Wii U Will Cost More Than $249 - President of Nintendo

Nintendo Wii U Not Projected to Be Affordable

by Anton Shilov
06/08/2011 | 06:27 PM

Nintendo Wii won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide because it provided unique gaming experience thanks to motion-sensing game controllers as well as because of relative affordability. But while the successor of Wii will again offer very innovative controller, it will not be as affordable as the original console.


Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, said in an interview with Nikkei business daily that the Wii U will likely be priced at more than ¥20 000 ($250) in Japan (the launch price of the original Wii in the U.S. at launch) when it goes on sale next year, reports Bloomberg news-agency. Nintendo is unlikely to sell the new console for the same price as the current Wii, the report cited Mr. Iwata as saying.

Thanks to low price and innovative motion-sensing game controller, Wii attracted to gaming those, who had never played video games before, which is why it turned out to be the best-selling console of the generation. But with more advanced games with more complex controlling schemes and with higher price of the hardware, Wii U may be less successful among non-hardcore gamers. Nintendo still targets all audiences with the Wii U.

“As an industry what we haven’t achieved yet is a game platform that is equally satisfying for all player. This is exactly what we intend to create with our new home platform," said Mr. Iwata.

Nintendo Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics and generally performance demanding games that can run on consoles like Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3. The system itself is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor as well as a modern ATI Radeon HD graphics chip with high-definition graphics and video support. But the main feature of the code-named Cafe game console is its unique controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.