Is the Wii U Too Pricey?

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has caused quite a stir on the internet this week by stating how he is displeased at Wii U’s price in an interview on Games Industry International.

“I always prefer lower pricing, so I can’t say I’m happy.”

There’s no denying that $300 is a lot of money to many people, but is it too much for a console launch? examines and compares previous console launch prices, looks at what the Wii U offers in return for your money, and whether Nintendo themselves are making a profit. Read inside for the final verdict!

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Yi-Long2193d ago

... if it ends up getting a huge amount of great games released for the system, then it will be worth the money.

If it doesn't get the proper quality 3rd party support everyone hopes for, it will just be another gimmick-based console which will disappoint the 'core-gamers', whoever they are.

It's a gamesconsole. It all depends on the amount of quality games coming out for it.

Schawk2193d ago

Well its off to one hell of a start with the launch lineup it has

NukaCola2192d ago

Launch line up consists of a lot of ports, which tells me they pushed it out one year to beat the competition. With the lack of titles I'm shooting for and the line up of games still to come, I am going to wait until next year.

Price is good, but the lack of HDD space is rediculous.

Schawk2192d ago

yea, its hardly the first console in history to have mostly ports on release, if anyone deserves these ports its a nintendo system because the previous systems were not powerfull enough so they are first time games on this system,

NukaCola2192d ago

Point being, there is only 2 games Bayonetta 2 and ZombieU that are 100% built for the system. The rest are Wii HD upgrades and ports of other games. Without the launch of 1st party titles built for the system, it just shows me Nintendo is doing a smart thing to get the system out early to the consumers. I will own a Wii U but I am not getting one in 3 days. I have a ton to get until the heavy hitters come out. I will have the next Zelda and Metroid and 2D Mario on this beastly little machine.

AO1JMM2192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

nope! I believe it is well worth it. not like the PS3 at launch.

TheRichterBelmont2192d ago

Five Hundred Ninety-Nine US Dorrars.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

Also for more bang 4 buck I will save my wiiU money for ps4.

Talking about worth how much AAA core gaming did you get out of that wii? Was it worth playing catch the dust for most people?

I rather pay to much and use a device then pay less and let it sleep in the closet.

I am sure sony won't make ps3 mistake again.

First time I ever seen a situation were every single console gamer must buy an external HDD. Lets see how this plays out in the long run.

RFornillos42192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

which makes no difference when you buy the original ps3 or xbox 360. coz you had to pay extra for the HDD.

basically Nintendo left that option to the users, since they didn't want to have to add-on to the price any proprietary disk just to have a huge amount of HDD space. with external HDD's getting cheaper, in the long run, you'll thank Nintendo for not including it.

anyways, it will only affect users who like to download digital retail versions of the games, or from eShop. and not everyone is into that yet, some still prefer physical discs, while some from the other parts of the world simply don't have fast enough internet speeds to warrant downloading 5-25GB games.

is the price fair? i'd say yes. is it too pricey? well from where I am, it could be. but depends on how much profit they intend to gain.

Moonman2192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

It's not. It's so competitive at $299 and anyone who says otherwise shouldn't be a gamer. Go buy a cheap phone and .99

Console gaming has never been dirt cheap. But Wii U has a great launch price vs. how high some consoles have been in past history.

baldulf2192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

It's not expensive for a new console but one can't help thinking that it is overpriced when the tech is basically the same of the PS3 and 360.

You may not be paying a whooping 600$ but you are not getting a next gen system either.

ChickeyCantor2192d ago (Edited 2192d ago )

Fact sheets on it basically being a PS3/360? Until then please stop making stuff up.

ninjabake2192d ago

Passing off opinion as fact? Yeah, that wont work son.

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