Monday, April 9, 2012

Wii U Rumored To Cost $300

Wii U Controller, Wii U Console

I recent saw an article that says that Nintendo’s upcoming home console could cost about $300 dollars. This info comes from an anonymous source with close ties to Nintendo and believes to know how much the console will cost to manufacture.

The total estimated manufacturing cost of the Wii U console (includes cost of controller) is about $180. This seems pretty decent to me, but I know many people want to know how much they would have to pay for a second controller if theirs gets busted. Well the bill to manufacture the controller is no more than $50, but that’s not its retail price so we’ll just have to guess that price for now, maybe around $70-$80 in stores.


The source article also goes and tells how much the cost of the Microsoft Kinect is worth, after tearing it apart they estimated its cost at around $56. This means that the Wii U controller costs less then Kinect

We also get a little Intel on the GPU and CPU Nintendo will be using. It seems they’ve gone with economical ones that can keep up with the performance of today’s current consoles, but keep the hardware costs down. It also seems that Nintendo was able to get a bargain on them as well.

Finally, it seems like Nintendo is going down the downloadable route, focusing on downloadable content, applications, video content, digital distribution, and services to create a stream of revenue they believe investors to be ecstatic with.

The only issue I have with this is that they say that the GPU and CPU are able to perform like those found in the PS3 and XBOX 360. So it sounds like the power of the console is around that of the other consoles. This actually worries me because they have to perform for two screens like I said in my article concerning the power rumors.

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