Wii price drop next month?

Thnks to davstarr for pointing out on another thread that there are rumours circulating about quite a big wii price drop coming very soon. Here is the main details from one article about this, the full read can be found on the link in the first post:

Wii price drop by May?
Wednesday 9-Apr-2008 8:02 AM
Huge price slashing and a Mario Kart Wii bundle rumoured

Wii is still going down a storm, but that hasn't stopped rumours that the console will see its price slashed by a whooping 40 percent by May.

The cost of a Wii could be cut from 249 Euros to 149 Euros, with a Mario Kart bundle launched at 199 Euros at some point this Spring, a "source of France Nintendo" has apparently told Jeux France.

The source also details a two-game bundle, titles unspecified, with two Wii Remotes included, for a total price of 249. A saucy bundle indeed.

[ Note they go on to say they find the rumours hard to believe - but what do you think? Have you heard anything similar? ]

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i thought RRP for a Wii was £179.99, not £249?

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PapaSmurf;1868548

i thought RRP for a Wii was £179.99, not £249?



ah sorry, the Euro symbol didn't display. Will write Euro now... :thumbsup:

The price is in Euros

Damn - beat me to it lol!

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cis_groupie;1868561

The price is in EurosDamn - beat me to it lol!



Just! The thing is though, the pound has been dropping so fast against the Euro recently that we mightn't see any reductions here even if the rumours are true...

I'll definately buy one if they do drop the price!

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Spriggan;1868579

I'll definately buy one if they do drop the price!



Yes, I'm holding off now. I'll have the argos vouchers on Saturday that I bought on here, but I'll be keeping them in the drawer for a few weeks at least just to see if there s a price drop - or a more reliable 'announcement' at least...

My son was playing tennis on his at Christmas - unfortunately his overhead smash was interrupted by the light fitting! The light is one of a pair, so I had to buy two new ones. He stuck to the bowling game after tha.t

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cis_groupie;1868622

My son was playing tennis on his at Christmas - unfortunately his … My son was playing tennis on his at Christmas - unfortunately his overhead smash was interrupted by the light fitting! The light is one of a pair, so I had to buy two new ones. He stuck to the bowling game after tha.t



:-D Sorry, I shouldn't laugh. Good to know so I can budget for the same!

Bull. You don't cut the price when the thing is selling fast.

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alternate;1868644

Bull. You don't cut the price when the thing is selling fast.



Maybe, yes. But smart money also tries to anticipate a fall in demand by cranking up renewed interest in whatever ways it can. And with the downturn in consumer spending generally in this part of the world, it might make sense. (He says hopefully...)

40% now that would be interesting to see and ill eat my Wii if that happens!!!

Liddle ol' me;1868558

ah sorry, the Euro symbol didn't display. Will write Euro now... … ah sorry, the Euro symbol didn't display. Will write Euro now... :thumbsup:



try using control + alt + 4 to give you the Euro symbol ( € )

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PapaSmurf;1872807

try using control + alt + 4 to give you the Euro symbol ( € )



hey, nice one - didn't know that. As to the poster before you, if you do end up eating your wii ccould you make sure to get some photographic/video evidence please? That would be interesting to see! :-D

if you buy one from tesco

you pay £179.97 - 3% quidco = £174.57 - £1.79 (tesco points) = £172.78 but if you use your points on a deal that works out you actually pay £167.41


does anyone know how to get one any cheaper????????

thanks

I bought mine through ]this thread

I have never had a problem with their codes so up to you if you want to go for it.

Hope this helps

I think Nintendo has no other choice really: the 360 Core is now cheaper than the technologically inferior Wii. Remember when the Wii came out, it was priced to be the cheaper (initial cost anyway) option.
The GTA buzz on PS3, 360 will be hurting the Wii in the next few months (as the little kiddies realise they need their parents to buy them a different console to get their murder on) so this might actually be the right time to do a price cut.
If it goes below £120 - I would seriously consider buying one myself.

Interesting....

Spriggan;1868579

I'll definately buy one if they do drop the price!



Me too:thumbsup: i've been looking for an excuse to buy one

Well they have to do something..The whole "sorry we dont have the stock" craze has gone..now i can go buy a new phone and get a Wii.

Xbox 360 dropped in price.
Sony are working on a ps3 that doesnt come with the blueray drive so that they can aim at the xbox 360 arcade model.

lol there is no way it will go down to £120, maybe £150 to compare with the 360, nintendo have cornered a different market to the 360's and PS3's. Its more of a family thing!!

Remember the wii hardware will cost Nintendo a lot less that the Xbox costs Microsoft and much less than the PS3 costs Sony - I expect at the moment both Microsoft* and Sony are selling consoles at a loss, whilst Nintendo must surely be making comfortable profit on the Wii. Given there are now 20 million odd Wii worldwide Nintendo can begin to see a much higher proportion of profit from games sales so a price-cut makes logical sense to me - I expect even if it retailed at about £120 here they would be close to break-even.

* Even ignoring Microsofts multi-billion £ repair bill for RROD devices...

IIRC Nintendo are making £70 on every Will sold in the UK (compared to £50 in the US and £30 in Japan), so a drop to £120 would still leave them making a tenner on every console.

If it drops to that price I will definitely buy one. I almost bought one from Game earlier today, but I think I'll give it a few weeks to see what happens.

jah128;1920101

Remember the wii hardware will cost Nintendo a lot less that the Xbox … Remember the wii hardware will cost Nintendo a lot less that the Xbox costs Microsoft and much less than the PS3 costs Sony - I expect at the moment both Microsoft* and Sony are selling consoles at a loss, whilst Nintendo must surely be making comfortable profit on the Wii. Given there are now 20 million odd Wii worldwide Nintendo can begin to see a much higher proportion of profit from games sales so a price-cut makes logical sense to me - I expect even if it retailed at about £120 here they would be close to break-even.* Even ignoring Microsofts multi-billion £ repair bill for RROD devices...



especially considering most of the hardware inside is the same as the game cube, they must of put much development time into anything. they even bought the rights to use the technology in the wiimote

No price cuts this year....phew now i dont need to eat my wii...maybe i should sell it instead!!

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rob585;1967806

No price cuts this year....phew now i dont need to eat my wii...maybe i … No price cuts this year....phew now i dont need to eat my wii...maybe i should sell it instead!!]http://kotaku.com/383941/not-planning-ds-or-wii-price-cuts-this-year



Thing is though they have to say that otherwise people will hold off buying one. Its like whenever they change the spec of the PS3 or Xbox - they try and keep it quiet as long as possible to prevent affecting current sales.

I'm tempted to buy a Wii but I'm worried about all the damage caused by the remotes (esp to LCD tvs) you hear about!!

Think i'll wait til the end of may before i buy yet another wii then

rob585;1967806

No price cuts this year....phew now i dont need to eat my wii...maybe i … No price cuts this year....phew now i dont need to eat my wii...maybe i should sell it instead!!http://kotaku.com/383941/not-planning-ds-or-wii-price-cuts-this-year



I wouldn't put too much faith in that: "planning" is just marketing speak. It would be suicide to pre announce a drop, or even indicate your product may have some leeway in price.
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