“Still not cheap enough?” That’s the question you’ll have to answer if Nintendo drops the price on the Wii to $150 on May 15th, as rumored. If you haven’t answered it, that is. You know, because you already own one.
Over 40 million of you do in North America, and the number’s more than twice that when you look overseas. Not too shabby for a system many of us (including me) wrote off during its salad days. Contrast with the PlayStation 2, tallying upwards of 100 million units sold worldwide by the time the Wii launched in 2006, and which now lays claim to a record 150 million.
Why not $100 instead of $150? We know Wii sales are down. We know that between people who own Wiis, PS3s, or Xbox 360s, the Wii’s played least. $200 sounds almost silly for a Wii in 2011, and $150 still sounds precipitous. Drop to an almost impulse $100, however, and you’d have a system all but guaranteed to stay abreast (if not ahead) of MicrosoftSony through the end of this year and probably into the next.
Maybe Nintendo’s thinking $150 with a better pack-in? Wii Sports is so 2005. Why not something like Zelda Twilight Princess or Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Mario Kart Wii?
We’ll see. In any event, we wouldn’t be in proper pre-E3 mode without some price cut gossip. Blame the latest on another “trusted source” at Engadget. They’re known for getting stuff wrong, but also sometimes right, and while no one’s put it down to a specific day (as this source has), it’s hard to imagine Nintendo not dropping the price by–or more likely, at–E3 2011 in June.