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Report: Wii U Will Cost More Than $250
Report: Wii U Will Cost More Than $250
June 8, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

When Nintendo ships Wii U next year, it expects the console and its unique touchscreen-based controller to sell for more than ¥20,000 ($250).

When the Kyoto-headquartered company launched its last home console in 2006, it priced the Wii at $250 in the States and ¥25,000 in Japan, occasionally marking the system down as consumer demand declined.

Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata said the platform holder likely will not sell its next console at the same price as the Wii, according to a report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper translated by Bloomberg.

Unveiled yesterday at Nintendo's E3 press conference, the Wii U is a considerable advancement of its previous console, featuring high definition graphics, a tablet-like touchscreen (6.2") controller with built-in cameras, and more.

"The new platform will provide you with deeper game experiences than what even the most passionate gamer has realized before and it will offer wider appeal to gamers, wider even then for Wii," said Iwata yesterday. "It will let everyone see games in a different way."

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Joshua George
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I'd say 300$ Max for the system itself, and each controller beyond the first will probably be ~100$.

Doug Poston
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I've seen conflicting reports, can the Wii U even run more then one Tablet at a time?

The Tablet just displays video generated by the base unit. So the idea that you could run 2-4 of them *plus* an HDTV is a bit nuts.

Arnaud Clermonté
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How about 1-2 tablets plus 1 HDTV,

or 4 tablets without TV ?

( The tablets are supposed to be non-HD )

Or 2 WiiUs and 8 tablets?

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If the tablet runs in 480p I can't see why this is ridiculous. Though I have moved on from the argument. I can't see why Nintendo would not just let the developers decide what they want to do in regards to this. If the Wii u has enough power then it should not be a problem.

Daniel Gooding
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If a dev-studio makes a good console RTS game, with the potential of using multiple wii-u controlers to play local lan-style games, thus getting rid of the need for a "lan party" set-up. I'll buy the additional tablets for $200 if I have to.

None of my friends have up to date laptops, and that would pretty much bring back game nights with more than 2 people playing in a room. Except for castle crashers. That game was just amazing.

There are so few local multi-player games for more than two people now, and there is only so many times you can play mario party before you go insane, and none of us wanna play the dance/rhythm/rockband game junk. We want some local multiplayer for actual gamers, and this system has the potential to be amazing for local multiplayer. I'm just hoping that some publishers, give dev studios the ability to take some risks.