Nintendo Not Revealing Wii U Price at E3

Nintendo has confirmed that they although they will be showing off the final hardware configuration of the Wii U at E3, they will not be revealing the price.  Some analysts believe that the Wii U cannot sell for more than $250.00 to be successful, while others have stated that launch price will be no less that $300.00.  regardless of the price, I feel that this is a smart move on Nintendo’s part.

With no focus on price, all attention can be filtered towards the unit itself.    They can do what they failed to do for the 3DS, such as focus on the features that make it unique (like the NFC Tech, that was leaked for Rayman Legends).  It will also allow them to focus on the games, and what they bring to the system.  I am sure that Nintendo will give it some time for the demos to soak in, the excitement to build, and the fanboys to scream “WANT”, before the final price is revealed.  It is much easier to justify a higher price tag if the fans are excited about the system.

It has also been said that they will not confirm a launch date at E3.  Again, I believe that this will help build excitement for the system.  The price and release date are minor details on the system launch.  In the end, the playability is what matters.

What are your thoughts on a price free demo?  Do you think that knowing the features and capabilities will subliminally lure you in to a higher price?

8 Responses to Nintendo Not Revealing Wii U Price at E3

  1. Cory says:

    It will work on some people

  2. Job says:

    Nintendo never gives prices or release dates for their hardware during E3. 3DS’ price or release date wasn’t unveiled until a couple months before it was on sale

  3. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    Price free demo seems kinda normal really. Push the idea/concepts, and let the customer hype it up to be more than worth the cost. Personally? I’d buy the WiiU even if it was 1$K, but then again, I just like Ninty. I’m thinking arounnd 250-300 is reasonable.

    Though, they better have some awesome looking demos to try, and not just Mii stuff. The “hardcore” people (also read as, graphics are most important gamers), won’t care about controls, they just want mega HD, magic. Hopefully Ninty can deliver on both fronts. Wii’ll see soon enough.

  4. gojiguy says:

    No price… No release date… No confidence.

    That’s what I see. Hard to get hyped if you don’t know when the damn thing comes out and how much you’ll have to pay.

    I suppose it could be good though, means more time will (hopefully) be devoted to showing games, services, etc.

  5. EdEN says:

    I think the price will be $299, sold at a loss due to the tech and the controller. I’d go as high as $349.

  6. RisnDevil says:

    Nintendo, I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve solved your pricing problem. Give a clear, known, pre-established “launch-window” (I’m thinking launch-thru-new years) where the price will be a “super-special, promotional, limited-time price of MAX, $249. Start things off with a bang and a “fire sale” moving MASSIVE amounts of units establishing an insane install-base, then raise the price back up to $349. By this point there frenzy will still be just beginning and Nintendo can return to making profits off each console sold.

    Then just sit back and profit!!

  7. wakko1337 says:

    RisnDevil: Have you ever heard of a console being sold on sale right off the bat? When the thing is released at a price, that’s automatically the “baseline price.” When they raise the baseline up to 350, there will be massive outrage and it will NOT go as well as you had hoped.

    Cool idea though.

  8. kaka says:

    Daaaaaaa, GENIUS¡¡¡

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