Amazon's German website has lowered its price for the next-generation Wii U console, while Nintendo has promised that the cost for the game system will be “reasonable.”

Amazon's German website has lowered its price for the next-generation Wii U console, while Nintendo has promised that the cost for the game system will be “reasonable.”

 
Amazon.de previously listed the Wii U for €399.99, but it has since lowered it to €349, which works out at $435 or £279, still somewhat pricier than expected. The listed price is believed to be an estimate, but it is unusual for the online store to alter it so quickly.
 
The UK version of the website set the price at a more modest £199, but has since removed it.
 
 
Meanwhile, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has refused to give a price, but promises that it will be “reasonable,” adding that the company won't make the same mistake it did with the 3DS, which failed to take off initially due to its high price, forcing the company to make a substantial price cut only months after launch.
 
The company's American president, Reggie Fils-Aime, stated at E3 that gamers will be “pleasantly surprised” by the price, suggesting Nintendo already has a final price tag in mind.
 
It is widely expected that the actual cost will be closer to $250, the original price for the Wii, which was one of the attractive qualities of the console that helped it expand beyond the core gamer base.
 
Iwata also pledged that Nintendo will regain its profitability by the end of this fiscal year, after posting its first loss this year.
 
Sources: CVG and GamesIndustry