It’s been ages since the Wii-U was announced at E3 2011 and ever since we’ve been patiently waiting for a release date and pricing. So far Nintendo has not really delivered on either with a “Holiday 2012” release date for the next gen Nintendo console and no pricing as of yet. It seems that major retailers like Best Buy are ready for the Wii-U’s release with web pages all set up with a stand in price and everything. However as Holiday 2012 approaches, Nintendo STILL refuses to gives us a price for the system. In an interview Yomiuri Shimbun daily, CEO Satoru Iwata is still not coughing up the info we’ve been waiting for. However he did have this to say:
We won’t make the same mistake that we did with the 3DS, which was considered relatively high by consumers.
As you call can recall the 3DS was originally priced at $250. However, due to sluggish sales and consumers saying the handheld was “too expensive” Nintendo slashed the price to $170 and lost money on the 3DS because of it. Although the price drop has been effective. I even have one know…although I am down a few games and one 3rd generation iPod touch.
It’s wonderful that Nintendo is improving so much with the Wii-U, they’ve even learned from their past mistake with the 3DS it seems and it looks like the Wii-U will hopefully be priced fairly. Although it’s going to be hard to compete with other current gen consoles that are less than $300 at this point. I myself will definitely be getting a Wii-U though. The console looks innovative, is bringing more adult games to the table, and it’s just plain shiny to me.
Let’s hope for an actual release date and pricing for the console soon.