Rumor: Wii U to be priced at $300

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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According to the blog Forget The Box, the Wii U will be priced at about $300.


The estimated worth of the components reportedly cost around $180, which would mean that Nintendo would be making a profit off of every system sold. The article goes on to explain the cost of every little thing that goes into it such as the camera on the controller, but I’ll cut to the chase and give the most interesting detail.  A quote from the source within the article explains “Nintendo chose an economical GPU and CPU that could keep up with the performance of today’s current consoles, but keep hardware costs down to maximize profits.”


Considering the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 already show off some pretty amazing graphics, I can’t see this as being a huge problem at all.  How much better can graphics actually get after all?  As for the price of the console, I also can’t find any room to complain about it.  With the Xbox 360 starting out at $400 and the Playstation 3 starting at a whopping $600, $300 for a brand new console seems pretty fair.  But until Nintendo confirms the price, we will have to just wait and see.


How much would you be willing to pay for the Wii U? Is $300 a fair price or would it be a deal breaker?

  • I’m hoping it’s in the $300-350 range. I wouldn’t expect any cheaper (although that would be nice), but I think it would be too much to go into the $400 range

  • Frankly, I wouldn’t mind a more expensive console at launch, followed by a quick price drop and an ambassador program covering SNES and GCN games which would more than compensate for the extra cost, just as they did with the 3DS.

    • Richard Ross

      I miss the days where consoles came with a game…like a real game I’m not talking Wii Sports, more like Super Mario Bros.  Perhaps they can bring that tradition back? haha

    • I don’t know, man.  The Wii came with Wii Sports, which I consider to have about equal content to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt.  The 3DS came with 20 full NES and GBA titles if you bought it early and I had picked up and enjoyed Street Fighter 3D edition (and still hold tournaments in it locally), and even if the Wii U doesn’t have an ambassador program, I’ve budgeted to buy Aliens: Colonial Marines,  Tekken Wii U Edition, Batman Arkham City, and Darksiders 2 on the Wii U (and if Team Ninja went back and improved Ninja Gaiden III, then that as well). 

      If Nintendo have started a tradition with their 3DS Ambassador program, then that’ll be a bonus for me, as I would gladly accept 10 SNES games, and 10 GCN games while everyone else can pick up the Wii U for a lower price. 

  • You can get an Xbox 360 for $299.99 (a 250GB model) and a PS3 (320GB model) for the same price. I have no idea where you got $400 and $600 dollars from.
    At least at my local Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart (Texas).

    I think $300 dollars would be a great starting price for the Wii U. I’m excited to learn even more about the system and software at E3.

    • Scott435

       He’s talking when the PS3/360 first released.

    • Oh alright, no wonder I was confused I thought he was talking about current model starting out prices.