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September 11, 2009 // 10:58 pm - Update: The official response from NOA, as expected, is "Nintendo does not respond to rumors and speculation."

Advance retail listings forwarded to Kotaku indicate that Nintendo is planning to issue its first price drop on the Wii, with a less expensive version of the console–currently priced at $249–coming the first week of October.

To quote: "That listing comes from an early version of a Walmart ad that loosely dates, but does not price a "rollback" for Nintendo's console. While the ad is not official confirmation of a price drop, the timing makes sense, as the Wii is about to enter its fourth holiday shopping season at its original price.

Should Nintendo announce a price drop prior to October, it has a venue at which to do it. The company will be participating at the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009, a multimedia event that runs September 26th to October 4th, overlapping with the Tokyo Game Show.

With Microsoft and Sony recently issuing their own price cuts on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo may be wisely following suit.

Due to the unofficial nature of the price drop info, we're labeling this rumor for now. We've been in touch with Nintendo of America and Walmart to get comment, but have not yet heard back."

Rumor: Wii Price Drop to Arrive the First Week of October

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#4 - Silvers24 - September 13, 2009 // 2:53 am
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It's a good thing it's getting a price drop. $250 was good back then, but with the PS3 now $50 more then the wii, and xbox 360 can be had for $200, the Wii is just kind of in the middle, literally.

#3 - semitope - September 12, 2009 // 11:26 pm
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amm... the price for the wii is CHEAP? are you guys high on something? Please pass it to the left...

The wii is crap hardware with a new controller... its how many years older than the 360 hardware and the 360 has a base price of 200? The wii is not much more powerful than the ps2 and the ps2 is 100$... The wii is long overdue for a price cut but they didnt need to. How much profit do they make on each wii sold while the other companies lose money on theirs. The wii is not cheap for what it is.

#2 - wepownzyou - September 12, 2009 // 9:30 pm
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I thought the Wii wouldn't get an price drop in 2009... Thats what i heard at last.

So, i don't think that the Wii gets an price drop. The price is already really cheap...

#1 - olamundo - September 12, 2009 // 7:49 pm
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I don't think the Wii would have a price drop, is not that expensive and after a long time it has always have the same price, I think it will keep its price.