Rumours of Wii Price Drop Gain Momentum

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It’s been a long old time since this console generation cranked up, with both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 having seen significant price drops since launch. Nintendo hasn’t resorted to the same with its Wii, though it’s looking as though it could.

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The overwhelming demand for Nintendo’s motion-control-based console at launch led to a bit of an explosion, meaning that Nintendo hasn’t really had to consider dropping the price at all until now. That said, since both Microsoft and Sony have dropped the prices of their respective console offerings, it seems that without a price drop, the Wii could end up being seen as inferior hardware with a heftier price tag.

The rumours of a price drop have been reinforced by leaked ads that seem to crop up just about everywhere hinting that the Wii is to be dropped in price by around €50 to a flat €200, which makes sense because (at the moment) it’s sitting at the same price point as the Xbox 360 elite, a console it’s understandable for Nintendo to want to avoid having to compete directly on features alone.

If we take Microsoft’s decision to drop the price of the Xbox 360 to be a direct response to Sony’s price cut and release of the PlayStation 3 Slim, then the picture that starts to emerge is one in which Sony’s latest hardware release and price drop has really managed to shake up the videogame hardware sector and spur competition. The only problem for Sony is that it’s still sitting pretty at €300, which puts it €50 above the Xbox 360 Elite and potentially €100 higher than a price dropped Wii.

You can check out some of the leaked information over at Kotaku, where they’ve got plenty more details on a potential Wii price cut.

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