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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Apr 10, 2012

Wii U’s Launch Price To Be Around $300 [Rumor]

For those people wondering how much the Wii U may cost, it’s looking like it’s going to be a bit higher than the Wii’s $250 launch point. Instead, according to sources close to the web site Forget The Box, the price for the Wii U will be at least $300.

Also according to their sources, the actual cost of materials for the system only totals out around $180, including the controller, which costs around $50.The Wii U is looking to be about as powerful as current consoles, as “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.”

I’ll admit, according to their article, it’s sounding like to me that Nintendo might be sacrificing the quality of the hardware to make a quick buck. “Nintendo got a bargain price on the custom GPU and CPU that the Wii U uses.” However, if you look on the flip side, remember that they also said that the Wii U was going to perform on par with current consoles. That is, consoles that have been out for 6 or so years. So, it could also be taken to mean that the company selling Nintendo the CPU’s and GPU’s just so happens to have a large stockpile of old chips around, and are selling it to them for a discount. Hopefully, when the Wii U is released, we won’t see any major console problems that affect a large percentage of gamers, like the RROD of the Xbox 360.
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