Amazon lists Wii U for December 21

Online retailer's German arm lists late December release date for Nintendo's new console with $500 speculative price point.

Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will be released worldwide this holiday season, but when will the console actually go on sale? According to Amazon Germany, the new system will arrive on December 21, priced at €399, or about $500.

Might the Wii U be out on December 21?

The site makes clear that Nintendo has not yet announced a price point for the Wii U and that the cost it lists is purely speculative. As of press time, Nintendo had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment regarding the listing.

The original Wii launched in North America during November 2006 at $250 and arrived in Europe a month later for €250.

Earlier this month, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said the Wii U must retail for under $300 at launch. This matched an earlier report, which suggested Nintendo was likely to finalize the cost of the Wii U to be no less than $300.

The Wii U is Nintendo's first high-definition console and has gargantuan shoes to fill if it wants to replicate the success of its predecessor. The original Wii launched in 2006 and is presently the top seller in the current generation, topping the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Recently, Nintendo said it has had a more difficult time, relative to the Wii, relating the uniqueness of the Wii U to consumers. Nintendo of America vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt claimed once gamers try out the Wii U's tablet-like GamePad controller, they will understand what makes the Wii U different from the Wii.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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brgreen
brgreen

Pay $500 to play the same third party games on PS3 or 360? Makes no sense?

okassar
okassar

350 would have been the most fair price. 500 dollars makes no sense at all, that's the max I would pay for a MS or Sony console next-gen, and they are going to have top notch tech.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Sounds like they may be rushing development of the console if they're wating till 4 days before Xmas to release it. The hardcore Nintendo nut balls will buy it, and maybe some parents for their kids. But this thing is gonna tank hard in the long run. I don't need to know what tech's inside it, don't need to know how much it costs. All I need to see is that it's NOT a next-gen system. It's an expansion to the Wii and should've been sold that way.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

Most people would only pay 300 if that. And considering the only good thing about the Wii U is the controller. I kind of doubt even 300 will be worth it.

whitetiger3521
whitetiger3521

If they expect high sales it's gotta be under $300 period.

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

why would amazon leave such a random pricepoint? wii u should be about the same price of wii at release also why is the wii u coming out wen the world ends? dec 21 2012 dun dun dun

gix47
gix47

lol,fail fail fail..am not sure what Amazon he was looking at or more likely whatever website he copy and pasted from..had it all wrong..so wrong..amazing that someone like Mr Makuch got a job as "new" editor..he just trolls ign and copy and paste,hench why gamespot is almost always a day behind of the news

SoNin360
SoNin360

$500 sounds way too steep for the Wii U. $300 sounds about right, but I'm guessing they will launch it at $350 and lower it not too long after launch. Either way, I can wait for this.

LandauTST
LandauTST

$300 sounds more than reasonable, really. Why Amazon is rushing to put it up without official announcements of a release date and price point is beyond me. I would imagine it would be out well before Christmas. IF it came out that soon before the holiday, people will be at eachother's throats trying to get it. I wouldn't think it would come any later than October-November.

GhostHero333
GhostHero333

$500 for the Wii U. Hahahahahahaha. Definitely wont happen not after the flop of 3DS. Also that date seems a little off because the companys usually drop the date before black friday for increased sales. I think they will drop it end of october or beginning of November so that they may even get a second wave of shipments just before Christmas. By the way definitely getting the Wii U.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Keeping in mind that the $500 might be incorrect, if it IS true I see literally nothing that justifies that price tag in my mind. There's not a single game in the WiiU launch lineup that I've looked at and thought, "I gotta get me some of that!"

 

Granted, this is often the case with launch lineups, but this is a pretty curious departure from Nintendo's usual strategy of pricing to a low entry point. Also, typically when a new console comes out there is some sort of "killer app" item that drives it. With the Wii, for instance, there was motion control and a relatively low price point.

 

Well, motion control is something everyone has now. There's no graphically killer game that screams, "This is a NEW console! Not a bolt-on to the existing Wii" and the benefits of the tablet controller aren't really that apparent and/or aren't blowing me away at this point.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I doubt it will cost $500, even Nintendo knows better then to charge that much. I am guessing $250-$350 but of course this is just my own estimates. It would be nice to be able to see what kind of power the system has because that might help with price estimations (then again, the Wii was powered mostly by sticks and twigs and it launched at $250. Granted lots of people are more skeptical because of how bad the Wii was so lots of people will be holding back on he Wii U and Nintendo will probably take keep that in mind).

Evenios
Evenios

no way its worth 500 bucks.  300 or 250 would be great anything more you could just get a ps3 or 360 for much less..

Vickman178
Vickman178

The system isn't going to sell for under $300 quit advertising that gamespot your the only site that keeps quoting fricking pachter.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

So will we see some epic mall fights over the system ?  People shopping for Xmas at the last minute and getting frustrated over trying to get a Wii U.

jamyskis
jamyskis

Releasing on December 21st would be commercial suicide. If it were true, Nintendo obviously has no interest in business of the countless parents wanting to buy one for their kids.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

$500.00 for a system not as powerful as the current Gen and geared towards kids and the casual gamer.. Good luck with that..

badstyle
badstyle

 @Dagamemonkey totally agree, being sketchy about the price of a unit is a really bad business move too, as if it is expensive at least give people the chance to start saving in these times of austerity and high unemployment.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

Something tells me it's going to be very pricey. Nintendo's being very quiet about it, and I don't think that's a good sign. Heck, I'm not looking at buying ANY of the new three systems at launch because they'll all three probably be really expensive.

yavix
yavix

$500 is ridiculous, and there's no way that Nintendo would ever go for that, since they actually want to sell systems. I'm going with $300 to $350, especially since it doesn't have a built in HDD and it's not boasting any really revolutionary technology. I think I'll have to pre order if that's the date, and I'll order from amazon so I can get release date shipping, that way I won't have to worry about getting bonked in the head at my local gamestop.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

It will never be $500 quid. Based on the assumed specs, it must be quite cheap to produce the console and controller (between 150 and 250 quid) so they can sell at $300 and make a profit. I don't think even Sony will price the PS4 at that.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Needs to come out a few weeks sooner than that, too close to Christmas

28362g
28362g

Less than $100: Too good to be true

$150: Doesn't look like that

$200: Shut up and take my money

$250: Nice!

$300: Seems reasonable.

$350: ...Okay.

$400: I'm on the edge.

$450: No way Nintendo. I'm keeping my money.

$500: Now I know your screwing with me. What's the real price?

28362g
28362g

There are some rumors that seem reasonable to believe. This is not one of them. Nintendo in the past has always aimed for lower prices. They certainly wouldn't have developed the Wii U if it cost too much. And come on, a tablet controller + the console itself with current gen graphics = $500? Not only is this something un-Nintendo like, this is just really hard to believe in general. If Nintendo didn't care about cost, my Gamecube and SP would be playing 3D images. 

jark888
jark888

Hopefully Wii U will support backward compatibility with Wii games. I really don't have room for too many consoles. I already got 3 of them right now.

 

LinksAwaken719
LinksAwaken719

$500 lol give me a break. There's NO WAY that it costs that much, especially if it only has a Radeon HD 4850 GPU in it. Nintendo loves to sell their consoles cheap, which given that they apparently scaled back the power of the system to make it more affordable not too long ago I can't see this thing being more than $350, especially in this economic climate. It would be suicide

sacatash
sacatash

Although it is pure speculation, that is just laughable.

Nintendo already hinted that the price point is 'reasonable' and they are going for the price that 'has value' for the consumer.  

Also late November is most likely the launch date strategically just like they did for the Wii Launch starting before Black Friday through Christmas holidays.

steelmouth
steelmouth

that would be on my birthday just incase anyone wan buy it for me,message me to get my mailing address

 

Thanks

kh2gamer
kh2gamer

LMAO that's the end of the world 

28362g
28362g

$500? No way that's true.

stfudouche
stfudouche

Most ill pay is 200....Not a fan of how there always avoiding giving out the specs and if all the signs of the next xbox coming out q3 of 2013 id rather get that and spend the 200 on games.

fcccrash
fcccrash

 @COPMAN221ISBACK

 funny when the phillips CD-I came out back in 1991..it was like 700 dollars..didnt last very long. a whole bunch of interactive storybooks, programs, flop. sega saturn didnt seem to do well either, that was 400 dollars also..

Vickman178
Vickman178

 @COPMAN221ISBACK IM PRETTY SURE IT SAIS ITS PURE SPECULATION!

 

And it is slightly more powerful than current gen so get your facts straight.Not to mention all the features in the controller. That costs $$$ to manufacture.

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

 @yavix 399$$ and 499$ bundle with game and extra controller and stuff.... u would be surprised how costly the 2nd tablet controller is.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @yavix 

European consoles always sell at a higher price than North American so even if it was 399 Euros, most likely it'll be $400. 

okassar
okassar

 @jark888 Even if they have limited backward compatibility, all they need to do is target the good games. That's a solid 15. It shouldn't be too hard.

LusterSoldierGS
LusterSoldierGS

 @jark888 Nintendo has already confirmed that Wii U will have backward compatibility for Wii games.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

 @kh2gamer

There are those who said the same bull about May of last year. What makes you so damn sure it's going to be any different this time? This 2012 bulls**t has got to stop NOW!!! 

constantterror
constantterror

 @J4m3sR4n0r72 Ah it just shows you how people are so stupid O.o the preacher man says its end of the world what a bunch of bs thankfully I'm not a slave to stuff that doesn't exist.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

 @Vickman178

 Dont get you panties all in a bunch my little fanboy. I am a Nintendo fan and have every system released by them but I am sorry to say that the Wii U has shown me nothing that has "WOWED" me. As for your its "slightly more powerful than current gen" comment. Well pat yourself on the back if that thrills you but I will wait for Microsoft and Sonys next system which will once again make Nintendos system look obsolete. Sure the Wii sold well but look at the mountain of shovelware games thaty no one wants to buy. You can't justify a system on a few gems. But hey knock yourself out pal :)

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Vickman178 Actually, they will probably be selling the console for a profit, unlike Microsoft and Sony who actually lost money with initial console sales. Not to mention he is talking about that being a bad idea, he never said that this wasn't speculation. Even still, however, if it is truly only slightly more powerful then current gen then their is no way I am paying more than 100 for what is an inferior product. 

yavix
yavix

 @Evilbunz That would definitely be great, but they'll make more money if they sell extra controllers separately.  I'm sure the controller costs a pretty penny, but I'll probably pop for one at launch, also a game as well. Hopefully the games will cost the same as the Wii games.

swyg
swyg

 @COPMAN221ISBACK Of course you can.  I've justified quite a few systems on only a few games.  More specifically games that I was really interested in, which would qualify as gems.  You can do it with one game if it truly satisfies you enough to keep the system/handheld/pc you bought.

Vickman178
Vickman178

 @vault-boy Profit could be anything from 1$ and up thats not the problem here, I was addressing his unintelligent comment which indicates to me that he didn't fully read the article.

 

and your comment about not spending more than 100 if its only a little more powerful is just ridiculous...The controller alone will probably cost around 80$.