Wii U parts set to cost about $180 and at above $300

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#1 Posted by ZOnikJJ (258 posts) -

Links: Kotaku and Forget The Box

So the Wii U costs about $180 to make, and these sources are saying it won't retail under $300. Obviously the information isn't quite official, but $300 is a lot for old tech. Forget the Box gives a lot of detail, check it!

#2 Edited by Kidavenger (3629 posts) -

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@ZOnikJJ said:

$300 is a lot for old tech

Even though I've seen old tech go for just that in GameStop?

#4 Posted by Shivoa (645 posts) -

Link-bait nonsense rumour link is link-bait nonsense.

As soon as the Wii U actually comes out we can read the teardown and not be at the mercy of people trying to profit from advertising dollar by printing anything their fever dream halfwit cousin comes up with.

#5 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Even if this was true the old tech argument doesn't work very well as the PS3 and 360 were both "old" tech within a year of their release.

I don't think people care about graphics as much as you think. Look how popular Call of Duty still is, that's one dated looking game.

#6 Posted by ZOnikJJ (258 posts) -

Well, with respect to the original Wii, it launched at $250 with old hardware.

In addition, the PS3 and Xbox 360 likely will see price drops (to as low as $150 says Kotaku) this year.

#7 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@ZOnikJJ said:

In addition, the PS3 and Xbox 360 likely will see price drops (to as low as $150 says Kotaku) this year.

Damn that is crazy good for a PS3.

#8 Posted by alternate (2720 posts) -

I think "old" tech is the least of their worries. To replicate the success of the wii nintendo must convince all those mums and grannys who bought in to the wii that this new one offers something different. The hardcore buyers will just be gravy.

#9 Posted by Kung_Fu_Viking (717 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

Barely. It's not so advanced that it should cost $300.

#10 Posted by egg (1469 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

By better you mean just its graphical capabilities.

#11 Edited by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1733 posts) -

                                                                       Rumour

                                                              Anonymous Sources

#12 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

$300 is a good price for a new home console.

#13 Posted by masternater27 (920 posts) -

People also forget that console specs =/= PC specs. Having to do nothing but run games allows a lot more to come from what would look like the worst modern PC specs ever.

#14 Edited by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

@egg said:

@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

By better you mean just its graphical capabilities.

its graphical capabilites will still be less than playstation 3 or xbox 360. and i dont give a shit or want to play games on a tablet. this is a pass for me.

#15 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

I think $300 makes sense, but it's asking too much for what's on offer. We'll see if Nintendo makes the package more compelling at E3, but Baby's First Tablet and a souped up Wii aren't exactly impressing me.

#16 Posted by egg (1469 posts) -

@tunaburn said:

@egg said:

@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

By better you mean just its graphical capabilities.

its graphical capabilites will still be less than playstation 3 or xbox 360. and i dont give a shit or want to play games on a tablet. this is a pass for me.

Well in that case I wonder what Kidavenger meant when he said it will be better. (who knows maybe it will be.. but we don't know) Its controller is evidently worse, but maybe the tablet features will make up for it somehow.

#17 Posted by Choffy (444 posts) -

If it's $300 and black (my white Wii is the only thing in my home theater cabinet that's not black), I'll buy it at launch.

#18 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Hahaha... "sources"

#19 Posted by freewilly5 (64 posts) -

wait for e3

#20 Edited by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

...but Baby's First Tablet and a souped up Wii aren't exactly impressing me.

And if it's anything like the original Wii we'll have to wait a year and pay another 40-50 bucks to get an attachment for the tablet that makes it work properly :P

#21 Posted by Humanoid (204 posts) -

That seems pretty good, wouldn't mind picking up a Wii U for that price.

#22 Posted by James_ex_machina (899 posts) -

Parts are only PART of the total cost. Manufacturing, shipping, and advertising make up the price too. Either way it does sound underpowered for the true next gen.

#23 Posted by Mesklinite (816 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

$300 is a good price for a new home console.

Especially if it uses last gen's controllers and is backwards compatible.

#24 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1254 posts) -

Waiting for Nintendo to actually say something about the Wii U and show something about the Wii U. So far there is just a big nothing about it if it is coming out this year.

#25 Posted by DeF (4979 posts) -

@Kung_Fu_Viking said:

@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

Barely. It's not so advanced that it should cost $300.

You don't know that. Anonymous rumors lead you to believe that but at the end of the day, you have no idea what is in there. Besides, $300 for a brand new system is a pretty good deal regardless.

#26 Posted by Gaff (1888 posts) -
@JasonR86

$300 is a good price for a new home console.

$300 is a terrible price for a new home console considering that its equally powered competition retails at $200 to 250.
#27 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

@Gaff said:

@JasonR86

$300 is a good price for a new home console.

$300 is a terrible price for a new home console considering that its equally powered competition retails at $200 to 250.

We don't know enough about the Wii-U to say that. All we know is that it is the next Nintendo home console. Considering what we know $300 seems to be a good price.

#28 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

I think it's going to cost 250 tops

And I'd rather pay 300 for a 4850 than 600 for a 6670.

#29 Edited by selbie (1969 posts) -

What I'm really holding out on is the cost of the Wii U tablets. If the console only ships with one, how much will I need to fork out for another one...

and what if they decide at E3 that there should be 4 controllers supported. Too many unknowns at this stage.

#30 Posted by Gaff (1888 posts) -

And the key phrase is "we don't know enough". If Nintendo is still aiming for a Q4 2012 "launch window", dev kits would've been released to developers and factories would be preparing to start producing Wii Us. Both would mean that the hardware has been finalised. Though so far, nothing has been reported, and Nintendo has been eerily quiet (apart from "yeah, we made a big loss last quarter, but don't worry, we're launching this 'Wii U thing' this year. Promise!").

Then again, who knows come E3.

#31 Posted by Xerxes8933A (227 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@ZOnikJJ said:

In addition, the PS3 and Xbox 360 likely will see price drops (to as low as $150 says Kotaku) this year.

Damn that is crazy good for a PS3.

From what what I've heard, that 150 applies to the 4gb Xbox. That currently retails at 200, so that's a 50 buck price drop. So that would mean 200 for Ps3 and 250 for the proper xbox. Anyway, the Xbox had a bigger discount then that last month, so not really worth waiting till holiday season for less then the cost of a game.

#32 Posted by Levius (1230 posts) -

So Nintendo is still Nintendo then.

#33 Posted by Bulby33 (617 posts) -

I'm definitely not buying this thing on day one if it's over $300.

Though I say that now but I'll probably still buy it. haha

#34 Posted by PatchMaster (235 posts) -

If it's really only $180 to make it sure as hell better not cost more than $300. I realize there are other costs associated with production but paying $350 for $180 tech would be absurd.

#35 Posted by StrainedEyes (1333 posts) -

I wonder how much storage it will come with, if there will be different SKUs.

#36 Edited by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Unless they have a actual Wii-U in their hands, and even then I doubt the estimating prowis of Kotaku. there is no way they can know how much the Wii-U will cost.

Edit: Actually I doubt anything from Koutaku.

#37 Posted by kurtbro900 (116 posts) -

I hope this thing is easier to get than Wii was. I had to wait about a month just to find a Wii anywhere, and even then I had to get lucky.

#38 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Since when did rumor become fact?

#39 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@rebgav said:

@selbie said:

What I'm really holding out on is the cost of the Wii U tablets. If the console only ships with one, how much will I need to fork out for another one...

and what if they decide at E3 that there should be 4 controllers supported. Too many unknowns at this stage.

It only supports one tablet controller, there's no need to have two.

Actually, that's still up in the air. I've seen it stated that the Wii U could use two tablet controllers.
#40 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@rebgav: In the end, we'll just have to wait until E3 for any real information. But I do wonder how they would pull off the use of two tablet controllers. I'll just use the one tablet controller though. I still only have one Wii Remote. If any friends or family come over to play, they bring their own.
#41 Posted by biospank (657 posts) -

well 300 seems like an ok price. I am not sure what other people who are non-gamers would even think about buying it, for me the tablet gimmick is already taken by apple and it works. But I am not sure if the tablet controller thing would even controll well but it probably will with the right games. 

#42 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Kidavenger said:

It's better than current gen consoles and it includes a tablet and it's the latest Nintendo console, if it's only $300 it's a day one purchase for me.

Recent reports are its on par with current consoles. 
#43 Posted by Radar (904 posts) -

@ZOnikJJ said:

Well, with respect to the original Wii, it launched at $250 with old hardware.

In addition, the PS3 and Xbox 360 likely will see price drops (to as low as $150 says Kotaku) this year.

Welp, guess it was a good idea to wait to upgrade to the Xbox S. I'll have to buy a PS3 for my folks too.

#44 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (279 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man:

Anonymous, unconfirmed reports.

#45 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@TheManiacsGnome said:

@The_Laughing_Man:

Anonymous, unconfirmed reports.

The first reports where right off they system has just much power. 
#46 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (279 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man:

Who? Who says? The VG247 article where nothing overly specific is listed just 3 ANONYMOUS quotes? I was as disappointed as the next guy when I learned that the Wii was a overclocked Gamecube. What we got in the end wasn't a perfect console (What Nintendo console hasn't had issues the past few gens?) but it offered experiences that in most cases I couldn't get on my PC, PS3 or 360.

All I'm saying is people need to not write it off so quickly and easily. I also don't see how the price is an issue, the PS3 launched at a ridiculously stupid price and I'm sorry guys...my PC games were looking better and running at a higher resolution. Does that mean the 360 and PS3 were stupid investments? Nope, and neither will the Wii U whenever it launches.

#47 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@TheManiacsGnome said:

@The_Laughing_Man:

Who? Who says? The VG247 article where nothing overly specific is listed just 3 ANONYMOUS quotes? I was as disappointed as the next guy when I learned that the Wii was a overclocked Gamecube. What we got in the end wasn't a perfect console (What Nintendo console hasn't had issues the past few gens?) but it offered experiences that in most cases I couldn't get on my PC, PS3 or 360.

All I'm saying is people need to not write it off so quickly and easily. I also don't see how the price is an issue, the PS3 launched at a ridiculously stupid price and I'm sorry guys...my PC games were looking better and running at a higher resolution. Does that mean the 360 and PS3 were stupid investments? Nope, and neither will the Wii U whenever it launches.

What it boils down to are reports say it wont launch for udner 300 dollars. I do not have the money right now to spend on a system we have seen no gameplay off of. And that most reports claim its not as powerfull. There is a thing some where the Darksider 2 guys say its only as strong as the current gen. 
#48 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (279 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man:

Well, it has taken everyone awhile to get what they got out of the 360 and PS3. I guess I just don't buy early pre release anonymous "reports" when you factor in that more will be squeezed out eventually.

A great example is Quake 4, launched on the 360 and it was a terrible mess when it came to performance on the 360. While the PC in the house with "Weaker" specs then the 360 was running it at a higher resolution and framerate. It's just to early to throw the hardware in the Wii U under the bus, and it's far to early to call judgement on the software and where it's headed. Heck man, I owned a 4870 which is what the GPU in the Wii U is based off (R700) it is faster than the GPU in the 360 and PS3 hands down. Evidence just doesn't support the attitude people have taken towards the Wii U.

As for the money thing, I'm not trying to convince you to buy one or to buy one at launch. This conversation is just whether or not we feel it's worth it based on the specs, and all I'm saying is that isn't necessarily a fair way to go about it by merely citing anonymous reports.

#49 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

So we've heard that the Wii U is less, more, or equally as powerful as the Xbox 360, PS3, IBM's Watson, or a TI-83 Plus. In other words we know nothing. How do we get from knowing nothing to knowing the cost of production? Simple, just spew out any plausible-sounding number and people will eat it up.

#50 Posted by selbie (1969 posts) -

@rebgav said:

@Claude said:

@rebgav said:

@selbie said:

What I'm really holding out on is the cost of the Wii U tablets. If the console only ships with one, how much will I need to fork out for another one...

and what if they decide at E3 that there should be 4 controllers supported. Too many unknowns at this stage.

It only supports one tablet controller, there's no need to have two.

Actually, that's still up in the air. I've seen it stated that the Wii U could use two tablet controllers.

They're already cannibalizing the power of the machine to render two separate video streams, I can't imagine that supporting more tablets would be a good thing unless it only supports multiple tablets when the console isn't sending output to a tv. God damn it Nintendo, what is this insanity?!

E3 will certainly explain everything, but what if one breaks? I need to know how much these things are before I dump more money into Nintendo's coffers. Also, two or more tablet controllers don't necessarily have to stream the same volume of information as one. It all depends on the game.

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