Rumour: Nintendo to begin new “Wii Select” budget range, Wii price drop incoming

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Citing retail sources, Kotaku have reportedly been told that Nintendo are to drop the price of the Wii to $149 across North America this month, alongside launching a new budget-range of titles under the name “Wii Select.”

With price lists indicating the new “Wii Select” range will be priced at $19.99, initial games will include Mario Super Sluggers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It would seem that Wii Sports, a title that has been bundled with new Wii systems since launch, will also be joining the budget-range.

Further to this, it would seem that a new Mario Kart Wii bundle is also due to hit retailers at the lower price point of $149, making the separate sale of Wii Sports a necessity for motion control newcomers.

This is all supposedly due to kick off from May 15th, matching previous rumours. Having contacted Nintendo of America, a representative issued the usual “Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation” response.

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