Amazon jump gun on Wii U release date and price

By Alan Ng - Jun 20, 2012

It is fair to say that Nintendo did a pretty good job of re-introducing the Wii U console for the second time at E3 2012. We were impressed with what we saw from the company at the event, although one notable absentee was a lack of pricing information.

The Nintendo Wii U is the first ‘next-gen’ console to arrive before Sony and Microsoft’s efforts and all eyes are on what Nintendo put out as a price marker for their Wii U – almost as an indication to what the PS4 and Xbox 720 may cost.

We have had all sorts of pricing speculation over the last few months, some crazy, some recently very reasonable. Amazon Germany are the latest retailer to press the panic button so to speak and their details are somewhat different to other price leaks, as they have also decided to list a specific release date.

Obviously this isn’t an indication that this will be the official date, but Amazon seem to think that the Nintendo Wii U will be available on December 21st 2012. According to their listing which is still available for viewing, the console will cost €399 as well, which just for comparison purposes translates to around $507 USD and just over £320.

Nintendo said that we would be pleasantly surprised with the pricing, but that would seem a little on the expensive side in our opinion and we’re sure a lot of you will agree. We’re hoping that this has just been posted in error or as a placeholder, as consumers are not going to pay over $500 for this.

$300 – $350 is a lot more on the acceptable side of things, so let’s hope that Nintendo gives out the official price during GamesCom. Just to reiterate, this is Amazon we’re talking about, who are notorious for jumping the gun very early. Would you be willing to pay Amazon’s price for the Nintendo Wii U, or are Nintendo having a laugh if this is accurate?

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