Nintendo tweaks Wii pack-ins, cuts ‘Wii Sports’ loose as part of $19.99 game lineup

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Not long after confirming a successor to its Wii console, Nintendo has today announced that it is dropping the suggested retail price of the original to $150 and replacing the Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort bundled software with Mario Kart Wii and the accompanying Wii Wheel accessory. They’re also rolling out a line of “Nintendo Selects” titles, popular games from the past that are priced at $20 each: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; Animal Crossing: City Folk; Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, available for the first time as a standalone purchase.

The full press release appears below.

Nintendo Selects

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the waning days of the NES to me…

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.

Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own 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. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games.

“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.

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