Nintendo Wii’s price likely to rise

Nintendo has warned that it’ll soon be raising the trade price of the Wii by almost £20, a move that retailers could ‘pass on’

Nintendo has warned that it’ll soon be raising the trade price of the Wii by almost £20, a move that retailers could ‘pass on’ to shoppers to keep their coffers healthy.

A Nintendo spokesperson told games industry trade mag MCV that the severe depreciation of the pound in relation to the yen was the culprit - but stated that the price offered to consumers is entirely up to the retailer.

The Wii’s RRP is to remain at £179.99, which hasn’t changed since the console was first launched back in December 2006 – but we wouldn’t be surprised to see retailers bump up the price to around £200.

Would such a move affect the Wii’s continued success? Well, it’d mean the PS3 would only cost £80 more, and the Xbox 360 would be either £70 or £30 cheaper (for the Arcade and Premium packages respectively).

Then again, the ailing pound could also see Sony and Microsoft up the prices on their consoles too. Gadgets getting more expensive as they get older – what next, cameras ditching digital for 35mm film?