As expected, Nintendo has dropped the Wii’s price in both the US and Japan, with European details pending. The cut brings the Wii in line with Microsoft’s $200 entry-level Xbox 360 Arcade in the US, and about $220 (¥20,000) in Japan. The new pricing takes effect on Sunday, September 27th.
While the US video game industry slumped from March on this year, analysts have predicted it’ll recover as early as this month, possibly breaking even or returning to year-over-year sales increases. After the price drop mania subsides, it’ll depend primarily on consumer enthusiasm for big-leaguers like Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360), Uncharted 2 (PlayStation 3), and New Super Mario Bros (Wii).