Nintendo Talks Wii U Pricing

Nintendo Talks Wii U Pricing
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Wii U is the Nintendo Wii successor. That doesn’t mean the upcoming HD console is going to pick up where Wii pricing leaves off.

“I don’t think we can charge the same price as we currently do for the Wii,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Japan’s Nikkei Newspaper. The Wii is currently priced at under ¥20,000 ($250) in Japan.

The Nintendo boss added, “I don’t think the Wii is going anywhere anytime soon.” When the Wii went on sale in 2006, it was priced at ¥250 ($313) in Japan and $250 in the US.

The Nintendo 3DS launched at ¥25,000, making it doubtful the high powered Wii U with its tablet controller will launch at ¥25,000.

任天堂、新ゲーム機「Wii U」発表 当初2万円超か [Nikkei via オレ的ゲーム情報]


  • “It’s a bird!”

    “It’s a plane!”

    “It’s a cloud, you fucking morons!”

    “Thank you, Captain Obvious!”

  • Don’t they realise that price is the least of their worries right now?

    I’m not purchasing a new console unless theres plenty of games I want on it!

    There hasn’t been a single game shown for the darn thing yet and they want to release it next year!?

    Hope they have a huge ammount of super fast programmers at Ninty HQ.

    Good luck with that.

  • I am impressed with the quality of your E3 reporting. Looks like you guys are working hard and the results really show.

    For some reason though, commenters seem particularly rude/inconsiderate or standoffish recently.

    Anyway, keep up the good work Kotaku.

  • I don’t think anybody seriously expects them to match the current price of the Wii. The interesting thing will be seeing if they can at least match its original launch price.

  • “When the Wii went on sale in 2006, it was priced at ¥250” – Typo there, ¥250 is only a few dollars

  • EB’s $599 is the upper bracket. When you preorder, they have to honor the cheapest price advertised. So, if they advertised it now for preorder at $399, and RRP ended up being $499, they’d be out $100 per preorder. So, consider $599 to be the absolute cap price. I’m gonna place my stake at it being $449 AUD, so long as the Aussie dollar holds. That will make it competitive with the Xbox360 and PS3’s pricing

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