The Nintendo Wii launched in late 2006. Two years later, Nintendo hasn’t even given any hint of a Player’s Choice line of the best bargain games for the Nintendo Wii. The Playstation 3, which launched at the same time, got its equivalent Greatest Hits line in 2008. So where are the Player’s Choice titles on the Nintendo Wii? Let’s take a look at a couple of factors.
Record Sales for the Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii is selling at a record breaking pace. It has a chance at outselling the Playstation 2 to become the best-selling video game system ever. Because of this, Nintendo is in no hurry to open a Player’s Choice line for the Nintendo Wii since they are making plenty of money selling their products at full price. Until demands on the Nintendo Wii slow down, don’t expect Player’s Choice games on the Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo Wii Games Are Already Budgeted
You could also argue that Nintendo Wii games are already budgeted. Its competitors, the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, have games that are commonly priced at $59.99 at retail. Regular Nintendo Wii games usually only retails for $49.99. At that price point, Nintendo could stray off opening a Player’s Choice line for the Nintendo Wii until prices from the competitors begin to fall.
Evergreen Nintendo Wii Games
More than any publisher and developer, Nintendo has the most evergreen titles. Not only is their video games quality, Nintendo also made sure not to oversaturate their numerous popular franchises. You will see numerous Nintendo published games near the top of the charts every month. So unless people stop buying Nintendo video games, it is unlikely Nintendo will release a Player’s Choice line for the Nintendo Wii.
Price Drops More Frequent
Another reason we might not see a Player’s Choice line on the Nintendo Wii is that a lot of publishers tend to cut the price to their games months after release. They won’t wait around for Nintendo to give them a call. So while you probably won’t see any Player’s Choice games on the Nintendo Wii, you can still get plenty of great games at a bargain price.
New Policy from Nintendo
Whether if it is for the same other reasons above or others, the same circumstances regarding Player’s Choice games apply to the Nintendo DS. It has been four years since the Nintendo DS launched and there have not been any signs of the Player’s Choice line of bargain games. So Nintendo may have ended its long running series (with appearances on the Game Boy, Gameboy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo Gamecube) for good.