Rumor: Wii U parts cost around $180, will retail for no less than $300


The demo videos they released were horrible.  They did nothing to make things look interesting.  Just confusing and boring.  Nintendo had such an incredible start with the Wii and managed to sell it to so many people that wouldn’t normally buy a system.  Unfortunately, the games went all to heck.  One trash release after another. FAIL!!!!

Take it as you will, but website Forget the Box has heard various details pertaining to the Wii U’s production and manufacturing costs from a number of sources. The Wii U and its controller’s parts and assembly cost around $180 total, and the controller in specific is only around $50. Considering these costs and the various others associated with bringing a console to retail, the source believes the Wii U won’t retail for anything less than $300.

This retail price estimation is comparable to Nintendo’s other recent hardware release, the 3DS. Costs for parts and assemble for the handheld were between $100 and $150, but the final product was sold for $250. In a less relative comparison, the Kinect originally cost only $56 when to make, which surprisingly puts the innovative touch-screen controller at a lower production cost.

According to the anonymous source:

“Nintendo chose an economical GPU and CPU that could keep up with the performance of today’s current consoles, but keep hardware costs down to maximize profits. Nintendo got a bargain price on the custom GPU and CPU that the Wii U uses. There is a bigger focus on downloadable content, applications, video content, digital distribution, and services to create a stream of revenue. Investors will be ecstatic with the news.”

What the Wii U is officially priced at will likely be revealed at this year’s E3, where the final-product console will potentially be available to poke and prod. The Nintendo Wii launched at a scant $250, though each additional controller and nunchuck added $50 more. $300 seems like a reasonable price point between affordability and profit. Nintendo does love to profit off of consoles, however.

In my opinion, anything between $250-$350 will be reasonable, but the console’s true success will be measured by its launch titles and — more importantly — the bundled title. The majority of the Wii’s success can be associated with its bundling of Wii Sports, a budget title that showed off the myriad of ways the Wii’s controller could be fun and social. Will such a game exist for for the Wii U? I’m betting so. And at that point I doubt many will care how much parts and manufacturing cost for the console.


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