Wii, $50 too Expensive?

Editor-in-chief at IGNcube: "So I'll tell you exactly what I told both Perrin Kaplan and Reggie Fils-Aime when they asked me the same question, which is, I believe Wii is $50 too expensive and three weeks too late.

As a gamer, I want Wii to sell for $200 for a number of reasons. It has about one tenth the processing prowess and one fifth the RAM of, say Xbox 360, and it also lacks a true hard drive. It doesn't play DVDs. It doesn't play music CDs. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it's true. In fact, in many ways, it could be called a turbo-charged GameCube. So why the $249 price point?

Well, there are certainly reasons for it. It's easy to shrug off Wii as the least powerful of the three consoles, but consider what Nintendo has done. Wii is roughly half the size of GameCube and it still packs twice the power. It has roughly double the processing prowess, approximately double the RAM, an additional 512MBs of useable flash memory, built in 802.11b/g wireless capabilities and a full docking station for GameCube controllers. The console is backward compatible, in fact, with every GCN title ever made. And I haven't even mentioned its Wii Channels system or, most importantly, the Wii controller, which could represent one of the biggest hardware innovations the industry has seen in years.

Still, Nintendo says it's going after the mainstream audience so I want to see it really do that from the start, and a $249 price point is not quite mainstream enough. This is especially true when you consider that many Wii games are designed to be enjoyed by multiple players and each separately sold Wii remote will cost buyers $39.99 plus another $19.99 for the nunchuk attachment. Add in a classic controller or two and all of a sudden we're well beyond the $300 price point – just so that mom and dad can play Wario Ware."

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eques judicii6354d ago

I totally agree with what this author wrote... I've done some adding of my own.. now its not a knock against the wii, its a great console and going to be extremely popular... but for a HDTV owner without broadband who wants to play supersmash brothers and wario ware this is the breakdown

Wii: 249.99
3 wii-motes: 119.97
3 nunchaku: 59.97
4 classic controllers: 79.99
wario ware: 49.99
super smash bro brawl: 49.99
component add-on: 59.99
ethernet add-on: 29.99

total: 699.85 (+ 8.8% WA state sales tax yuck ><)

I'm not saying that its cheaper than the other consoles, but for someone who already owns a 360 its a lot to pay to achieve what i want the wii for... If things were cheaper say... the wii was under 200 and the controllers were around 40 total (including nunchuku) then I would be there on day one.

eques judicii6354d ago

EDIT: sorry... i meant without wifi not without broadband ;-)

Vistrix6354d ago (Edited 6354d ago )

Sorry but why would you buy 8 controllers? You dont need the classic controllers.
You're including 3 games too which is obviously going to be alot more expensive on any console.
Wii is still one of the most cheapest launch consoles ever made. If you want all the addons and 3 games to play on it on launch day, any console will be as expensive, if not more than that.

eques judicii6353d ago

calm down, you can't use the wiimote for super smash brothers brawl... so you need the xtra controllers:


Marriot VP6354d ago

Dang son, 40 bucks for a remote and 20 for the chuck.

That's way to much to ask the supposed "casual gamer". Next gen consoles will continue to sell their majority at 200 bucks. And for the Wii it's gonna have to be lower than 250 cause that's still expensive to play wario's next hit.

Also why the heck do you have to buy an ethernet add on for 360, and component add on for 60!!! Nintendo's really milking their fanbase that's shrinking.

ChickeyCantor6354d ago (Edited 6354d ago )

allot of games do not require the nunchuck ;).....so a casual gamer wont have to buy it when getting a nother Wii-mote.
and 250 is to much ppl say ? get over it....wasnt the n64 in the same range ? so a gamecube must be a n64 !!! en the Wii is a Gamecube!.......RIGHT!!!!!!!!! !!!!
ppl always compare stuff but forget that the console they are defending will have some problems that are equal......
when getting a PS3......you will need more controllers if you want multiplayer......now SONY isnt walmart.......controllers will be around the same price as Wii-mote+nunchuck.
plus games that will cost more then other consoles......and some extra cables...and if you want HD you need a HD TV.......... now you say Wii is expensive?......

UrbanJabroni6354d ago

Although I have every intention of getting a wii on day one, I completely agree with the article.

At $200 it is a great toy, at $250 you really have to start doing a compare/contrast of whether it is worth going for the 360. I understand the arguments about the xbox core vs premium and the need for extra components and whatnot, but the simple argument for the "one console purchasers" boils down to:

$250: Wii
$300: 360

At $200 I'd be a lot more comfortable with that idea.

calderra6354d ago

At $200, I was thinking about getting Wii on day one. Cheap, fun, and yeah- a toy.

$250 just pushes it. And you'll basically have to slap down $60 to get a "full" controller. The whole reason I wanted this system was to play it with my girlfriend, and we will need the chuck, so the base system price goes to $310.

Not to mention you have to mount the motion-sensing bar on your TV for all this to work. And that's just a hassle (we tend to keep remotes on top of the TV so they don't get lost atm). THEN it doesn't play DVDs or CDs? Blech.

Also: The first post was talking about the (probably) $20 classic controller "shell" you can slip the remote into so you can use "normal" controller functionality (as in- for straight ports of other titles that need two joysticks, etc). I'd most certainly want those, pushing my initial investment up to $350.

And there you have it- my initial investment in the Wii would be $350, plus the hassle of installing the lightbar. For that price, I could own a core 360 and a spare controller. And I'll trade the lightbar for a memory card, thanks.

There's just no real reason to get a Wii anymore, compared to 360 anyway. Wii60 is dead, frankly, and I'm not happy about that.

eques judicii6353d ago

the classic controller is not a shell, it is a whole other controller, take a look:


kewlkat0076353d ago

Can I buy the nunchucks for my Gamecube so I can have a Wii,?


This Is My Joystick Podcast: To Wii U or not to Wii U?

Neil Hickton, Andy Buick and Alan Mollison from This Is My Joystick get together to talk about November’s notable (and not so notable) game releases and beyond.

In this episode, Neil H, Andy B and Big Al talk about:

■What they’ve been playing
■Wii U ”Bricking” update issue
■Wii U launch titles
■Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Wii U
■Mass Effect 3: Special Edition Wii U
■New Super Mario Bros. Wii U
■Nintendo Land Wii U
■Rayman Legends Wii U
■ZombiU Wii U
■Trine 2: Director’s Cut Wii U
■Toki Tori 2 Wii U
■Nano Assault Neo Wii U
■WWE 13
■Need for Speed Most Wanted
■Football Manager 2013
■Just Dance 4
■Silent Hill: Book of Memories
■Halo 4
■Little Big Planet Karting
■Call of Duty Black Ops 2
■Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified
■Epic Mickey 2
■Hitman: Absolution
■Assassins Creed 3
■Lego Lord of the Rings
■Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition
■Far Cry 3
■One Eyed Monsters

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Wii U BC The Most Ghetto BC Ever

Talk about being 100% backwards compatible… or just being 100% backwards in general.

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Muffins12234123d ago

Not getting a wiiu but that's very cool.

SpiralTear4122d ago

That's not 100% backwards at all. At least you can play your Wii games on the Wii U. Yes, upscaling would be cool, but I would hardly call that a real dealbreaker.

cleft54122d ago

So true and considering the upscaling thing was one of the bigger problems for the ps3 and 360 it isn't surprising they left it out. It would have been nice, but like you said at least you can play your Wii games.

bubblebeam4122d ago

Hmmm. I'm still debating whether I'll get one right away.
I'm so excited by the Wii U, but at the same time there are no real 'deal breaker' games at launch that I don't have on 360 and PS3.

I got to play NSMBU, and it was much funner than I had anticipated. I'm eager to find out what ZombiU will turn out like as well.

I'll probably just succumb to my own excitement and get one a few days after it launches (Provided it doesn't sell out). I'm sure many others are super excited to see what Metroid, Zelda and many of the JRPG's will be like on the Wii U. It has the potential to be better than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3.

cleft54122d ago

Honestly, if you don't see anything you want right away then just wait a month or two. Make sure you purchase the WiiU because there are several quality titles or features that you want. Don't let your purchase of the WiiU turn into a situation where you play with the machine once and then never play it again. That happened to a lot of people with the Wii. So make sure you will actually be using the WiiU a lot before you buy it. I am going to get a WiiU a few months down the line, but right now there are enough quality titles to satisfy me.

bubblebeam4122d ago

Oh god no. I don't plan on letting it collect dust. I'll probably be buying most multi-plats on the Wii U PLUS exclusives.

My PS3 and 360 will be solely for exclusives, provided there are enough online players on the Wii U.

scottd4122d ago

I don't like how Nintendo does backwards comp, but its the same as it was on Wii for playing game cube games. You had to boot into game cube mode to play GC games and all Wii functionality was turned off because you were basically playing a game cube.

FlairSomewhere4121d ago (Edited 4121d ago )

Well "boot into gamecube mode" to me just meant, put gamecube disc in disc slot, play game.

PopRocks3594121d ago

Like anyone else's BC model is any better. Most PS3s don't play PS2 games and the 360's backwards compatibility is a joke. Many 360 slims can't even play original Xbox discs, only downloaded games.

sandman2244122d ago (Edited 4122d ago )

I'm not buying a wii u for backward compatibility. I'm buying to for forward/New gaming experiance. I'm sick of people wanting backward compatibility consoles. Why so you can play your old games on new hardware? Here's a thought for you cry babies, don't sell your old console and use it for your old games.

christheredhead4122d ago

You're sick of people wanting BC? You should probably lighten up a bit, its not that big of a deal. Honestly, it should be offered as an option if anything. I'm sure people wouldn't mind paying a little more for an SKU that offers it.

There are gamers who want it because they've amassed a nice collection over the years. I keep my consoles hooked up at all times though. My living room tv has snes, 64, dreamcast, ps2, xbox, wii, ps3 and 360.

Its not about playing old games on new hardware. It would be nice to condense some of them down and play my titles through 1 console is all. People, like myself, have hundreds of games on their shelf that essentially become obsolete unless you keep the old hardware. Some convenience would be nice is all. Its not necessarily a make or break situation, just ease of use to further support your product as a whole would be cool.

sandman2244122d ago

Chris the red head, I understand why you would want the option of backward comp., you are a true gamer to own all those consoles, but in the business world the manufacters want to make money and not lose money also I'd rather have Microsoft/Sony focus there engineering on moving forward and not sacrificing ram/internal components then to please the very few who own all the consoles. If anything they can put your classic games on live marketplace or psn/soe. And you can repurchase the games on there. That would be even more conveinant. Because you'll never have to put a disc in the tray and wait for it to load.

FlairSomewhere4121d ago


you just lost everyone.