Affordable or not?

Affordable Space Adventures, a collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, is a much anticipated Wii U-exclusive eShop title. It'll utilise the GamePad for both single-player and co-op, with the second screen of the controller being used to control the mechanics of the ship itself - we listed it as one of the 10 biggest Wii U games of 2015 in January, and have been impressed in our hands on time with the game.

It's due to arrive on April 9th, and KnapNok Games has now informed us of the pricing for the title. It'll be at the high-end of the market in Europe and North America, costing $19.99 / €18.99 / £16.99 at launch; importantly, it's also confirmed that we shouldn't expect any discounts until at least Fall.

Dajana Dimovska, CEO of KnapNok Games, has said the following.

Setting a price has been tricky for us. There is a lot of great games on the eShop selling for around $15, but they are either ports from other platforms, or games that could be easily ported to other platforms at a later date. Affordable Space Adventures is uniquely designed specifically for the Wii U system and the GamePad, we have to earn all our revenue in the eShop.

There is such a great community surrounding the Wii U and people are super excited whenever a good game is coming to the platform; I am sure that people are willing to pay a few extra bucks to get a game that has been tailor made for the hardware.

We are pretty certain that this game will not see a price drop or a discount at least until after the summer. We totally understand that some people have a limited budget for games. If these people are willing to wait and buy the game in the fall, to save some dollars, we are cool with that. I just can't promise anything about when or how much. The only thing I can promise is that the game will stay full price during this spring and summer.

Citing former Nintendo of America employee Dan Adelman, KnapNok Games is keen to retain the value of its game, avoiding a race to the bottom in pricing. As you can see in the comments above, with this title being a Wii U eShop exclusive and being so reliant on the hardware, the studio feels the price is a fair match for the product.

Let us know what you think of this pricing and the reasoning behind it. Are you planning to be an early adopter when this arrives on April 9th?