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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 e3.nintendo.com/hw.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

Contact Daniel Chubb: daniel@product-reviews.net

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Tylor Ray Gallagher

also the idea of playing a game on your tv with a ipad is flawed. the ipad 3 well not have a phisical controlls. so you would be guessing ware the image buttons are since their is nothing to feel. so you would end up having to look down…in that case you might as well just be using the ipad the whole time. not to mention a ipad goes up to around 64GB and a wii u disk again is 25GB so you wouldn’t even put 2 wii u games on the BIGGEST ipad. and with windows 8 coming around the corner… Read more »

Tylor Ray Gallagher

also the idea of playing a game on your tv with a ipad is flawed. the ipad 3 well not have a phisical controlls. so you would be guessing ware the image buttons are since their is nothing to feel. so you would end up having to look down…in that case you might as well just be using the ipad the whole time. not to mention a ipad goes up to around 64GB and a wii u disk again is 25GB so you wouldn’t even put 2 wii u games on the BIGGEST ipad. and with windows 8 coming around the corner… Read more »

Tylor Ray Gallagher

ya…im so getting a wii u because it has game franchises i know and love and trust that Nintendo well create long well made experiences. not cheep crap on a over priced media tablet. wii u well have real and consistent controls, DLC and games the size of 25GB …thats almost a whole ipad. or more then a 16GB ipad. SOOO ummm wii u thank you

Gabriel Paredes

iPad 3, hands down.

Jrockjesse
Jrockjesse

for starters, what people don’t get is that Nintendo is not Sony the price will probably be 300$ if sony released a PlayStation 4 it would probably be priced at 700$ or 800$ but Nintendo are a fair company they have fair prices so expect about 300$ for a wii U which is a good price, secondly apple always prices there Ipads at around 500$ to 600$ also the wii u is not a tablet, the wii u has buttons, the wii u has good games, the wii u has unique features, what does apple have on the Ipad, I… Read more »

Greenlion69
Greenlion69

what about the actual games?? personally i would rather have nintendo games and all the third party games, than a bunch of cheesy games and apps on the ipad/apple tv setup

Greenlion69
Greenlion69

what about the actual games?? personally i would rather have nintendo games and all the third party games, than a bunch of cheesy games and apps on the ipad/apple tv setup

Genialus75
Genialus75

the lack of physical buttons on the iPad is what holds it back as a legit gaming platform for the more experienced gamers…

its just too imprecise for the more complex games…

Andre Rosas Carrico

So between Crappy cheap games and a proper gaming powerhouse you’d recommend crappy games? Of course! I always wanted to by a console that would have games to last me for 3 hrs max! If I ever were to buy a tablet I wouldn’t even consider the iPad, specially with Asus, Toshiba, Samsung and Motorolla in the market. I bought my gf an Asus transformer and that is hands down a much better tablet than the iPad. I see it this way, those cheap Crappy games iPads have will last a max of 3 hrs. Say you get the paid… Read more »

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by the time the wiiu is outdated by a new nintendo console the ipad will be outdated by 5-6 new generations of ipads

also the ipad 3 most likely wont have buttons and will still be a terrible gaming device so the wiiu is better for gaming

also the wiiu isnt a tablet, its a console, yes the controller has a touch screen but its only there to enhance the gamplay experience not replace it (because touch screens massively fail at replacing button)

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