The Nintendo 3DS was one of the most poorly priced gaming systems to launch in years. The handheld hit the US market at $250 (and around the world at the same relative price). Consumers spoke with their wallets, and Nintendo found out the hard way that they were asking way to much for the device.
The company elected to slash the cost of the Nintendo 3DS down to
$180 $170 last August; since then, they’ve enjoyed sales of a significantly higher order.
Supposedly, the big N has learned their lesson. They won’t be repeating the same mistake with this year’s Wii U release. In the Yomiuri Shimbun Daily, a Japanese newspapaer, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata responded to an inquiry about the Wii U’s pricing with this: “We won’t make the same mistake that we did with the 3DS…”
Nintendo, obviously, has not announced either the price point or the release date for the Wii U. That news will supposedly be coming later this summer.
For reference, the Wii launched in the US back in 2006 for $250.00. Will Nintendo set the same price for the Wii U? Let’s hear your predictions.