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$150 Wii, $20 Nintendo Selects lineup confirmed

Just yesterday wereportedon unofficial word that Nintendo was dropping the Wii to $149.99, as well as changing the pack-in game from Wii Sports to Mario Kart Wii. Today, Nintendo confirmed this news and also revealed the nifty red packaging for its $19.99 line of"Nintendo Selects"titles (seen below).

Above: I could be wrong, but is this the first price drop Twilight Princess has seen in 5 years?

Two interesting things here: first, as Wii Sports is no longer the pack-in game, it's now available as a standalone retail product for the first time in the US; second, Nintendo is apparently dropping the "Players Choice (opens in new tab)" brand it's used to denote best-selling games since the SNES and Game Boydays. Wonder what prompted the switch to Nintendo Selects?

No more!

These price drops take effect May 15. Oh, one last thing - if you're a hopeless Nintendo completionist, I hate to mention the fact the black Wii will now come with an official black Wii Wheel. Maybe wait for one to show up in a pawn shop before slapping down another $150?

Of course, all this happens less than a month before Nintendo announces itsnew consoleat E3, so this is most definitely a case of inventory cleaning. Any of you Wii holdouts more interested in this machine now that it's $150? Or do you prefer to sit tight and see what Nintendo's got in store for 2012?

May 4, 2011

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.