Nintendo drops price of Wii to $129

by on October 15, 2012

Nintendo has cut the price of the Wii from $149.99 to $129.99 in the U.S. just in time for the shopping season, in advance of the launch of its next-generation Wii U. The new Wii bundle will be in stores by Oct. 28. It will include a black Wii console, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, a Wii Remote Plus and a Nunchuk controller.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive VP of Sales & Marketing said  “Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console,”“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.”


About Nintendo Wii:

The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony‘s PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of the two others. As of the first quarter of 2012, the Wii leads the generation over PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales; in December 2009, the console broke the sales record for a single month in the United States.

The Wii has many advanced features compared to previous Nintendo consoles. For example, the primary wireless controller (the Wii Remote) can be used as a handheld pointing device and detects movement in three dimensions. Another notable feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.

The Wii is Nintendo’s fifth home console and successor to the Nintendo GameCube, with most models being fully backward-compatible with all GameCube games and most accessories. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled it at the 2005 E3. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show. At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards. By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in the four key markets.

In late 2011 Nintendo released a reconfigured model, the “Wii Family Edition”, which removed Nintendo GameCube compatibility; this model was not released in Japan. Its successor, the Wii U, was released during the fourth quarter of 2012.

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