And that was $70 that could have gone to performance. My point stands, the Gampad was expensive and brought nothing to the table. It was a poor decison. I bought a Pro controller and rarely tocuhed the Gamepad, so I paid $70 for what exactly? And $70 is being super generous considering Nintendo charged $112 for a replacement.
It is especially worth noting the Wii U launched in 2012. Your article is dated 2015.... 3 years after launch Nintendo charged $112.... meaning it was more expensive 3 years prior, given we both know tech drops in price over time.
The price of the controller was a real killer. There was never a significant price drop of the unit because of it. Basically you were paying PS4 money for previous gen tech with a Useless controller that didn't do anything to merit its existence.