Nintendo has confirmed that it has returned the trade price for the Wii back to it's pre-hike price point in the UK and Ireland, with the new price going into effect on October 2nd.
Nintendo originally raised the trade price of the Wii in the UK by £20 GBP
"due to the severe and continuing depreciation of the pound
Don't expect the Wii to get much cheaper in the UK though - as the trade price is only the price at which the console is sold to retailers and the RRP may not be affected. In fact, a new Wii bundle which packages Wii Sports
and Wii Sports Resort
along with the new MotionPlus
is currently available for pre-order at around £189.99 GBP - £10 more
than the original price - according to GI.biz
Other territories however are getting a 'proper' price drop, with Nintendo lowering the price of the Wii in the US and Japan as of the end of this week. The Wii will start to sell for $199 USD in America - a $50 USD discount on the previous RRP. In Japan the price cut kicks in on October 1st and will see 5000 Yen being shaved off the price in stores.
"Our research shows there are 50 million Americans thinking about becoming gamers,
" said a Nintendo spokesperson. "This more affordable price point and our vast array of new software mean many of them can now make the leap and find experiences that appeal to them, whatever their tastes or level of gaming experience.
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