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The Score: How Much of an Impact Will the Wii U Price Cut Make on Wii U Sales?

With the Wii U price drop taking effect this week, Nintendo Enthusiast asks the question of whether it'll help the ailing platform.

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PopRocks3591046d ago

Probably a modest one. Combining it with some notable game releases will help even more though.

strifeblade1045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

I really love nintendo and want them to succeed but the 299.99 price with windwaker game bundle is doing nothing for nobody. They use to have the 4gb system at 299.99 at release.

My opinion Nintendo needs to cut the hardcore market (although many would argue they may already have). They need to go back and sell 4gb system and cut that price to 269.99 and throw in the windwaker bundle to see a real boost in sales. The casual consumer wont care about 4gb vs 32gb, and the hardcore players like me who play nintendo on the side would appreciate because 4gb and a 30$-50$ price cut more. 4gb is more than enough for save files.

If these price cuts come too late, the wii u novelty will wear off and the wii u will be destined to sell no more than 30 million if they are lucky. It will hurt them in the long run. Finally the Wii U name is hurting it, casuals are not buying it. When nintendo release the next system they should ditch the name heck wii 2 would have been much clearer to the consumer.

Personally the windwaker bundle does not cut it, its a game most hardcore nintendo fans have already played and its digital download on top of that so there is no resale value. I myself bought the windwaker gamecube bundle back in the day lol.

ChickeyCantor1045d ago

"4gb is more than enough for save files. "

Then hardcore gamers will complain about no hard drive ( thats what they are doing already ).

strifeblade1045d ago

Well if the wii u is your primary system, then you want a hard drive, but the fact is hardcore gamers would not make the wii u their primary system. There just is not enough hardcore titles compared to the competition and on top of that wii u will be missing key 3rd party games that are on the competition. Howevever i believe hardcore gamers would love to play nintendo as a seconday system and play the exclusives, and nothing more than that. Thats why 4gb is enough for save files and a lower price point is more important.

AWBrawler1045d ago

@strifeblade yo! hardcore gamer here. primary on wii u playing Monster Hunter, Warriors Orochi, Pikmin, Trine, Darksiders, and more

strifeblade1045d ago

@awbrawler

lol thats cool man enjoy the system and i wish nintendo the best success. I peronally want pikmin 3 and bayonetta 2.

meganick1045d ago

Just to clarify, the basic Wii U has 8 gigs, not 4.

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EsotericAnomaly1046d ago

As a Wii U owner I feel Nintendo is in a constant shaky position. Cutting costs at this junction I'd imagine will cause a positive impact especially with the upcoming releases.

Better than waiting till the competition releases their systems to cut the prices. Sell the hardware and focus profits on the software, that would be the strategy I'd opt for if that was a possibility.

skydragoonity1046d ago

With the next gen systems coming out soon & especially the ps4 not being really expensive.... Not much I'm afraid.

WiiUsauce1046d ago (Edited 1046d ago )

Yeah, but you can't play Smash Bros. on a PlayStation. You're also not gonna be playing Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade 2, Mario Kart 8, Zelda, Fire Emblem or Donkey Kong. Plus those games on Wii U look visually STUNNING.

You're really not getting that much better visuals on PS4. Just look at how phenomenal Xenoblade 2 and Mario Kart 8 look on Wii U.

And it's 100 dollars cheaper, it's gonna come packed in with one of the greatest Zelda games, it's getting a ton of indie support (actually getting most PS4 indie titles), you don't have to pay to play online, Miiverse is AWESOME, and the system doubles as a great entertainment piece for the living room (it's where my girlfriend and I watch all of our movies on through Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix), and I also use it to browse the internet/browse Youtube on on my big screen.

I'm actually using my Wii U right now to respond to your comment. It's an amazing console with so much potential.

-Foxtrot1046d ago (Edited 1046d ago )

". You're also not gonna be playing Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade 2, Mario Kart 8, Zelda, Fire Emblem or Donkey Kong. Plus those games on Wii U look visually STUNNING "

and where are those games......OH thats right they aren't out yet because Nintendo despite a year headstart didn't plan any system selling games for after launch.

Oh and yeah the games will look nice but it's basicaly what we should of saw from a Nintendo console this gen.

"And it's 100 dollars cheaper"

Being cheaper means nothing, this gen has taught us that

" it's gonna come packed in with one of the greatest Zelda games "

Most people have already played Wind Waker, why would people rush out to buy a Wii U for a game they've already played.

"it's getting a ton of indie support (actually getting most PS4 indie titles)"

Shame we arn't seeing much progress then, I don't think theres been much they've shown off which looks mind blowing.

"you don't have to pay to play online"

I'm glad we don't since the online on a Nintendo console in general is pretty much non existent. I'd rather pay for a good online with great support then a free one with nothing much going on

"Miiverse is AWESOME"

Not really something you would buy a Wii U for though is it. Someone wouldn't buy a PS3 thinking "Oh HOME is AWESOME"

"and the system doubles as a great entertainment piece for the living room"

Something we've been able to do on the PS3/Xbox 360 for years.

Your really grasping at straws mate. No wonder Nintendo don't pull their finger out, you guys give them a reason not to

_FantasmA_1046d ago (Edited 1046d ago )

You assume I actually want to play those games you just mentioned, I don't :). I loved Super Nintendo as a kid. But I grew up and Nintendo failed to grow up with me. If they had a nice selection of FPS/TPS, action, arcade racing, and horror games, I might come back. But they also need to keep their graphics competitive. I don't understand how they waited until 2012 to finally introduce an HD console. I had HD back in 2002!

LOL_WUT1046d ago

"You're really not getting that much better visuals on PS4. Just look at how phenomenal Xenoblade 2 and Mario Kart 8 look on Wii U. " LOL

Deep Down, Killzone SF, Drive Club and he'll i'll throw in some X1 exclusives Ryse, Forza, Dead Rising will all look better than the titles you mentioned.

But as usual you'll just probably bring out the PC card or say how you don't care about any of those titles. ;)

AbortMission1045d ago

"You're really not getting that much better visuals on PS4. Just look at how phenomenal Xenoblade 2 and Mario Kart 8 look on Wii U. "

Lmfao. I'm done. These drones get even more pathetic and delusional with every article I read Lol

herbs1045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

Oh my god these same arguments over and over again you nerds have just lol. If your a graphics whore get a PC if you like Nintendo games get a Wii U if your a Sony fanboy buy a PS4. These graphics arguments are completely pointless all the exclusive games look great for all three next gen consoles, I have played the majority of the launch games and upcoming games for all three consoles, again they all look great. Get over yourselves and your pathetic brand loyalties there is more to life than this.

strifeblade1045d ago

I have to agree with foxtrot, although its good the wii u has entered the hd era, the difference between ps4 and x1 compared to wii u are still large but definitely not as horrible as when you compare the wii to 360/ps3 since wii was a non hd system and 360/ps3 were.

LordDhampire1045d ago

Ill be playing all those games on the 3ds, except smash bros that is.....Only game that is awesome well that and zelda but I don't think they have announced a new one other than windwaker remake

nintendo needs to just do software and put them on ps4 and xbox one....and stop selling these garbage consoles

ChickeyCantor1045d ago

"and where are those games......OH thats right they aren't out yet because Nintendo despite a year headstart didn't plan any system selling games for after launch. "

I'm sorry...I didn't know PS4 was going too have the 2016 exclusives at launch...

WHAT...

falcon971045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

I agree WiiU has the fastest browser in my house yes faster than my pc which is windows 7,i use my wiiu for everything gaming and multimedia,i love that Street U app as well i used it to see where i was going on holiday before i went to check out where the nearest bars would be....love WiiU and the graphics are equal to ps4 going off what ive seen so far there are more wiiu games running at 1080p 60fps than ps4 so even if some games on ps4 look a tiny bit better it will only be due to running at half the resolution FACT sony always go for lower framerates and resolution to get better results,in the end WiiU's gpgpu is custom with tons of edram so graphics wise wiiu might be on top because edram makes resolution and frame rates easier to achieve,16mb of edram nets you 1080p native,and we know wiiu has at least twice that...and so far Bayonetta2 and MK8/Windwaker ect and many more are 1080p/60fps so my point about edram is already showing.

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cyguration1046d ago

I think the price cut will help but more as a long term effect. The Wii U is on my radar but it just needs more and better games.

Activemessiah1046d ago

Will definitely be getting one... just waiting on Bayonetta 2.

testsubject1045d ago

Hell Yes!! :) Can't Wait for it!

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