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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:05:20 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
I'm thinking they don't even have to be on the $50 mark like every console, and they can do $269.99 or $279.99. If they go $299.99, then I think a lot of people are going to wait for the inevitable price drop. Of course that depends on Nintendo's line-up. If they have a really strong line-up of launch titles (hopefully they learned their lesson from the abysmal 3DS launch, which I think if they had the 5-7 quality titles that released not too much later they could have kept the system at $249.99 or $199.99), they might loosen my wallet.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:05:53 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
I'm not sure that retailers make money on systems either. I could be very wrong though.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:05:55 AM PDT
I.Flores says:
>>They should definitely do $249. They are still making $20 per console<<

Lol, really? That's like saying that if a chef purchases a steak for $10 from the butcher and sells it for $13, he's making a $3 profit.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:06:58 AM PDT
I.Flores says:
They do. Around 15%

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:07:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 8:09:59 AM PDT
D_Strasse says:
Not rage but reasonable questions.

Kinda makes sense to ask what the value is in a console that is releasing into the next gen with current gen specs right? (That is if in fact these rumours are indeed true when we really don't know either way. That said, it does seem to be getting a LOT of leaks that are all pointing in this direction.)

Reasonable question: Is a light bar included with the Wii U if it is indeed fully backward capable? What size is the harddrive if dig d/l is going to be important with the platform? Is one even included?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:08:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 8:08:33 AM PDT
D_Strasse says:
Exactly, retailing isn't a free service, though admittedly electronics are a "low margin" category.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:09:43 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
So, they still don't have to go all the way to $300. They can do $269.99 or $279.99, but they will probably do $299.99, in which case they better have a fantastic line-up. At least for me. I'm sure there will be early adopters who line up in droves.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:11:18 AM PDT
"bargain bin hardware"

I wonder who makes it and what they cut to get it to a lower price?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:11:19 AM PDT
Usually it is little to nothing on the console. They make a decent amount on the games.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:11:55 AM PDT
Of course it's reasonable, but there has been some rage here in this thread and plenty in the forums lately. I am having a bit of fun with the nerds.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:12:47 AM PDT
I remember when I worked at Best Buy when the Xbox was new, we had a 5% above cost discount and it was $20 more than retail.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 8:13:14 AM PDT
I wonder if people will "hold-out", like they did with 3DS, to get N to drop the price (when one is finally announced).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:13:25 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:13:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 8:15:10 AM PDT
D_Strasse says:
Retailers?

No, both games and consoles like most major electronics are low margin products.

Publishers make money on games as do platform owners; consoles are generally sold at a break even or a loss in the beginning. It's the Gillette business model.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 8:15:52 AM PDT
Jack Pacini says:
Since Wii U is the only "next-gen" console I intend to buy anytime soon, I might as well get in on the ground floor. I intend to spend any money I would spend on PS4/720 on a proper gaming PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:16:10 AM PDT
Lucanus says:
I agree. I have been saying this for a while, Nintendo won't do well at a high price. Heck I love Nintendo and even I would wait if the system breaks $300.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:16:12 AM PDT
I could be wrong about the games. I think someone who worked at best buy who got the discount that Punk mentioned said that the games were at a much better discount than consoles but perhaps I'm remembering it wrong. Perhaps Punk can confirm/deny this.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:16:50 AM PDT
Super R-Typ0 says:
If I remember right, the console will have a few gigs of internal storage and then will be reliant on storage cards. Someone will likely correct me on this though.

The main flaw I see in the Wii U is that it is supposed to be a progression of the Wii, which was a hit with families, yet the tablet controller seems like it will price itself out of the 'family range.' I think that Nintendo may be overvaluing their sentimental value with 'core' gamers, because many/most have already bought a 360/ps3, and will be looking forward to the next round of those machines.

The tablet really does need to blow gamers away, and show why it's worth having another system to play Mario.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:18:01 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
That's the way to go. You'll save so much money on games in the long run that it will not only make up for the cost of the machine, but also whatever the cost of the 720/PS4 and the games on there too. I've never gotten a free console game for just owning the hardware, but it happens all the time on the PC. Just last week I got Fallout for free from GoG.com. Where's my free game Sony or Microsoft or Nintendo? Where's my free game?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:18:21 AM PDT
I.Flores says:
If they go $299, retailer's profits being around $45, leaving just $25 left to pay for a looooooong line of expenses.

That would be nuts. Nintendo is not used to sell at a loss. And I don't see them starting now.

The cost for the parts for the original Wii, was around $150, and retailed for $250. If this still holds this gen, the WiiU will be priced around $380

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:20:17 AM PDT
Mallrat says:
This.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:20:30 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
$380 is a death sentence. I gotta put an Oskar guarantee out here that it won't be more than $299.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:20:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 8:21:14 AM PDT
D_Strasse says:
Storage cards????

How many of us here think the old 120GB hard drives would be too small for our new system, or would be "OK" with that but would want more? I know SD cards are cheaper these days but still.

Also, I am giong to put my money on the light bar being compatible but not included on the Wii U. And that an "improved" wireless one will be officially released.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:23:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 8:24:10 AM PDT
D_Strasse says:
I agree with that logic and thinking that $350 is the most likely launch price. (Again basing this on the hearsay of some annonymous blogger.)

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 8:23:58 AM PDT
John McClane says:
Why are people so concerned about waiting on price cuts? Is $50 really going to kill you?
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