Sunday, April 25, 2010


My wife and I have been thinking about getting a Nintendo Wii for a short while now.  I want a Wii so that I can play all my favorite Mario games on one machine; e.g., Super Mario Bros. 3 from NES; Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, and Super Mario RPG from SNES; Super Mario 64; New Super Mario Bros. for DS; and, of course, Super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii--not to mention some Mario Tennis, MarioKart, and Super Mario Party games.  The title picture of this blog may slightly indicate how serious I am about this.
When discussing possible future purchases, we repeatedly mention both a Wii and a new TV (we got our old TV for free and we fear that it may stop working at any time).  Just last night, however, we realized that we will soon be moving to a house that has a TV, and it does not make sense to buy a new TV now if we're going to almost immediately put it in storage for a year.  So we started seriously to look at a Wii, and the timing could not have been more perfect.

The retail price for the Wii has fallen from about $250 to $200 since it was first released in the US in 2006.  New games sell for $50; older and less popular games sell for between $20 and $30.  A controller (or Wii-mote--clever, huh?) sells for $28 and the nun-chuck addition sells for another $18.

Last night, a Wii was posted on for $300--the offer included: a) the Wii, b) two controllers with nun-chucks, c) a charging dock for the controller batteries, d) Super Smash Bros.-Brawl, e) MarioKart Wii, f) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, g) Big Brain Academy, h) Zelda: Twilight Princess, and g) Wii Sports.

I'll let you do the math if you would like, but the summary is: this is a great deal.

We called the seller right away and learned that she had received numerous calls already from people saying they could pick up the Wii tonight--apparently she did not realize how good the deal was.  She had decided to sell to the person that could pick up the machine the soonest (first come-first served).  Luckily, my lovely wife only works until noon.  She was able to drive right over and pick it up.

Let the games begin...

1 comment :

  1. That is a GREAT deal...we LOVE our Wii Im so happy that you guys found one!