Nintendo Wii to cost under £150

Three cheers for Ninty – it’s announced that the Wii will cost no more than $250 (£135) in the US, and that it will be ‘similarly affordable’ in Europ

Three cheers for Ninty – it’s announced that the Wii will cost no more than $250 (£135) in the US, and that it will be ‘similarly affordable’ in Europe.

Even allowing for the UK’s inexplicable price inflations, this should pitch the console under the £150 mark when it launches over here, hopefully this side of Christmas.

This makes the Wii a great third option in the next-gen market, particularly as Sony has just let slip that the PS3 will probably cost a painful £425.

At that price, it’s possible that many gamers – particularly ones who want to experience a proper motion-sensor controller rather than the PS3’s rushed job – will buy a Wii as well as one of the big boys from Microsoft and Sony.

Nintendo says it plans to ship 6 million Wiis worldwide by the end of the year and will release more details on the ‘virtual console’ feature – which will let you download and play classic NES, SNES, N64 using emulation software – soon. Stay tuned for more updates.