Nintendo Wii U: Price expectations, how much would you pay?

By Alan Ng - Jun 8, 2011

Nintendo’s Wii successor is finally out in the open and starting from next year, we can all look forward to playing the Nintendo Wii U in our living rooms. But one aspect not discussed yet is price. It is obviously going to come in at a premium price for all that new gear, so how much are you willing to pay for it?

At the moment, the original Wii is available to buy for the very low price of $149.99, which is usually bundled with one software title and some accessories. Earlier on at Nintendo’s E3 keynote, the company unveiled an innovative new way to enjoy video games, and it will come in the form of a huge controller equipped with a touchscreen display and camera, allowing you to switch gameplay from the TV to the controller seemlessly.

As we mentioned in our initial specs report, the controller will also be fully touch and motion supported, while it also doubles up as a tablet device offering a web browser and video chats. Impressive tech for sure, but Nintendo are not stupid and will probably demand a high asking price for the Wii U.

How much are you willing to pay for one? Would you say a $400-500 price is acceptable? Don’t forget that Sony recently announced a $250 price for the WiFi version of the PS Vita, so Nintendo asking for $400 for their latest console doesn’t seem too farfetched we feel. Of course, if it ends up being $300 it’s going to fly off the shelves and every single gamer will want one, so $400-500 seems far more realistic.

If you are interested in picking up a Nintendo Wii U, let us know what you think a fair price for it would be.

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  • Yucky Crab

    I just saw the trailer for the Wii U. It will fly off the shelves if it has a competative price, and is capable of doing what it shows, but I don’t know if any higher then $400 would make me want to trade inmy current system. Remember when the PS3 came out? $800 for what seemed to be the best system to date, yet even after multiple price cuts, it still can’t sell at expectation levels. Oh, and Microsoft still hasn’t made any commitments to the for now called Xbox 720, but more realistically called an 8th gen system. The PSV is not a good example of a price comparison either, considering that Sony will not anounce exactly how many units were sold, but will say that sales have dramatically dropped after the first week on the market.

  • why would i want one?  it’s hardware isgimmicky and is barely any better than 360 or ps3. i’ll wait for the xbox 720 or ps4. or even better, i’ll stick to my ultra-powerful pc. PC FTW!