The Wii U's Controllers Are REALLY Expensive

When the Wii U goes on sale in Japan on December 8, the cheaper of the two hardware bundles available will be priced at ¥26250.

If you want to buy a second Wii U controller, though - and remember, the system does support two, even if early games won't - you're going to have to pay.

A standalone Wii U pad will cost ¥13440. Or, half the price of the entire console. That's unprecedented in home console gaming, at least for a standard peripheral at this stage of its life.

Let's convert that to US Dollars. It's a little unfair, given the conversion rate doesn't reflect what the console will actually cost in the West, but this is just for illustrative purposes.

¥26250 converts today to USD$337. A controller, at ¥13440, converts to USD$172.

That's insane. It's expected, since so much of the Wii U's appeal - not to mention tech, since it's capable of acting as a second screen - is packed into the pad, but still. You can understand why Nintendo doesn't expect many games, or gamers, to be using two of these things.

Handy tip: don't ever, ever break your Wii U controller.