Nintendo discounts Wii to $150, launches “Nintendo Select” games for $20

REDMOND, Wash.– Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Wiiâ„¢ system to $149.99 and including a Marioâ„¢ game with the Wii hardware. Starting May 15, the newly priced Wii system will come in either black or white with the Mario Kartâ„¢ Wii game and a matching colored Wii Wheelâ„¢ accessory, replacing the previously included Wii Sportsâ„¢ and Wii Sports Resortâ„¢ games.

Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own games in this collection are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is available for the first time as a separate software purchase. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games. 

“From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “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.”

With Mario Kart Wii now included with the Wii hardware, players will be able to enjoy fun go-kart racing with Mario and all his Mushroom Kingdom pals right out of the box. The Wii Remoteâ„¢ Plus controller, Nunchukâ„¢ controller and Wii Wheel included in the package will all match the hardware, meaning they will be either black or white. The new black Wii Wheel will also be available separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

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14 Responses to Nintendo discounts Wii to $150, launches “Nintendo Select” games for $20

  1. Caleb says:

    Yup… Nintendo’s getting ready to move on.

  2. Stan says:

    Lame, I already own these games.

  3. EdEN says:

    So, will it jump back in sales and double the current numbers?

  4. Brian says:

    So they get rid of the Wii Sports and Wii Sports resort bundle? STUPID!!!

  5. EdEN says:

    Also, if neither Sony nor Microsoft readies a console announcement for E3 2012 Nintendo might delay Project Cafe until 2013 to lower production costs and have enough supply, especially if Wii sales pick up during holiday 2011.

  6. Richard says:

    Finally–Wii Sports gets a real case!

  7. Richard says:

    Wait a sec…So Brawl isn’t in the collection?

  8. EdEN says:

    @Richard: It’s one of Nintendo’s best selling Wii games along with New Super Mario Bros Wii so I don’t think those two will be included on the Nintendo Selects group for a while.

  9. Mohan says:

    I hope more titles would be added to this list soon.

  10. cowmanodoom says:

    I hope we get Epic Kirby, Metroid Prime 3, Other M, and Mario Galaxy eventually. I don’t have any of these, so I can hopefully save a few bucks on a couple of the games on my “to buy” list.

  11. Lord Lemmy says:

    Ya gotta admit, the cases look pretty cool. lol But I agree with a few others that some more games need to be “Nintendo Selects”.

  12. pikminpower says:

    I actually never got Twilight Princess so I’ll definitely be picking that up. Also, WarioWare: Smooth Moves is on this list, so I’ll also get that.

  13. EdEN says:

    @pikminpower: Smooth Moves is on the Europe list, right?

  14. Holly says:

    Seems as good a time as ever to play Animal Crossing for the first time in my life.

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