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Rumour: Wii U To Cost Less Than $300

Whee! Oooh!

Those secretive unnamed sources have been gossiping once more and this time the topic is the Wii U.

A lengthy post over on Forget The Box estimates the manufacturing costs for the new console to be around $180 (£114) and that the public will be able to buy the hardware at around $300 (£189).

“Cutting production costs to maximize profits is Nintendo’s main concern with the Wii U. They are cutting costs in the Wii U’s hardware to build back confidence in investors. Nintendo wants investors to view Wii U as a less risky proposition,” said the mysterious source.

Nintendo are likely to bundle the console with a game which will increase the price, but would you be tempted by a £200 Wii U?

Source: Forget The Box

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36 Comments
  1. gideon1451
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Even cheaper than a Vita, that’s definitely something.
    Sounds like they’re going for a similar to strategy as to what they used with the Wii.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:03.
  2. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Wow. It sounds much worse in $…I still won’t be getting one though, still gotta get a PSVita for a start!

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:04.
  3. TheDemocrodile
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    i havent bought a Nintendo product since the GC but if they shove this out at that price consider me in, especially if their version of remote play works as i (and millions of others) hope it does.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:04.
  4. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Colour me interested, at that price.
    Unless the successor to the PS3 gets announced at E3, that is.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:08.
  5. Rabid-Coot
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    I’d expect $300 to convert to around £250 or more based on previous international prices.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:10.
  6. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Not really interested. The lack of a harddrive and proper unified network repels me.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:10.
  7. David Carlson
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    I would only buy if Pokemon MMO is a launch title.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:12.
  8. Mike
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Just buy one and hope it’s the Wii launch all over again and sell it on for £250+ :P

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:15.
    • Origami Killer
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      lol, this seems to be your strategy with the Vita too :P

      Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:30.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Can you tell I spend too much time on HUKD? :P

        Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 14:15.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        haha you do, you own the cheap games and deals thread.

        Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 14:25.
  9. bigbaldwolf
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    The price conversion never works out. The Vita was $250 in America which works out at about £160 and yet we paid £230. If the Wii U is $300 then expect to pay atleast £250 over here.

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:20.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Agreed. I’m finding that the GBP is homing in on a 1:1 exchange even when the real-world rates are anything but that. Meh. Consumerism.

      Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 14:29.
      • bigbaldwolf
        Member
        Since: Mar 2012

        It is going that way which just confuses me no end. I don’t see why we pay so much more than Americans do for the same product.

        Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 14:34.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Ah, to be fair, they have sales tax added on (which we always seem to ignore when conjuring “oh my god, how expensive?” articles). :-) However, some of our prices really do smart. Importing into Britain has never been cheap but it hurts like hell when the pound is weak.

        Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 14:49.
  10. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    If it ends up being under £200 I’ll buy one day-one

    Comment posted on 10/04/2012 at 12:20.

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