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The new $129.99 USD bundle will be available through much of the U.S. starting October 28

Nintendo will be releasing a whole new Wii bundle in time for the holiday season, and it will only cost $129.99 USD.

The new bundle will feature a black Wii console along with matching black Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers. It will also include both "Wii Sports" and Wii Sports Resort" games on one disc. The sports games include a variety of options like bowling, tennis, baseball, basketball, etc.

"Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "A new suggested retail price and the inclusion of two great games make it an easy choice for families looking for a great value this holiday season." 

The new $129.99 USD bundle will be available through much of the U.S. starting October 28. 

The price slash comes nearly a month before Nintendo plans to release its new Wii U console, which is due out in the U.S. November 18. There will be a basic model for $299.99 and a premium model for $349.99. The new system offers features like 2GB of memory, 1080p graphics and a new Wii U GamePad controller. 

Source: Business Wire

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OK, but...
By Motoman on 10/15/2012 5:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
That does seem like a nice value.

But there anyone left anywhere in the world that doesn't already have a Wii (who would possibly be in the market for such a thing in the first place)? I think they hit market saturation at least a year ago...

RE: OK, but...
By Nutzo on 10/15/2012 5:31:19 PM , Rating: 3
The only people I see still buying a Wii this christmas would be someone with young kids (but no current video games console) or someone who still likes playing Wii games, but thier old console died. Not exactly a big market.

RE: OK, but...
By Samus on 10/15/2012 11:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
Right, I thought everyone already had a Wii. AFAIK, they rarely break, too. Typical Nintendo.

RE: OK, but...
By inperfectdarkness on 10/16/2012 5:44:44 AM , Rating: 3
and yet all the flak against nintendo from the fanboi's who have spent upwards of $1500 on replacing their own beloved consoles because the stupid manufacturer couldn't find fundamental design flaws that affected 33% or more of all the consoles they sold.


RE: OK, but...
By Rukkian on 10/16/2012 9:41:43 AM , Rating: 2
Got a link on this? I have owned every single nintendo ever created, and other than having to blow out cartridges once in awhile on my super nes, and replacing a dvd drive on my wii (after 4 years for $50 at Nintendo) I have had zero problems. Not saying it didn't happen, just have not heard of that many problems.

RE: OK, but...
By fic2 on 10/16/2012 12:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think he was referring to the Xbox/PS people that had to replace their consoles when they broke.

RE: OK, but...
By StevoLincolnite on 10/15/2012 5:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's also getting harder to find consoles as Nintendo ramps down the Wii's production in favor of the Wii U.

Still a fantastic console though, just a shame that even on release the graphics made me eyes bleed.

RE: OK, but...
By augiem on 10/15/2012 5:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't mind getting a Wii at some point just to play the Zelda and Metroid games (Mario games have been iffy since Sunshine and I don't care to catch up on those), but I doubt I'll ever get around to it. But then again I have a backlog of about 50 PS1 and PS2 era RPGs to catch up on as it is and no time to even get started...

RE: OK, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2012 6:24:12 PM , Rating: 1
No thanks, not getting stuck in Mario Land all over again.

The Wii was a nice concept but lacked the hardware to make it a reality. And the hardware limitations and Nintendo's practices assure that any big titles enjoyed by Xbox and PS3 owners, Wii buyers will be excluded from.

The WiiU is more of the same with slightly better graphics (but still way behind the times). Fun gameplay, as long as you don't mind being stuck in an ecosystem designed for 12 year old children. As fun as Mario Brothers and Mario Cart was back in the day, I'm in my 30's now and consoles need to do a bit more than rehash after rehash of the same kiddie content.

RE: OK, but...
By augiem on 10/15/2012 8:58:56 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, we adult gamers deserve something innovative and fresh like more over-the-shoulder 3rd person shooters with a chaingun wielding, armor optional, 300 lb muscle bound steroid chuggin' sack o meat blowing everything to hell. We need more soccer / baseball / football / racing games that comes out with a new edition every year with roster updates, 5 new decals, and more post processing shaders. </sarcasm>

RE: OK, but...
By inperfectdarkness on 10/16/2012 5:50:04 AM , Rating: 2
:) i'm glad someone else gets it.

i never once found myself hating mario galaxy because i could "only" play it on 480p.

to those bemoaning the wii-u's graphics...pray tell, wtf can possibly tax the wii-u at the de-facto standard display resolution of 1080p? why create a system with 6-month old gpu technology that will force the system to cost >$500, when older GPU's can easily handle 1080p without breaking a sweat?

RE: OK, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/16/2012 10:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
Did I say any of that? I don't recall saying that stuff.

Not sure why anyone pointing out the simple facts about the Wii faces such absurd vitriol. Come on, grow up.

Maybe you aren't a "gamer", but I am. And you'll never convince me a console that is virtually guaranteed to never receive major titles is a big deal. Sorry but it's not.

I'm more of a PC gamer anyway. But the Wii is just boring and immature, sorry. Mario rehashes are just NOT interesting anymore.

RE: OK, but...
By augiem on 10/17/2012 2:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure why anyone pointing out the simple facts about the Wii faces such absurd vitriol.

I meant nothing of the kind and I'm sorry you read it as such. It was simply a sarcastic way of pointing out that the "hardcore/adult" gamer market is just as rife with rehashes and non-innovation as the "kiddie" market and was in reference to your comment about "...rehash after rehash of the same kiddie content." The Xbox/PS3/PC are not in any better shape.

RE: OK, but...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/17/2012 4:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
Feel-good everyone-wins nonsense like WoW isn't hardcore gaming.

RE: OK, but...
By ihateu3 on 10/16/2012 2:18:06 AM , Rating: 3
The N64 was more powerful than the PS1, and the Gamecube was more powerful than the PS2. Neither had any record sales, but yet the Wii outsold its counterparts with much lesser hardware, so what again is your argument?

RE: OK, but...
By tayb on 10/15/2012 9:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
Still too expensive in my opinion. At this point you either have a Wii, don't want one, or can't afford one. I don't think $129 is a large enough drop to change too many minds or low enough to enter a new affordability range. You can get them cheaper on craigslist.

RE: OK, but...
By michael2k on 10/16/2012 12:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone born 6 years ago and is only going to turn 7 this holiday?

Love Nintendo!
By ochentay4 on 10/15/2012 6:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why all the hate on the Wii? I sold it more than 2 years ago cause I needed money and I recently re-bought the Wii as I couldnt resist playing all the fantastic games I missed:

New Super Mario Bros Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Paper Mario
Conduit 2
Red Steel 2
Dead Space Extraction
Disney Epic Mickey
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Kirby's Dream Collection - Special Edition
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Little King's Story
Metroid - Other M
Metroid Prime - Trilogy
Monster Hunter Tri
NiGHTS - Journey of Dreams
Pikmin 2
Project Zero 2 - Wii Edition
Resident Evil 4 - Wii Edition
Silent Hill - Shattered Memories
Sonic Colors
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Monkey Ball
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom - Ultimate All-Stars
The Last Story
The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword
TrackMania - Build to Race
Xenoblade Chronicles
And many more I cant remember.

On top of that, you get it at a really cheap price AND with Wiimote Plus integrated.

Cant wait to get the Wii U. And I say all of this having a terrific PC with more than 500 games on steam, and more than 200 games on the PS3 and 360 combined.

Love Nintendo!

RE: Love Nintendo!
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2012 6:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
It's not hate, but you helped make my point. Look at your list, how many of those are "Mario" games or based on classic Nintendo games from the early 1990's?

Things just get old after a while ya know? /shrug. I think it's great that Nintendo is catering to families with young kinds and all, it's just not for everyone.

RE: Love Nintendo!
By GulWestfale on 10/15/2012 8:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
i have to agree with reclaimer. nintendo haven't had an original idea in a very long time, all they do is remakes of existing titles. i'm not against a new mario game, but you have to innovate. sega overdid the innovation with the dreamcast and failed to develop enough titles for existing franchises (seaman instead of new versions of well-known titles, for example), but nintendo is simply and firmly stuck in the past. their old stuff is fine, but they need new stuff to attract people older than 12. and decent hardware. i'm tired of the "but the gameplay is more important!" argument; good graphics have never been an impediment to great gameplay. so what's stopping them from building a decent system for once?

RE: Love Nintendo!
By jahinoz on 10/15/2012 9:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
That's what nintendo is aiming to fix with the Wii U. The launch title isn't Mario or Zelda, they're pushing ZombiU, albeit a potential ripoff of Resident Evil. Not exactly a game you'd give to your 12yr old.

I can't see the graphics being groundbreaking, that's not Nintendo's style, their appeal is relatively low cost and accessibility for everyone, leaving PS and xbox to duke it out over graphics. Still, if its a strategy that works, don't fix it: you can bet your house that you're going to get the same characters in several never ending quests to save their girlfriends.

RE: Love Nintendo!
By ihateu3 on 10/16/2012 3:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
Graphics has only not been Nintendos style since the Wii, everyone seems so quick to judge... All their other consoles where superior upon release (aside of gamecube vs xbox, but still GC was superior to PS2 hardware wise). Why do people now forget this?

RE: Love Nintendo!
By inperfectdarkness on 10/16/2012 6:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
i'm sorry, but that's a load of horse-dung.

you can't simply say "oh, a mario game", and discard it as though all mario games are alike. each time nintendo has released a new console, the corresponding mario game has been an amazing technological breakthrough (ok, maybe not quite so much with sunshine, but it was still a decent game).

the point is, if one is to take COD or BF as the standard of "evolving gameplay", than sequel mario games shouldn't even be considered mario games; they're THAT different from their predecessors. clearly you don't have a problem with sequels or "rehashed-to-death" games.

likewise, it can't be a story complaint, because let's face it, space marines were bland before halo 1. to wit, i'm not exactly sure what your complaint is here, but i can think of no instance in which your points are legitimate. there are simply so many other successful franchises which disprove your assertions.

if mario, zelda and company were truly dead, then the franchises would also be dead--rather than each new release being critically acclaimed and vying for addition into "best-selling-games" lists.

RE: Love Nintendo!
By Reclaimer77 on 10/16/2012 10:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
you can't simply say "oh, a mario game", and discard it

Yes I can.

RE: Love Nintendo!
By TakinYourPoints on 10/16/2012 5:10:42 PM , Rating: 1
True. Nothing has stopped you from saying stupid things all day every day.

RE: Love Nintendo!
By TakinYourPoints on 10/16/2012 5:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
I mainly play games on my PC, but Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 by themselves made the Wii totally worth it. Works of genius.

What I played of the WiiU at the last two E3s was also great. I cannot wait for Pikmin 3, and what I played of Rayman Legends (super fun co-op) and ZombiU (amazing asymmetrical multiplayer) was also great. I think it'll be a better system than the Wii. What I saw was certainly better than the rest of the other boring cookie cutter console stuff at the show.

Nothing really new here.
By Belard on 10/16/2012 3:16:09 AM , Rating: 2
This isn't much of a special deal...

Last year, bought my kid the Wii Walmart Edition for $130. Its blue... looks good. Came with no games thou.

Also, these are cheaper versions of the WII in that it doesn't come with the GameCube joystick ports or the ability to play GC game disc, its designed to lay flat, not in tower position.

So now... they only tossed in the games and sell it to everyone.

RE: Nothing really new here.
By Nutzo on 10/16/2012 12:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Wish they would have left the gamecube ports, as we still play a few of the old gamecube games.
That's why if my Wii dies, I'd probably replace it with an older used Wii.

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