Nikkei Rumors: UPDATED

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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Earlier today, Japanese financial paper Nikkei reported on new developments at Nintendo.  These included a larger 3DS, a price point for the Wii U, and various non-gaming features of the Wii U console.

Nintendo has now denied this report on their official Japanese website.

Andrisang (our translation source for the original Nikkei article) reports that “Nintendo’s statement claims that the Nikkei report is not based off things announced by Nintendo, is full of mistakes and is nothing more than conjecture from the paper’s publisher.”

Original Article:
Japanese financial paper Nikkei has reported on various new developments from Nintendo.

First up, they are reporting a larger 3DS iteration, akin to the DSi XL, with a 4.3 inch screen.  A release across all major regions is suspected as early as summer.

Also being reported is a potential 30,000 JPY (Japanese Yen) price point for the upcoming Wii U console.  Converted, that comes out to $382.94 USD (US Dollar), 306.75 EUR (Euro), and 249.10 GBP (British Pound).  If true, a price point between $350-400 seems likely for the US release, though Nintendo had previously stated that they would not be revealing the price point of the Wii U at this year’s E3 event.

Non-gaming content for the Wii-U console was also discussed, including books, a large karaoke selection, and even car navigation.

Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference kicks off this Tuesday, June 5th, at 9am PDT.

Source: Andriasang
Source: Nikkei

  • That wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  • Highly doubt it’ll be more then $299 for a Wii U Nintendo doesn’t want to pull what they did with the 3DS again where they overpriced the handheld and ended up dropping the price within 6 months of release.

    • Tyson Gifford

       earlier speculation ahd NIntendo reserving pricing info until after e3 so they could adjust it according to anticipated demand… I would be surprised if that changed… the price point could just be Nikkei’s prediction… they are a financial paper after all

  • LARGER 3DS, now THIS is something I can believe.

  • larger 3ds…but with dual analog?…waiting to be impressed…

  • Well, nevermind then. >.>