According to an omnious retail source that has been in contact with Kotaku, the price of the Wii is set to drop from its standard price to $150. Along with this news, Nintendo are planning on doing a “Wii Select” line, similar to that of the Platinum line that was adaopted by the PS3 and the 360. The games are set to cost $19.99 each The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Wii Sports and Mario Super Sluggers. In addition to the price drop and the Wii Select line, The retail sources say that all new Wii consoles will come with a free copy of Mario Kart instead of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts, most likely to capitalise on the fact that Wii Sports is now a part of the budget line. The new Mario Kart combo is set to be released in America May 15th however there is no confirmation as to when the Wii Select line will become market avaliable.
Source: (Nintendo World)
Update: The price drop has since been confirmed by Nintendo
It’s hard to believe that the Nintendo Wii can still retail for only $100 less than a PlayStation 3 and matches the price of the lowest Xbox 360, even with the bundled software. But when you’re still making tons of money, why drop the price?
Despite still moving a hefty number of units each month, Engadget has been told by a “trusted source” that Nintendo is preparing for a price drop. According to the source, the Nintendo Wii will retail at $149.99 starting May 15th.
Nintendo some time ago started including Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Motion + with all new Wiis, with the exception of the Mario Red Wii that featured New Super Mario Bros. So, that is sort of like a price drop, even if they’re forcing you to buy $50 worth of stuff.
We will have to wait and see if this price drop surfaces officially in the coming month. Anyone still without a Wii?
The NGP is on the way, but the PSP is far from dead. Over the last few months, titles like Parasite Eve The 3rd Birthday, Gods Eater Burst, Tactics Ogre, and Final Fantasy Dissidia Duodecim prove that the handheld still has some life in it. But now Sony Europe is giving you even more of a reason to pick it up: a price drop!
In all European regions except for the UK, the SRRP for the PSP will now be €129.99, a reduction from the previous €169.99. SCE UK commented on the lack of a price drop saying, “Since we in the UK are vulnerable to two exchange rate calculations, pounds into euro and euro into yen, we are not in a position to offer a similar cut in PSP for the UK.”
The PSP, while not entirely popular in the western regions throughout most its life, has quite the software library now. With the NGP lacking the ability to play UMD based games, it might still be worth picking one up.