Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime speaks on whether the Wii U needs a price cut.
Wii U is already cheap plus another price drop would eat into Nintendo profits
Agreed, and with the Mario Kart 8 bundle deal that comes with a free game, there's never been a more convenient excuse to jump in. What Nintendo needs to do most at this point isn't cut the price, it's advertise its system's games better by granting really awesome bonuses in their bundles.
Since MK8...I have been seeing more ads on TV regarding that game and the bundle. I was telling my wife how much fun that game is and my kids were all in agreement as we have been playing and unlocking as we go.
He's right... I doesn't need a price cut. It needs the compelling software to get people to buy the system, as he said. Kart on, fellow WiiU'ers!
@Reggie The lies we tell ourselves. @MNGamer-N I agree, the problem is Mario, Kart, and Smash are their biggest sellers on consoles. Mario gave a small bump, Kart gave a much needed bump, and Smash is possibly coming this Holiday and based off Kart it's going to be a much needed bump, but not what they need for a mainstream success. The Wii U is selling to the core Nintendo CONSOLE gamer currently, which isn't a huge audience since most Nintendo fans are fine with just owning the handheld, which gets the majority of similar titles + the real Pokemon games. Great Software sales consoles, but a mainstream price sales to a wider audience, and getting the price from $299 to $249 or $199 will move console for Nintendo. The problem is getting down to the price without taking a loss, which IMO $249 shouldn't be an issue, considering it's going on 2 years since launch the CPU technology is based on the original Wii's, the GPU while more powerful than a PS360 is still nearly as dated technology, the RAM is 2GB and dated, and there's nothing internally really the costly. The only extra expense is the gamepad, but again nearly 2 years later that thing is not really that expensive to develop anymore. They don't need a price drop right now, but they would really benefit doing it for the holiday before smash comes out, which they won't do simply because they want to test the waters with Smash and a full price Wii U.
"Reggie: Wii U doesn't need price cut, has no issues selling" HAHHAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH in april wii u sold worse than x360 in US. in japan mario kart boosted sales to staggering 19k. it's dead
You use to region specific sales and say Wii U is dead? Especially your Japan sales. That's like me saying Mario Kart in the UK increased sales 666%. It's golden!
666% is just a percentage. It's not like the console was selling hundreds of thousands prior to that increase right?
666% of 1 console is only 666 consoles. Not exactly worth shouting about. An actual number is needed. You portray yourself as an intelligent person; surely you see the fallacy of your own argument?
It sold 450k in the US alone if you want a more impressive figure. Some people just aren't ever pleased.
The Wii-U sold a little under 200k last week when MK8 launched.
So a system that been out for more than 1 year with only contains less that 5% of X360 library and has 77m less users and been out for more 7 years. And bring up ps4 because that selling off hype not games.
Well, Nintendo wasn't selling games at first either, so according to you we have to wait till next year when all 3 consoles are selling games to have a proper argument. But as of now PS4 is in first place, Nintendo in second and the Xbox closing the gap at third. If MK and SMB don't sell the WiiU, Nintendo still has a lot of games for next year, but other than zelda none have the same fanbase.
so just because in april the wiiU sold less than x360 means wiiU is dead ? or does the wiiU outselling ps4 x1 last week mean wiiU is your daddy ?
Reggie I love you man, but you're flat out wrong.
denial much ?
They should do something similar to what Microsoft did with Kinect. Offer a gamepad-less system and sell it for cheaper. Updtae old titles to support this new model, and if you want the full experience go for the Deluxe its that simple. ;) And for those who are about to disagree why are you guys so against OPTIONS?
I think most of the WiiU's value is in the GamePad. The reason for owning a WiiU it is to use the GamePad. It's a cool controller, I think they should keep it, it's like they entire system's identity, kinda like the Wiimote was to the Wii. THe only reason to get rid of it would be to save a few bucks, and that's just being cheap.
You do know that you need the gamepad to start most softwares, miiverse, eshop, keyboard on internet browser, settings and just about 90% of the Wii U features.
Are you like 6 years old?
Dont be rude! He's age is double that number
the man is delusional cause the system is selling worse then the dreamcast!
Well I agree that it doesnt need a price cut because its much cheaper than the other two. But I disagree with his opinion on how well its selling. In comparison to the XB1 and the PS4 its doing quite poorly. Nintendo needs to change that whether is with block buster 1st party titles or fantastic 3rd party support.
ok, if you say so...
Yup, I know a lot of people buying refurbished Wii U from Nintendo. Since MK8, sales have increased by a lot.
Nothing can have as bad as the sales as the WII U, But It's still really hard judging the Wii U right now
They can't really afford anymore price cut and losses. The share holders have spoken.
They are not selling the Wii U at a profit- they are selling last years remaining stock at a profit due to the losses already being written down-
To the people who disagreed with me- that information comes directly from Iwata in Nintendo s own financial reporting- he also said flat out that the Wii U cost more to produce than the price they are being sold
the price is just right no need for it my xbox live ran out and i can't play gears online with friends so i hop on my wii U or ps3 you really under appreciate free online until you xboxlive runs out now my mindset is o well ill play online against other people for free on two major platforms
If the WII U got a price cut, I would buy one right now
Id like to be on the drugs hes on. Seriously though: sony execs make lame jokes about xbone, xbone guy says nice things about competition, but reggie is straight up retarded. Do you think anyone in the world believes you?
He has a point. The right game sold the system. If they had dropped Mario Kart before SM 3D World then they would be moving even more systems. So basically they didn't drop the software that people wanted in the right order. it should have been Mario Kart 8 followed By Mario 3d World and then Donkey Kong Tropical Forest.
So I read a interview that Reggie had and this is why Nintendo did not go into panic mode and I have to respect them so much for that. Say what you want but Reggie has a great point. Also I find it funny how when other spokesmen get cocky and boast about their company the people on this site go crazy, let Nintendo do it and they get reamed. But as a Said here is what Reggie said in an interview and I love it because it's all true. What do you guys think? I’ll leave you with an awesome comment from user Oskitake on Nintendo Everything: BURN “They annualize their content. They launch and the content is gone four months later. Because of the high quality of our software, because they really are system-selling must-have games, they sell for years and years.” DOUBLE BURN “I really do believe that our EAD teams are second to none.” TRIPLE BURN “I think gamers want a full-featured experience. “ COMBO! COMBO! “It’s not a numbers game. It’s looking at each project independently and making sure that the gameplay is fun, that there’s a unique aspect to it, and having it be the best quality it can be. “ Man Reggie is on everything! =D
Looks like Nintendo fans went out and bought a third-party game in large droves. Something they get accused of not doing all the time. The Media Create has revealed that Persona Q sold 186,856 copies for its first week on sale in Japan. It was the top game sold for the Media Create, and almost reached the numbers of Persona 4 on the PS2 back in 2008 with 192,812. The Media Create said Persona Q sold through 80.64% of its initial shipment.
Thing is that's a 3DS game and third parties have achieved more success on that platform than on Wii U. Wii U is the real challenge when it comes to third parties.
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