Nintendo marketing executive reveals official MSRP for first-party software to be on par with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
NEW YORK CITY--Wii U games will cost $59.99. Nintendo director of product marketing Bill Trinen told GameSpot today that the MSRP of first-party software for the company's new high-definition console will be on par with that of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
A $59.99 price point for Wii U software represents a $10 increase from that of the Wii's $49.99 asking price. Nintendo shot down previous speculation that Wii U software would cost $100, calling the price tags associated with various retailer listings "fictitious."
In addition to confirming the software MSRP for Wii U games, Nintendo announced today that the Wii U itself will arrive on store shelves November 18 in North America. The system will be available in two bundles: a $299 8GB white basic model and a $350 32GB deluxe black version.
The Wii U will arrive in Europe on November 30, with a Japanese launch following on December 8. For more on today's Nintendo news, check out GameSpot's full report.
GameSpot's full interview with Trinen will go live tomorrow. In the discussion, Trinen touches on messaging mistakes Nintendo made with the Wii U, why Nintendo believes the Wii U's launch lineup is its best ever, and more.
$60 isn't bad for consoles at all....I imagine that Microsoft and Sony will be pressured to up their prices if AAA development is going to be supported on their systems for anything other than established brands - the cost of development for these studios is too often the studio itself. At least with the Wii, a company can make a stab at a good game or niche title without killing themselves on graphics costs and manage to be profitable even if it doesn't become the next Madden or Call of Duty (like Xenoblade Chronicles). Sure, ease of experimentation also means shovelware system, but at least we get some cool exclusives out of it (such as Fluidity or World of Goo).
As a 360, Wii, and gaming PC owner, I'm really not interested in the next Xbox yet. All the valve/ea/multiplatform AAA titles end up coming to PC with free online support at a third of the price for whoever waits for the inevitable seasonal sale on Steam, and I just can't justify my xbox purchase on Kameo and Halo alone. Sadly, my Wii has gotten played a lot more in the past year than my 360. Wii-U as my interest for the gamepad, but I really need to wait until the next Nintendo-FPS comes out to see how a purchase could give me something I can't have with a PC-wired 360 setup.
60$ is what most console games go for now so I'm not really seeing what the outrage is about.
I'll save my outrage for when sony or microsoft announces that their next system games will be 70 - 75$
£320 for a Wii U?.. What are they playing at?.. I hope they do a 3ds style price drop after Christmas
this is not a good sign. i do have a basic understanding of economics and nintendo's justification for this price isnt there. when the 360 and ps3 came out the landscape of games was different. the ipphone app games and tablets wernt a factor, ps3 and 360 were pushing the boundaries of what was possible at the time. This time things are different. on top of already competing with tv, music and movies, they now have to compete with 1. iphone apps and games (yes i know they arent as rich experiences but noone can deny they have a market) 2. tablet games 3. the previous generation already having touch games 4. a huge back catalogue of games for the wii, ps3 and xbox 360. the jump in graphics and capabilities soared with the leap from ps2 to ps3, you couldnt have 1000's of enemies of screen ala dead rising, the online aspect wasnt as developed. the wii u's big catch is saying "now we can do what the others have been doing for years already but with an extra gimmick".
im a collector and have all 3 current gen games plus pc. Im getting the wii u because i can pack the wii away and have this one and play a few new games at the same time but nothing so far has made me go "no more 360 or ps3 for a while!" i can buy a truck load of AAA games right now dirt cheap i bought red dead redemption goty version and la noire goty version and batman arkham city doty version all for $36 each (i live in oz) thats 3 great long games packed with content for 1 wii u game (advertised here for $108).
sorry i love nintendo but this strategy won't work i think heavy discounting will be the reasons for a rush of wii u sales ala the 3ds, btw dont forget europes in recession, the us is still dragging, aus is slowing down as is china, people are tightening their belts.
@devildemondruid not me man i have more money than i know what to do with....wait, nope ok its all gone now. the thing i'm sorting is the fact that Wii u doesn't even surpass ps3 or x360 in terms of technology or graphics but its releasing at a near $100 premium with technological inferiority relative to existing systems already dominating at lower prices with larger software libraries. err that was a long winded sentence meant to simply say wii u has no market in my mind. beginning of the end for nintendo ala Sega and eastern airlines. rip mario
supersaiyanrockr you are very nieve
1 on my gamestop reserve new super mario bros u says $100 us dollars but guess what this confirmation right here proves that it was a place holder
2 how you call this a lie you don't live in the usa , to even have substaintial proof this is going to be a lie , zombe u is 60 dollars ,
so why is that game 60 dollars ? ill tell you why ---its because wii u games are going to be 60 dollars or less, heck even amazon,com lists smbu at 59,99
something tells me your a troll , and lovely how you post ebgames link , that is owned by gamestop the same said company who told me that the 100 dollar price was most likely not right that it was a place holder , now unless gamestop wants to owe me 40 bucks why would they say its 60 and charge 100? explain this
@mariokart64fan Incidentally, if you want me to see your comment without me having to revisit this page, you need to hit 'reply' under my comment.
I meant it was bullshit in the case of Australian prices. I provided a link in a reply to my earlier comment, if you want to check it out.
They're $108 over here in Australia.
That's more than we're charged for X360 and ps3 games.
$99 at JB and even more cheaper is to buy online.
Of course, buying online is always cheaper.And I can imagine that Jb would be cheaper than EB.
I'll wait and see the console features before I think about whether the price tag is justified, though. They got some things right from what I've seen, but I've not seen everything.
I wonder if the Wii U will be like the Wii. Buy the Wii for $250 and sell on Ebay for $1000. That would be nice since you buy the Wii U for $350 and sell on Ebay for $1400. Thx Nintendo for being stupid and allowing me to make money off you(atleast off the Wii sold 3 of the for $1000 each one). Just saying.
32GB? Seriously 32GB? 20 GB was horrible for the 360, but at least that was 2005.
It's 2012, 2 TB drives can be bought for 100 bucks or less for the past two years. (yes at times they are more expensive)
But c'mon. 8 gb and 32 gb? I could see the 32gb being the cheap-o version.
But when getting the deluxe version, it really should be 250-500 gb (at least). Again, it easily could have been 2 TB. If they really wanted to stretch it, they could have gone even higher than that since 2 TB isn't the biggest out there for the past year plus.
Is it upgradeable?
Why only 1gb of memory? It's not like 1-> 2 gb would have cost more than what...a dollar or three. You can get 16 gb ddr3 for cheap as hell these days. 1gb?
Still underpowered against a medium computer from three years ago using a mid-range dx11 vid card.
I'm sure there are some good things about this console. I'm sure it's an upgrade over Wii. I'm sure it's a bit better than 360/ps3 specs wise. But um, this is supposed to be a new console right? 32gb deluxed hd and 1gb ram is shotty as hell. 1gb video memory is still pretty small with 2-4 out there on single card solutions as the norm.
It just seems since they aren't really trying to compete with 360/PS3.... obviously with a system like this.... they could of made a much better system and charged about 50 bucks more for it. More hd, more ram, better processor, better and more memory vid card. They could of stepped it up a notch or two on each and it not been very much more.
@jmc88888 Do you know how much 2TB hard drive costs? It is at least $100-110 on Newegg.
32GB in the console is NAND flash, many faster than the mechanical drive in the 360 / PS3.
The console uses a very modern Power7 IBM architecture based on "Watson" design. This is an Out-Of-Order for vastly superior CPU performance to Xenon in 360 and the Cell. It is not going to be as fast as Intel Sandy Bridge or 2013 Haswell CPU but those cost $180-200 for a quad-core. None of the next generation consoles will have such an advanced CPU as Intel's Haswell or Sandy Bridge.
Then you got the GPU. HD7000 series is rumored. That's not amazing vs. HD7970 Ghz but that card costs $430+. You can't fit something like this in the Wii U not only because of cost but you'd need a 500W power supply and a huge cooler. If you go with HD7950 Mobile, that costs $250.
So really you either don't understand how console work, or if you want top of the line components, please build yourself a PC (I have a PC and I understand that for best graphics and shooters, PC rules). That's not what the Wii U is for. Against PS3/360, it's vastly superior in GPU and CPU power.
@jmc88888 yes it was confirmed that you can use external hard drives and sd cards with this system ,
You need to understand that consoles aren't built like PCs. They make a custom motherboard that embeds all the components (cpu, gpu, flash storage and flash memory directly on the PCB, similarly to how phones are manufactured. There are no DIMM slots for additional memory or an LGA socket for placing a CPU (its all soldered directly to the PCB).
There is expandable storage via USB.
2GB of Video RAM is the sweet spot right now for PC gamers. Unless your running multiple screens and very high settings, 1GB is more than enough, especially for just 1080p resolution.
@Flint247 i know right but what they dont complain about is paying 60 then forking another 15 over for five maps! or how about capcoms scam ---5 dollars for on disc dlc, its ok for them to do that , but if nintendo wants to charge 60 bucks the same price 360 and ps3 charges for many of their games and cant even run at full 1080 p naitive it has to be upscalled and on top of this , xbox360 makes you pay for multiplayer , , and when 360 came out it didnt have no wifi built in and it still uses dvd where as wiiu has this all built in and has bigger capacity discs ! so i think the 60 dollars is more then generous especally if you all can fork over extra cash for downloadable content! dont give me anything about wiiu being underpowered if we dont even know what the next gen systems will do in the end yet and even if we did - there is a chance , that youll be paying 70-90 for their games
@Lotus-Edge That's roughly the same as most ps360 games.... hell , some places Skyrim STILL retails for only a couple bucks shy of $60. $60 is only slightly more than most games , this is also probably the max price , just like how 3ds games were supposed to retail for $40 but often can be found $20 or less.
This is all no-brainer stuff. I cannot believe Gamespot would write that story about the $100 listings without explaining why they were listed at $100, and instead implying that it was the actual retail price. But that's exactly the kind of hack writing you get from Eddie Makuch. Eddie, you really do suck.
Not a complaint, but a question and a survey. Where are people coming from that they paid more than 50$ for NES, Snes, 64, Genesis/ whathaveu ? I was there in the heydays, and I NEVER paid more than 49.99 for any game. Did you guys go to mom and pop shops?
DK64 new was $80. It was a huge cart. Big carts were always expensive. That's why Neo-Geo games were $200 and up.
@BigWorld41 Toys'R'Us. I remember paying $69.99 for Street Fighter Alpha 2 on SNES.
So Pikmin 3 is skipping the Wii and heading straight for the Wii U? I'll never forgive, never forget! Wii on U, Nintendo!
@Stesilaus I doubt it'd run on the Wii...
@JimmeyBurrows I suppose it's possible that the game's design just called for more objects than the Wii's processor and/or memory could handle. However, I suspect that money is the main incentive. Nintendo wants to force Pikmin fans to buy the Wii U, just as Microsoft stopped publishing Halo games for the PC so that they could force Halo fans to buy Xbox 360 consoles.
Hell, even the original Quake came out for $60. $10 for the disc, and then $50 for the rest of the episodes. Granted, XBOX, PS2, Gamecube, and N64 retailed games for $50, while some SNES games retailed for $60. Nothing has changed, ever since the NES, most of the software sold for consoles stayed within that $10-range. In fact, adjusted for inflation, games are cheaper now than they were 10+ years ago. The only platform to be almost consistently cheaper is the PC and handheld consoles.
@IMPACT_17 If you haven't notice, median income has actually gone down in the last 10 years. In real terms the prices have gone down, but games are still costing about the same portion of people's income. If this recession ends and companies stop being so cheap with salaries, I wouldn't be surprised to see a jump in game prices.
@IMPACT_17 You're absolutely right. Actually though, SNES and N64 games were at 60. I remember SNES specifically because Sega ran a promotion that all of their games would be 10 dollars cheaper (aside from VR) than SNES games, and they retailed 49.99. Gamers haven't a clue on the value they get today compared to 20 years ago.
The big N64 carts, like DK64, went at least as high as $80. Carts were always expensive, hence the switch to optical discs.
Nothing beats Neo-Geo games, which were anywhere from $200-$1000.
with the game , if i remember right sf64 was 60 due to the rumble pack included reg versions could be found for 50 i bought dk64 for 50 when it came out without the pack cause i bought that when i got my replacment system
why are the games as much as ps3 and 360? looking at the vids iv seens the graphics aint as good as ps3.. i seen cod on wiiu and it looked crappy
@westsiderz28 you must be nieve ,
the wiiu version of call of duty black ops 2 is already confirmed to run at full native 1080p hd at 60 fps , ps3 360 are 60 fps 720 p hd ,
upscaled to 1080p lol so how you get your results from i think you need to read the announcment again
Because the cost for producing games is more then just the graphics. Gameplay, mechanics, story, voice acting, dialogue, testing, marketing, etc.
You need to get your glasses fixed. http://www.gamespot.com/events/pax-2012/video.html?platform=1070&sid=6394387
@westsiderz28 thats because cod always looks crappy on all consoles
I'll live. These standard prices are kinda BS, much as to the reason why I stopped playing console games. I'll prob buy like 5 games that I can replay, much like I do with my xbox, and just not buy anything else.
When consoles are finally on par ideologically and physically with PC, then I'll start focussing more.
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