You Might Be Able To Nab a Wii U For $300 Or Less

More rumours! This time, about the Wii U pricing.

Ah, just what I like to read in the morning with my coffee: more rumours! Yays!

People working closely on manufacturing the Wii U reached out to Forget the Box website and detailed the costs of putting Nintendo’s next gen console together.

These sources revealed that the total cost of parts for the Wii U (including the parts for the Tablet controller) come in at about $180.

“Cutting production costs to maximize profits is Nintendo’s main concern with the Wii U,” the source told Forget the Box. “They are cutting costs in the Wii U’s hardware to build back confidence in investors. Nintendo wants investors to view Wii U as a less risky proposition.”

In keeping with the low manufacturing costs, the source says Nintendo managed to save on the Wii U’s guts: “Nintendo chose an economical GPU and CPU that could keep up with the performance of today’s current consoles, but keep hardware costs down to maximize profits. Nintendo got a bargain price on the custom GPU and CPU that the Wii U uses. There is a bigger focus on downloadable content, applications, video content, digital distribution, and services to create a stream of revenue. Investors will be ecstatic with the news.”

Keep in mind that the $180 is just the cost to put the thing together and doesn’t include the cost of packaging, software, R&D, and other factors that could ultimately affect the final retail price.

However, if one were to take all these extras into account, it could very well be that Nintendo will put a $250-$300 sticker on the Wii U. If Nintendo were to charge more for tech being used in current gen systems that are currently priced around the $250 – $300 range, that would be… er, really, really bad.

Of course, if they did decide to charge more and find that the sales aren’t what they should be, they could drop the price like they did with the 3DS. That thing’s selling like hot cakes now!

The other interesting thing is that there’s gonna be a greater emphasis on digital content. They’ve already started with giving devs the ability of adding downloadable content to 3DS games, and have started that with Fire Emblem. So yea, colour me excited.

Anyhoo, guess we’ll have to wait ’til June, where Nintendo will give out more Wii U launch details.


Source: Forget the Box, via




Wii U for $300, eh? Ya think that’s the sweet spot, or do you think that Nintendo might bump up the price? Comments, please!