At the beginning of March, we covered a rumour that Nintendo‘s upcoming console was going to retail for around $300. While that’s still speculation, it’s recently been suggested again. According to unidentified sources reporting to the Forget The Box media collective [via Kotaku], the total cost of manufacturing for the Wii U is around $180. The report states that about $50 of that goes to the tablet controller. Given what the controller does, that doesn’t seem at all unreasonable. The source further states that while Nintendo is still currently looking at the market as a whole, and finalizing manufacturing costs, the Wii U is not expected to sell for any less than $300 retail. The report goes on to explore the manufacturing costs in more detail, so you can check it out if you want, but it all comes back to that alleged $300 price tag.
$300 is not unreasonable for a console. When it launched, there were two available Xbox 360 packages: one retailing for $299.99, the other for $399.99. In comparison, the PS3 launched with two packages at $499.99 and $599.99. Taking that into consideration, the Wii U’s price is still comparative. The Wii itself launched for around $249.99, and given all that Nintendo’s new console is supposed to be able to do, that extra $50 seems to be going a long way. But given that the Wii U is being touted as direct competition to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, both of which can be found for between $150-200, the price may be a sticking point for some.
These are all just rumours, though. From unnamed sources. Between this and the accusation that the Wii U doesn’t have the power of the Xbox 360 and PS3, it makes you wonder if these unnamed sources just hate Nintendo. But I digress. What are your opinions? Do you think this is the Wii U’s price point? And would you buy one for $300?