Nintendo: Wii U Pricing Is 'In A Good Spot'

Some people, not everyone, are a little concerned about the pricing of the Wii U. Is it too expensive? Even Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said as much, claiming he couldn't say he was happy with the pricing. But now Nintendo's Scott Moffit has defended Nintendo's pricing, stating it's "in a good spot".

"All I can say is that the response has been phenomenal and we're getting, especially in the higher priced deluxe set, that one's selling out incredibly quickly. That seems to indicate that the pricing's in a good spot and the proof is in the consumer response," he said, talking to GamesIndustry International.

It's hard to argue with the logic — a device is worth what consumers will pay for it, and early adopters seem to be pre-ordering the Wii U in droves.

"Certainly we've seen brisk pre-sales and that the phone calls have been coming into our headquarters for quite a while now asking for more and so we do expect high demand. But I can tell you this - on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii. And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch," continued Moffit.

Most Nintendo consoles tend to have strong launch periods, but it'll be interesting to see how sales tail off. The Wii was successful through word of mouth, will the Wii U have the same impact? Time will tell.

Wii U Deluxe Set "selling out incredibly quickly" [GamesIndustry International]


    I'm feeling good about the Wii U. It's giving me a bit of a GameCube vibe.

    Wish there were some more enticing preorder deals around though.

    I always think it's important to remember that these companies are enormous, and will have planned every aspect of their new release - particularly with something as defining as consoles - down to the most minute aspect over a long period of time, with review after review after review. They base aspects of the console on statistics, and use some of the most talented people across the industry to develop them.

    I dislike the vibe (not that anyone has here) of "what a stupid thing to do" that some comments have - as if Nintendo or whichever company have not just already considered the objection that you're putting forward but have so in greater detail and depth.

    I'm not suggesting we should blindly follow and praise companies - rather than it might be best to wait and see rather than fill the internet with vitriol.

      All that planning doesn't necessarily mean they get the launch pricing right, though. Look at the 3DS - they got that badly wrong, leading to a messy price cut soon after. And the less said about the PS3's launch price the better.

    Am I the only one who remembers the last generation? 360 for $1000, PS3 for $1500 on release?
    The WiiU seems very reasonable to me.

      Buh? Are those New Zealand prices or something?

      The way I remember it, PS3 was $1000 and 360 was $600 on release.

    Apparently because the xbox launched with prices of $499 - 649 and ps3 launched at $649 -995

    Sadly, I'll pay just about anything to get me some new Mario, Zelda and MarioKart titles.

      Same, Nintendo sure make some awesome games.

    im sure they're not considering scalpers with the upcoming xmas holiday.

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