Submitted by Valay 565d ago | news

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Wii U will be a $60 game

NE: "A lot of late ports have arrived on Wii U since launch. Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, and Batman: Arkham City all hit the console in November, and each was initially priced at $60 despite having shipped on other consoles months earlier." (Need for Speed Most Wanted, Wii U)

Yi-Long  +   565d ago
Yep, releasing a game that's half a year old...
... and only 30 bucks for PS3/360 for full price on the Wii, and when it doesn't sell, the developer/publisher will once again complain that WiiU gamers are 'all talk' and aren't interested in these games for their system...(!)

Seems like a smart strategy(!)
DarkBlood  +   565d ago
well isnt this version using pc assets and all that?
Yi-Long  +   565d ago
Well, didn't the PC version also come out 4 months ago and isn't it availabe for 25 bucks orso!?

They're selling an older game for 60 bucks, while many of the target audience already have access to a 360, ps3 and/or PC. They should have just released the WiiU version at 40 bucks max.
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falcon79  +   565d ago
Yep but its gone beyond pc with the night time graphics FACT.
T900  +   565d ago
"well isnt this version using pc assets and all that?"

The assets were already there, its not like they had to recreate them. Thats not an extra effort on their part.

No reason why Wii U version should sell at 60usd.
grassyknoll  +   565d ago
Why does that make a difference? These assets already exist!
DarkBlood  +   564d ago
That may be so but i dont think they were targeting those who also own the other consoles and if so what would be the reason to get it on the wiiu if like you said they can get it cheaper on a different platform?

im not saying its entirely true but that price would be justified by wiiu only owners clearly.
Hufandpuf  +   565d ago
I'd be glad to pay for the better version. They didn't add stuff to the Wii U version for nothing.
stuna1  +   565d ago
"They didn't add stuff to the Wii U version for nothing."

Of course not, just enough to rope you in!
The_Infected  +   565d ago
It's EA nuff' said...
torchic  +   565d ago
so EA publishes games like Arkham City and Assassin's Creed III that also had a $60 price tag even though being released a year earlier on other consoles

cool cool
The_Infected  +   565d ago
You have a good point. It seems they all are greedy. I just don't like the Microtransactions in every game EA is making from now on. Don't give me the you don't have to buy it crap bc they'll incorporate it into the the game where you'll most likely have to or it will suck.
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deafdani  +   564d ago
@torchic didn't the Wii U version of Assassin's Creed came about a week or so after the other versions?
stuna1  +   565d ago
Truthfully it could be their way of quietly stopping support on the WII U! What better way than to shift the blame on the fanbase for not buying the game.

It has already been reported that development cost are not high on the console, so their not spending alot to have the game on the system, plus lookingat some of the targeted audience, it's going to sell to those who must have a trophy to hang over the heads of this gen console owner.

So it's actually a win/win for developers.
falcon79  +   565d ago
Get a grip its pure NEXTGEN NFS and they confirmed wiiu will get every NFS game same day as ps4 ect so they obviously love WiiU,remember this version also has Miiverse built in i can't wait.

For me Sony fans are the yougest and most immature,true nintendo fans are mature because were all 30 years old plus,obviously there are also new fans but old ones are well over 30.
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stuna1  +   564d ago
But this is also a NFS on this gens consoles, so who is WII U being conpared too? This gens console!

And too the comment about age, I'm sure there are those who will disagree with some of my comments, and that's fine, but I'm not here to win a popularity contest! I here to offer my input. Concerning age I'm probably twice yours.
derkasan  +   565d ago
Didn't EA sell Mass Effect 3 for full price on the Wii U as well? That's really a shame.
animegamingnerd  +   565d ago
and released the trilogy on other platforms at 60 dollars just like 2 weeks before the wii u came out
alousow  +   565d ago
"all we want is more mario" lol
HalfNerdHalfAmazing  +   565d ago
EA is all about the money of course they gonna sell a late port for $60 just look at Madden 13 for the Wii u football season is over and the game still cost $60
sitharrefus  +   565d ago
I am disliking EA so much lately.....
silkylove  +   565d ago
I'm fine with it. They put a lot of work in optimizing the game for the Wii U, and I don't own any other versions. If this was just a quick and dirty port I wouldn't pay full price.
BanBrother  +   565d ago
Lol I watched the developement video for the Wii U version, or at least read it. The guy basically said they clicked on the PC textures and blammo! It worked. Obviously they still have to do some work to bring it on there, but not for $60. EA.......
silkylove  +   565d ago
Working with brand new dev kits I doubt it was "blammo." In fact the devs stated that they couldn't get the game out at launch because they were unfamiliar with the architecture. And of course the PC textures aren't the only good thing about this version. I'm sure that full gamepad integration, full Miiverse integration, father son mode, off TV play, and support for every control option imaginable was just easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Maybe EA should just give the game away as a free download?
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BanBrother  +   565d ago
Calm down, calm down. By all means, pay $60 for a game you can get for half price on another console, does me no harm.
Gamer1982  +   565d ago
Just because it has PC textures doesnt mean its gonna look anywhere near as good as PC version.
silkylove  +   565d ago
The plan is to pay $60 for the version of the game I can't play on other consoles. Otherwise I'd just get the bare bones PC or PS3 version seeing as I like owning multiple consoles.
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PS4isKing_82  +   565d ago
its business decisions like this that's gunna kill the wiiu. 3rd parties seem to love giving wiiu owners the middle finger ever since launch.
lilbroRx  +   565d ago
Serisouly, why do people keep insisting on this?

Nintendo got through the N64 and GC era with little 3rd party support. They turned quite a bit of profit as well. Even if they did receive no third party support(which really is not the case now), they would be no where near close to going under.

This is more bad for the 3rd parties than Nintendo. The Wii U is going to start picking up in sales starting this month because the good game will start arriving on the 18th and beyond. All Nintendo needs to do is advertise the console better and they will coasting from here on out.

This was a stupid decision by EA because there is no way this game can compete with Monster Hunter 3G Ultimate at the same price. I may be pick it up when the price drops, but not for $60.
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Gamer1982  +   565d ago
They would have died in the N64 GC era if it wasnt for the huge success of the GBC and DS. Those consoles didn't make them a massive profit and although it wasn't a dreamcast type failure they were getting there.
deafdani  +   564d ago
@Gamer1982 dude, be serious. The N64 turned a pretty healthy profit for Nintendo. And the Gamecube, despite being in "third place", sold around 21 million units at pure profit since almost day one, whereas Microsoft sold around 24 million original Xboxes at a loss.

Yup, the N64 and Gamecube were Nintendo's least successful consoles, but they weren't in any danger to getting even close to Sega's situation when they launched the Dreamcast. It's not an apples to oranges comparison, it's apples to walruses.

Nintendo has only had ONE console flop in their whole history, and that was the Virtual Boy, and they did just fine even after that.
pedroyamato  +   565d ago
It is not only EAs choice

Nintendo can help but their third party license is so f***** expensive that if the publisher dont put the game at 50/60 dollars they cant make money from it.

I am a wii u owner and I am happy with my choice but nintendo is losing a huge chance to spread the system base before ps4 is released. Nintendo must take the risk and sell on the red! at least for now.
silkylove  +   565d ago
They're already selling it at a loss. Maybe later in the year manufacturing costs will go down and they can do a price cut.
PopRocks359  +   564d ago
I suppose someone had to find a way to blame this one on Nintendo.
deafdani  +   564d ago
"Nintendo can help but their third party license is so f***** expensive"

Care to back that up with some proof? Preferably one that also shows the prices of third party licenses or whatever on other consoles, to make a fair comparison?
falcon79  +   565d ago
Also remember Criterion saying comparing processor's is like comparing apples and oranges because wiiu processor's are so divergent.

Divergent series
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In mathematics, a divergent series is an infinite series that is not convergent, meaning that the infinite sequence of the partial sums of the series does not have a limit.

There thats what divergent means.
Nevers0ft  +   565d ago
For those of you pointing out how cheap it is on other consoles now, do you make similar complaints when movies are remastered on Bluray?

"Waaaaa, that Bluray is $20 but I can get the same movie on VHS for $2, derp."

As much as I'd prefer ALL games to be cheaper, if that's the price of entry for the Wii U version, so be it - nobody is forcing me to buy it and I can wait for a discounted version if I want.
Realplaya  +   564d ago
I was thinking the same thing. Some games justify the price tag like this one. When the new systems come out they Are still going to charge like this for an older game.
AKR  +   565d ago
All-in-all, I'm fine with this price point. Yes it's late, no doubt - But then again, unlike the half~baked ports the system got at launch - Criterion actually took some time out to optimize the game for the Wii U. They:

- Added the first DLC "Ultimate Speed Pack" and new modes

- Improved the visuals (Uses PC textures and assets, more high-quality look, more detailed roads, improved lighting, draw-distance tweaked)

- Added full Miiverse integration along with Autolog

- Added the "Co-Driver" mode.
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That's some serious effort for a rather late game. I don't own it on any of the other systems, which includes the PC. I spent some time with the XBOX 360 version while I was at a friend's house. Other than that, I haven't touched the game.

But considering the fact they went ahead and improved it, and really made it use the Wii U's features - they should be commended and supported. It's not like EA is holding a gun to your head to re-purchase the game if you already have it on the other systems. But considering this is the first full racing experience in the Wii U's library, a $60 price-point isn't all that bad. This should be fine for newcomers to the game, as in, those who don't have any other version already. But if they have another system, they could just purchase the cheaper version. No biggy.
josephayal  +   564d ago
Only $60? Definitely on my radar
Theyellowflash30  +   564d ago
It shouldn't be a full priced game. Yeah they added some features, but it only took them about 6 months to complete. It should be $40. When this game doesn't sell, don't blame Wii U owners, blame the greedy ass bastards at EA.
1upgamer99  +   564d ago
I have not played the game, and so to me it is new. Just like The RE port coming to PS360/Wii U. I have not played that one, and so to me it is a new game. Also I want the upgraded graphics and the gamepad options over other console ports. I am guessing what will happen, just like other ports. It will release at full price and after a few months it will drop in price. It is no big deal guys (and girls).
WiiUsauce  +   564d ago
I don't give a shit if it's full price or not, because I have a job and I'm not a cheap ass cheap skate who whines when something is full price.
PopRocks359  +   564d ago
Thing is not everyone is as fortunate as you are in this economy and not everyone is a cheap skate when they don't want to spend full price on an admittedly older title.

To play devil's advocate, I don't see why people would complain about this; if you don't want to buy it full price then just wait for a discounted version or don't get it at all I suppose.
profgerbik  +   564d ago
I bet this will flop like AC3 and Black Ops on the Wii U.. I don't have a problem with it getting the same games I just have a problem with them releasing them late on the Wii U when people probably already bought it for $60 at release on the PC, PS3 or 360 a long time ago.

I personally see no logic in that or how they think it will be a worth while venture. Good luck to them though hopefully it wasn't a waste on their behalf like the others turned out.
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Bumpmapping  +   564d ago
Too much money for a last gen game on last gen hardware.
NeoTribe  +   564d ago
Guys, guys, stop bickering and go buy a real gaming console.

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