Amazon has leaked the price and release date for Nintendo's much-anticipated next-generation console, the Wii U, and the figures may come as a shock to some.
Amazon has leaked the price and release date for Nintendo's much-anticipated next-generation console, the Wii U.
The German website, Amazon.de, listed the Wii U for pre-order at €399.99, which is roughly $508 or £323, making it somewhat pricier than expected.
The price may, of course, be an estimate and has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, but if this is the launch price it begs the question why Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, promised that fans will be “pleasantly surprised” by the price
The original Wii launched and stayed at $250 for a long time, but Amazon's Wii U price is more than double that. While the new controller is likely more expensive to make than a standard Wiimote, it would not justify the overall high cost, which will do little to attract families on low budgets, one of the big audiences Nintendo secured with the original model.
Games are also listed at €69.99, which is around $89 or £57, making them much more expensive than Wii titles, which cost around $50 at launch. Such high prices will likely drive away gamers, casual and hardcore.
The UK version of Amazon also listed the console last week, but it was priced at a much more modest £199, which equates to $315 or €248, a far more affordable price and much more in line with expectations. However, another UK retailer, ShopTo, listed the Wii U for £279.85, so it is hard to tell which is the most accurate price. It may be that each retailer is simply putting up its own estimate, which only serves to confuse potential customers.
As for the release date, Amazon.de lists it as 21 December, just days before Christmas. This will help with the busy holiday sales, but it may cause problems with people trying to get the console in time as a gift for friends and family.