Community Blog: Wii Gets Price Drop

jalexbrown Posted by: jalexbrown Sep 18, 2009 | 6 comments
Tagged: Nintendo Price-Cut Wii
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In coordination with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has already dropped the price of their Wii console.

According this recent Best Buy circular, the Wii has taken a $50 price cut.  Was this done simply because all the other console manufactures have dropped their prices?  I'd say that's a big Yes!  That's not to say that it wasn't a smart move on Nintendo's part, because I'd have to say it's one of the best moves they could make.  The appeal of the Wii when this generation started was the price point; it was affordable enough to buy for a kid for Christmas.  In other words, it wasn't a $600 or even $400 system.  So when the generation launched, $250 seemed like more than fair.  Now that Microsoft has slashed their prices, and Sony has done even heavier slashing on their prices, Nintendo has to either keep up or get out.  Certainly a price cut makes the most sense, because their price point is the driving factor behind their success.

I hate to wander too far off track, but I have to wonder something while we're on the subject of price cuts (I would normally refrain, but it involves price cuts and the Wii, so I'll go for it).  Now that the Wii has taken a price slash, why the hell are we still paying full retail price for two-year old games?  Super Paper Mario is now two years old, as is Twilight Princess, and both games are still retailing at $50!  How does it happen that a system takes a price slash before it's own launch titles?

Anyways, with that off my chest, I'll bid you adieu.  And if you don't have a Wii, it might be more worth it at the $200 price point.

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