Nintendo calls $100 Wii U game prices 'fictitious'

Amazon, GameStop product listings indicate Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, and more to cost $100, Nintendo says these are "fictitious" prices.

Retailers Amazon and GameStop are currently listing a range of Wii U titles--including Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Just Dance 4, and Lego City Undercover--for $100, but these prices may not be accurate. In a statement sent to GameSpot, Nintendo said these prices are purely speculation.

Retailers believe Wii U games will cost $100, but Nintendo thinks otherwise.

"Retailers are beginning their presale activity, but given there is no official software price, they are using fictitious prices," reads a line from the statement. "When software pricing is officially announced later this year, I am sure retailers will adjust their websites to reflect the true price."

The Wii U is due for a worldwide release this holiday season. The system is Nintendo's first high-definition console and is a successor to the Wii, which is the best-selling platform of the current generation. Nintendo has not named a price for the Wii U yet, but company president Satoru Iwata said gamers can expect to pay a "reasonable" amount for the console.

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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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257 comments
travisallred
travisallred

Does "reasonable" mean reasonable or was it said as it often is when somebody actually means a lot?

Pattonfiend67
Pattonfiend67

this little kid's articles are all the same...

 

quit hiring 12-year olds with caterpillars for eyebrows...

Falru
Falru

The best thing about Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo is that there's three of them. Not one. They compete with each other for business.

 

That's a good thing.

Wula_
Wula_

Nintendo kinda killed my fanboyism with lack of steallar games for hardcore fans on the wii. Hopefully the Wii U brings me back to nintendo. So far they are doing bad with just giving me one reason to own the system..... Pikmin 3. Come on Nintendo gotta try harder then a single game to get me excited to wait in line again on Day one.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

WoW Nintendo truly is great!! hence how Sony and Nintendo are free online? Pffft thanks for raping us XBOX and making us think paying is better!!

mriom
mriom

microsoft and sony will die long live the age of the nintendo

 

91210user
91210user

I bet Nintendo are trolling! I'm a fan on shopping around on Amazon and I've never seen Amazon make a dumb mistake like this. Gamestop are doing the same thing too and that tells me something!

emperiox
emperiox

Know what else should be fictitious? The Wii-U. It's going to be a piece of crap like all the other Nintendumb consoles. ;)

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

I'm surprised that most of you managed to make it to this page since you obviously cannot read.

fghtita
fghtita

Oooh, $100, how scary. Try living in Scandinavia - games ROUTINELY cost $90 on launch-day :POf course, we also get free healthcare and college tuition, so it all balances out somwhere.

345tom
345tom

Yeah, I'm doubting the prices are going to rise that much. Over here in England, pretty much every game sells for about £40 near release, but wii games are notably cheaper. The problems come when a retailer thinks it has a hit; CoDs are selling for about £45-£50 after 6 months of release.

ButtonBasherBW
ButtonBasherBW

If they got their prices from Australian stores then that might not be so bad. Games here aren't shy of launching at $80 through $110. 3DS games generally $50-60 being reasonable, with $80 being the 'big title' game store price.

LordWaffleKing
LordWaffleKing

I am very worried now for the future of gaming. Not because of this alleged $100 price, but because it seems that very few gamers can actually read. The article clearly states that the prices have not been announced. I work at a GameStop, I know for a fact that the prices aren't actually that high. They're not even estimates. They're random numbers that were filled in. The pre-order sheet lists the Wii U games as "Sega Saturn" games, only it's crossed out with pink marker and Wii U is written under it. It's pretty obvious that no one knows anything about the Wii U yet, as it wasn't even announced. Use those semi-functional goo puddles that you call brains and try not to embarrass yourselves.

nightshadeA
nightshadeA

most of you have never bought a actual cartridge game have ya ?  I remeber the nes sega gen ect going for what ever they wanted to charge for em

 

the music stores were the worst tho wherehouse sold the snes sf2 original version for 80 even and had lines down the block  and phantasy star 4 was 90 (thats when sega decided cartridges were done for ) just cd's were cheap cuase the games were small

 

Now your getting multi dvd games...

l0ner_1
l0ner_1

Wii U? Sega game gear any1?

 

csward
csward

Who would believe Nintendo would sell games at $100 when they have lots of trouble selling them at $50. Nintendo, since they've been in business has always had reasonable prices on games. 

 

Perhaps the new controllers could cost $100 at your local retailer with fat margins for Nintendo and the retailer. Game companies make bank on peripherals and Nintendo is the king of gimmick peripherals. hmm..

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

If this were true we'd be able to hear Nintendo's stock value drop all the way from our computers.

Willy105
Willy105

The only company that kept their game prices at $50 is now going to charge $100 per games? No one would ever believe that, especially since they sold some of the most software last gen.

 

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

tl;dr

 

"We wanted to see your reaction to the $100 Wii U game pricetag. If enough of you bitch about it then we won't do it."

mkb11109
mkb11109

$100 per game. u must be CRAZY!!! if there not 59.99 or less kiss my @ss

Nick277
Nick277

Bet they'll be that much in Australia tho, just like Xbox 360 and PS3 games are.

craigprime
craigprime

I'm just glad to know that the prices on Gamestop have no facts based on them. Because they worried me.

RulerofGondor
RulerofGondor

Well, duh. Anybody who actually thought this was gonna happen clearly needed to get some therapy.

Razorlight6
Razorlight6

The real sad bit here is that 2 major game selling sites listed rather outrageous prices without fact checking, with one perhaps blindly copying the other's listings, just like what happens with news these days.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well 'duh', I'm sure mostly reasonable minded people figured that much anyway, Nintendo. Geez, give some of us a lil' credit.....<_<

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Just place-holders, people, move along, nothing to see.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Well Amazon can't start their prices lower than the actual pices because of their price promise thing, so they'll always start the prices higher... Only they have nothing to base it on yet, so start it stupidly high and there's no problems.

Slayer198484
Slayer198484

The 360 the best console ever made? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! After having 3 ELITE Xboxes give me those 3 little red blinking lights of DEMORALIZATION, I turned over to look at my 10 year old Dreamcast and noticed that IT WAS STILL WORKING!

buying1999
buying1999

$100.00 for a wii-u game??? Hell, I wouldn't give that much for the system ROFL. I mean all you're getting is a underpowered system with a touch screen. Big whoop.

Nah. I think I'll stick with the SUPERIOR Xbox 360 console. 

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

chimpdaddy
chimpdaddy

i need to say this.

 

are most of you lot brain dead. you pay that much now derp. game + dlc = at least 120 so its actually cheaper.

 

learn to take a step back and look at the real picture, and as the article states, they are guess and they honestly wont be that much

birdisthew0rd
birdisthew0rd

 @fghtita thats okay you have pretty girls and as u said free healthcare and college tuition so no complaints. and OH! your $90 game will now turn into $150 :)

jlnkeno
jlnkeno

 @Willy105 actually nintendo was the first system to sell N64 games for $60, as far as I remember.

rarson
rarson

 @100proofsoco

 

Too bad you didn't actually read the article, because you obviously don't understand what is going on here. Nintendo didn't set these prices, the RETAILERS listed the games at $100 because they aren't yet sure what the actual MSRP will be. See, the idea is that they list the games at a higher price than what they will actually be, so that they're not forced to adjust prices upwards. Hence, $100 is comfortably well above any price that Nintendo is expected to set them at.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @Nick277 That or drop it down to $99 so that they don't lie and still get to screw us over at the same time.

 

I just import Wii games anyway. $89-$99 for years-old games? No thanks.

rarson
rarson

 @PumpkinBoogie 

 

Unfortunately, it's quite obvious that there are a lot of people (here on Gamespot, anyway) who aren't.

Bane_09
Bane_09

 @buying1999 

Did you even read the article? I doubt prices will be that high....

And you seem to think the 360 is a powerful system? rofl I have a 4 year old computer that has more power. 

rarson
rarson

 @buying1999 

 

That's an old quote.

 

By the way, the Wii U is more powerful than the 360. Oh, and you're an idiot if you think that the games are going to retail for $100 each.

Willy105
Willy105

 @jlnkeno That was back in the 90's when games came with cartridges. 

 

Even before the N64, you had games like Final Fantasy 2 which cost like $80 to buy. 

 

Of course, due to inflation and disc being much cheaper, the value of things changed.

 

Prices of games will be going up in the future due to inflation, but it will be cheaper because the population will make that much more money as well.

 

That said, going from $50 to $100 in one generation is ridiculous. 

AussieDCO
AussieDCO

 @rarson 

Just like the Wii was apparently going to be far more powerful than the Xbox 1 and PS2 

chimpdaddy
chimpdaddy

 @100proofsoco please explain and show all prices of the games + dlc

 

otherwise no, just no to you.

 

game+dlc on games go near 120 when they are first released

chimpdaddy
chimpdaddy

 @beardednun25 i dont buy it all personally but to name a few

 

the elder scrolls: oblivion\ (will be for skyrim)

fallout games + dlc (if not brought from ultimate edition)

dragon age 1

mass effect 2 + untold amount for 3 due to cr*p skilled players buying mp stuff rather than using skill.

all COD games

SF games

need i go on, the gaming industry is milking people dry without them realising, people can be so blind and willing to bend over.

rarson
rarson

 @AussieDCO

 

Uh, it is. The Gamecube was more powerful than the PS2, and the Wii is about twice the Gamecube.