“I don’t think we can charge the same price as we currently do for the Wii,” he said. The Wii is currently priced under ¥20,000 (US$250) in Japan. Iwata added, “I don’t think the Wii is going anywhere anytime soon.”
In 2006, Wii launched at ¥25,000 ($313) in Japan and $250 in the U.S. The Nintendo 3DS, released earlier this year, also sold for ¥25,000.
Analysis: Though Iwata is saying Wii U won’t sell for the Wii’s “current” price tag, I have reason to believe that it almost definitely won’t be sold at its former. Today, Wii retails for $149.99 – 100 bucks less than what the 3DS goes for ($250). Nintendo will want to competitively price their new console with 360 and PS3, while distinguishing the systems price point from Wii and 3DS.
I’m guessing a $299.99 price tag.
Not only would that price place it within buying range of 360 and PS3, but it would be the cheapest ticket to next-gen, considering. Just think, this is the first console for the next generation, and for the price that you can purchase a last-gen console, you can get a Wii U. Nintendo is known for its consoles being “pocket friendly,” and I don’t think their approach to Wii U will be any different — I honestly can’t see it going for anything more than $300.