Microsoft's Major "Larry" Nelson has offered his two cents on the Wii pricing. And what does he think?
"US$250 was a bit unexpected. I wonder if this generation see more single console owners then in the past"
ya i find the Wii price more expensive then i first thought. it looks like a great system but i was expecting something around 200$ 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.
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.
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.
It dose seem extra close to the core 360 price.
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?
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.
...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.
why waste a double post no need for it. The price is a bad taste in silly peoples minds because for the last 2 months people have been saying it's gonna be 150, it's gonna be 25 bucks, it's gonna be 170 then Nintendo who said it's not gonna be more the 250 said it'll be just that 250. They made a promise and kept it. So stop your dang bickering for this 250. It's cheaper then every other one and stop comparing it to the core which no one buys.
Buying a PS3 :)
Well sure, he has a very lucrative and good paying salary. And his life is video games.
Like that means anything.
ps3+one more controller+some games......way more then what you would pay on the PS3.......its all misleading.
250 is a normal price becozz i remember paying price range from 200~250 when it comes to nintendo...so nothing new
It's new if you consider that it's not a significant upgrade from the Gamecube other than design and a new controller. If you're fine paying $250 for that, be my guest.
Hmmm!!!!... way to go Nintendo the fight with Sony and Microsoft will distract the consumers and you come out on top with either selling the Wii for too much or selling it at no loss(it's up to you guy's to figure out wich, hehe). I still think this console will fail after the launch newness hype dust settles?.
I was expecting $200 price tag. $250 will pretty much make it compete with the xbox 360 core. Come this christmas who knows what deals microsoft will cook up for the core bundle. If I was a casual gamer I personally get the xbox 360 core simply because it would have the better games imo compared to Nintendos Mario and Zelda line-ups.
Why dont you guys buy more than one. Like honestly look at the facts. PS3 launched at 499.99 and ppl bought them left, right and center, and that was 5yrs. ago. Gamecube launched at 229.99, and XBox launched at 349.99. And ppl in Canada still bought them and ppl in the states thats all they bought. So now 5 yrs later, why has money become so hard to get. I would think as years go on, money is easier to get, not harder. So for all of you guys to B!TCH about a 250 dollar system, a 400 dollar system and a 600 dollar system is just outrageous. If you were like me, why not buy all. Watch this (PS2 + Xbox + Gamecube on launch = 1080 bucks). Now with PS3, 360 and Wii will equal = 1250 bucks. So for 170 more bucks, you can get all next gen systems and be happy and not have to B!TCH about things costing a lot. Like look how much your PC was, prolly more than 1200 bucks.
They bought a PS3 5 years ago? Damn! I think you mean they can start to receive the ones they pre ordered today over 5 years from now!
The PS2 launched for North America
US$299.99 (October 26, 2000, Launch Price)
There was a difference with the PS2 also. The DVD was already standard. People saw it as a cheap way to get a DVD player with some possibility to let the kids play games.
XBOX launched at the same price as PS2
US$299 (November 15, 2001, Launch Price)
And it's not only about hard to get the money. A PS3 little less retarded version is 600 dollar. That's with no games, no extra's.
The most expensive consoles are doomed to fail.
The 360 Premium does the same if not more in graphics then the PS3 (the 360 GPU specs are known and too good to compete with, that's why Sony doesn't put out the specs of the standard PC Nvidia GPU) for a third less of the price.
And even 400 dollars is enough money for most parents or gamers, if you need to buy extra's and games. No parent wants to spend 600 dollar + 1 controller 60 dollar + 3 games about 200 dollar, and maybe some other stuff
KADENNGGGGG close if not over 1.000 dollars for playing some games.
The PC is multitasking desktop. A game console plays games. That's why the first may be more expensive.
A Wii is just a supercharged Gamecube. Nothing more nothing less. The only real new thing about it, are the controllers.
SO yes. Paying 250 dollars, when a 360 core is 299 dollar, sometimes in rebate even 269 dollar/euro, then for getting Gamecube graphics it's too much money and too little difference to a next gen HD graphics ultimate gaming machine.
It just is. Period
BTW in Europe the Wii will be 250 Euro's or 179 Brittish Pounds. That's way to steep pricing.
In Japan, the console costs 170 Euro (25.000 yen). I'll get mine from there. It's regionfree so why pay way too much? It's fun, but not that much fun on the Gamecube on steroïds
I've pre ordered mine for 200€
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