Nintendo Wii drops to $150, more rumors on its successor

By on May 4, 2011, 10:00 AM

Nintendo recently confirmed that a Wii successor would be coming in 2012. Now, the company is giving its best-selling console a welcome push with a $50 price drop from the package currently on shelves and changing the bundled game. Starting May 15, the new price will go in effect and the package will include the smash hit seller Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel racing accessory, plus a standard Wii Remote Plus controller and Nunchuk.

The move is expected to revitalize Wii sales, which were once unbeatable quarter after quarter but have remained stagnant recently as Microsoft and Sony have picked up steam with the launches of their motion control systems.

 

The company will also launch a new "Nintendo Selects" series of budget-priced Wii games on May 15. Four hit Wii titles will be available at $20 each, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; Mario Super Sluggers; Animal Crossing: City Folk; and Wii Sports which is no longer bundled with the console. Wii Sports Resort will also be removed from the hardware bundle and will be sold separately for $39.99.

There was no mention of Nintendo's Wii successor in the announcement but new details have emerged recently, courtesy of unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans cited by Kotaku. According to the report, the codenamed Project Café console will include 8GB of on-board flash based storage, but no hard drive, and will support either 1080i or 1080p resolutions -- significantly more than the current 480p and more in line with the Xbox 360 and PS3.

The site also believes Nintendo's disc format for the new console will hold 25GB of data, which is triple the capacity of the biggest DVD-style discs for the Wii and Xbox 360 and comparable to the capacity of single-layer Blu-Ray discs on the PlayStation 3. We'll probably have a more complete picture of what Nintendo's new console will be like after this year's E3 expo in June, where Nintendo is expected to show off a playable model of the still-unnamed device.

 




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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

8GB is not very much. At least it's a rumor (for now). Also, considering how Nintendo has a history of doing more with less space, I'm not sure how they are gonna handle having all that capacity on their discs. XD

Guest said:

Buying a Wii is no longer relevant since the Wii sucessor Project Café is in the works for 2012.

Guest said:

150 dollars? I wouldn't pay them over 20 dollars for a Wii!!!! You can buy a Gamecube for like 15 bux now, and the hardware in that is nearly identical to what's in the Wii.

The Wii is and has been a huge ripoff for many years, pretty much since it's launch in '06 with it's 2001 hardware.

No thank you Nintendo, take those god awful things and bury them in the desert next to those Atari ET games.

treetops treetops said:

Guest said:

150 dollars? I wouldn't pay them over 20 dollars for a Wii!!!! You can buy a Gamecube for like 15 bux now, and the hardware in that is nearly identical to what's in the Wii.

The Wii is and has been a huge ripoff for many years, pretty much since it's launch in '06 with it's 2001 hardware.

No thank you Nintendo, take those god awful things and bury them in the desert next to those Atari ET games.

The wii was not about graphics, they used there resources to develop a interactive game, the first ever interactive based console. Duh?

BlueDrake said:

treetops said:

Guest said:

150 dollars? I wouldn't pay them over 20 dollars for a Wii!!!! You can buy a Gamecube for like 15 bux now, and the hardware in that is nearly identical to what's in the Wii.

The Wii is and has been a huge ripoff for many years, pretty much since it's launch in '06 with it's 2001 hardware.

No thank you Nintendo, take those god awful things and bury them in the desert next to those Atari ET games.

The wii was not about graphics, they used there resources to develop a interactive game, the first ever interactive based console. Duh?

That's the problem with people, they feel graphics are a majority of the reason to "buy" a new console. Also with the Wii you can play older games, without the hassle of all those consoles cluttering your house. I'd gladly take a Wii console and a Gamecube controller, just for the sake of playing N64 and the like with a full controller.

Guest said:

I posted the message about how the Wii is a ripoff.

It's not just about the graphical power of the Wii, it's also about the quality of the games. 90+ percent of all Wii games are cheaply made garbage churned out in China and sold for top dollar to the rest of the world. The other ten percent is made up of Nintendo's own titles (which are good) and the few games from other publishers that were actually decent. It's a shovelware system, how can anyone defend it?

And the Wii being an "interactive gaming system"? Get real! "Shake the wiimote" is just a simulated button press, same as "swing wiimote". It's just simulated button presses. Ever tried Dolphin? Yeah, that's 100% proof that the wiimote is just a useless gimmick.

Zecias said:

BlueDrake said:

treetops said:

Guest said:

150 dollars? I wouldn't pay them over 20 dollars for a Wii!!!! You can buy a Gamecube for like 15 bux now, and the hardware in that is nearly identical to what's in the Wii.

The Wii is and has been a huge ripoff for many years, pretty much since it's launch in '06 with it's 2001 hardware.

No thank you Nintendo, take those god awful things and bury them in the desert next to those Atari ET games.

The wii was not about graphics, they used there resources to develop a interactive game, the first ever interactive based console. Duh?

That's the problem with people, they feel graphics are a majority of the reason to "buy" a new console. Also with the Wii you can play older games, without the hassle of all those consoles cluttering your house. I'd gladly take a Wii console and a Gamecube controller, just for the sake of playing N64 and the like with a full controller.

its funny how some people only care about graphics and then buy consoles instead of a pc.

Zecias said:

Guest said:

I posted the message about how the Wii is a ripoff.

It's not just about the graphical power of the Wii, it's also about the quality of the games. 90+ percent of all Wii games are cheaply made garbage churned out in China and sold for top dollar to the rest of the world. The other ten percent is made up of Nintendo's own titles (which are good) and the few games from other publishers that were actually decent. It's a shovelware system, how can anyone defend it?

And the Wii being an "interactive gaming system"? Get real! "Shake the wiimote" is just a simulated button press, same as "swing wiimote". It's just simulated button presses. Ever tried Dolphin? Yeah, that's 100% proof that the wiimote is just a useless gimmick.

even by your opinion that only 10% of wii games are good, there are still about 1000games?

to me 10% would be enough because i wouldn't have enough time to play 100 games anyways......

if you swing a wiimote and the character in game swings how is that not interactive? you are performing the same action as you would in real life. yes all the swinging motions are simulated button presses, but how does that keep it from being an interactive action? obviously there are limitations, but at the most basic level it is still interactive.

Guest said:

I think this this scenario would be exceedingly cool:

After having heldback on shear horsepower with the Wii and having courted the casual market,

the Wii 2, when released, is seen to be the ultimate hard-core console and the best way to play the best future FPS titles.

I'm not suggesting that will actually happen, but having a touch-sensitive screen on the controller provides food for thought. Perhaps it would provide faster response than those stupid analog sticks on conventional Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers? Analog sticks have always been a compromise, rather a poor alternative to a mouse. Anyone who's tried to shoot the asteroids in Dead Space on the Xbox 360 knows exactly what I'm talking about.

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