Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

August 28, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

To the surprise of... well, probably not too many, Nintendo announced that it will drop the price of its Deluxe Wii U console from $349.99 to $299.99 on Sept. 20th.

The Basic set, which has less memory and no game packed in, will stay at $299.99 but any retailer who still has some (we hear Nintendo stopped manufacturing them a while ago) will probably drop its price too.

What do you think, GamePolitics readers?  Did Nintendo find the sweet spot with that price or is it still too expensive?  After all, you can pick up the similarly powered PS3 for $200.  Heck, you can pick up a 500GB PS3 (Deluxe Wii U is 32 GB) with Grand Theft Auto V for $270 on Sept. 17th.  And let's not forget the far-and-away more powerful Playstation 4 comes out in 15th for 399.99, a mere $100 more than the Wii U.

Or maybe the console price isn't as important to you as the high price of games.  $60 grumble, grumble...

Vote in the poll and lay your thoughts and opinions on us in the comments section or in an email to SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.  The poll results will be revealed on next week's podcast where EZK and I will discuss this topic and more.  I have a feeling it will be a Nintendo-heavy show!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

I'm cool with the price drop, course it makes me wish I had waited, but, hindsight is 20/20 and you can't predict when this will occur. Would be nice if they did another Ambassador program, however unlikely.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

I'm okay with it, especially if they do some sort of Ambassador Program ala the 3DS for it.

Yes, I know the situations are a bit different, and no, I don't expect one.  I'm just saying.

As for the poll, I don't know why "lower the price of the games" is an option.  It SHOULD be "release the games."  You know, since they keep getting pushed back.

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Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

A lower price for games might get more people to buy more of the existing games though. That would be good for Nintendo and for those games' developers.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

Most of those games are already cheaper than games on the other consoles, though.

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Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

No they're not.  There are exceptions but the majority of the Wii U's library retails for $60.

And "release the games" doesn't make sense as an option to me as the last of the launch window games are coming out in the next couple of weeks.  Besides, it's not like they were being sat on, they were all in active development.  (You could argue Rayman Legends was sat on if you don't believe Ubisoft when it said it used the extra time to continue adding stuff.)

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

I'm not sure the price is the issue. It might be perception, because when I think of "WII", the words "casual", "underpowered", "gimmicky", and "limited game selections" spring to mind. It seems like a new Zelda/Mario re-release platform.

I'm honestly not trying to be derisive of the platform, but it really seems that way and, accurate or not, that kind of perception would hurt it's sales. (Unless it's just me..)

 

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Re: Poll: What Do You Think About the Wii U's New $299 Price?

Well, $60 a game isn't unreasonable on its own... What really peeves me is that digital games aren't any cheaper. The companies save a good deal on distribution costs, and they can't pass any of that on to the comsumer? All Nintendo does is give an extra 10 Nintendo coins if you register it (equivalent value of maybe 50 cents), which is hardly much of an incentive.

 
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