Reggie Fils-Aime comments on the price of the Wii U and why value will be important.
"And so when we launch Wii U, what we’ll do is we’ll identity a price point that we think we can get 25, 30 million units sold" guessing 300+ seeing as the 3ds is 250 I doubt they would put a console the same price as their handheld.
I see 350 to 400 just because of the controller. Also I believe that many of the features will be scraped to make it more affordable. I also believe that only allowing one of these freakish controllers to each console is a mistake, and I don't believe it is to keep cost down, but due to limitations of this machine. I also think nintendo is doing themselves wrong by still thinking that the casuale market that gobbled up the wii; still exsist.
scraping features means a punch to the face for developers. They had the SDK's for a while now ( and just got the stable SDK). I don't think Nintendo will do that as it will yet again damage their relationship. I'm not sure why people are freaking out over the controller. Unlike 3DS there are no additional CPUs/GPUs. Everything is done with the console itself. The controller acts as input/output, it can't do anything on its own. The price will be reasonable. Accelerometers and gyroscopes are pretty cheap( depending on the type/model, but for games a certain range of detection would be enough so we wont be getting the most advanced chips). Its a touch screen with single input ( which can't be that expensive). I'm more concerned with the price of the console itself not the controller.
@Sidar While the controller doesn't have the power of the console in it it does have some kind of graphics rendering capability. The little thing Nintendo showed said you could play simple games on the controller by itself without the console and devs would be able to take advantage of that. That along with all the other tech in the controller will jack up the price and that's not counting the console itself. I just honestly can't see this being cheap. And if it isn't really cheap I think it's gonna bomb. They already have a problem with the name as pretty much every casual consumer will not bother with it because they bought a Wii used it a few times and that was it and that is what became the main problem with the Wii and the name Wii U is gonna make consumers wonder why they need another Wii.
" The little thing Nintendo showed said you could play simple games on the controller by itself without the console and devs would be able to take advantage of that." Source? Cause I don't remember Nintendo saying that it will work without the console. They showed a minigame for 2 players, but they didn't say it was without the console. The controller works more like a little tv, it doesn't really render the actually content. It just displays it.
300= the price or 299.99 and it will come with a wii sports or something to demo the system like what they did with the wii
im seeing around 300 as well but i see the most expensive controller in the last decade at $70 upwards.
I think it will be close to 399.99 thanks to that tablet they are making for it. Without it, it would easily be 299.99.
i see what you did there :P
The tablet can't be that expensive its not even dual touch. My prediction is 300. Anything more than that in Q3 2012 for outdated hardware won't sell. Especially since Sony and Microsoft will drop price or add value by then.
im hoping under $200 or else some fantastic exclusives, ports mean nothing to me when i have the other consoles. theyre gonna need to at least match the amount of awesome exclusives that sonys putting out. i want nintendo to start giving me uncharted, infamous, heavy rain, warhawk maybe something like god of war demons souls, valyria chronicles, killzone or resistance. if they want to milk more mario thats fine, they have some good franchises like mario cart and super smash, and i would totally buy those games but theyre not going to get me to buy a new 250$ console. what i really want is more mature content. mario is fun sometimes but i feel like ive been playing the same game in different ways with mario, and the lack of a good story really makes me regret buying all the mario titles that i buy. so in short, im not really looking forward to this but if they can get me some games that appeal to me then ill get the console
If the thing ends up costing $300 or so, I might get it. Otherwise, I'm gonna wait for more compelling systems (AKA, Xbox 720 and PS4).
I recently discovered the most amazing system of all time,the PC.
yet your not playing it?must be amazing.
You misspelled you're.
i am being lazy =]
@Jack I've been playing on pc and consoles for decades my friend. There are games I love on consoles that will never reach the pc. If you can set up an expensive rig then it's not hard to buy a console. I never really got the point why some pc gamers look down on console owners. Great games will always be fun to play no matter if it's for the pc or console.
You misinterpreted my comment. I literally just discovered PC gaming. I have been a console gamer since the Sega Saturn. I own both a PS3 and a 360, but it wasn't until recently that I built a rig and started playing on the PC. I(I'm not sure why) prefer playing on the PC.
Your comment was short and it holds a double meaning so it's easy to misinterpret. I apologize if I was wrong. I'm honestly surprised that you just discovered pc gaming, I started gaming on a 386 pc back in the days along with my Atari and Intellevision. My current rig is 3 years old and as long as I can play games on it decently I'll hold off the upgrades. It's good you know what you prefer and it's not bad as long as we respect other people's preferences. Anyway have a good time gaming with your new rig, it's quite fun to play on a pc that you've built.
You probably prefer it because you built it. It's more personal that's why its called a pc ;) Me personally I like to have all systems. It's about time for me to upgrade my pc soon its 3 yrs old. Don't have the money to invest yet so I think ill wait for next gen to come around.
Only if you're really into MMORPG's and/or RTS's. Otherwise, NO!
Anybody expecting less than 399 is out of their minds. It's a new console with expensive hardware, it won't be on par with the current price of the PS3/360. 399 is a really reasonable price for the console + controller bundle considering the hardware, and it leaves them with plenty of room to drop the price later on.
i think anything over $350 could lead to low sales.
Well, they've got a lot of things to consider. They want to cater to everyone now and that's including the hardcore market, so this system can't be cheap for that. It has to have the hardware to back it up. That will easily make it cost $300+ right there. They've already said they're going to offer top 3rd party IPs so they can't go cheap on it this time around. What's disappointing is the lack of bluray support. They're putting it out there as this all in one family machine, but also for hardcore gamers yet you can't watch movies on it? PS3 will be cheaper and be able to do most things this can do + it will still be a better media player. Why would Nintendo go this route? They should be covering all their bases and not making any of the mistakes they made before. If the hardware is going to be a bit more costly that will be understandable, but that's the price you're going to have to pay for the ultimate gaming console. I think if Nintendo really wants to get everyone back on board they shouldn't skimp on anything and be willing to take bigger risks on their hardware and pricing. They've got the 3rd parties on board so all they really need to do now is make some improvements to their hardware and this could turn out to be good after all.
300 - 350 I reckons.
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