Nintendo has claimed that it will not slap a date or price on the Wii U until next year, stating that the system is still very much in development and the company is not ready to make a commitment.
“Since the Wii U we showed you at the E3 show in June was still in the development phase without very specific proposals on the software titles,” said boss-face Satoru Iwata, “we are going to announce the release date and the price next year when we are able to explain the specific proposals.”
The Nintendo president also admitted concern that the 3DS price drop might affect Wii U early adoption: “With regard to the influence on the Wii U, what we have to take most seriously is that the price markdown could damage the trust of the consumers who bought the Nintendo 3DS just after the launch. I feel greatly accountable for it. Our decision of the price markdown this time has a side effect that, at the launch of the Wii U, people may feel that the price might drop in the near future if they wait. What we will be able to do to recover the consumers’ trust before the launch of the Wii U is very important to us.”
Again, it’s a fascinating situation, where a company is trying to make its consumers feel better by promising that it won’t reduce a product’s price. Anyway, while we wait for Nintendo’s price confirmation, why not tell us how much you want the Wii U to cost?
Wii U price, release date to be announced in 2012 [CVG]