Pachter: Wii U price must not exceed $300

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by MakiManPR, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. MakiManPR

    MakiManPR Banned

    Apr 6, 2010
    The famous analyst Michael Pachter has said to CVG that in order for the WiiU be successful Nintendo can't not price it over $300. He also said the he thinks that the best price for it has to be $249.99 or less.


    IMO I totally agree with this guy. Knowing that the WiiU is not more powerful than the PS3/360 which are selling now for an affordable price I think the same as this guy. But Nintendo already said that they wont be selling it at loss and with that big controller and all its functions IDK what the price will be.

  2. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    I wish I had insider knowledge. :(

    Seriously, why did you bring this guy back on the forum? :glare:
  3. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

    Sep 4, 2009
    United States
    The Courtroom
    I agree, I can't see the Wii U being successful (or really selling to anyone other than parents) if the price is over $300, nor do I expect it to actually exceed that price. I mean, not that it matters too much, they'll lower the price if they need to, but I think it's better to have the price lower initially than to piss people off and give a price drop after release.
  4. Fear Zoa

    Fear Zoa This... This is the world we live in

    Jun 18, 2009
    United States
    Can we ban Pachter articles? This guy is a joke and is only famous for being an idiot that's wrong most of the time.
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  5. MakiManPR

    MakiManPR Banned

    Apr 6, 2010
    This time he's just giving an opinion. Opinion that I totally support.
  6. Hells Malice

    Hells Malice Are you a bully?

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    Apr 9, 2009
    Came in here to say the same thing.

    I agree the price should be around $300 and probably not over it, but christ it doesn't take being a 'famous analyst' to understand why. Which is probably why Patcher is right for once, because any third grader could have come up with the same opinion.
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  7. BORTZ

    BORTZ "I'm the captain now"

    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    This should be under the same category as "weekly sales figures"

    Wait, unless you are reporting that this is simply an article stating that Pachter says the weeeeuuuu cant be priced above the $300 mark.

    Either way it should be posted somewhere else or not at all. I think :unsure:
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  8. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    I don't usually agree with Pachter but this times it seems that he must've been out, maybe grocery shopping and heard someone semi-intelligent person say this and now says its his own opinion.

    We're in a recession, unemployment rates are generally high, some countries are on the verge of bancrupcy, the price of the Yen has skyrocketted which is bad for business as by proxy, it takes more dollars/euros for Nintendo to actually make a profit of this...

    All in all, we're not ready for another $500+ console. $250-$300 is the optimal price if Nintendo wants to make any profit whatsoever. Hell, they can sell it at a loss and people will still pick it up to play Pikimin 3 and other Nintendo-Exclusive titles.

    EDIT: Thanks TehSkull, you're right! Typo corrected. :P
  9. TehSkull

    TehSkull Living the life

    Nov 29, 2009
    United States
    This has got to be the only thing I agree with the man on. If it's at a reasonable price, I'll buy one next year. If it's $250 I may even get it this year.

    Edit: I love how many people are saying Patcher instead of Pachter.
  10. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    Um, he's absolutely right.

    Part of why the Wii did so well was because of its price point. If the Wii U wants to have an edge on next gen consoles (which have a good chance of being much more powerful a la Xbox 360/PS3-to-Wii style), it needs to beat them in price. If it wants to compete with current consoles, it also needs to be in striking distance in terms of price. Having it at $350 while the Xbox 360 and PS3 are sitting at $200 and $250 respectively won't work.
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  11. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    but i disagree about the power of the wii u.
  12. SnAQ

    SnAQ GBAtemp Fan

    May 20, 2010
    Pachter does not want it to exceed $300 since his wife won't allow him to buy it then :)
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  13. Janthran

    Janthran Solarian

    Sep 17, 2011
    United States
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    I don't know what it is, but nothing that comes out of his mouth is news. He's not even a celebrity or anything. He's just some guy who thinks stupid things about games.
    For the most part, anyway.
  14. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
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    Considering how many times he's been wrong in the past, why should anyone take his word this time? Sure, it would be nice if it were priced in the $250-$300, but if Nintendo prices it more, it doesn't mean it won't be successful. I am doubting any higher than $350 though.

    Also, it is more powerful than the PS3/360 based on developer comments, to which Pachter is not one.
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  15. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    It's hard to be wrong when you're stating the obvious.

    This isn't ground-breaking analysis, it's just common sense. The system is technically on-par with PS3/360 or slightly exceeding it.
    That being said I don't expect the GamePad itself to be cheap seeing as it's a big screen with a battery, it may actually have some processing power itself.

    So we're talking the cost of the main hardware, and what's expected to be the most expensive manufacturing cost of any game controller for a home console, maybe it will exceed $300 but I really hope not, Nintendo usually aim to turn a profit on their hardware sales.
  16. nando

    nando GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 1, 2008
    United States
    no pachter! you are always wrong so you should of said the wii u can't be priced lower than 300. now we are doomed.
  17. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

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    Oct 12, 2004
    How is this news? Its one guys obvious's not even a new opinion, he has said this several times before over and over. It has been posted before.
  18. Fibrizo

    Fibrizo Not Valwin

    Apr 18, 2012
    United States
    pachter haves spoken this sure is news
  19. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Nov 9, 2007
    A cold cold place
    Nintendo isn't as stupid as Sony, they aren't going to try and butt fuck consumers out of money for a new console in order to sell it, not in this economy and now at a price higher then 350. Nintendo really just needs to blow the doors off the competition with quality launch titles, that along with a reasonable selling price, it will sell.
  20. Issac

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    Apr 10, 2004
    Well, I have a hard time seeing how the wii u can be priced the same as a handheld console... So my bet is not at the 250 price tag at least... maybe more like 300.
    By the way.. Game in Sweden has some preliminary prices:
    Wii U = 4,999 SEK ( $700 )
    Wii U GamePad = 1,499 SEK ( $211 )
    controller pad = 699 SEK ( $99 )