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Rumor says Wii will get a big price cut

For a long time Nintendo was riding high on the gaming market with the Wii and the DSi portable console. The hardware sold well and the games sold well along with the hardware. Over the last several months, Nintendo has found itself facing dropping profits and some big losses as the sluggish economy reduced sales and the soaring yen hurt its financials.

Nintendo is trying all sorts of things to get the consumer interested in the Wii again as they were then the console first launched. A new rumor is circulating that the Wii may be getting a price cut soon. ZDNet reports that Engadget claims Nintendo will be cutting the price of the Wii to $150 on May 15. That is only about a month ahead of the E3 gaming show in California.

Another possibility other than just trying to increase sales of the current Wii is that Nintendo may be ready to unveil a new console at E3. However, that is not likely by most accounts. A new gaming console would help spur the sagging sales that Nintendo is facing and get the gamer interested in the Nintendo console for their home again. Nintendo is also going after non-traditional gamer categories with advertising featuring Helen Mirren to attract the over 50 gamer crowd.

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Long overdue
By epobirs on 4/14/2011 8:34:32 AM , Rating: 3
This is long overdue. Nintendo has waited too long and allowed too much mediocre software to degrade the Wii. Strong hardware margins are nice but there is so much more money to be made in software if you can just keep growing your base.

$150 is still high. Nintendo could drop the Wii base model to $100 without any real pain. Yes, it really is that cheap to produce. A die shrink of the chip set could reduce the cost still more after engineering expenses are met. compared to the competition this is extremely dated technology. But old technology can be fine when the price is below the level of purchasing on a whim. Which they need for continued growth if a new improved model with HD support isn't happening within 2012.

RE: Long overdue
By jay401 on 4/14/2011 8:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. I thought it was already $150 or less. It's ancient tech these days, and honestly just about everyone who wants one has one. At this point it needs to drop to $99 to be a near-impulse buy for folks who could afford a novelty system splurge at the spur of a moment, which generally means less than three figures on the sticker price.

I'd actually be somewhat tempted by a $99 Wii just for that Goldeneye remake they put out... last year was it? N64 nostalgia could possibly convince a $99 purchase (even better if it came with the game).

RE: Long overdue
By someguy123 on 4/19/2011 5:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
The game isn't that great. It's fine for a wii title but it's more call of duty than goldeneye, though it does feature a substantial amount of throwback content for nostalgia purposes.

the wii definitely should be 99$ right now, though. There's no headlining software to be released for most of the year, and its current quality software library is pretty pathetic and mainly consists of nintendo titles.

RE: Long overdue
By Egglick on 4/20/2011 10:28:44 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I don't have one, and would only consider one at $99 or less.

By Denigrate on 4/14/2011 8:47:55 AM , Rating: 3
Helen Miren is smokin' hot, age be dam'd.

By M4gery on 4/15/2011 12:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I had never bought my Wii, it has turned out to be a rather pointless system for me. Nintendo really needs to get the software part together for the Wii to have any lasting power. Their first party titles are pretty decent, but they are few and far between for the really good ones.

Still not worth it at $149
By Irene Ringworm on 4/28/2011 7:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
if I have to pick up another $150 in controllers and peripherals to play multiplayer. In the last days of the Gamecube you could get a system bundled with a game and two controllers for $99. That's the angle Nintendo needs to pursue.

PS3 Hardware
By edge929 on 4/15/11, Rating: -1
RE: PS3 Hardware
By Myrandex on 4/15/2011 7:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
How can you even compare the cores in the PS3 to the cores in the Xeon. The PS3 has a general purpose CPU (1) plus the measely little SPE cores. This would be like purchasing a modern single core processor and tacking on 8 more 486 CPUs running at a faster clockspeed specialized for certain tasks. So sure you have cores, but again those cores are not even in the same league as the cores you are talking about with the Xeon.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By jay401 on 4/18/2011 7:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
"The 8-core CELL processor is still considered high-end for 2011."
This is a joke, right?
"To my knowledge, there isn't even a consumer-level 8-core processor that can be purchased right now"
Aside from it not being apples-to-apples because it's not really eight CPU cores in that thing, every quad-core CPU with hyperthreading is much nearer an 8-core processor than that thing.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By chick0n on 4/20/2011 11:32:45 AM , Rating: 1
That means you have zero idea of how CPU works.

it all comes down to what the CPU was designed for.

Cell-BE is a number crunching monster,but for general purpose its garbage.

and PS3 has only 7 SPE activated. not 8. when PS3 first released IBM had problems with yield.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By dark matter on 5/7/2011 7:56:14 AM , Rating: 1
I have you credit card details here courtesy of Sony.

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