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Nintendo has 'no plans' for a Wii U price drop
by Chris Carter

In an E3 interview with Nintendo executive Scott Moffitt, GamesBeat hit on a few aspects of the Wii U, such as the drive to remain competitive despite Sony's strong E3 presence, and the graphical power of the Wii U. But one particular part of the interview stands out, given recent events -- Moffitt says there are no plans to change the Wii U's price.

Last week, people were shouting from the rooftops that we'd see a Wii U price drop, but it didn't happen -- and it doesn't look like it's going to happen for a while. Moffitt explains the issue, stating, "with great hardware coming, that will drive the install base. The perception of our price has changed, but what’s also changed is that people now see what great content is coming. They’ll see the value in those games. They’ll be able to enjoy a Wii U in their household for a lot less than a competing console."

So there you have it. Not only was I not expecting a Wii U price cut last week, but I don't think they need one in general. Once Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 hit in full force, if they don't make a dent, then you can think about a price cut -- but not before.

Nintendo marketing exec [GamesBeat]

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2:30 PM on 05.03.2013

Wii U gets another price drop in the UK

The Wii U has been reduced in price in the UK for the second time in less than two months. Yesterday, supermarket giant ASDA started selling the Wii U 8GB Basic bundle for £149.99, a reduction of £50. Other online...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 AM on 03.15.2013

Wii U gets a 50-60 price drop in the UK

If you've been waiting for the Wii U to drop in price in the UK, then today is your lucky day. CVG reports that various retailers are following the lead of supermarket giant Asda's £50 price cut on Wii U bundles. Here's...

Alasdair Duncan

8:00 PM on 03.13.2013

PS Vita sales hold steady after price drop in Japan

This is videogames, people. You never, ever, ever count anyone out unless they personally walk up to the podium and say, "We're done, guys." Up until now, the PlayStation Vita has been in just such a situation in its home cou...

Tony Ponce

12:15 PM on 03.04.2013

Vita sales quadruple after the price drop in Japan

Japan's Sony Online Entertainment president, Hiroshi Kawano, said today that the PlayStation Vita sales numbers in Japan have almost quadrupled those before the price drop on February 28. That's a very encouraging sign for So...

Patrick Hancock

1:15 PM on 02.21.2013

Sony has no PS Vita price cut plans in US

Amid all the PlayStation 4 news, some folks were hoping to get a bit of extra PS Vita intel -- specifically, confirmation of a price drop in the United States. Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, however, said no such thin...

Jim Sterling

2:02 AM on 02.18.2013

Sony announces a price drop for PS Vita in Japan

Opening this early morning's PlayStation Vita Japanese streaming event, Sony announced a price drop for Vita. The new price of 19,980 yen comes out to about $200 USD for both the WiFi and 3G models. Again, this is for Japan r...

Dale North





7:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Pachter predicts PS3 price plummet

Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter seems to think that a price drop is imminent for the PlayStation 3. GamesIndustry is reporting that the analyst expects the console to have its MSRP reduced to $199 on February 21st,...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 01.31.2013

Waiting for a Wii U price drop? It isn't coming

The Wii U may not be meeting sales expectations, but don't expect a price cut any time soon. Satoru Iwata seems pretty adamant that Nintendo is "not planning to perform a markdown" for the console, stating that the ...

Kyle MacGregor



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Analyst: PS Vita must cut its price in order to succeed
by Jim Sterling

Inside Network analyst and awesome-name-haver Billy Pidgeon has declared that Sony must follow Nintendo's lead and cut the PS Vita's price if it wants the ailing handheld to succeed. In addition, he has called for more and better games -- certainly a boon to any gaming device!

"Although the hardware is high quality, Sony may need to follow Nintendo's lead and cut price drastically next year if the installed base remains below five million or the platform will not be viable for publishers," he told NowGamer. "Also the proprietary memory cards for PS Vita are prohibitively expensive.

"There should be more downloadable software, including inexpensive or free games, and these must be higher quality than popular iOS and Android games. It would in fact be helpful if the best and most popular smartphone and tablet games were also available for download to PS Vita." 

He was quick to point out that the Vita's not been all bad, taking note of hot titles like Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Persona 4 Golden. However, despite an improvement to sales, he believes the system could be much stronger than it currently is, and I don't think anybody could argue that.

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2:00 PM on 11.27.2012

New $199.99 3DS XL bundle coming, Mario Kart 7 pre-loaded

["Mario Kart Underground" by El-Cid] If you bought a 3DS or a 3DS XL during this past week, thinking you were scoring a good deal, I hope you held on to that receipt. htz from Cheap Ass Gamer has learned that a blue 3DS XL bu...

Tony Ponce

9:00 AM on 11.13.2012

Ubisoft is unhappy with the price of the Wii U

Ubisoft, while usually 100% behind any new console that it can use to flog dead horses on, has reserved some criticism for the Wii U. More specifically, CEO Yves Guillemot thinks it's too expensive, and would like to see the ...

Jim Sterling

8:35 AM on 10.15.2012

Nintendo slashes the price of the Wii to $129.99

Are you not sold on the Wii U yet? Did you miss out on a pre-order opportunity? Nintendo has you covered, as it's slashing the Wii's price down to a record low $129.99, and including Wii Sports Resort on top of Wii Sports (on...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 09.21.2012

Sony won't drop the price of older PS3 models

The reveal of a new, sleeker SKU usually means that the archaic, older model is due for a price drop. Sony, however, is to such expectations as Ms. Friz is to that boy who just wants a normal field trip. Previous PS3 systems ...

Jim Sterling

2:00 AM on 09.19.2012

PSP to receive price drop in Japan tomorrow

It's a little bit astounding how successful the PlayStation Portable has been in Japan. Nine years after release and it's still incredibly popular. In an effort to make the device even more appealing to families and children,...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:17 AM on 08.22.2012

Kinect price dropped to $109

Microsoft has just announced that Kinect -- everybody's favorite waste of time -- is now cheaper in North America. The "permanently reduced price" is now $109.99.  This price drop will count in North America, Latin ...

Jim Sterling