Interactive entertainment company Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Wii system to $149.99 and including a Mario game with the Wii hardware.
Starting May 15, the newly priced Wii system will come in either black or white with the Mario Kart Wii game and a matching colored Wii Wheel accessory, replacing the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games.
Moreover, Nintendo has introduced portable entertainment in 3D – without the need for special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS system sells at a suggested retail price of $249.99. It comes with a collection of pre-installed games and fun features. (Read: New Nintendo 3DS for Portable Entertainment)
Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo Selects collection of Wii games at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four 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.
“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 Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk 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. Also, Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.