Reggie hints at price, does not sound good

#1kyomagiPosted 12/23/2011 8:14:26 PM
http://allthingsd.com/20111222/nintendos-president-expecting-a-strong-holiday-and-says-what-he-really-thinks-of-zynga/


AllThingsD: Does that change as we get closer to the next-generation console, the Wii U?

Reggie: The market is going to continue to differentiate based on the types of experiences that consumers want. As an example, if Iím the head of a household of a family of four, and my disposable income is $50,000 to $60,000, Iím going to continue to look at the Wii because of the software, and itís a great entertainment device. For consumers who want to have the latest gadgets and have a higher disposable income, thatís for the Wii U.

We havenít announced pricing or availability or any other details, but given the current pricing of the Wii, itís not going to be there.

Weíve been very clear, the market is going to decide how long these products will coexist side by side. Our goal is to launch the Wii U and drive it into the marketplace, but it will speak to a different consumer than the one that is buying the Wii today during the holidays.
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#2Super_Master23Posted 12/23/2011 8:48:22 PM
Well, did anyone expect the Wii U to be $149.99? I certainly didn't, so it makes sense that Reggie would say that Wii U wouldn't be priced near the current Wii price.

Also, Nintendo isn't stupid and they definitely don't want what happened to 3DS to happen to Wii U. They've said it multiple times, they're going to make sure that the launch goes smoothly and that includes the pricing.
#3Sirian_HawkPosted 12/23/2011 9:55:09 PM
So even making five thousand a month after taxes, I'm still too poor to afford the Wii-U? Damn, Reggie that's an expensive coke habit you got there...
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#4cleanchris2Posted 12/23/2011 9:57:31 PM
This was already suspected at the beginning of the month when Reggie said "We haven't announced pricing for Wii U, but you can definitely expect that pricing is going to be different..." (http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1213783p1.html#disqus_thread) as it's obviously not going to be "different" as in cheaper, now the only question is whether or not it's going to be more expensive than the Wii at launch or at its new pricing, though I'm personally betting on it being much more "different" than the Wii's launch pricing, but we'll see.
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#5CPUXPosted 12/23/2011 9:58:51 PM
If by current, he means...current...

Then that means 300 - 450. Maybe 500, but I doubt it.

Which isn't anywhere near bad. My goal is to save 400.
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#6LHS_2012Posted 12/23/2011 10:31:33 PM
Sirian_Hawk posted...
So even making five thousand a month after taxes, I'm still too poor to afford the Wii-U? Damn, Reggie that's an expensive coke habit you got there...

If you are a family of four then yea that's not much.
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#7Board_hunter567Posted 12/23/2011 10:53:35 PM
I wasn't expecting another $250 Nintendo console.
$300-$400 is my guesstimate, but who knows, maybe it really will reach $599.
#8TottentanzPosted 12/23/2011 10:56:37 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_launch

Even Iwata said that the system wont cost $250, the original price of the Wii.

The Wii U at launch will be more than the Wii was at launch, and Reggie talking about the next console targeting a new audience most likely just confirms that they are not doing a system that will be priced at such a low cost as the Wii was.

The actual guesstimates of $300-$400 is probably not too far off what will be expected, and the system will likely be sold at cost or so.
#9LHS_2012Posted 12/23/2011 10:58:39 PM
Board_hunter567 posted...
I wasn't expecting another $250 Nintendo console.
$300-$400 is my guesstimate, but who knows, maybe it really will reach $599.


It won't: Nintendo already said that they won't price it too high after what happened with the 3DS, and everyone remembers the PS3. This was just Reggie's way of saying this won't be the budget console the Wii was. I'm guessing $399.
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#10VGerX2012Posted 12/23/2011 11:17:06 PM
So they're abandoning the blue oceans that made Wii and DS the last-gen victors... good luck.
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