Nintendo’s global president Saturo Iwata, speaking to Japanese source Nikkei, has stated the Wii U price will be more than 20,000 yen, or over the $250 price point of the Wii. However, he failed to be more specific, rather obvious with the console over a year off, and a stock price that has been slipping over the past few days. In comparison, Reggie Fils-Aime claims the unit (and its included touch screen controller), will be “competitively priced” against the Xbox 360 and PS3, which could certainly be in the midst of a price drop come mid to late 2012 when the Wii U is scheduled for launch.
News of the Wii U, from the beginning of the rather confusing press conference reveal to now, seems to attract attention either good or bad, meaning the awareness is there if nothing else. Also, falling stock prices could just be a means of investors softening the market in anticipation of a rebound. Maybe things are not as ugly as they seem in circles for Nintendo’s freshly minted hardware.