Kotaku is reporting that Nintendo of Japan is introducing a new line of budget titles for the Wii called the Minna no Osusume Collection (or the “Everyone’s Recommendation Collection”). Games re-released under this line are ones that have received high user-given scores on Nintendo’s own Minna no Nintendo Channel (released in North America under the simple “Nintendo Channel” title). The ¥2800 price point for this series falls in line with the standard budget price of similar lines in the past, such as Sony’s “PlayStation THE BEST” line. As a part of the launch on 25 February 2010, our own franchise’s Sparking! METEOR will be included. Note that this is only for the Wii release, and does not affect the PS2 version of the game which still retails for essentially full-price at $74.90 on Play-Asia, and a reduced ¥5643 on Amazon Japan. As a contrast, the MSRP for the American release of the Wii version (Budokai Tenkaichi 3) has a current MSRP of $19.99, and is available on Amazon for $17.84.
As for American video game price-drops, our deal-hunting forum buddy Tsukento noticed that Revenge of King Piccolo has dropped down to a $19.99 MSRP across retailers, and is currently available on Amazon for $17.96. We gave our thoughts on the game in a full review shortly after its release last October, so you know that this is the sweet-spot in terms of pricing for those that may have been holding out on it.