Realistic Wii U price and sales numbers
When it comes to the Wii U there is still so much we do not understand, the first are the specs, second is the release date, third is would you class this as next-gen or current-gen and finally what the realistic price should be? It’s strange really because we know so much more about Nintendo’s next console when compared to the PS4 and the Xbox 720 (well they are yet to be confirmed) but we still know so little.
Nintendo need to play a very careful game because it doesn’t matter if they have impressive specs, if they don’t get that price point right then recent predicted sales numbers will not count for anything. Nintendo could give the Wii U some truly great hardware and price the device at over $400, but if they were to do that then potential buyers could bide their time and wait for a true next-gen console, such as the next PlayStation or Xbox.
There have been rumors of a sub $100 price, but that’s all they will ever stay is just rumors. The reason we say this is because we would not expect a decent CPU or GPU if the console had such a low price point. To be realistic we would expect to see the Nintendo Wii U to sell for the $299 mark, the question is would it be worth that price?
How many units will Nintendo sell of their Wii U during the Holiday Season? Nintendo has recently been offering some details as to how many of their Wii U consoles they would likely sell later this year, and that number is said to be between 4 to 5 million. We can see this figure being correct if it releases just before Black Friday, but it comes back to that price point again.
However, there’s one other aspect that could make or break the Wii U, and that’s the games themselves. Looking at the current games that have been confirmed for Nintendo’s next console some of them you are able to get on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, so would you want to spend several hundred dollars more just to get the latest Mario game?
The smart money would be to wait until Nintendo realize that whatever price they have set for the Wii U is a little too high and therefore will lower it, but then again early adopters will usually pay any price to get their hands on the latest console – well in most cases.