Saturo Iwata Discusses Wii U Price: "… Not Going to Be Cheap"

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.

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The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) January 28, 2008 ON ITS GAME The U.S. economy may be limping, but one sector went into overdrive in 2007: the video-game industry. According to market research firm NPD Group, retail sales of game hardware and software hit $17.9 billion last year, a 43 percent increase over 2006.

Hardware sales drove the surge, jumping 54 percent, and Nintendo reaped the most benefit. Americans bought 8.5 million Nintendo DS portables and 6.3 million Wii consoles, despite reported Wii shortages.

Software sales were led by Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” with more than 4.8 million copies sold. But Nintendo had a great year in software sales, too, with “Wii Play,” “Super Mario Galaxy,” “Pokemon Diamond” and “Mario Party 8” all landing in 2007’s top 10.

ACTIVE SALES The big winner in 2007 among third-party game publishers (those not named Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony) was Activision, thanks to “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and continuing sales of 2006’s “Guitar Hero II.” Between the different “GH” releases on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStations 2 and 3, as well as the stopgap release “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s,” the series sold “over $820 million at U.S. retail, which is a record for any single franchise in any one year,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. And Activision reported that “GHIII” players have downloaded 5 million copies of extra songs to play in the game since its launch in October. go to site pokemon diamond pokedex

Electronic Arts and MTV Games’ “Rock Band” isn’t moving those kinds of numbers, probably because the whole kit and caboodle (with drums, guitar and microphone) is so much more expensive. Still, “Rock Band” fans have downloaded 2.5 million songs since the game arrived in November. “Rock Band” best-sellers are a three-song pack of Metallica tunes and a cover of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero.” The publishers offer new content just about every week; this week brings three tracks from Oasis, including the modern rock staple “Wonderwall.” MTV says full albums (like the long-promised “Who’s Next”) are right around the corner.

– Lou Kesten, The Associated Press The U.S. economy may be limping, but one sector went into overdrive in 2007: the video-game industry. According to market research firm NPD Group, retail sales of game hardware and software hit $17.9 billion last year, a 43 percent increase over 2006.

Hardware sales drove the surge, jumping 54 percent, and Nintendo reaped the most benefit. Americans bought 8.5 million Nintendo DS portables and 6.3 million Wii consoles, despite reported Wii shortages.

Software sales were led by Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” with more than 4.8 million copies sold. But Nintendo had a great year in software sales, too, with “Wii Play,” “Super Mario Galaxy,” “Pokemon Diamond” and “Mario Party 8” all landing in 2007’s top 10. The big winner in 2007 among third-party game publishers (those not named Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony) was Activision, thanks to “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and continuing sales of 2006’s “Guitar Hero II.” Between the different “GH” releases on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStations 2 and 3, as well as the stopgap release “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s,” the series sold “over $820 million at U.S. retail, which is a record for any single franchise in any one year,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. And Activision reported that “GHIII” players have downloaded 5 million copies of extra songs to play in the game since its launch in October. web site pokemon diamond pokedex

Electronic Arts and MTV Games’ “Rock Band” isn’t moving those kinds of numbers, probably because the whole kit and caboodle (with drums, guitar and microphone) is so much more expensive. Still, “Rock Band” fans have downloaded 2.5 million songs since the game arrived in November. “Rock Band” best-sellers are a three-song pack of Metallica tunes and a cover of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero.” The publishers offer new content just about every week; last week brought three tracks from Oasis, including the modern rock staple “Wonderwall.” MTV says full albums (like the long-promised “Who’s Next”) are right around the corner.