Having just returned from a family trip to San Diego, I’m here to tell you: Having fun can be expensive. And I’m not just talking about leaving town; even taking your family of 4 to a single Baseball game quickly pushes past the $200 mark–and that’s not even including souvenirs…or expensive seats! So leave it to your friends at YourTechReport.com to find you some great summer values–and in true “Gadgets You May Have Missed” fashion, this summer value has been hiding in plain sight and comes from our friends at Nintendo…
By now, I’m sure many of you have already heard about the impending price drop of the Nintendo 3DS. While this is great news for gamers that have yet to purchase a 3DS, there’s other console news from Nintendo that you may be less familiar with–and I’m talking about the price drop of the Nintendo Wii. When the Wii first launched back in 2006, its $250 retail price represented a great bargain when compared to the launch prices of the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3. While we all expect prices to drop over the life of a console (mostly due to reduced manufacturing costs), I’m still surprised by the Wii’s current $149 price tag–and Nintendo didn’t stop there. In addition to the console, they also pack in one of the Wii’s more popular games, Mario Kart Wii, the Wii Wheel accessory, and the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk–you can even choose between the black and white versions.
The one thing that we’ve always enjoyed about the Wii here at YourTechReport, is its accessibility; gamers can gravitate towards familiar titles (such as Mario Bros., Zelda, Metroid Prime and Super Smash Bros.), while people that have never even played a video game can still jump in and enjoy its intuitive control scheme and party games. It’s the very nature of the system that allows it to be the most family-friendly of all of the gaming consoles; the fact that it gets you off of the couch while playing also makes it an attractive system for those looking to keep physically active while having their fun.
For those that have been holding off buying a Wii (or perhaps want a second system), there’s never been a better time to jump in; Nintendo has even sweetened the pot by taking some of their most popular Wii titles (Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports) and priced them under $20 as part of their Nintendo Selects collection. If you’re looking for a great value, look no further than the $149 Nintendo Wii; it’s the summer gift you’ll be enjoying for years to come.