Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, kiss your beloved faction goodbye, and keep reading!
Jake: Will Nintendo drop the price of the Wii from $249 to $199 in the coming weeks? It certainly wouldn’t be the most surprising console news of the year. Should Nintendo lower the Wii’s price by $50? Hard to say, considering Nintendo has managed to dominate Microsoft and Sony in the hardware sales department for years, even at the current $250 price point. Is the Wii a $200 console? Absolutely, especially now that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are both $300. I mean, having the Wii cost just $50 less than these two next-gen powerhouses just looks ridiculous, and it would only become more-so if the Wii stayed at its current price for several more months or so.
And that’s what I see as Nintendo’s primary strategy here. Sure, it would like to move more consoles (how is that even possible?!), but I think the company has also come to grips with the reality of what the Wii represents when compared to the truly next-gen, multimedia experiences that the 360 and PS3 represent, and it’s finally ready to have the Wii’s price tag reflect that. Am I wrong?
Patrick: The amount of buzz surrounding Scribblenauts has me nervous. Just because people are excited about Scribblenauts doesn't mean it'll automatically translate into sales for Scribblenauts, which is what really counts for 5th Cell's next outing. Critical buzz is one thing, people exchanging cash for the game at the register is another. Many readers on TheFeed are looking forward to Scribblenauts, but how many of you are actually going to buy it this week?