Wii U rumored to cost around $300
With the Wii U’s development cost being rumored at approximately $180 per unit, including controller components, an anonymous source indicates that it may come to retail at no less than $300, a higher mark on the price chart than Nintendo are known for. Nintendo’s new controller for the console is valued at roughly $50, making up nearly 30% of the overall development cost alone.
While $300 is a new high for Nintendo, the price is reasonable from a consumer’s standpoint, with Microsoft initially launching their Xbox 360 at a price point of no less than $300 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 launching around $500. Taking into account that the original Wii’s initial price was $250, the jump isn’t necessarily a huge one, especially given that the new controller fills in the gap with its development cost, on top of the Wii U’s higher specifications and capabilities.
This is still just a rumor at the moment, but it’s not far from the realm of possibility that this console could be Nintendo’s most expensive one yet. Does this possibility affect your decision to purchase it at launch? Leave a comment and let us know.
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