Wii U will be affordable. That's the message from Nintendo's US boss Reggie Fils-Aime.
299-349 seems realistic
I can tell you right now it's gonna be $399 and Nintendo will be taking a loss at that price. That price is not sexy too consumers which is why it wasn't announced at E3. Nintendo may be trying to remove something from tghe final specs to lower the price Ala Microsoft and Kinect but they already know they are above $250 price point that everyone loves.
i don't think they have ever willingly sold something at a loss so i doubt even if it was 400 they would take a loss from that i still say 299-349 seems like the most realistic price they did say they will price it competitively so ill give them the benefit of the doubt
Nintendo is not a large company like sony and microsoft thats prepared to take losses, their history shows they make hardware at a low price and sell it at premium
They don't sell at a loss. Didn't the 3ds and wii launch price tell you anything?
@ATi N never sell at lost, with this console it's not going to be different, the controller looks expensive, maybe that's why N will not selling them separately...
I would have my jaw drop if it was 299 (same as it did when Vita was announced at 249) but I would be happy if it was released at 349.
Never doubt me cause i know what i talking about! Please by all means Google the amount of cash it cost Nintendo to make the Wii Year 1. here i'll help you, it was between $180 and $220. The Wii sold in stores for $249. BUT.....if you knew anything about Business which telling by your comments MOST of you Do Not! you would realize that $249 is what you and me pay for it but NOT what the stores pay for it cause they have to make a PROFIT from every Wii they sale. I'm sure the stores bought it at a lost to Nintendo to make a profit per sale year 1. So now go look up the definition of Wholesale versus Retail to understand all this. Today the Wii is a profit as it now only cost $60-$70 to make with a large inventory of surplus parts while the retail price is $149 and higher. Besides in the Video Game business you make the bulk of your cash from the software.
Affordable has a different meaning for everyone. Some even found a 599 PS3 affordable, others had to take a 2nd job for it. I would have even bought a NGP for up to 399 Euro, I want it that much. Pretty much everyone finds it affordable @ 249 USD/Euro now. Then again I find a 3DS for 249 too much, it should be 179 max in my eyes, as its more like how the Wii upgraded from Gamecube (supercharged Gamecube hardware) and a gimmick Wiimote, the 3DS is nothing but a DS with the 3D gimmick added to me. Then again Reggie maybe finds a 399 Wii U affordable, as it has a WiiPad controller with an expensive colortouchscreen. But if the competition is @ a more affordable 250 to 300 (PS3/360 now, next year it might even have dropped to a 200 to 250 pricerange for them), the Wii U isn't that affordable in possible buyers eyes if they see the direct competition that has a larger library of games and for sure better rated ones besides the 360 ports the Wii U will get the first 2 years in its life cycle (low installed base means many ports, look how the PS3 got treated the first couple of years). And just when they have a reasonable installed base, around 2014, 2015, the real next gen starts with PS4 and 720, bringing true 1080p for every single game, and the Wii U will get ports from them as devs will start to produce their games on the most powerful system first and then degrade it down. So seen in affordability and market comparison your system should be @ 250 max Reggie, to sell as many as possible before real next gen starts.
they said it will most likely not be 250 like the wii but they also said it will be competitively priced with the ps3/360 so 299-349 does seem like a realistic price
I'm confused. Didn't Iwata say just the other day that this isn't going to be cheap?
you're right. Therefore I agree with others in saying it will be 349/399. That's affordable but not cheap.
''wiiu is going to be unaffordable, we are aiming for the billionaire market, people with their own private jets, helicopters, boats and islands. we dont want peasants owning our consoles.'' :l
250-299 and of course it'll be affordable, people just love to hate on Nintendos sucess
With Xbox regularly selling the 250GB on sale for $199 (again today at Dell.ca) and the 4GB for under $130....I'd imagine by next year these will be the 'normal' prices and the WiiU will slot itself in at the $299 mark with the 3DS being lowered to $199.
Wait a minute where can i buy a new 4gb xbox for $129 cause serisouly i would right this second, but i went to dell & it says $199 like in stores. Seriously where do i go?
I don't care how "affordable" it is. They are yet to have a relevant online network, it is just now that they are having those great multiplatform games that ps3 and xbox 360 owners have been getting since this gen started. I grew up playing on Nintendo consoles, but I just don't like their approach.
I say $299...at least in America.
That's not what Iwata said. Seriously, what's with all the contradiction? Anyway, $299 - $399 seems about right.
If it's over $200, then by default it's not competitively priced w/ an Xbox 360 right now, especially since it's only going to come with 4GB of internal storage. I'm betting at least $300, which would 'match' a 160GB PS3 right now, but by the time the Wii U is out, I would expect both MS and Sony to have at least one price cuts across their skus. It would definitely be nuts for Nintendo to announce any pricing right now tho, considering this thing probably won't be out until holiday 2012. Component pricing will have fallen substantially on anything they're putting in the machine in that time. Pricing it based on current components prices would be foolish.
You know, sometimes I read comments on N4G and they seem so shallow and ignorant or dripping with reverse apologist approaches, and all I can do is shake my head. What I'm about to say gives me a new insight on these things as its an insight into ones assumptions. I really hope this thing doesn't bust for Nintendo. (sans /s)
When Sony said that about the Vita people doubted them until they announced a price of 250 Euros for the handheld. Same thing will happen with Nintendo. People will claim that it will be expensive as heck and Nintendo will end up proving them wrong.
Does affordable mean dumbed down specs?
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