Whether you had it, you played it or only heard of it, the Wii remains one of the most iconic and nostalgic consoles, having come out in 2006 and being sold initially for $250. Its revolutionary motion control capabilities and fun games have drawn in millions of buyers along the years, over 100 million to be precise, the console remaining a beloved staple in the gaming community to this day.
At the end of this year, the Nintendo Wii turns 15, but despite its age it still holds its place as an iconic gaming console, with many people still on the look-out to grab one.
So you’re thinking of buying a Wii. That sounds simple, right? Actually, it is a bit more complicated than it seems and a little harder than going to your local Walmart to grab one from a shelf. Why, you ask? Here is where we come in to help you make the best decision when buying yourself a Wii.
What influences the price of a Wii?
The prices of a Wii fluctuate heavily depending on many factors that we will expand on in just a second. If you go online to do a bit of research you will find Wii consoles on sites such as GameStop, Amazon or Ebay go for between $50 for a used Wii and $300 for one in a pristine condition. A precise estimate for a Wii console is almost impossible since for sale you usually do not see individual consoles but bundles that also include games, controllers or other accessories that people sell for a price that they see fit.
However, let’s try and answer a question that might have popped up in your head if you ever wanted to buy a Wii: ”What is the right price of a Wii and why?”
First of all, given its age, the Wii is no longer present in every home, newer and more modern consoles having taken its place as time passed. Officially, production for the console stopped at the end of 2013, meaning that for more than 8 years there have not been any new consoles for sale on the market.
Taking that into consideration, the Wii market relies almost exclusively on second-hand buys, being incredibly hard or even close to impossible to find a new and unused Wii console for sale, 15 years after its first launch.
It is safe to say that the older the console, the lower the price, at least in the case of the Nintendo Wii. Even though we do not know how many consoles are still working and in use today, initially there was a significant amount on the market, diminishing the exclusivity furthermore diminishing the cost, at least for now.
Assuming that we are talking about a console in the exact same condition, the only differentiating factor being the age of it, a console first bought in 2006, when it was first launched, will cost less than a console bought in 2013, the last year they were produced. It is very likely that in another 15 or 30 years, the price of a Wii may double, as more old consoles stop working and less working ones remain on the market.
Despite the fact that electronics are known to degrade as time progresses, newer models may have a more performant hardware and slight changes and improvements that made them better than the first generation models.
One of the biggest factors that influence the price of a Wii is the console’s condition, of course, while also keeping in mind the availability and age, just mentioned before. However, the overall condition is sometimes more important than, for instance, the age because you can have an unused Wii from 2006 that will certainly perform better than a heavily used Wii bought in 2013.
Depending on its launch year, you might find a few different Wii console variants, so it is better to be cautious. The biggest difference in Wii variants that you might want to look out for is the 2011 redesigned model, this factor sometimes influencing the price. This later version had the GameCube functionality removed, including the GameCube controller ports and memory card slots found on the original model. Additionally, it did not include a stand, as this model was intended to be positioned only horizontally.
Even though the condition of the physical console is not essential, it is important to many buyers, the better looking ones selling for more than the less aesthetically pleasing ones. What people usually look for is as few scratches as possible, and no cracks or signs of rough handling or falls. Sometimes, given the fact that many Wii consoles are white, there may be some discoloration due to use and time, as the color white is certainly not a forgiving one, and prolonged UV exposure will give it a yellowy tint.
Speaking of color, although Nintendo showed the console and the Wii Remote in white, black, silver, lime-green and red before it was released, it was only available in white for its first two-and-a-half years of sales. This made the white a staple for Wii, the majority of the consoles you see online for sale being white. If you were to look for the black version, for example, not only would you have a harder time finding one since the majority of the consoles sold were white, but you might also find yourself being charged extra, solely for this cosmetic difference.
Of course, if you are looking for a limited edition console you will need some patience and more money, as these models are not as easy to come by and go above the usual price. For example, a red Wii system bundle was released in 2010, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Depending on the condition, this version can sell for about $250.
Finally, maybe one of the most overlooked factors when judging the price of a Wii is where you buy it from. Of course, you can find a Wii console go for $50 or lower, but as we all know, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
When buying online, on Ebay, for example, you may have a variety of offers, but how much blind trust can you put into a seller looking for profit? If you have no knowledge of their integrity or previous experience with a certain seller, you may have some unpleasant surprises once you open the package you ordered: missing accessories, broken parts or overall not what was described.
In this case, it is recommended to go a more secure route when investing in retro consoles. The webstore of a seller specialized in games and consoles might be the best option for you. Not only do you have plenty of customer reviews that portray the real buyer experience, but shops like ours will even give you free shipping and a 90-day warranty, all in order to assure that you will be 100% satisfied with what you bought.
There are no clear guidelines on what a console should actually cost as it is up to the seller to demand the price they see fit and up to the consumer to decide whether it is worth it or not. However, we hope that our guide shed some light on what you should take into consideration when judging the price of a Wii, and now you will be able to make a more informed decision. If you are looking for Wii consoles, why not check out our store? We have a great variety of bundles, accessories and games, so it is very likely to find something you would enjoy!