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Wii Price Drop Is Official

Nintendo has confirmed rumors of a Wii price drop. The console's suggested retail price will be reduced to $149.99. Along with the sale, the bundle will now pack Mario Kart and a wheel peripheral (read: circular piece of plastic). That bonus will replace the previous pack-in games, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.

Nintendo will also launch a new line of discounted classics called Nintendo Selects. The line-up features best-selling Nintendo titles at a budget price of $19.99. The titles include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.

The price drop is potentially a key milestone for the Wii. History proves that the $149.99 and $99.99 price points tend to open a console up to an entirely new audience. But with the Wii in so many homes already, the low price might not have the same impact.

Either way, Nintendo needed to make a sales move with their new console on the horizon. But if buyers can get the console and a couple games for under $200, that incentive may keep the Wii moving a little longer.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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