You might well be right, a lower price is always attractive and would probably have caused more fence-sitters to take the plunge and buy one.RodimusPrime wrote:I just do not think it was needed and Nintendo could have got the price right down at the beginning. look how cheap the Wii u bundles are going for now.Matt_B wrote:I'd suspect that it's probably only added a similar proportion to the cost as the inclusion of Kinect has done with the Xbox 1.RodimusPrime wrote:Thats true, but just how much extra has that "unique" controller added to the cost of the machine. for this gen a sub £200 at launch would have been enough of a unique feature to sell the machine.
wii u premium pack plus mario u + luigi U for around £230
imagine they released that pack with a standard controller and no Gamepad for around £200 at launch and they would have flew of the shelves IMO.
But one apparent issue with the Wii-U was people thinking it wasn't much more than a new Wii model, not having a a distinctive new controller and supporting Wii controllers and games would only enforce that percepion, but once you see the Wii-U pad you realise "Ok this is something different, this is something new that the Wii didn't have."
I'd be interested to know if the current prices are still seeling at a profit. If so then we're seeing the true cost of the Wii, practically half the other consoles, so still considerably the cheapest 'next gen' console on the market. Price Layering is nothing new, you start high at launch when demand is high and get those who'll pay anything to pay as much as you can get fro them, then you work your way down.
Unquestionably Nintendo must be diasspointed with the Wii-U's first year, demand just wasn't there. Though now with more games on the market, this new lower price point (opposite the reltively PS4 and X Box One) might be where they expect the console to do it's most damage.
Even despite the costly controller Nintendo seem to be banking on having the cheapest console with the economy the way it is. Even if they underestimate the "gotta have it, just stick it on the credit card" culture, and a lot of people still opt for the competition, the Wii-U may still have success as a second console, after all the Wii-U is both significanly cheaper and different.