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.
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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