Like many other companies have been, Nintendo is going to be holding a special media event on September 13th of 2012 which happens to only be a few weeks away! Invitations have been sent out to various media outlets that are located in New York City for a “Wii U Preview” that will take place from 10am to 4pm. I think with taking up most of the day, Nintendo must have quite a showcase to display to the media. It’ll be very interesting to see what comes out of it all after and during the event.
As we all know, companies send out press and analyst invites to event all the time in New York. Many of these invitations are to just capture the attention from the highly dense concentration of industry professionals (I say professionals very lightly). At this event though, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be there, which leads many different people to believe that there will be some sort of announcement, perhaps, just maybe when the Wii U will be released along with how much it costs? A specs sheet would be pretty amazing to see too, I’d say!
This all is beginning to fall in line with some previous reports from sources that have said such announcements from Nintendo of America would be made sometime in September, and what do you know, the sources were right! Estimates of what the Wii U will cost have ranged for a low $300 to a pricey $500. If the price ends up being more than $250, the Wii U will be known for being the most expensive console ever to be made by Nintendo. Ever. I’m sure many people will still buy it, but it’d be quite a surprise to see it sitting at $500 with their current track record.
The problem is the touchscreen tablet-like controller, which you can imagine is basically another video game system in and of itself. That said, you’re not only paying for the one console, but for two, which as you would expect, is driving up the costs for Nintendo. If they were to make it that high, it would be cool to see the hardware sold separately. As in, the two devices sold separately at a $250 price point. That would be nice and reasonable, wouldn’t it?
As we all know too, Nintendo really likes to able to get a profit on its hardware (the Wii was a terrible example of this), unlike what the industry convention has been for the past couple of years which is to sell your console at a low cost and hope that you’ll be able to make the money back through some high-margin software sales. Whatever they end up doing though, I am in full support of it and would love to see what this new console is all about despite the price it’ll be asking for.
Anyone ready to open up their wallets and pre-order the Wii U yet? Or is this console going to be a no go for you? Let us know in the comments below!
source: TG daily