Sony Playstation 3 price drop and Nintendo Wii games too

Halfway around the world, on the eve of Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Jack Tretton President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America made the following announcement about the pricing of the Playstation 3.  “While others in the space are losing steam, PlayStation 3 is gaining momentum and giving gamers everywhere more of what they want: an unparalleled line-up of exclusive games and access to the best in sports, movies and TV, all at a great value. Today, I believe that value becomes even more evident. I’m excited to share with you that effective immediately at retailers throughout North America, the 160 GB PS3 and the 320GB PS3 are now available for $249 and $299, respectively. In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus.”

On the heels of Nintendo’s $80 price drop of the 3DS, a couple of days ago, Nintendo has now dropped the MSRP on four flagship games for the Wii.  While there are always plenty of places around Los Angeles to pick up used video games, like Gamestop, Play N Trade, etc, there’s always something to be said for having a new copy.  Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged and Punch Out have joined The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports in the Selects lineup for $19.99.  Local Gamestop locations have already adjusted the new and used prices and the artwork on their website.

There is no word from Microsoft on a similar price drop but, considering the state of the economy, Microsoft is unlikely to give Sony any pricing edge, at least not for long.  Microsoft has spent hundreds of millions of dollars securing their place in this gaming console generation.  Nintendo has already announced their new console, the Wii U and that puts this generation on the downhill run.  The word is out that, Microsoft is accelerating the release of their new Xbox system.

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