How much does a Nintendo Wii cost? The Nintendo Wii was one of the most popular gaming systems to hit the market when it was released.
It was one of the first, and most popular, gaming systems to span all age groups with the type of games and easy to use interface.
The list price when it was released was around $249. However, it was possible to find it for much more, or much less, depending on when you bought it.
The prices reach close to $500 the first Christmas season the Wii was available. People camped out to try and buy one, and speculators often bought several to flip on Craigslist or eBay.
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The Nintendo Wii was the hottest gift on the market when it was released, and prices were high because availability was low. Apparently, Nintendo “misjudged” the demand for the Wii the first holiday season it was available. Or maybe it’s just a great marketing ploy!
Why is the Nintendo Wii So Popular?
The Wii is so popular because it is a revolutionary gaming system – unlike anything else on the market. It is interactive and works on user movements in a way that no other system can.
You swing the controller like a tennis racket to play tennis games, and you use an underhand motion with the controller to bowl. Sensors in the controller and unit interact with the television to give the player a realistic, interactive experience. Everyone who plays the machine loves it.
Some of the more popular games include Dance Dance Revolution, which has an interactive dance floor, Guitar Hero, which utilizes a guitar-shaped controller, most of the sports games like tennis and bowling, and several other games which use guns based on laser technology.
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So How Much Does the Nintendo Wii Cost?
The Unit: As we mentioned above, the original list price for the Nintendo Wii was about $250. But limited quantities forced many to buy the Wii console on the secondary market at prices up to $450 – $500.
The console price eventually decreased as demand dropped. But here’s the interesting part – demand is still strong 10 years after the Wii was originally released.
You can still buy new and used Nintendo Wii consoles at various stores. Depending on which version of the Wii you buy, you could still spend upwards of several hundred dollars for the console (some packages also include various controllers and games).
Here is the current price for the Nintendo Wii. Keep in mind this product is not as common as it once was, so the price may have wild fluctuations (from below $100 for a used unit to upwards of $700 for a new unit!).
Of course, the Nintendo Wii console is only part of the cost…
Don’t forget the controllers: The Wii, like most gaming systems, is more fun when you play it with other people. Unfortunately, the system does not come with enough controllers to go around.
Some games can play up to four people at a time, so depending on which package you purchase, you should also expect to shell out about $30-$40 per extra controller. Don’t forget some of the specialized controllers for games such as
- Guitar Hero ($60 for the game pack used),
- Dance Dance Revolution($70+ for the bundle),
- Wii Nunchuck Controller($23), or a Wii gun controller ($49+) for various shooting games.
- You can also purchase a Wii Classic Controller($35), Wii Remote Controller($18), Wii Controller Charge Station ($58).
Buy the Total Action Kit: If you want to cover almost everything at once, you can buy the Total Action Kit($99), that comes with a steering wheel, golf putter, tennis racket, baseball bat, two swords, and a gun. There are also boxing gloves available.
Buy a Used Wii
With the Wii being an aged console you may have better luck finding an affordable used Wii. Your best option is to check in with GameStop.
The second version of the Wii is the WiiU. Almost all Wii games are compatible on the WiiU, but any original Wii games will require that you have the classic controller.
Be aware that both of these were replaced by the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, this console is not backward compatible with the Wii or WiiU.
Don’t Forget to Buy Some Wii Games & Accessories
When the Nintendo Wii was released, most games would set you back anywhere from $30-50. However, you can regularly find new games around $20, as some newer gaming systems have been released in recent years.
The Wii also has a lot of great sports games. If you want to save some money and purchase some great games, Nintendo has made its entire inventory of games available for download and play on the Wii. There are a lot of great bargains on the older games, some of which can be had for as little as $5!
Accessories anyone? Nintendo Wii accessories include memory cards, non-slip grips, console stands, carrying cases, game cases, and tethers to keep people from accidentally throwing the controller across the room.
Other Costs? I suppose if you wanted to get technical, there is the associated cost of electricity or the opportunity cost of spending several hours playing games when you could be doing something “productive.”
But the Nintendo Wii is one example of a gaming system that is productive. Play one for a few hours and you will realize that you are getting real exercise and probably relieving more stress than you thought possible. And even when you add all the costs together, those two benefits alone are worth it. 🙂
What is the total cost of a Nintendo Wii and some games?
Total cost of Wii: almost $1000.
This figure assumes the purchase of a Nintendo Wii system at $160 (which is currently the easiest way to purchase it), Dance Dance Revolution game pack ($120), Guitar Hero game pack ($170), 3 extra controllers (3 x $15), and 4 other games (avg of $40 ea = $160). Your costs can easily cross the magic $1,000 mark if you buy specialized controllers or other accessories.
The best part is, you can mix and match your gaming requirements, so you may end up spending much less than this for your system if you decide to buy one. If buying a Nintendo Wii is on your wish list this Christmas, I wish you the best of luck in finding one!
How Much Does the Nintendo Wii U Console Cost?
The Nintendo Wii U console is the next generation Nintendo Wii. The Wii U console was released about 5 years after the original Nintendo Wii and is still being produced.
It has additional features that make it a more modern and attractive gaming system for many people. It includes controllers, onboard computer storage, and the ability to stream videos such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more. you can see it on Amazon here:
Another Option: The Nintendo Switch
Nintendo has been at (or near) the top of the gaming world since the 1980’s. With the Nintendo Switch, they have further cemented that legacy.
The console has been received very well in the gaming community, both for its cutting-edge technology and critically-acclaimed games. (Just look at the Google reviews: The console has a 4.8-star rating with nearly 50,000 reviews.)
The Switch combines the ability to play on a TV or on-the-go. Additionally, players can utilize “Tabletop mode” to share the gaming fun with a friend.
The Switch isn’t cheap – it costs roughly $300. But, compared to competitors, this price-point isn’t abnormal.