At $60 a pop, can the Wii U really provide value for money?
In an age where many gamers are getting their entertainment for free via either 'freemium' smartphone titles or free-to-play web services, it should hardly be a massive shock to learn that there are some individuals out there that believe big-budget home console releases are a dying breed;...
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata assured everyone looking forward to the Wii U launch that it won't be a repeat of the 3DS's high-priced launch debacle. As we all remember, 3DS sales stalled at its original price point, with the system's fortunes only improving after a significant price drop in August 2011...
Expect prices 'ASAP'
One of the interesting announcements in the 3DS XL reveal today was a price-point of $199 in the U.S., a fairly good price considering that the original model cost $250 in March 2011. Nintendo did have to learn a cruel lesson that the original launch price wouldn't sell enough units, prompting a major reduction just months after...
Update: Pre-orders cancelled
Update: Amazon has cancelled pre-orders for the Wii U, saying "the product was listed in error". Bad luck, everyone. We had a feeling that Amazon listing Wii U for £199.99 was too good to be true, and now the retailer's taken down its cheap listing. The Wii U product page now generates a 404 error, with the
Dollars to donuts
Nintendo of America has announced sizeable price drops for the DSi and DSi XL consoles. From 20th May the DSi console will cost $99.99 — down from $149.99 — while the XL will set you back $129.99, down from $169.99. 3DS remains at $169.99. If you haven't already picked up a DSi or DSi XL, this might be a good time. New Prices...
The 3DS price drop has had an extremely positive effect on the system's sales, but it left some early birds wary of buying a Nintendo console at launch in case the same thing happens again. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime knows this, touching on it briefly in an interview with Fox Business. The Wii was priced for profit at...
Lots of deals to be had
Fancy picking up a 3DS in the UK today? We've created a handy overview of the biggest and best deals available across the UK to help you plot where to spend your money. Tesco — £114.99: All reports point to Tesco offering their consoles at the lowest price at a stunning £114.99, available both in-store and through its...
Fighting for your money
The 3DS price drop comes into effect tomorrow and already major retailers are jostling for position on the starting grid. Yesterday we revealed that GAME and HMV will sell the console for as little as £139.99, but as predicted the supermarkets are going even cheaper with their pricing: Morrison's will drop the machine to £120 for 10 days, while behemoth Tesco goes still..
Free games for everyone!
So we know about the European 3DS price drop and cheaper North American 3DS too, and now we have the next big piece in the puzzle: Australia. Nintendo of Australia announced the 3DS will drop to AU $249.95 from 12th August, down from $349.95. New Zealanders, your price will be NZ $343.99. As with the other territories, those...
Will low price = higher sales?
From today, the Nintendo Wii will be available across the UK in two varieties: white with Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel, or black with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. The console's price has changed too, dropping to around £129.99, but many retailers are taking the chance to sell the machine even more cheaply. As...
After four years on the market, Nintendo Europe recently dropped the trade price on the Wii, which will allow retailers to offer the console at around £129.99. Naturally many chains are pleased at this new price reduction, with some looking to offer the machine even cheaper at just £99.99. MCV claims retailers may look to offer the machine at the sub-£100 mark either at the..
The price cleaver comes down again
The rumour that Wii may drop to $150 in May caused an avalanche of Wii 2 rumours, so the announcement that Wii Sports Resort and Wii Party are dropping to $39.99 could add to the landslide. From 25th April Wii owners in North America will be able to grab the Wii Sports Resort with a MotionPlus accessory
Swinging the cost cleaver
Should you have held off from buying a Nintendo Wii for cost reasons, you may get your time next month if this latest rumour is to be believed. Engadget has claimed a "trusted source" has informed them the Wii will drop to $150 on 15th May as an attempt to improve the console's fortunes in North America. The website also hints that evergreen hit Mario Kart Wii..
Say buy buy to low prices
Amazon's 3DS price of £187 caused plenty of commotion on the Internet ocean, then Tesco trumped them with £175. If you think this is just the start of a price war, you may be disapointed. Nintendo UK marketing manager James Honeywell spoke to Eurogamer about the console's
Cheep cheep 3DS
3DS has seen some of the most fevered price-cutting of any hardware launch as retailers from almost all spheres compete for a slice of what's sure to be an enormous gaming pie. From its original cost of around £230, the console's price has slowly dipped over the weeks, with Amazon selling 3DS for £187 the lowest price. Until now...
Still no price cuts?
In many other digital store fronts, the content provider gets to choose the prices, but Nintendo sets the price of all content on its WiiWare and DSiWare stores. With the company promising the 3DS eShop will be better, it appears we'll still see games priced by Nintendo, rather than the publisher. In an interview with Wired, 3DS hardware man Hideki Konno revealed it's unlikely..
$250 is just too cheap
Industry analyst Michael Pachter's already thrown his weight behind 3DS to defeat Sony's forthcoming PSP2 in the next generation of the handheld wars, but he'd certainly feel happier about the machine if it were, you know, just a little more costly. In an interview with Industry Gamers, Pachter stated he believes Nintendo is...
The greatest show on Earth
Rumours are great: all the fun of information with none of the hassle of facts. With Nintendo sticking to its January 19th event to reveal the official details of the 3DS's launch price and release date, several UK retailers have jumped the gun with their own guesses, varying from the optimistic to the greedy. UK site...
Doubts regarding retail price remain, however
We can all agree that the 3DS is going to be a pretty huge deal; glasses-free 3D in the palm of your hand from the company that brought you the DS, a console so ubiquitous it's a wonder that they're not giving it away free with packs of cereal these days. However, as excited as you may be, chances are you're not as pumped as HMV UK & Ireland CEO and..
Seems a smart decision
The pre-conference buzz around 3DS was for a release in Japan late this year, with Nintendo's share price jumping hugely at a rumour the machine would launch in October for ¥18,000 (around $215/£136/€157), though that news turned out to be the Mario edition DSi XL. It turns out the original plan was to launch the machine...
High price for hedgehog heaven
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is one of WiiWare's most anticipated games, either because of or despite the claims it will bring Sonic back to his glory days, depending on your point of view. Flagship WiiWare titles don't come cheap however, and the latest issue of Nintendo Power claims Sonic's next outing will set...
May hint at 3DS pricing
With the official unveiling of the 3DS's price and release date just under one month away, Nintendo of America has started doing some of the preparatory work by dropping the suggested retail price of the DSi and DSi XL to $149.99 and $169.99 respectively. Shaving around $20 off both consoles' prices on September 12th, the...
$150 for so-called "Legacy" pack
Remember a time when Wii consoles didn't come with Wii Sports Resort and MotionPlus? So does Target, as it's still got enough stock of the old "Legacy" packs to advertise at a new low price of $150. The chain is also selling Wii Remotes with MotionPlus attachments at $29.99, so even if you've already got a...
European and Japanese drops still happening
Yesterday we revealed that the trade price of DS consoles is due to drop in the UK following a similar announcement for Japan, so naturally we were curious whether Nintendo of America would follow suit. Sadly it seems that, if they are, we won't be hearing about it just yet. A Nintendo of America representative issued a statement that "we have..
No new colours on the way, sadly
Earlier today we reported that Nintendo is set to launch new DSi XL colours over in Japan, accompanied by a decent price cut on all DS lines. Now Nintendo UK has announced it'll be chopping down the asking price of every DS unit it sells to retailers, leaving the door open for cheaper consoles across the country. Predictably Nintendo didn't mention the size of the..
No plans to cut costs just yet
There's been countless discussions on the pricing structure for Nintendo's Virtual Console service, but the company itself has confirmed to Eurogamer it's satisfied with the way things are. We're currently pleased with the uptake of WiiWare and DSiWare in the UK (including the Virtual Console service) and believe the content on all these services continues to become..
The first time the Wii has had a drop in price in those regions
It was only two months ago that Nintendo announced that the black Wii console would be available to Australian gamers after many envious glares at their Japanese and European counterparts. Now it seems that gamers down under not only have a choice of what colour they want their console to be, they'll also be paying less for it..
RRP still the same
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the price of the Wii following its up down up down charade last year, but the drought stops here. A recent survey by UK trade magazine MCV of 25 retailers has shown the console’s cost to consumers now stands at a measly £155.56, nearly £25 lower
Now cheaper than the XL
If you recall a couple of weeks back, we shared the news that Australia will be getting the DSi XL at $299.95 at launch. As the regular DSi was the exact same price at the time of the announcement, it makes sense that Nintendo of Australia have just made the announcement that the original DSi will be getting a price drop of $50 AUD, effective immediately, bringing it down to..
Aussies still not PALs with Nintendo on pricing
The good news is that our friends down under don't have to wait too much longer for the DSi XL, however they're going to have to pay more than any other region. Currently you can pick-up a DSi XL in the US for $189.99 ( ~£125), in the UK for as low as £139.71 and Europeans for around €166 ( ~£149)...
We sink our teeth into plummeting retro prices
MTV Multiplayer recently published an article detailing the decline in value of sought-after videogame classics after their rerelease on download platforms such as Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade. While it chronicles mainly high- profile games such as Marvel vs. Capcom 2; it’s the Nintendo releases that make for really interesting reading..
Is it up or down today?
You may recall a few short weeks ago we reported that one UK games retailer had decided to increase the price of Wii consoles, as a result of the increased costs of buying the consoles from Nintendo (something else we covered!). However, we've just learnt that Nintendo are now set to decrease the unit cost of Wii consoles to all retailers, and although we have no exact..
Will be $199 starting this Sunday
After days of alleged price drop sightings in upcoming American store circular ads, it's officially official: Nintendo will drop the price of the Wii in the U.S. to $199 on Sunday, Sept. 27. That's this Sunday. Marked down from $250, the best-selling system will retain it's original Wii Sports bundle. The new price is on par with the Xbox 360 Arcade and $100..
Now $179 of your Canadian moneys
Several retailers in Canada, including Toys R Us, are listing the Nintendo DSi at a lower price point. Originally $199 Canadian (equivalent to $183 US or €125), the new price is down to $179 Canadian (or $165 US and €113). By comparison, the DS Lite is $139 CAD. No word on whether this price drop will be rolled out to the rest of the world any time soon..
Print ad indicates forthcoming price drop for North America
First Wal-Mart, now Toys R Us. We're still officially sticking with rumor for now, but maybe something is in the cards after all? A scan of a circular ad for the big ol' toy store due to hit the week of Sept. 27 indicates that the console/Wii Sports bundle will be dropped to $199, putting...
Worldwide price cut may be on the cards - but will UK gamers see the benefit?
It's a funny time in retail at present. The global economy is still reeling from the worldwide recession and in the UK - where the value of the Pound has plummeted - Nintendo has been forced to push up the trade price of its Wii console, which in turn has resulted in some...
Now 500 DSi Points.
Apparently quickly realising the price was a little too high at 800 points, Nintendo of Europe has already given the DSiWare application Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function, released today, a price drop. When it was released less than a day ago it would've cost you 800 points just to have a very simplistic dictionary to carry with you! Thankfully, it's now a whole 300 points..
Tough economic climate results in price hike for Brits
We reported a while back that UK retailers were looking into increasing the RRP of the Nintendo Wii in light of the weak value of the Pound. Nothing seemed to happen for a while and it looked as if the situation had changed, but we've just been tipped off that the price increase IS coming, and...
Get yourself down to Morrison's this weekend to save £20 on a DSi
Despite the DSi's strong first-week sales, British supermarket chain Morrison's are planning to shift even more of the things by offering them at £130 over the Easter weekend, a saving of £20 on Nintendo's RRP. Wii consoles are also set for a knockdown, available at £150, shaving nearly £30 off the regular shelf price. Of..
Capcom charges Japanese Monster Hunter G fans subscription fees, but does it seem reasonable?
In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter is a crazy-popular series in Japan and, unlike the US versions, has always been online. So it only seems justified that Capcom would place subscription fees, although fairly hefty, onto the fans. Probably because they know the fans would eat that up. The prices..
Nintendo are to increase the price they charge UK retailers for each Wii console by up to £20.
With the Wii still selling like there's no tomorrow, retailers are left with some tough decisions in wake of this announcement from Nintendo. The obvious answer is for retailers to increase the price of each new console by £20, retaining the already slim profit margin on each console. However, when..
Highly-respected French site seems to think so
According to leading French website JeuxFrance.com, Nintendo France is looking to reduce the price of the Wii in that territory. This has sparked rumours that a European price cut in on the way, which of course would logically lead to a global reduction in the price of the console. The current pack retails for 249 Euros in France. The new ‘Sports’..
Seems our South American buddies will get heavily bitten by import costs when the console comes out later this month.
According to a Brazilian gaming website, the Wii will be available from certain stores who are legally importing the product through "official Nintendo channels". The stores will be charging R$2,399 which translates to around $1,124 or £590! It seems the excessive import costs and..
The Wii will launch in North and South America before Japan!
Nintendo have announced launch plans for most of the world, with the PAL territories to follow in the Nintendo Europe conference tomorrow. Wii will launch in the US on the 19th of November and on the 2nd of December in Japan Wii will cost $250 US in America (about £133) In Japan the console will be priced at 25,000 Yen in Japan (about..
According to Electronic Arts, Nintendo stated that Wii games should be priced no higher than $50
Nintendo fans can already rest peacefully as we know the Wii console won't cost anything near a PS3 or Xbox 360. But what about games? Will they be over priced to compenstate the cheaper system price? Apparently not. Reported by GamesIndustry.biz earlier today, EA have stated that Nintendo themselves..
GameSpot reports retailers hinting to a price drop in the Gamecube.
GameSpot reports that gaming retailers have received promotional materials that suggest that Nintendo is lowering the price of their Gamecube. A specific price has not been revealed, but the promotional materials all carried Gamecube stickers that read "New Low Price" on them. The Gamecube is selling for $99.99 as of right now. I'm..