Wii U price point: Estimates vs. iPad 3 option

The Nintendo Wii U aims to give its users a new way to enjoy entertainment in the home, which starts with the new touch screen controller, full HD graphics that steps away from the idea of great gameplay and less detail in current Wii graphics, and the precision motion controls aim to make Nintendo gaming enter the next generation of possibilities.

We’ve heard a few opinions on the expected Nintendo Wii U price point over the last few weeks, and that the 3DS price cut could be a recipe for disaster when it comes to early Wii U adopters.

Most people agree £199/$300 is a good price for the Wii U, although it could well be around 20% higher than this, and considering the included hardware it could be worth the higher cost. What are your estimates for the cost of Wii U?

If you love the Nintendo platform but own an Apple TV, the issue may be whether to upgrade to Wii U or go for an iPad, maybe even a budget iPad 3 that could release in 2012, the same year as Wii U. This allows for streaming of games from the iPad to HDTVs, which will debut in iOS 5.

This option could also be good for those that don’t own an Apple TV, and decide to buy an Apple TV for just $99, which should also include gaming with apps sooner rather than later. Add to this a new cheaper iPad 3, and you can get a setup as good or better than the Wii U for gaming. Apps are cheap, the graphics will improve in the iPad 3 and the combination of the Apple tablet and Apple TV seems a much better package in our opinion. Do you agree?

Would you rather a Wii U next year or an Apple TV and iPad 3? We currently have no idea of how much the Apple products will improve next year, but we do have some idea of the Wii U features, which can be seen at

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