Nintendo Rumored to be Cutting Price on Wii, New Games on the Way

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Look, there’s no denying that the Wii’s been a juggernaut in the home video game market, dominating market share almost as soon it came out. But Nintendo launched the motion-control console more than four years ago, and it’s safe to assume that priving for the console will change as the device gets longer in the tooth.

So it comes as no surprise that — at least according to our pals at Engadget — that’s exactly what’s going to happen. The claim (pegged to an inside source at Nintendo) is that the Wii will drop from its current price of $200 to $150, come May 15th.

If the price drop happens, it’ll be at a time when Nintendo’s stock price is embattled and the company’s ability to fulfill demand for the new 3DS handheld is at question. What’s more, Nintendo recently announced their spring release slate (see below) and it’s conspicuous for the lack major third-party support. Lots of casual and tie-in titles, sure, but only one game from Activision and none from EA. And only one first-party title–Mystery Case Files:Dust to Dust–isn’t a version of a title that we’ve seen before.

The coming weeks will tell if this release list and a price drop will be enough to keep the Wii’s momentum going — as well as bolstering the fortunes of their new 3D-enabled handheld. Of course, this could be leading up to a big Wii 2 announcement, but I’m skeptical that Nintendo ould do anything that would tip their hand so far ahead of E3 in June.

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