With Nintendo failing to confirm an official Nintendo Wii U price during the recent E3 2012 convention, latest reports sugges the console will be $299
With Nintendo keen to avoid the sales slump that badly affected the Nintendo 3DS release, a number of sources have suggested the gaming giant will launch its next-gen console with a sub £200 Nintendo Wii U price.
Whilst previous reports had hinted to a Wii U price around the £250 mark, latest murmerings ahead of the console's official release date will see the console hit the US priced $299 (£190). Failing to cite its sources, Gametrailers has suggested that "certain channels" had confirmed the Wii follow-on would land below the $300 marker.
The latest reports come just one month after speaking ahead of the Nintendo Wii U release date, an unnamed insider claimed the brand wants to ensure that the console is this year’s must-have Christmas present stating the price will “definitely be less than £249.”
Quashing previous rumours that the console would retail around the £400 mark, retailers are hoping that the new price will mean the Wii U is a strong seller.
Games buyer for Play.com, Keith Sharpe, said: “I’m really impressed with Wii U, it’s got a good mix of insanely addictive mini-games and traditional ‘gamers’ titles.”
Although far from confirmed, a number of claimed reports have attempted to predict the arrival date with a Nintendo Wii U release rumoured for November 18th.
Tipped to hit the US on November 18th, one week ahead of launch in Nintendo’s home country, the claimed Wii U release date has appeared by internal memos from a pair of transcontinental gaming retailers, sparking speculation word has been received from the Japanese based manufacturer.
Although a Sunday arrival might cause a slither of doubt in the minds of wannabe Wii U owners, the console’s predecessor, the original Wii, hit markets on Sunday November 19th back in 2006. Counteracting these claims, retailer Amazon recently listed the console with a December 21st launch date.
"Wii U will launch some time between E3 - which is in June - at the end of the year so essentially the second half of the year,” Nintendo’s US head Reggie Fils-Aime said recently as the company remains cagey around a confirmed launch.
Like the Wii before it, the Nintendo Wii U is as much about the controller as it is the console. Boasting an inbuilt 6.2-inch touchscreen the controller can be used either to display HUD info, for mini-games using the motion control (spinning it round you to aim in shooting games, for example), or simply to mirror what’s happening onscreen in real time.
Around that is a compliment of full, modern controls: a pair of thumbsticks, four action buttons and four rear triggers (two L and two R).
Away from the controller and the next-gen console is to up its gaming ante with the overdue introduction of 1080p HD gaming and internal flash memory that’s upgradable via SD or USB. With downloadable content to be made available through an online store the Wii U is to be backwards compatible with both Wii games and controllers.