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Walmart sets Wii U price at $350

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Walmart has begun running Google ads pegging Wii U price to $349. While the Wii U doesn’t have an official price yet, back in the Summer of 2006, Walmart set the Wii price at $250 — before we had an official suggested retail price from Nintendo. As we all know, Nintendo later did price the Wii at $250. We doubt that the same will happen with the Wii U, as everything is pointing at a $299 Wii U launch price.

Several game industry analyst have strongly suggested that Nintendo keep the Wii U price under $300, and some, like Michael Pachter, have warned against anything over $250 at launch. Pachter and other analysts cited current generation consoles, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, claiming that both consoles will receive price cuts when the Wii U launches. This makes the Wii U launch price even more important for Nintendo.

Despite Walmart’s previous predictions with the Wii in 2006, we believe their $350 price point is $50 too high. Nintendo is expected to unveil the final Wii U specs, launch lineup, and price at E3 in about 5 weeks.

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  • Buzzeh

    Well… 399 would be to much… I guess 349 isnt TO bad… But 299 would be perfect…

  • mkdhdh

    299=perfect!!! then i can get at least 4 more games (and if i get a job this summer it might be even more) considering most games will be 50$ at launch. but 350’s fine to. i expect to have 500$ ready for wiiU and i have 3 games already decided. and the last one is going to be tough to decide. maybe killer freaks or colonial marines or metro last night or batman arkham and if there get more titles revealed what am i going to do!!! i cant decide now :p guess i will have to get some more money :D

    • Buzzeh

      Im gonna go with Pikmin 3, Project Cars, and… Crap I need bday money… I really want Killer Freaks, and Ghost Recon Online but Assassins Creed 3 and Alien Colonials…. Dammit, and im sure at E3 theres gonna be a crap load of more games…

      All i can say is at least im defensively getting Pikmin and a FPS

      • mkdhdh

        well i’m not getting pikmin 3 because it isnt my style of games. i liked pikmin 2 alot but i wasnt really hooked on the series. and if i may recommend. get ghost recon online (i played the F2P beta and it is an amazing game). i’m getting GRO AC3 and lego city stories (im a fan of lego games) and then 1 extra if i have enough money left. the extra one will probably be supermariobros because that’s what my friends ‘ll want to play when they come drool over my new wiiU :) it will be like me getting the wii all over again. but i might change my mind about the extra game at E3 because we can expect some serious shocks on games.

    • alienfish

      Don’t forget tax.. It gets really noticeable at those prices (depending on your state).

      • Your mom

        Tax stinks, it just makes everyone go insane.

        • Deltaechoe

          Not in oregon

  • francis

    Well i ‘
    Know im getting darksiders 2 and AC3and Arkham city and a FPS(my first one) probably Ghost Recon Future Soider)or CoD Black ops 2

    • mkdhdh

      getting GR future soldier will be kinda impossible considering it wont come or else it woud’ve already been released. its ghost recon ONLINE on wiiU and it isnt a FPS its a 3RD person TACTICAL cover shooter :)

  • Dead Emo

    well its good for me im looking to buy all launch games bt not lego .350 not so bad at all n if it can out b4 black friday ……tht all u need to kno its over >:)

    • mkdhdh

      uuhhh all launch titles?? thats like more then 20 games if you count an estimated number of games from E3 2012 in!!!!!!!!!!!!! do you have 10000$??? :p and Y U NO buy lego it’s fun :)

      • Dead Emo

        Ha i a man who love his need nintendo

        • mkdhdh

          LOL :) but yr gunna need a lot of money

  • david6

    Unfortuanetly price doesnt matter. The wii u will ultimately fail. No matter what false prophets nintendo has, to say “itll be fine”. No it wont be fine. The console thus point is uninspired and will never compare to upcoming ps4 and 720, by spec,design and overall gamer apeal. The wii u will not fail because of price, or social media competition,, but it will fail because nintendo has abandoned the core. For once nintendo will learn a lesson, that cheap isnt always necessarily better.

    • david6

      A new lesson, a valuable lesson in marketing tactics,, sometimes people really do just want the best no matter the cost. But ps4 and 720 will be fine.

    • alienfish

      You’re either a troll or a time traveler. Only time will tell, but failing is a matter of perspective. If WiiU only sells as well as Gamecube did, it will still be fairly successful since most or all of those fans will be big gamers and buy lots of software. Then there’s the fact that this is going to be a console with a touch screen, and we all know how well DS sold. There’s no way to tell if this is going to be a runaway success.

      You’re wrong about one thing though, Nintendo DID abandon the core, but not entirely. There were a lot of good core games on the Wii, and now that the casual crowd has left Nintendo in the dust we’re starting to see more of those core games being announced and released starting with the 3DS console. You go ahead and tell me that Kid Icarus: Uprising isn’t a core game because that is one of the riskiest and most challenging experiences I have seen on a handheld, ever. The main games being announced for the future are core games: Fire Emblem, Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario, and Smash Bros. to name a few. Hell, even the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game is bringing back the Raccoon Tail, P meter, and seemingly the entire style form Mario 3. This is foreshadowing a brighter future for hardcore Nintendo fans on WiiU. So, even if this new system doesn’t sell as well as Wii, it will still be better and will work to bring back and strengthen it’s core crowd.

      • david6

        Ha ha, did you just say luigis mansion for core, what grade are you in. That is so funny, lmfao.

        • Swic11

          Luigis mansion on GameCube was actually a great game, but I agree with you at the same time David, I’m 23 years old, I don’t want to be a ghostbuster

          • david6

            Well im 26, and most my friends who are gamers26 or 21 to 30 definately think nintendos stupid. Im bymyself as nintendo fan, but im thinking goin to xbox, but if nintendo bes better then ill stay nintendo, but they have to be better, cause we like good games and tech specs.

        • alienfish

          I’m talking about core Nintendo games, not hardcore Nintendo games. Blood and guts aside, Luigi’s Mansion is part of Nintendo’s ‘core’ linup of games that would appeal to longtime Nintendo fans. Oh, and I’m 25 and play a wide range of games across PC, PS3, Wii, and 3DS/DS. My point here is that we aren’t seeing the piles of casual geared games that were so rampant on the Wii and instead are being treated more to what was presented on the Gamecube.

        • NoPUNtendo

          Being a fanboy is one step closer to not playing video games for fun, rather it’s one step closer to argument.

    • Foetoid

      You realize with the R770 GPU and Power-7 IBM Watson CPU, the WiiU actually a massive powerhouse console with more than enough power to compete well next-gen. If you knew anything about hardware, you’d know that hardware hasn’t advanced much in the last 2-3 years, and that the HD4870 that the R770 is based on, is more powerful than the HD6670 in the Next-Box and HD7670 in the Ps4. Granted the Ps4 is supposed to have a Cpu/Gpu combo which means it actually runs 2 GPUs, the CPU said to be in the Ps4 is less powerful than the Watson cpu in the WiiU. Don’t discard the ‘specs’ as you call them of the WiiU, and definitely don’t dismiss the appeal of Nintendo first party titles, combined with a good online service and the same 3rd party titles on the next Playstation and Microsoft consoles. If all 3 next-gen consoles are running 1080p native (finally), have all the same 3rd party games, and all have good online services, whats going to win the hearts of gamers and sales-wars? Exclusive content, and with that, Nintendo wins easily.

    • http://wiiudaily.com meleemaster64

      david 6 be haten on the wiiu

    • Vhn

      Right, the Wii U will fail. Not in reality though, but it’ll fail in your tiny little world where people who call themselves “core gamers” are actually REAL GAMERS.
      If your logic stands that PS4 and 720 will be fine because they have better hardware, then exactly why hasn’t PC made consoles obsolete? Any real gamer would know the fact that the modern gaming PC trumps consoles in every field except for price and “living room atmosphere”. However, a real gamer would know that that doesn’t matter. What matters is the gaming experience; every form of the experience and how they enjoy it.

      I don’t expect you to know that. After all, people like you are a joke.

    • Ravyu

      Yes.. Yes.. Yes. Now tell me all your “evidence” to back up the fact that your “720” will be 10x more powerful than the wii u.

  • nathant16

    By the time nintendo figures it out it will be too late, and ps4 and 720 will come in and take the competition. It might be that nintendo might go out of bussiness. They dont want to win anymore.

    • mkdhdh

      HAHAHAHA nintendo? out of business? they are frickin rich!! they can lose what sony lost for 10 years straight and still be in the running. so no they will not go out of business. and as of ps4 and xbox720 (720 is a stupid name) why do you think they will be so overly powered. first off all sony has to play it safe so they’ll have to make a good slightly better console so it wont cost that much. because if their overpowered console fails they are f’ck’d. and 720 might be overpowered but it will be all built around kinect. we might even see nothing else but kinect (believe me Microsoft would make that dumb a decision)

      • Foetoid

        Actually its been heavily implied for a while now that next-gen will see Microsoft release 2 consoles. One about as powerful as the 360, with a built-in digital tuner for recording TV shows and several other cool features, but it’ll mainly be a Kinect-based console, then also the high-end Xbox ‘720’ for more core gaming.

        • alienfish

          I really like that idea for consoles. That is really the only way for game companies to please both crowds (casual and hardcore). Sure development would be a little harder since optimization would have to be done for both consoles, but I think it would be worth it in the end.

          • mkdhdh

            2 consoles? no way they would release one with all those features and i read about the console recording tv shows that’d be cool

        • gearchin

          so it will come with a dvr? awesome O.o
          them releasing two consoles would be very risky, it could work, but they run into the risk of people buying the first one then completely negating the second version.

  • Soastockton

    Hmmmm…GHOST RECON ONLINE,BLACK OPS 2,KILLER FREAKS,DARKSIDERS 2

    • david6

      Why your name stockton. Sre you from stockton, ca? Seriuosly your talkin one of the most hardcore ghetto places, seriously dont even use that nane and nintendo together.

      • Soastockton

        Hehehe I gives two shits!!

        • nathant16

          Poser

  • Swic11

    Not if rumors are true and hardware is lacking, I’m buying one regardless because a probably 5 games I will buy on the system, but I read wii u forums all over the Internet, and people want a powerful console. If Nintendo is dumb enough to release a comparable console to what’s out now, their not only retarded, they won’t bring back the core. Nintendo said the console wouldn’t be cheap, and they said it will run in 1080p, I hope to god that it’s true or else the will be screwed, get pissy all you want alienfish, If they screw this console up, they may as well burn their stockpile of cash, because their ‘fanboys’ inuding myself will have lost complete faith in the greatest game developer of all time.

    • alienfish

      I didn’t happen to see any quotes in there so would you mind telling me how I’m being ‘pissy’? I’m in the same boat as you when it comes to Nintendo and if they screw up this next generation. If they do, I won’t be there for the next iteration, I’ll move on and give my money to developers who try to make good games that aren’t purposely geared towards ‘everyone’ (like Nintendo has been trying to do). As a Nintendo fan since birth, though, I really hope they can get their act together and stop trying to please everyone, because when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.

      • Your mom

        Gess Louise man I think what Nintendo is doing is great, besides Nintendo still gives us Zelda games and majora’s mask is still freaky.

  • FartPants

    “Nintendo is expected to unveil the final Wii U specs, launch lineup, and price at E3 in about 5 weeks.”

    Didn’t they say two or three days ago that they will not be discussing the price at E3 and they’re waiting until they get closer to launch?

    • david6

      Even if they use that ibm power 7 cpu, if the box looks stupid no one will care.

      • david6

        and doesnt matter what price is. And also stupid controller.

        • Swic11

          No your just being ignorant, I think the controller is a great way to innovate, I can imagine playing Zelda without anything on my screen, it will be glorious

          • david6

            Well im not getting psid as a pawn to ssy things like glorius. The controler is stupid, have you even seen xbox720 stuff. Thay have a cool wrbsite, let people vote, see designs, all kinds of stuff. Its that page “happy home for furure xbox 720 gamers” or something, they 16 core cpu, all kinds stuff, cool designs. Look at that sight then talk again. Peace.

          • david6

            Well im not getting paid as a pawn to ssy things like glorius. The controler is stupid, have you even seen xbox720 stuff. Thay have a cool wrbsite, let people vote, see designs, all kinds of stuff. Its that page “happy home for furure xbox 720 gamers” or something, they 16 core cpu, all kinds stuff, cool designs. Look at that sight then talk again. Peace.

          • alienfish

            @david6

            Quit with the fanboy wars man. You haven’t even tried the controller yet or played any of the games so saying the console will fail and the controller is stupid is blind retardation. Nintendo’s first screw up was the Wii (as far as core gamers and graphics hounds are concerned), I think they deserve at least one more chance.

          • mkdhdh

            hey david. quit fighting you will not win. you’re being ignorant and actually childish XBOX WILL NOT HAVE A 16 CORE CPU that was a rumor. and dude for the love of god!!!!! SPELLCHECK i know my grammar isnt a 100% i’m not even american/english. but i can still write site in stead of sight. about the site that’s just a fanmade forum that gives the news like this one we could do that here but we already saw the frickin design at E3 so well here i am talking again because i looked at the “sight”

          • Your mom

            I can imagine that too.

      • NoPUNtendo

        Really? If it doesn’t have a awesome appearance no body will care? So the what’s in the box doesn’t matter? I won’t give two shits if Nintendo made a console that looks like a dildo, but plays like a supercomputer, I’d buy it. But by your logic, if the box looks amazing people will buy it. That’s like saying Apple.

  • SomePerson

    You know it would be nice to get that link to the site sometime soon

  • Swic11

    I’ve read the rumors on the 720 or do called Durango, I own a 360, but there isn’t way in hell going to be a 16 core processor, that console would cost over a thousand dollars and Microsoft would still take huge loss, I still say your ignorant to think that’s even possible, and I won’t even get started on the supposed GPU it has. I’m not in denial about the wii u, I know it’s likely to underwhelm and not perform as well as everyone hopes it to be, but you die are once again ignorant to think if Microsoft or Sony will make a machine that powerful

  • Swic11

    Sir instead of die

    • david6

      Can you honestly say your not a pawn? And honestly 100% say you agree with fast food guru Reginald Fil, in his “disrupt innovation theory”? You know God gave us a free will to speak and have an opinion. Now you cannot tell me nintendo is trying to put out another knock-off. I will stay a nintendo fan if they lose Reginald Fil, and have my whole crew support nintendo. But Gaming is not fast food and he needs to go. Nintendo is gone. Even i could buy grip of stocks from them,but they are worthless. Kung foo, karate, war, is not fast food, just good enouph, Reginald Fil is destroying nintendo.

      • swic11

        funny thing is, all Reggie does is what Iwata and Nintendo Headquarters tell him to do. He is just a glorified spokesperson for the US. So everything he does in on Nintendo’s shoulders, and if you honestly think that Microsoft is going to have a 16 core CPU your blind, deaf, dumb and once again ignorant, It would be way to expensive to produce.

        • Lunga

          Will games still be made for the original Wii once the Wii U is realesed?I only just got a Wii last christmas so i probably won’t be buying the next Wii system. So what i wanna know is will Wii games still be made, or will they stop making Wii games when the Wii U is out?

  • david6

    I dont get paid to say things. Im not ignorant, im a real person. That xbox site is cool as hell. Nintendo cant win. This time its all about core. Xbox will win. I testify my hand on the bible, i do not lie, im a real fan of nintendo who is bout to go to xbox. I just cannot pass up what 720 has to offer. I dont even want to die so i could play it. Im saving all my money for xbox, even ps4 cant compete. Nintendo abandoned us, now time to move on. R.I.P.

    • alienfish

      You’d give up on Nintendo based on RUMORS of another console that are so ridiculous that even Sony wouldn’t touch the probably price point involved in such a machine? You sir, were never a Nintendo fan, and are extremely ignorant.

      • mkdhdh

        david srsly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that site is full off fake bullcrap i watched most of it but the designs are fanmade the specs are rumors that are also fake (a fucking 16 core the machine would be more then 1000$) the interface and lay-out SUCKS. so please stop being an ignorant fanboy and start FACING THE FACTS

        • david6

          You know im tired of attacking and being attacked, just nintendo please change box design, then im happy, or at least offer black or red, cause red my favorate color, or black matches my e stand.

          • david6

            I change my mind, i just want the best. I guess well know what it is till e3.

          • mkdhdh

            1st off all we dont have the final design yet. it might have gotten smaller over the year. and about the colours i would want a red/black one not a white one because i got a white wii and well i didnt like white. but the controllers were good in white so i would like white controllers but a colourd console. and if you dont want to be attacked anymore then why bother shitting on a nintendo product on a nintendo fans forum

  • SomePerson

    For view on this entire Xbox720 and Wii U thing I try to keep my opinions as modest as possible. I don’t go ranting on some Xbox720 site and I also don’t go ranting on some Wii U site. What I do is don’t jump to conclusions, gather information and try to see the merits of each console. I read arguments of both sides equally. In the end though I probably will buy both consoles each for their unique appeal. The Wii U has a tablet controller that could open new doors as well as the Xbox720 having extreme hardware could show us things we never thought of. What I say, don’t just go around ranting about things until you know both sides with real information from a real source.

    • david6

      Well i wiil rant, rahhh! Im a lion! Game consoles are like cars, not fast food. Teginald Fil GET OFF MY NINTENDO!!!! And im not nice.:p:p:p:p

      • david6

        REGINALD FIL, GET OFF MY NINTENDO!!!! go back to fast food! Your the troll, not us!!!!

        • david6

          I hate you and your stupid clayton cristenson too. Move the fu## on. I hate what you did to nintendo, i curse you! :p: p: :p :p

    • swic11

      I can agree with you here, I own a 360 and a wii, and I will own a Wii U and the xbox “durango” 720 or whatever they will call it. I am excited about what both will bring to new game play. I also take rumors with a grain of salt, no sense in arguing about it, but I hate obviously ignorant speculation such as the idea of a 16 core processor or a dual graphics card in a console. I think an easy fact about console gaming is that its supposed to remain “kinda” cheap, that way any consumer can play games.

  • SomePerson

    Go ahead rant. I’m not the person that throws shit in your face when I don’t like something you said. I just don’t take sides until I get some full details on a subject.

  • Wildman

    I would pay $349 for a next-generation piece of disruptive hardware from Nintendo.

    • nathant16

      Gee, really, “wild man”, are you for real? Oh yah im so wild ill buy mediocre sh##. Really? If thats what wild means then i crossed the line when i let three girls jack me off and was high on me## and jack. Damb.

      • Wildman

        As real as I can be.
        You misunderstand my name.
        I am wild, but not in that sense of the word.
        You, on the other hand, are just crazy as sh##.

      • nathant16

        No, im just wild,. Nerd!

    • http://wiiudaily.com meleemaster64

      nathan16 shut the fuck up u little ass faget

  • Ares

    O.k. i dont want my a.i. or my former crew to go mad. But please listen to reason. Disruptive innovation means a better solution, not a gimmick distraction. So a better cpu and gpu at a more affordable price. Not what reggie fil aime is doing. He is substituting technology with downgraded tech. and gimmick destraction. He is a marketing schemer, he is not inventing a new affordable cpu.

    • swic11

      any console is going to be inferior and made with cheap hardware compared to whats actually available at retail. Consoles are made to be moderately cheap so that everyone can play. If you look at the PS3 vs the 360, its a proven fact that the consoles run about the same graphically. Compared to what was out at the time, they were still inferior. Nintendo’s Wii U will be no powerhouse to what current graphics cards can do now, but they do have to make a console that consumers can afford, especially given the global economy. And in terms of today’s graphical capabilities, there aren’t going to be huge jumps in power like there was 5 years ago, graphics can only get so good. I just hope that the Wii U will outperform todays tech, because if it does, the graphics will be enough.

  • medium

    Elvis wants cpu and a cool looking console.

    • Arif

      No not if you are working for a comanpy as a w-2 employee. If you are employed as a 1099 employee (so you are running your own business and doing your own taxes from your check) then yes, or if you are running the comanpy yourself or running a sole proprieter business then yes. As a w-2 regular employee its hard to write off anything.

  • Rus

    Hey ya, Rus in the house, party, so whats goin on, some kinda new nintendo thing. Cool bitches, count me in, ill deffinat be buyin thus shit when it comes out, cool.

  • alex

    You guys are still at it, wtf? Hey just show me a hot japanese babe holding a computer chip and im sold, ill pay whatever ask. Japanese girls are hot, mmm.

    • Rodrigo

      Why would I buy this when the gun is $9.99 for one new and the game is $22.19 for a grand total of $42.17 before tax and shppiing. That makes it $47.83 more than buying them individually.

  • david6

    Yah i got sorta asian thing myselv. Yah hot asian girl. Yah ill buy.

  • david6

    I think our talk was seen somewhere, rus isnt suppose to be rooted anymore.

  • Joaquim

    I think 349 is too much. 250 will be perfect and 299 will be okay.
    But if nintendo said that the Wii U will have a good price/quality balance I think that the Wii U will cost 250 or in the worst of the options 299.
    Seriously? X-BOX 720… I just believe in facts not in some crap fanmade designs.The facts tell me that Wii U will be a very good console, so stop insulting Nintendo, if you want to say bad things about it why don´t you go to your stupid site. This site is for people that are waiting for Wii U no for people that are X-BOX fanboys.
    X-BOX 720 what the hell is that?

  • jcb411abuser

    blah blah xbox720 this blah blah blah xbox720 imaginary not even confirmed to exist console that blah blah blah

  • Aces ‘n Eights

    “Nintendo is expected to unveil the final Wii U specs, launch lineup, and price at E3 in about 5 weeks.”

    FYI – it has been widely reported that Nintendo will NOT give a release date nor price point for the Wii U at E3.

  • Dead Emo

    what with this xbox n ps4 talk ….all i know xbox n ps4 goin to copy nintendo ..that all i have to say…

    • Your mom

      Microsoft and Sony copiers. Nintendo is like the Apple of gaming.

  • Atisha

    the text is wrong:
    Nintendo is NOT going to reveal the price at E3.

  • Your mom

    Oh man if this is the actual price I’ll have to sell my ds lite and dsi sooner then I thought. Plus I only have like $89, so I’ll have to get my dad to buy arkham city (and a Zelda game if there is one at launch).

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah $350 is perfect with 8 gb flash $400 for 16 gb flash storage and 1 wii u game and wii u touch screen controller bundeled package

  • kazy

    despite all the things u guys are saying about the wii u i’m still buying it