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Nintendo Drops Wii Price To $149

May 4, 2011

Nintendo said on Wednesday that it is dropping the price of its Wii game console to $149 and including a Mario game in the bundle.

Industry observers have been expecting Nintendo to slash the price of the device.

Many believed Nintendo needed to do something to revitalize the console, which for years was unbeatable but in recent months has struggled to maintain its momentum. 

Nintendo said in a statement that beginning May 15, consumers can buy a Wii in either black or white for the price of $149.  It will come with Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel accessory in the same color as the console.

“From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. “The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater numbers of people.”

The company also said that it will launch its new “Nintendo Selects” series of Wii games.  Gamers can buy four hit Wii Games for $20. These games will include The Legend of Zelda,Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing, City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.

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