHERE ARE THEY NINTENDO? THE GAMES DON’T NEED TO BE $50 STILL.

  • PrinceHeir

    i kinda wish nintendo left them as is. the wii didn’t have a players choice like label till now.

    hate those freaking labels, but i guess they need to inform everyone huh?

  • Joanna

    It’s so funny. I was finally going to pay 60$ (yes it’s 60 CAN here) for Twilight Princess and then this line comes out. I’m glad I didn’t pick it up sooner, saved myself some money. :P

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