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Submitted by mrbojingles 924d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo missing Wii U price cut opportunity with Pikmin 3's release

Gimme Gimme Games writes that cutting the Wii U's price along side a major first party release like Pikmin 3 would have been a good idea but it doesn't appear to be happening. They suggest other first party games that could be coupled with a price cut to increase Wii U sales. (Pikmin 3, Wii U)

iamnsuperman  +   924d ago
That would have been a bold but good move. Nintendo really need to cut the price now before the launch of two new systems over shadows the price cut (launching any system gets attention. A price cut a month before a new console release is a bad move. They need that big unit increase that comes with price cuts
XboxFun  +   924d ago
They will probably slash the price when the new systems actually release to the public.
guitarded77  +   924d ago
If they can price drop and release SM3D, WWHD, MK8 and/or SSBU a week before the next gen consoles come out, that would be a good bold move.
PopRocks359  +   924d ago
It will be in vain if they don't get the mass market to go for it though. I believe a $50 price drop coupled with a barrage of TV commercials for each new game that comes out can give the Wii U a necessary push.

Right now the Wii U needs some uniqueness, a marketing push so that it catches peoples' attention. Without that attention, no games or price measure will help it.
darthv72  +   924d ago
cutting the price by at least $50 is a good start. they really need to up the marketing with not only adverts for new wii-u games but also advertise that it plays all the previous wii games as well.

It may not be much but having the bc of the wii library for games like NSMB and LOZ skyward sword and more is a selling point to those who may not have a wii yet and are looking at the wii and wii-u.
byeGollum  +   924d ago
Why would nintendo cut their price, when it's the cheapest of the the three next gen consoles?
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ylwzx3  +   924d ago
Might be the cheapest but for $50 you get a heck of a lot more.
byeGollum  +   924d ago
Depends on what you consider more, tech specs or games.
Th4Freak  +   924d ago
@Gollum The problem is that it has inferior tech specs and it doesn't have games...
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PopRocks359  +   924d ago
What are you guys talking about?

That's like arguing you get more if you pay $100 for the Xbox One, which only comes with Kinect and supposedly lower specs. It's not about the specs, it's about if the games and features appeal to you.
andrewer  +   924d ago
Gamers nowadays don't care about stuff rather than power and tech (the disagrees prove it). For example, the Wii U could be even more expensive that I would still buy it, because no Playstation or Xbox will deliver the games I want to play and only Nintendo offers. But kids now don't get what it is to love a game the way gamers used to. Real shame.
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N4g_null  +   923d ago
and it gets worst and worst.
Axonometri  +   924d ago
I would like to get a Wii U for kids and family. I just come to the conclusion each time I think about it, that it comes too close in price to the PS4. It also is right around the same price as a new tablet, and there sure are a lot of inexpensive apps for the kids on tablets. Too many options clouding the purchase intent right now.
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Khordchange  +   924d ago
who says they wont? They do have a earnings conference tommorow
TripC50  +   924d ago
No need for the price cut, not yet. Keep selling at this price as long as possible Nintendo, then at the last second drop the discount bomb.
shibster88  +   924d ago
Or a bomb in general maybe lol
theWB27  +   924d ago
If anything goes a little wrong what do gamers say? Price cut. Forget any business side of it...just price cut and give free stuff and that should help. Price cut price price cut.
ThaBlackBaron  +   924d ago
For the love all ALL COMMON SENSE why do ppl think the Wii U NEEDS a price Drop!!??

This system is already priced VEry well! Its a VERY capable NEXT GEN system with NEXT GEN Features and modern tech! PLUS the Gamepad! The best thing Nintendo can do is keep the price and up the internal storage to from 8g & 32g to bout 60g-80g & 100g-150g

Its annoying to see the LACk of common sense and logic in these "Wii U price cut" articles and comments
Fanboyssuck27  +   924d ago
I agree, Wii U doesn't need a price cut especially if the reason people are saying this is just because the ps4 and xbox one are due to be released soon.

No other company is known to make top quality games like Nintendo or innovate like Nintendo.
If anything the Ps4 and xbone should have a price cut as they don't deliver quality games like Nintendo, they don't offer free online play and they don't offer backwards compatibility.
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Misaka_x_Touma  +   924d ago
no it doesn't. Pikmin 3 took Wii U sales in Japan from 8000 to 22,000.
deafdani  +   924d ago
Financially (speaking under the viewpoint of Nintendo's business side of things, not as a gamer), I don't think it makes sense to cut the Wii U's price right now just because Pikmin 3 is released. The PS4 and Xbox One won't be released in at least three month's time (november is the most safe bet for these consoles to release), so I expect Nintendo to wait and slash the Wii U's price just before the other next-gen consoles launch.

If Nintendo cuts the Wii U's price, I expect it to be a $50 price cut and to happen at the end of October, just when Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze arrives, and right before Sony and Microsoft's big launches.
Realplaya  +   924d ago
The Wii U is priced just right. Working in sales the first rule is a lower price doesn't show value in a product it's why companies can sell millions of phones for 600 plus dollars each.

Look at the new T mobile motto they made people believe that paying for a phone at full price is a value because you other benefits.

Now lets look at android and Iphone comparisons Apple owned the smartphone market because there was an app for that. Now Android phones have just as many apps so now apple needed to do other things. Well other companies stepped their game up and ate into the Market.

Now Lets switch to Nintendo and what they need to do to increase market share.

For Nintendo to do good they need aggressive marketing, Games, And they need Apps that take advantage of the tablet screen that appeal to everyone. Last but not least they need to get the display unit in each and every store.
A_HungryPanda  +   923d ago
Sorry but what you think Nintendo should do about marketing is completely wrong. Nintendo is unable to be more aggressive when it comes to their marketing because they don't have anything to help them. Right now the Wii U does NOT appeal to adults and children are beginning to steer away from the Wii/Wii U itself and move towards the kinect. Nintendo has hardly any 3rd party developers to make anyone buy a game for the Wii U, and when Next Gen consoles come out. Looking at the price of the Wii U, Nintendo is more likely to sell the Wii U at $100 price cut over a $50. Right now the Wii U sells at $350. If they were to sell the Wii U for $300 after a $50 price cut, I would rather Spend $100 more for a PS4. With the way Nintendo has been Marketing the Wii U, theres no turning back for them. It seems to me like they've already put themselves in the Wii U is made for Nintendo/Children games situation. The only way for them to sell the Wii U is with a $100 price cut.

I put in Wii U so many times...

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