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October 15, 2012

Nintendo Reduces Price of Wii in Anticipation of November Release of Wii U

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

As we roll on toward the height of the Holiday shopping season, excitement over the Wii U is building. The newest console from the king of the video game market for decades is gaining a ton of word of mouth thanks to all the new features the Wii U is expected to offer. As excited as people are getting for a console in which they can actually watch live television through, Nintendo understands that this new console will render the original Wii a tad obsolete. Because of the impending release of the new console, Nintendo is reducing the price of their original Wii by $20 from $150 to $130.

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The Wii U is expected to be officially released on November 18, giving the company roughly one month to make as much as they can from their original Wii. The new Wii U, which has a whole host of different features that could make it the most popular console to ever hit the market, will debut at a price of $300. While that price tag (News - Alert) might seem a bit high, especially when you consider that tablets that you can play games on are routinely being priced at about half that, the console offers up a ton of reasons to buy.

The new controllers, alone could be a big selling point. Each controller is basically its own decent sized tablet that will allow you to control the action on the Wii U as well as switch over to a mode where it basically acts as a universal remote control.

 The Wii U will also roll out with its own social networking platform, being called the Miiverse. Nintendo has taken quite a few steps over the last couple of years to leverage their little icons, called Miis but this is the most aggressive step yet. The $300 price is also certainly not out of line with the debut prices of other consoles. When the original Wii launched six years ago, it carried an MSRP of $250.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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