Nintendo cuts price of Wii, games

The lower priced Wii will come in black or white. The lower priced Wii will come in black or white.
By Associated Press
May 5, 2011

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NEW YORK — Nintendo is dropping the price of its Wii game system by $50 to $150 and cutting the price of several popular games ahead of next year’s launch of the successor to the console.

Starting May 15, the newly priced Wii system will come in either black or white with a Mario Kart Wii game and a Wii Wheel accessory, replacing the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games.

The price cut — the second one since the Wii launched for $250 in 2006 — comes less than a month after the Japanese company said the console will have a successor next year. Nintendo Co. said in late April it will show off a playable model of the new system at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 7 to 9 in Los Angeles.

The company said yesterday the Nintendo Selects collection of games will come with a suggested retail price of $20. The four games are The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, and Wii Sports.