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Amazon.de sets Wii U price and release date

Amazon.de sets Wii U price and release date

Wed 20 Jun 2012 11:26am GMT / 7:26am EDT / 4:26am PDT
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Marked at €400 and ready to ship in December

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Amazon's German site has decided to make the most of the post-E3 Wii U hype, and has started offering pre-orders for the console at €399.99, with a release date of December 21.

The console price translates to around $508 or 323. Games are listed at €69.99, which is equivalent to $89 or 56.

Nintendo has yet to release any pricing or specific release dates publicly, and Amazon.de has marked the item with a consumer warning.

"Please note that Nintendo has not yet provided retail price and the price may drop even more," it states. "According to recent information, the console will be released before Christmas."

Amazon UK also listed the console last week, but priced it at 199. It later emailed customers who had pre-ordered the item, saying it was an error, and their transactions had been cancelled. UK retailer ShopTo is also listing prices for the console, putting it at 279.85 with no confirmed release date. It's also pricing Wii U games at 39.85.

Earlier this month analyst Michael Pachter told CVG Nintendo needed to keep the price below $300.

"The console must be priced below $300 to succeed, in my opinion, and best at $249 or less."

GamesIndustry International has contacted both Amazon and Nintendo for comment.

5 Comments

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

329 277 0.8
I wouldn't call 400 a "pleasant surprise". 200 from Amazon UK was more around the price point I was expecting which is good, but I guess people should gauge back their opinions until the real figures are announced, this just seems to be guesswork by Amazon.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Rodney Smith
Developer

80 40 0.5
I'm not going to buy it if its more than 199

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,491 1,259 0.8
400 just seems... silly. I think 250/250 is far more in keeping with Nintendo's previous price-points, and with what the market can stand. I also think that December 21st release is just too late for the Christmas market in Europe. But I suppose that depends on how many are manufactured and set-aside for the inevitable (but still uncomfirmed) Thanksgiving US release.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

481 290 0.6
I'm actually not going to buy this at all at this rate. I now have what I term Nintendo-fear. I see my 3DS and Wii at home gathering dust and I'll be avoiding any new nintendo kit until it's proven it's longevity.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,011 1,408 1.4
I'm not sure why stuff like this even ends up in the news. It's just a placeholder price and has nothing to do with reality. It's very unlikely that the console is more than $300 USD.

@ Peter Your 3DS is gathering dust? Seriously? With 15 games over 80 on Metacritic and 3 over 90 (you show me one other system that's done that in their first year) if you can't find something to play you never should have bought that platform.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

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