Wii cut to $150, bundled with Mario Kart

The Nintendo Wii is getting a price cut and a new bundle, tossing out the Wii Sports games for Mario Kart and a wheel controller.

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As had been rumoured in April, Nintendo is dropping the price of a new Wii to $149.99 on May 15. On top of that, the console's bundle is getting a shake-up.

The current bundled games of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are being cast out, replaced with Mario Kart Wii and its Wii Wheel controller. The new bundle will also include, as before, a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller.

It'll be available in traditional white or chic black. Wii Wheels will also be available in black for $9.99.

In Europe, the Wii Sports bundle will not be discontinued, rather receiving a price cut on May 20. Nintendo will also introduce the new Mario Kart Wii bundle--though only in white--to Europe on that day. Nintendo cannot confirm the new price, as retailers alone set prices in Europe, but it has reduced the trade price.

The Wii has cost $200 since September 2009, though many retailers dropped their price to $170 in April. Hopefully you weren't swayed by that particular reduction but if you were, well, perhaps you still have time to take advantage of the store's return policy.

Nintendo will be looking to keep Wii sales ticking over nicely until its successor arrives in 2012, though sales will doubtless continue to be strong long after that launches. The mysterious new console will receive a formal unveiling at E3 in June, where it'll be playable.

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    May 4, 2011 3:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Wii cut to $150, bundled with Mario Kart.

    The Nintendo Wii is getting a price cut and a new bundle, tossing out the Wii Sports games for Mario Kart and a wheel controller.

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      May 4, 2011 3:49 AM

      If I can use Wii as a media server I might finally buy one.

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        May 4, 2011 5:30 AM

        you can, but it's output is only 480p. If you are interested in some of the Wii titles (there are many good titles). If not, a $199 360 is a better choice if you're looking for a media hub

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          May 4, 2011 9:32 AM

          How good is the selection and execution of its classic (NES/SNES) titles?

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            May 4, 2011 10:20 AM

            I've never looked. sorry.

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            May 4, 2011 12:39 PM

            1st party is pretty decent for NES and SNES, they've got a fair number of other old systems on there now as well (Turbgraffix for one). Lots of random 3rd party crap and still missing some of the golden oldies. Specifically FFVI, Chrono Trigger (though that's being rumored to come out soon), and Earthbound, also I don't think there are any RARE titles from the N64 era up there either.

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            May 4, 2011 12:40 PM

            They are pretty much perfect. Some may have issues with the Wiimote as a controller, but the games are great.

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      May 4, 2011 5:14 AM

      Will casual gamers be able to buy the original Wii Sports separately? I know that product was a big selling point to my mom and I figure that other casual players probably think "Wii Sports" or "the bowling/tennis/boxing game" when they think Wii.

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        May 4, 2011 5:18 AM

        Wii Sports is becoming part of a new $20 budget line from Nintendo. I done words about that, which will be up in a bit.

        It's still a slightly surprising move, though, for the reason you said--many people think the Wii is the Wii Sports machine.

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          May 4, 2011 5:31 AM

          or you can get it for a dollar in the gamestop metal bin

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            May 4, 2011 5:53 AM

            I could, but the people this is targeted at wouldn't know that.

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            May 4, 2011 12:40 PM

            The game still goes for $10-15 used, you'd be surprised.

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          May 4, 2011 6:15 AM

          Exactly. The casual person is going to be confused unless they put a big sticker on the box saying Wii Sports sold separately.

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      May 4, 2011 6:23 AM

      I wish i could get my kids to play the Wii. Such a waste of money.

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        May 4, 2011 6:55 AM

        I put plenty of hours into it, you have to really like the good games that have come out for it though.

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        May 4, 2011 6:56 AM

        The kids or the Wii?

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        May 4, 2011 6:57 AM

        get some fun games. My kids have 360 and Wii in their play room, and they play both. The 360 is mostly used for Halo games and Madden. Everything else is Wii.

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          May 4, 2011 7:26 AM

          i have about 25 games for the wii, many are the best titles. I doubt my kids have played it 50 hours the 4 years we've owned it.

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        May 4, 2011 9:33 AM

        Put them in front of a PC and have them play UT99. That's the proper introduction to gaming.

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      May 4, 2011 7:22 AM

      Not that Nintendo has ever been know for producing powerful systems, but I wonder if the new console will be more powerful than the other current gen hardware, even if just marginally. It wouldn't take much considering how old it is, and it would go a long way to jump starting the real next gen race.

      It'll probably be just an HD Wii with like 2-3x the power so it can knock out the same quality visuals at HD resolutions.

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      May 4, 2011 7:30 AM

      Curious. I wonder, is this Nintendo de-emphasizing the waggle controls in favor of a more traditional game, Nintendo attempting to catch the last 5 people who didn't buy into WiiSports or its sequels (but if so, why didn't they get the Super Mario Bundle last year?), or is this Nintendo setting the stage for a more traditional console release that focuses on old school franchises more than shake, waggle, and rock?

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      May 4, 2011 9:24 AM

      Huh. I'm torn. I've been saving up for a PS3, but I have been wanting the Wii Sports Resort bundle.

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        May 4, 2011 10:31 AM

        I would get the PS3 since the Wii is about to be replaced soon with a new console. I would not expect many good new games to come out on it.

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          May 4, 2011 10:36 AM

          Thing is, there are already a number of games that interest me on the Wii, as well as some of the fitness titles, since I could stand to lose a few pounds and the treadmill alone isn't cutting it.

          What really got my attention is when a friend of mine who boxed Gold Gloves recommended the Gold's Gym Cardio Workout title to me.

          Combined with that is the fact that I'm just not a Mario Kart guy, but the Wii sports stuff seems like an amusing time waster.

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            May 4, 2011 12:41 PM

            The fitness titles mostly work out what you can do without any weights or anything like that and stabilizer muscles (especially any that use the balance board). You won't generally lose much weight doing their exercises though if your aerobic workout sucks they might help a little bit.

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              May 4, 2011 3:26 PM

              Yeah, that's what has caught my eye. Right now my cardio blows, and the aforementioned recommendation from my friend sticks out to me.

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      May 4, 2011 9:30 AM

      Just bought a bundle for 169.99. 19 bucks isn't too much to go all buyers remorse over though. Also, tiger woods 11 is too much fun.

      mario cart is mega cool though..

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      May 4, 2011 12:30 PM

      This seems like a dumb thing to do, only from the not including Wii Sports part.

      You can't buy wii sports separately (though you can buy Wii Sports Resort). They should include Wii Sports in the bundle and make things easier for the consumer.

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        May 4, 2011 12:42 PM

        You can buy it separately now with their new budget line.

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        May 4, 2011 12:42 PM

        I believe they're going to sell it separately for $20.

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        May 4, 2011 12:43 PM

        Isn't Wii Sports a half ass game anyway?
        I don't have a Wii but all the people I know who do have one played Wii sports for a day then moved on to other stuff.

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