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Major Nelson: Wii Pricing "Unexpected"

Microsoft's Major "Larry" Nelson has offered his two cents on the Wii pricing. And what does he think?

"US$250 was a bit unexpected. I wonder if this generation see more single console owners then in the past"

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Chronical3877d ago

ya i find the Wii price more expensive then i first thought. it looks like a great system but i was expecting something around 200$ US. im from Canada so now that the price is 250 US. the canadien price will be over 300$. when the gamecube fist came out here in canada it was 229.99$. i was hoping for that price fr the Wii. i think i might wait a little after the release. plus i just got a 360 last week.

Darth Gamer3877d ago

I too thought it was a little over priced but oh well. As far as your 360 purchace, Good choice. I've had one since launch and I love it. It will consume all of your free time and then some.

calderra3877d ago

Yeah, the price is steep. People are going to look between that extra $50 and the console's performance (looking closer to Gamecube than 360/PS3) and they'll think again.

The extra $50 is big. It's going to keep me from getting one at launch. And the ($60? it's what I heard) controllers? No thank you. A $200 system and even $20-$40 controllers would have been fine. But these prices are just too high for what Nintendo's trying to accomplish.

Think of it this way- is the non-traditional gamer that Nintendo's trying to entice into the fray going to pay $60 for a "damn remote", or are they going to look to the (cheaper!) 360 controllers and see that although the system is expensive, they're not going to get raped on accessories down the road? I think so.

Too bad for Nintendo on this one. They had a great idea, and great execution so far, but they're pricing themselves right out of the race in my opinion. Next up: Will the games cost just as much as other next-gen games, despite the lack of advanced graphics? I think so, and that's not good either.

THAMMER13877d ago

It dose seem extra close to the core 360 price.

Islandkiwi3877d ago

They'll sell at that price, but the people buying will be the Nintendo people. After that it will come down to the games, and how fun the gameplay actually is.

The thing is, they're selling at a profit from day one...so they can always drop the price.

I still think they should have included a second controller. How do you encourage family gaming with one controller?

andy capps3877d ago

I think it's also going to come down to graphics. When people see the Wii in stores with people flailing their arms everywhere (can't wait to watch this on Youtube!) playing it and see the graphics, it might not be as impressive as the 360 on a Samsung LCD or the PS3 on the Sony Bravia. Like it or not, graphics are what a lot of people see in a first impression and will have an effect in this generation. Everyone is so hyped on the Wii now, and I have the feeling that it could not be quite as rosy for Nintendo as everyone thinks. I think $250 is a ripoff as I've said before, you're getting a "supercharged" Gamecube with a new controller. I don't see anything so far in the screenshots for any of the titles that could not have been done by the Xbox, or possibly done on the Gamecube and just added a new controller. The fact that Nintendo is turning a profit at the start should tell you that they've overpriced their console.

Sphinx3877d ago

...is steep. And, if it were just me, I would be waiting for a price drop before purchasing one. However, since my wife really wants one, and all her friends want to play it... well, we'll be getting one on launch.

Sphinx3877d ago

...is steep. And, if it were just me, I would be waiting for a price drop before purchasing one. However, since my wife really wants one, and all her friends want to play it... well, we'll be getting one on launch.

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