Warning: include_once() [function.include-once]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 20

Warning: include_once(http://www.lunabean.com/includes/header_index_test.html) [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 20

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.lunabean.com/includes/header_index_test.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 20

Wii to launch for $200? I hope so.

Filed under: E3 | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii
Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2006 12:20 PM
Comments (0) |

There has been a lot of chatter out there today based on the article from Forbes which states that Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post predicts that the Wii will launch at $200. First of all, never believe video game analysts at large investment firms. Second, although I surely hope that it will launch at or under $200, I just don't see it happening (unless Nintendo goes with a two-tiered launch, offering a stripped down version for $200). More likely, I see a $249 price point. Yes, it is true that both the N64 and the GameCube launched at $199 and that Nintendo is very savvy with their pricing. It this savviness, however, that leads me to the $249 price point.

Continue Article ↓




Let's analyze the other consoles: the PS3 will be $500/600. Completely out of the league of anything Nintendo, so essentially, they're a non-factor. The X360 is currently $300/400. Many, including myself, expect a price drop by the holidays. Some are saying as much as $100, but I think it'll be $50, thus making it $250/350. Aha, the magical $250 price point.

The battle for holiday dollars will be between the X360 and the Wii. For the consumer who has $250 to spend they have the choice of a stripped down X360 or a fully loaded Wii? Who would want a stripped down X360? The casual gamer. The casual gamer, when given the choice between a full functioning Wii and a stripped down, wired controller, no HDD X360 will choose the Wii.

This does, of course, assume that the Wii (whether at $200 or $250) will be fully loaded. By that, I mean two controllers, a memory unit of some sort, and a game. My guess is that the package will include one Wii-mote, one Nunchuck controller (connects to the Wii-mote), the Nintendo Sports game (tennis, golf, baseball), and a memory card. If we're lucky, we may get the regular Wii controller with it, too.

Another reason why I feel that the Wii will launch at $250 is that Nintendo is too smart to miss out on the uber-hype of their console. Many gamers will gladly pay $250 for the Wii and feel like it's a bargain.

Finally, and I think the most potent argument for the $250 Wii is that if Nintendo prices it at $200, it leaves no room for a price cut for at least a year. I think that Nintendo can launch at $250, sell out several production cycles at that price point, and then come E3 2007, announce a price cut to $199. Even if Microsoft is aggressive with their cuts, they won't go below $199 with their core system ($299 for the full system) meaning they can't undercut the Wii.






Post a Comment


All comments are welcome. An email address is required, however, it will not be published.











Latest News



Looking for LB walkthroughs?
LB Video Game Walkthroughs and Strategy Guides



Warning: include_once() [function.include-once]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 204

Warning: include_once(http://www.lunabean.com/includes/footer_no.html) [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 204

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.lunabean.com/includes/footer_no.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20060517_wii_to_launch_f.php on line 204