Do you think the Wii U too expensive in your region?

#1 Posted by theodacourt (519 posts) -

So Wii U prices have been set and dates released. Here's a phat table.

Wii U ModelUSAJapanEuropeUK
Basic£185 ($300)£210 ($340)£241 ($390)£250 ($405)
Premium£216 ($350)£252 ($408)£282 ($457)£300 ($487)

So are you happy with the price point in your region? I was pretty pleased when the US prices were released. £185/£216 seemed like a great price and I was thinking of getting one despite not really being interested to start with but £250/£300 is way too much. I suppose I should have expected European prices to be jacked, but with the premium model approaching 150% of the US price, I can't help but feel ripped off. And to American bombers, if Reggie said you'd be pleasantly surprised by the price point and then put the premium model at $485, would you be happy with that? Especially when it seems much more that the premium model is the standard that has been cut back for the basic one, rather than a bunch of bonuses being added to the basic model to make it premium.

Thoughts?

#2 Posted by Willy105 (4688 posts) -

The US prices are reasonable considering the competition are at a similar price, but I would have liked something cheaper for my selfish self.

#3 Posted by LazyChan (13 posts) -

Its reasonable for the US but the price is far too inflated everywhere else especially Europe. I think Nintendo will get solid sales in the US but if they really wanted to penetrate the market hard they should be more willing to take a loss on the console and sell it cheaper.

#4 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

£250 and £300 for the Basic and Premium SKUs respectively aren't expensive for a launch console (in my opinion), but those prices exceed my purchase price point (of £200). Will purchase next year, because I NEED MOAR GAMEZ!

#5 Posted by JeanLuc (3565 posts) -

The US price is reasonable for a new console, I'm just not sure the console itself is worth it for me.

#6 Edited by believer258 (11570 posts) -

Yeah, that sounds fair to me. It's a little bit more powerful than the current gen consoles and therefore costs a little bit more. Could use a few hundred gigabytes more storage, though.

I'm not going to berate the launch lineup too much - launch games generally aren't the best of any console's library, with the exception of Halo, but I'm still wary of it because there isn't anything great coming out on it. Yes, I'm aware of the Nintendo exclusives, but when I say "great" note that I mean "interesting". "Different". "Noteworthy". "Original". "Curious". You get what I'm saying. The next remake of Ocarina of Time and the next gimmick in Super Mario 64 will probably be worth playing but they aren't going to make me buy the console.

#7 Posted by JasonR86 (9587 posts) -

The price of the WiiU isn't the problem.

#8 Posted by JJOR64 (18894 posts) -

Living in the USA and the price is fine.

#9 Posted by aquamarin (555 posts) -

Yes, I won't buy it. Bought a 3DS a couple months ago and already traded it in, that was too much at $160. Nintendo's experiences aren't for me anymore.

#10 Posted by dagas (2744 posts) -

538 dollars here in Sweden, but that is mostly because the USD is not worth much these days.

#11 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Current placeholder at my local retailer sits at $761, which is a bit too much.

However, it's set at 4995 SEK, when it should be 3500 SEK to follow the stupid 1 USD = 10 SEK shit.

#12 Posted by dagas (2744 posts) -

@Jack268 said:

Current placeholder at my local retailer sits at $761, which is a bit too much.

However, it's set at 4995 SEK, when it should be 3500 SEK to follow the stupid 1 USD = 10 SEK shit.

CDON has it for 3499SEK but yeah most of them have it listed for 5k which is like you say about 760 dollars. But it will go down closer to release I bet.

#13 Posted by TehBuLL (590 posts) -

If your wii u controller breaks in the US then what?

#14 Posted by DeF (4778 posts) -

€299 / €349 are fine.

Anything higher would've been bad though. But €349 for a brand new system plus a game and some extra peripherals (charging cradle is actually pretty nice) that's totally okay.

#15 Edited by Slag (3923 posts) -

price ain't the problem

where's the features and system selling games?

#16 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

I understand why the prices are what they are but it's above what I'm willing to spend on a console that's pretty much what I have now. I'll probably pick one up when the price drops though.

#17 Posted by dungbootle (2455 posts) -

No, it's fine. I'll probably be getting it used a little later, so no problem really.

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