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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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