Another day, another Wii U price rumor. According to a survey, UK retailers are expecting Nintendo to set the Wii U price at £250. Or at least, Nintendo will set a price that will translate to £250 for consumers, since there are taxes to be paid and the retailers take a cut of sale as well. The retailers, speaking to MCV, do not believe the price will be any higher than that, and most expect it to be lower. They also hope that Nintendo Land is bundled with the Wii U in order to showcase the potential of the new video game console.
By comparison, when the original Wii launched in the UK in 2006, it was priced at £179. However, the GBP was much stronger than the Dollar and Euro back then than it is today. So it’s very likely that a £249 Wii U price will translate into $250 USD in America and 250 Euros across mainland Europe.
Yesterday it was revealed that Nintendo is considering multiple Wii U models at launch, which could be sold at different price points depending on accessories and possible game bundles. Over the past few weeks, Nintendo has spoken a lot about the Wii U price. recently, company president Satoru Iwata said that the Wii U price will be reasonable. We’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo decides, but one thing is clear: they have learned from the mistakes made with the 3DS, where it was initially priced way too high. The 3DS received a price cut shortly after, and Nintendo admitted that they had the wrong price and launch strategy with that system. Mistakes that won’t be repeated with the Wii U.