Project Natal and the PlayStation Move will be gunning hard for their own shares of the motion-controlled gaming market later this year, but Nintendo will be upgrading its standard Wii bundles starting on May 9. That move may not be the price drop that some onlookers hoped to see for the system, but it will bring Wii MotionPlus controllers and copies of "Wii Sports Resort" to everyone who buys a new Wii.
"Nintendo leads the way in delivering rich motion-control gaming experiences at an accessible price point," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a press release. "By including even more of our top-quality hardware and software in the basic Wii system package, we're extending that commitment to entertainment and value. Now more than ever, consumers can count on Nintendo to deliver inclusive fun and advanced motion controls at a mass-market price."
A Wii Remote and Nunchuk will of course also come with each of those bundles, which will start arriving in North American stores in black, as well as white. The price of a new Wii will stick for the time being at $199.99, but Nintendo hopes the added value of their accessory and game will be enough to assuage any price-related concerns.
I would note, however, that Nintendo will have a lot of time between now and the holidays to sell Wiis at $199.99, and 6 months gives them ample time to change their minds about that dollar value by the time Natal and the Move are out.
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