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Already knew all this from the estimated placeholder prices retailers show, $600.
That was months ago.
Did you honestly expect the thing to be less than $200? It's costing Nintendo a fuckload to push this thing.
And it has very high tech hardware.

I wouldn't mind paying $600 for the thing btw.



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Cobretti2 said:
crissindahouse said:
haxxiy said:
crissindahouse said:

if it will cost like $600 you americans have to pay as much as we europeans always do for consoles lol. it's not so bad for you just for us we will have to pay the same in euro haha.


And if costs like $1200 everyone will have to pay what brazilians initially pay for consoles.

How about that.


yeah sure i just want to say that americans have the lowest prices on the planet for consoles so if they have to pay 200 more it's still not more than anyone else has to pay in the other big markets for years now. for them it's an big increase but i wouldn't have a problem with this price in dollar^^ but like i said, i have to pay the same in euro then so i will get a big increase as well.

one big problem is the strong yen. the euro/yen exchange ratio was 1:160 or so  to the euro when the wii came out now it's like 1:100. so if this will stay so strong it will be hard to sell the wii u for 299 or something like that.


Totally agree. As mentioned PS3 launched in AUS for $1000AUD. People paid the price for it as it was still half the price of a decent computer inthe day that matched PS3 specs here.

The $600 price everyone here is so worried about is a place holder price in Australia in australian dollars. I am sure it will be cheaper in the USA.

I still dont get people complaining about a $350 price. It is a reasonable grown over  the period betweenwii and Wii u launch, assuming technology also in the Wii U is good.

Well, when the PS3 price was announced, $1000AUD was worth ~$750 USD.  So yes, it was still at a higher price, but by $150 and not $400.  Right now, the AUD is worth the same as the USD.  So if the WiiU is going to be $150 cheaper in the US, like the PS3 was, than that would give us a price of $450.  I'm still sticking with $400, but I think that's going to be too much for the vast majority of Wii buyers to pony up when the console is only going to be slightly better than the PS3 in terms of graphics.  When the Wii U launches, I wouldn't be surprised if Sony and MS dropped the prices of their consoles around the same time to $199 (the 250GB SKU for the 360).  Then you have the NeXbox and PS4 probably coming in 2013, which will probably only cost $50-100 more than the WIi U, but be much more powerful.



people need to relax, of course its going to cost more then the nintendo wii right now

just because reggie said , wii u will not be as cheap as wii is dont mean its going to be expensive
at least i doubt its going to be any more expensive then 360 was at launch

350-400 at least sounds about right could be less
but it will not be 129,.99 or somthing cheaper then wii if wii is going to sell along side it , that is what he means lol if you dont get that notion i dont know what to tell you



@thismeintiel
i really doubt sony is going to drop ps3 down any more right now , their already losing money per unit sold or is trying to recoup what it can , plus vita just came out

and microsoft ya dream on they wont drop theirs any further cause its still selling


and as for ps4 720 in 2013 nope not happening ,
2014 -15 sounds about right if you even expect a more powerful console then what wii u will be and you can expect prices to be 500-600 ! while wii u wil be like i said 300-349.99
400 at most



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- enhance Xbox's success in the next generation.

- revive PlayStation's huge dominance from the previous generation.



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nintendo is going wrong way,



goldeneye0065r said:
@thismeintiel
i really doubt sony is going to drop ps3 down any more right now , their already losing money per unit sold or is trying to recoup what it can , plus vita just came out

and microsoft ya dream on they wont drop theirs any further cause its still selling


and as for ps4 720 in 2013 nope not happening ,
2014 -15 sounds about right if you even expect a more powerful console then what wii u will be and you can expect prices to be 500-600 ! while wii u wil be like i said 300-349.99
400 at most

From what Sony has said in the past, they were making at least a small profit from each PS3 sold starting in 2010.  Near the end of 2009, they were able to get production costs down to ~70% of what they were originally.  This would reduce the costs down to ~$250 per unit.  I'm sure they have got it down a little further over the past 2 years, so they would AT LEAST break even if they drop it to ~$199 next year.

MS is overdue for a pricecut.  The only reason the 360 has been selling so well this holiday season is because of the crazy deals all the stores have been having for it here in the States.  Giving away $100 giftcards with every purchase, as well as the $149 4GB 360 & $199 360 Kinect SKUs that were available on Black Friday.  Next year, MS will cut the price, as it won't want to let the PS3 gain another 1.5 million lead right before the holidays again.  They also will want to detract people from purchasing a Wii U. 

2014? Maybe.  2015?  No chance in hell.  MS and Sony are not going to let Nintendo have a 3 year lead on them this gen.  And with rumors flying around that developers have already started working on NeXbox and PS4 games, I doubt they will be coming as late as 2014, either.  2012 E3 announcement, with a launch in 2013 sounds about right to me for both.  As far as costs go, I don't know what MS has planned, but Sony has already announced they plan on spending a lot less than they did on the PS3.  A big part of this is going to come from sticking with Blu-ray, instead of developing a new format.  They will most likely stick with a tech similar to the Cell, as opposed to developing a new type of CPU.  This will make a lot more money available for RAM and a powerful GPU.  So I don't think a $400-$500 PS4 that is quite a bit more powerful than the Wii U is out of the question.



That really doesn't bode well for Nintendo if they plan on releasing the Wii U at a rather high price, unless of course they can make their console appealing like Apple products.



Come on guys, what is wrong with you? I didn't get anything WHATSOEVER from that interview other than that the Wii U will be more expensive than the Wii. What a surprise!

Reggie mentioning a different target consumer for Wii U = $600. Really, people?



Hopefully they won't go the same road Sony went with the PS3.