Bad news for those living in the United Kingdom, especially if you were planning to purchase a Nintendo Wii console: if you’re not going to do it ASAP, you’ll have to play more for it, since Nintendo plans to rise the Wii prices because of the depreciation of the pound. The system now has a RRP of GBP 179.99, but an increase of GBP 18-20 is anticipated.
“Due to the severe and continuing depreciation of the pound, we are, unfortunately, having to raise our trade price to UK retailers of Wii hardware,” said the company. “The price that they then offer to consumers is, of course, up to the retailers.”
“We are only – reluctantly – raising our trade price now to retailers due to unprecedented and sustained depreciation of the pound. This is a problem brought about by extreme currency fluctuations that are a symptom of the global economic situation,” said Nintendo.
Not at all good news. Not at all.