Wii U price won't reflect 3DS 'mistake'

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 9 Comments 18 Votes 785 Views 09/07/2012 Back to News

Nintendo has insisted that it "won't make the same mistake" in pricing its new console, Wii U, that it did pricing the 3DS.

Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata has insisted that the console will be priced "reasonably" as the company looks to address mistakes it made with the pricing of the 3DS, "which was considered relatively high by consumers,” according to Mr Iwata.

The 3DS launched in March 2011 with a retail price of $350. After lackluster global sales Nintendo slashed the price in all regions, bringing it down to $250 in Australia within months of its launch, and angering early adapters of the hardware at full price.

Nintendo is committed to pricing Wii U reasonably but to also making a profit with the new console, which is expected to launch in late-2012. The 3DS will eventually become profitable, according to Mr Iwata, with Nintendo claiming it has "fixed the 3DS profitability issue".

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This conflicts with Reggie's comments suggesting that you need to earn $50,000 US+ to be able to afford Wii U. Cost of living is considerably cheaper in the US than Australia so I'd say that is like saying you need to be earning $70,000+ for Wii U to be an attractive purchase, which is actually ludicrous, and particularly irresponsible to say after 3DS pricing woes.
My bet it it'll be around the $600-$750 mark. Which for what it is, is way too much imo. The controller will probably be $200 of that though :P
A kid will ask for a Wii U and can get a 360 and PS3 instead.

Beta said: This conflicts with Reggie's comments suggesting that you need to earn $50,000 US+ to be able to afford Wii U. Cost of living is considerably cheaper in the US than Australia so I'd say that is like saying you need to be earning $70,000+ for Wii U to be an attractive purchase, which is actually ludicrous, and particularly irresponsible to say after 3DS pricing woes.


Where did he say this?

renagadez said:
Where did he say this?


I think he said that last year.

btw wasnt there an article just like this a few weeks back? :P
Aaahh okay then. Yeeeah, I'm expecting the price to be around $600 AU.
It'll be $600 max. I don't see it being any more than that.

Tech isn't that different to 360/PS3, which is what, $200-300? I don't see how it can break $600.
I'm tipping 450$
min $500
max $600
Please be $400 :L

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