Nintendo Talks Wii U Pricing

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Wii U is the Nintendo Wii successor. That doesn't mean the upcoming HD console is going to pick up where Wii pricing leaves off.

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"I don't think we can charge the same price as we currently do for the Wii," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Japan's Nikkei Newspaper. The Wii is currently priced at under ¥20,000 (US$250) in Japan.

The Nintendo boss added, "I don't think the Wii is going anywhere anytime soon." Like the PS2, the Wii could continue to have legs after new hardware launches.

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When the Wii went on sale in 2006, it was priced at ¥25,000 ($313) in Japan and $250 in the U.S.

The Nintendo 3DS launched at ¥25,000, making it doubtful that the high powered Wii U with its tablet controller will launch at ¥25,000.

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任天堂、新ゲーム機「Wii U」発表 当初2万円超か [Nikkei via オレ的ゲーム情報]

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I'd think the most they could get away with would be $400. Anything higher and it'd probably be considered too much, seeing as how even the $500 launch PS3 was pricey.

Also, "When the Wii went on sale in 2006, it was priced at ¥250 ($313) in Japan and $250 in the U.S."

250 Yen would be closer to $3.13 :)

#corrections