Submitted by TheDCD 1121d ago | opinion piece

Is the Nintendo Wii U Worth the Price?

Now that the official launch details are here, TechNewsDaily weighs in on whether the Wii U is worth the cash. (Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition, Bayonetta 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Mario Brothers U, NintendoLand, Wii U)

NYC_Gamer  +   1121d ago
It's worth the price if you enjoy Nintendo franchises
Gr81  +   1121d ago
Or Bayonetta 2 lol.
Any way, if its worth the price is yet to be seen. I've not been hands on with any of the software so I can't say definitively for sure one way or the other.

My gut though tells me it is a bit too expensive. Economy is rough right now and $350 ain't cheap.
vallencer  +   1121d ago
Yeah the economy is rough but its not much more than a 250gb 360 and specs wise it has more power. Hell the non deluxe model is exactly the same price as a 250gb and still more powerful.
Computersaysno  +   1121d ago
I think it could be a tough sell because there are still very strong competitors on the market in 360 and PS3 that are cheaper, with better back catalogues and still strong titles arriving alongside Wii u's launch.

Wii U will not deliver a significant graphical leap over PS3 and 360. It does not deliver 'brand new' styles of gaming or control to anyone who has used a Wii, touchscreen phone or tablet the past 3 or 4 years.

If you are a Nintendo fan then you'll get it but I think for more casual gamers and audience, then the cheaper PS3 and 360 will appeal more this holiday season.

I personally think Nintendo will have some trouble shifting these after Christmas and we'll see discounts within 6 months.

The Wii U effectively has to now compete directly against PS3 and 360 which they didn't have to with Wii. Established rivals with honed online services and more.

They will surely find that the competition will be hugely stiff, especially outside of Japan. They'll find the machine a hard sell in Europe and North America if they rely too much on multi format games also on cheaper systems with better developed online services.
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Hatsune-Miku  +   1121d ago
I can get superior games on the ps3 in mass amount and its cheaper. Wii u isn't worth the asking price. Sony may announce and release a smaller and cheaper ps3 at TGS

The Wii u needs a price drop. Preferably a 1/3 of the price should be deducted.
NYC_Gamer  +   1121d ago
I agree,Wii-U isn't worth the price to me.The hardcore Nintendo fans will buy the console regardless since they enjoy Mario.
NYC_Gamer  +   1121d ago
I believe it's too expensive based on hardware specs.
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Ilovetheps4  +   1121d ago
You are saying it needs a price drop before it even comes out? I went to Gamestop today to preorder mine. They had been taking preorders for about an hour and I was the twelfth person to preorder it. We are a small town so twelve people preordering a system in an hour is pretty impressive. And all of the preorders except for one were for the more expensive console. Let's see how the console does before we say it needs price drop or anything like that.
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decrypt  +   1121d ago
At a hefty 350usd featuring tech that is atleast 4 years (5 by the time it launches) old, not at all lol.

A 500usd PC would outperform it pretty badly, no reason to buy locked down hardware.


I am sure the ultimate gaming platform (PC), will pretty soon be emulating the Wii U, just like the Wii lol. Nintendo hardly releases 1 exclusive worth playing a year judging by the Wii's record lol. Id rather buy the game play it on PC just like all the Wii exclusives :P
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darthv72  +   1121d ago
do you feel compelled to think this is 5 year old tech? Maybe from a pc perspective but we all know this hasnt been done on a console. And yet its always been the same when new platforms come out. the games exceed pc expectations because they do more with less overhead. which leaves more resources for the games to perform.

in time though, pc games and graphic tech surpass the consoles. Does that make the console any less enjoyable? Not in the least. Especially when you figure a new top of the line graphics card can cost double if not triple the console price.

All that $$ for one part in a pc. I will take the balance of convenience and enjoyment for the low low price of $300-350 USD.
Dno  +   1121d ago
thats because your poor. PCs are awesome and once you go to PC gaming its like consoles are Standard Def and PCs are HD.
darthv72  +   1121d ago
if by poor you mean unable to go out every 6-7 months and buy the latest and greatest cpu, gpu, mobo and memory then you are correct.

when I build a pc i would like it to be relevant for at least a year or two. That just doesnt seem to be the case. PC's are like new cars. The moment you build one it's already outdated.

At least with a console on a 5yr+ rotation is worth the price as by the time that new system comes out there will have been significant advances over the previous model. Case in point the wii @ 250 vs the wii-u @ 300.

Lots of improvements between then and now even if they arent in the same league as the PC elitist.
CalvinKlein  +   1121d ago
yes or you could spend 200-400 for a ps3/360, that must be at least 10 year old tech by your logic.
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jonboi24  +   1121d ago
well if you think about it 360 is almost 7 years old. the tech it originally had is pretty old at this point: it still uses dvds, proprietary hd, no built in wifi, no hdmi out put, just to name a few. so yeah at this point the original 360 looks really old.
Twisted_H3art  +   1121d ago
Ye-app 10 year old tech and The Last of Us is still the better looking game then any Wii U title (next gen my foot).
Jls1  +   1121d ago
I say yes when ssb u comes out
MEsoJD  +   1121d ago
That was the main purpose of my wii...
Ben_Grimm  +   1121d ago
So many "Is WiiU worth it/Too expensive" articles. I wonder will we get the same amount sympathizers we had for all those media is biased against the Vita the same for these articles.

Lets observe and see ...
ziggurcat  +   1121d ago
these articles appear to be the new vita doom articles.
jonboi24  +   1121d ago
I find the price reasonable but the only issues I have right now with it is that you can't buy the gamepad separately at least in America till they have more of them in supply which could be a while. Which sucks because what if it breaks, what to I do then?
SovereignSnaKe  +   1121d ago
-Then you must be gentle.
GrumpyOldGamer  +   1121d ago
It will be out eventually...
greenmeanie  +   1121d ago
I don't like the price. Was going to order one at $249, but not now that it is $300.... I still ahve to buy a game for it!
chrisarsenalsavart  +   1121d ago
50$ more than your expectation. Wow that must really be a deal breaker for you.

I think the price is slightly above what i was expecting. Especially if you need to buy a charger just for the pad.
And only 8gig? Are we back in 2005?

Sorry but i will be waiting for a new zelda or metroid to give me a reason to buy one.
90% of wiu launch games are coming or already came out on my
Ps3/360 .
greenmeanie  +   1120d ago
Well technically I was expecting to pay around $300. 250 for the console, and 50 for a game. However, now that number rises to 350-400. I still have to buy a game regardless. The price they settled on is too high for what they are offering. They priced the wii at a good price. I bought one as soon as I could find one after launch, and paid $300 bucks for the wii and Zelda Twilight Princess. At the time TP was brand new, and that was a good deal! Especially everything the wii came with right out of the box! Yea, I will wait for Zelda or Metroid. New Super Mario Bros u looks fun, but come on, we just got Mario 3d land, and New Super Mario Bros 2 all within less than a year!
C0MPUT3R  +   1121d ago
Iwata is going to get fired after this debacle.
The 360 & PS3 will be offering systems a full $100 cheaper by the time the Wii U comes out.
Then when the real next gen is announced at E3... well Wii U will be beyond irrelevant.
Price cuts won't save them because the PS4/720 will be offering something that the Wii U can't.
It will be like Nintendo peddling an N64(Wii U) & SONY is
is bringing a whole new gen PS2 (PS4).
etowntwo  +   1121d ago
Seriously, by now the PS3 and the 360 elite should be $199

Especially the 360 for being out longer then the PS3 and not having bluray
Sonyslave3  +   1121d ago
i buy it right now if comes out today lol just please N make a pokemon openworld game o.o n Etown tell ur brother to put some pants on in that pic -__-
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Theyellowflash30  +   1121d ago
More Power than the Current gen and right around the same price. Yes, its worth it.

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