Ubisoft CEO on Wii U price: "I can't say I'm happy"

The Wii U launches in under a week now in the US, with the Deluxe Set commanding a $349 retail price point ($299 for the white-colored basic version). While holiday shipments will surely sell out at these price points, next year could be another story, as Xbox 360 and PS3 continue to come down in cost. Ubisoft is the biggest third-party supporter of Wii U at launch, but even its CEO Yves Guillemot acknowledges that Nintendo may have to lower price.

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Wizziokid2659d ago

he continues with "I'm never happy when the machines are expensive. What we have to do there is remember that compared to an iPad, it's cheap. With what it brings [to the gaming table] it's cheap. But I hope they'll be able to drop their price in time."

Sure people prefer cheaper consoles but Nitendo are already selling the Wii U at a loss, the price won't be going down just yet and personally I don't think it's too bad and I bought the £329 version

Akuma-2659d ago

buying a wii u is like buying a xbox 360 now for 330quid, its overpriced dated tech.

PopRocks3592659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )


How is the tech dated and overpriced?


*is a lot

If you're going to be a troll, at least do it with proper grammar.

MidnytRain2659d ago


"There is a lot of things wrong"?

omarzy2659d ago

@poprocks. *Are a lot is actually correct, but Mika used alot instead of a lot. A lot is not one word, lol.

Mika always has spelling mistakes in her posts.

PopRocks3592659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

Come on, didn't you guys take basic english?

The subject of the sentence is the "lot." And there is only one "lot" (in this case, a lot of things). You don't describe a single thing with the word "are" which is meant to be used for something that is plural.

"There is a lot," is appropriate. In fact, much more appropriate than "There are a lot."

bothebo2659d ago


There is a lot of what?


Things is plural...


There are a lot of things wrong with the Wii U

ProjectVulcan2659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

Well Xbox 360 cost a little bit more when it launched end of 2005. It was close to cutting edge though, not as fast as a high end pc still but not very far away at all. I guess that might be why people think Wii U is a bit pricy because they remember that and others launching around this price point but with really modern hardware in it.

Thing is Microsoft did take a heavy hit on each machine sold, this is 7 years later and inflation sadly exists. So despite the less than stellar hardware by modern PC standards the price isn't so terrible for Wii U.

It ain't fantastic, but it ain't a total rip either. If they can knock maybe 15 percent off the price within 6 months it'll be a much more interesting prospect for me.

V0LT2659d ago

If you are expecting a graphical blowout when the next PS/XBOX launches you got a wake up call. There will be a graphical increase but it won't be the leaps and bounds people are thinking.

nerdkiller2658d ago (Edited 2658d ago )


you really believe sony and msoft next console are going to have pc graphics? they cant afford to take another loss, so im guess no big graphics jump next gen .

remember sony was selling ps3 at a loss for 600 and no one was buying till it went down to 300. you do the math, is that good business?

Deku-Johnny2658d ago

It's completely new tech and well priced for the tech inside. Go back to your last gen consoles.

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-Mika-2659d ago

I agree. There are alot of things wrong with the WiiU, but the price is not one of them.

Sgt_Slaughter2659d ago

Don't even start with your biased bull****.

Deku-Johnny2658d ago

It's an excellent price for what you're getting. They're making a loss on each unit so actually it's worth more than we're paying.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

I wonder what the price would be without the new controller.

legend9112658d ago

The PS3 still costs a fortune and still sells, I'm not sure, it all depends on the buyer.

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Moonman2659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

So sick and tired of these obsessed fanboys stinking up the WiiU articles.

madjedi2658d ago (Edited 2658d ago )

"So sick and tired of these obsessed fanboys stinking up the WiiU articles."

So which group are you referring to the nintendo guys that crucifix anyone that doesn't praise everything nintendo says and does as brilliant and innovative or the guys that troll them.

What the hell are you bitching about, if either side goes away your articles will be virtually ignored. Although it's very safe to say i know who your calling obsessed fanboys, and who your not.

Why do you people pretend to respect others opinions, then say crap like this. Look at the number of disagrees any dissenter gets on most wii u articles, just because they stated their opinion.

Why submit articles if you can't stand a differing opinion. All that makes you is a narrow minded fanboy, peddling a specific agenda.

majiebeast2659d ago

I think its a great piece of hardware but for myself it doesnt have a compelling launch line up the only game i would want would be ZombiiU and later on Rayman legends. I bought a WII when Super mario galaxy 2 came out and for me that was the perfect price point at the time. Im glad i bought 1 other wise wouldve missed out on great games like Xenoblade chronicles and Skyward sword.

I will probably never buy a nintendo console at launch cause im a PC,playstation guy but the price point certainly isnt a problem for the wiiu compared to buying a playstation 3 or upgrading a PC.

Jinkies2659d ago

I'm just going to wait untill E3, see what Sony and MS bring to next gen, Wii U might get some better bundles, more games will be out for it and then I'll buy it.

If your patient and hold it off you'll get more from it in my opinion

MegaLagann2659d ago

I find it funny how people expected a console stronger than the PS3 and 360 to cost less than those systems. Actually if you adjust the price for inflation it's one of the cheapest consoles at launch, ever. And what's even better is they're selling it at a loss, so it could of been more. People want a machine to have all this power but still be affordable.

nypifisel2659d ago

It's madness isn't it. It's a shame people today can't seem to look beyond petty fanboyism to at least be logical. The Wii U is not over-priced, and that's the end of it. Do they believe the next Xbox and Playstation will come out cheaper yet many times more powerful than the Wii U? That just blows my mind!

Neonridr2658d ago

LOL the 160 GB Playstation 3 with no games still sells for $249 at Future Shop here in Canada. That's $50 bucks less than the 8GB Basic Wii U. Sure you don't have the Hard Drive space but you get the touchscreen controller..

doesn't seem to be that overpriced to me.

deletingthis346753342659d ago

299 isn't that overpriced though. That was the price of the core pack for the 360 at launch with no storage space whatsoever included thus rendering the entire system virtually useless unless you buy a memory card or a 20GB HDD at the time, and (if I am not mistaken) only 100 more than the current entry-level 360. Plus it is way more powerful than a 360 so I think 299 is a good launch price for the console.

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