All new Wii systems come bundled with more than the usual
Nintendo knows that they have sold many more consoles than their rivals during this generation’s war, but that doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels. In fact, Wii sales have been slowly tapering off, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 doing better than usual compared to the early, heady days of the Wii. Nintendo knows this, and while they are not going to engage themselves in a price war, the Japanese company has come up with a new package for folks living Stateside. Starting from May 9th onwards, Nintendo will throw in additional elements to the baseline Wii system package, where you will get Wii Sports Resort as well as the control-enhancing Wii MotionPlus in addition to the standard Wiimote, Nunchuk and Wii Sports staple. Not only that, you can also opt for the new black option (which has been out in Japan for far too long already), and the best part is this – there isn’t going to be any price hike as Nintendo maintains a $199.99 price point to entice new customers.
If you have given Wii Sports a go before but that has not persuaded you to pick up the DVD-sized console, then Wii Sports Resort might be just the thing to change your mind as it expands on the active-play fun of the original Wii Sports, boasting resort-themed activities including wakeboarding, archery and swordplay. Apart from that, Wii Sports Resort also boasts the rich control enhancements of Wii MotionPlus that lets you experience precision motion-control excitement right out of the box. I do wonder how will ordinary folks feel, especially those who have recently picked up a Wii and had to fork out extra for the Wii MotionPlus add-on as well as purchasing Wii Sports Resort separately. Guess such deals happen pretty commonly these days that consumers won’t think that they are being duped. One thing’s for sure though – folks who have read this piece will surely hold off any Wii purchases for the next 5 days.
To make sure that color co-ordination remains intact in your living room if you decide to stick to the black version, you can pick up extra black controllers and accessories separately if you ever plan to invite friends over for some swinging Wii sessions.