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Is The Nintendo Wii U Really Going To Retail For $600?

Submitted by on December 14, 2011 – 1:42 pm4 Comments

Over the years, video game consoles have gotten more and more expensive. Back in the day, a couple hundred bucks could get you everything you needed to plug your console in and start playing. But that all changed a few years ago when the Sony PlayStation 3 hit the market and cost a whopping $600—not including the extra controller and games you would need to get started. Sony got blasted for it at the time and, since then, the price of the PS3 has dropped dramatically.

It’s one reason that we’re a little surprised to hear that Nintendo might be thinking about dropping their brand-new Wii U next year at the same exact price point that the PS3 started at. According to EB Games Australia, the Wii U—which will reportedly come with tablet controllers—will retail for about $600. That price is really expensive compared to the original Wii that debuted in stores for just $250 and was by far the cheapest console at the time. And, in fact, it was the lower price point on the original Wii that made it so popular and successful.

So then, why in the world is Nintendo even thinking about making the new Wii U 600 bucks? I, for one, will not be buying the second-generation Wii anytime soon if these rumors are true. The tablet controller seems like it’ll be a nice touch and I have absolutely no doubt that there are people out there who will have no problem spending $600 for it. But, come on, Nintendo. I know that I’ll have to buy at least one more tablet controller when I buy the Wii U, a couple games, and a bunch of other accessories. So, what am I going to end up spending before I even power up my Wii U? $800? $900? $1000? That’s ridiculous and waaaaaaay too much to pay for a video game console.

I seriously hope the latest rumor about the Wii U is wrong. Up until now, the system has sounded great and I’ve been eager to find out more about it. But if it does turn out to cost $600, count me out. I’ll stick to playing my old Wii and I bet a lot of other people will, too. Will you?

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