Nintendo has released some welcome news today starting with the confirmation of a $50 price drop for the Wii U deluxe model which will lower the price to $299.99. They go on to state that the price drop will go into effect starting on September 20th and will include the previously announced Wind Waker HD bundle which ships with a Zelda-inspired GamePad, as well as digital versions of both the game and Zelda Hyrule Historia book. In an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said “the price decline is pretty straightforward. Really, the focus on heightening the value for Wii U is now that we are in a position where we’ve got a regular pace of great software.” He then goes on to mention Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U being available now along with the release of the Wonderful 101 and Wind Waker HD right around the corner in September.
While the Wii U has struggled on retail shelves since it launched last year, the company remains optimistic that it can turn around its fortunes. A price drop along with a steady release of third party titles later this year such as Assassin’s Creed IV, Scribblenauts, Watch Dogs and Call of Duty: Ghosts to name a few definitely can’t hurt their presence at retail. Nintendo has always had stellar first party titles and it looks like as the system nears its first birthday that the lineup is starting to look more robust and attractive to potential customers. With the November launch of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One right around the corner, the company picked a good time to start hitting its stride. Do you plan on picking up a Wii U now that they’ve announced a price drop? Let us know in the comments section below.