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Nintendo Refreshes Wii Console & Promises Price Cut

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Nintendo Wii refreshed

Earlier today we saw Sony’s bid to inject some new life into its PS3 and PSP by cutting their prices. Now Nintendo is looking to do something similar with the Wii console.

Nintendo is promising a smaller Wii console is coming in time for the Christmas market and will bring with it a smaller price tag. Reports in the press today say that Nintendo has yet to announce the price tag or where the new Wii console will be available, outside of the UK.

The new Wii will be streamlined into a smaller white plastic box and the Wii logo has been rotated through 90 degrees to hint at a horizontal orientation when sitting next to your TV.

Nintendo Wii Family Bundle

The new Wii will come as part of a Family Edition bundle with the Wii Remote Plus controller, nunchuck and copies of Wii Party and Wii Sports. The new console won’t be compatible with GameCube games or controllers, as is the case with the current generation of the console.

At E3 earlier this year, Nintendo announced the successor to the Wii, in the (odd) shape of the Wii U. With the Wii U not due for release until the middle of next year, this is an attempt by Nintendo to inject some life in its flagging console.

Nintendo is not new to this concept, having recently slashed the price of its 3DS when sales were below expectation, and it has resulted in increased sales of the handheld console, with Nintendo hoping for a similar result with the cut-price Wii.

Source: The Daily Telegrah

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August 17, 2011, 8:13 pm

<p>You can find hundreds of barely used second-hand Wii consoles with GameCube compatibility for as little as £40.</p><p>At this stage, there is no point or benefit buying a soon to be obsolete console brand-new</p>


August 17, 2011, 9:15 pm

<p>True dat. The PS3 Slim is the model they seem to be aping. The PS3 needing slimming though, I'm not sure how much more streamlined the Wii can get.</p><p>It's amazing what flies off the shelves at Christmas when you stick "New!" and "Family Edition" on the box though.</p><p>Off topic, good folk at TR, could you do something about your RSS feeds? Every post is duplicatedat least twice in the main feed.</p>


August 18, 2011, 10:18 pm

<p>Thanks Turin, we'll look into.</p>

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