Details regarding the pricing and availability of upcoming video game console by Nintendo and the successor of Wii – Nintendo Wii U have been leaked from a well known distributor. It is still not clear whether the information is credible or not, but if you go with the reputation of ‘Video Product Distributors’, a wholesale media distribution company having clients such as Amazon, the rumored pricing could be true.
The intranet of the distributor is said to have listed pricing of three Wii U gaming consoles. The release date is also mentioned as November 11 this year. However, both Nintendo and Video Product Distributors have not commented on these fresh leaks.
As per the rumor, the three Nintendo Wii U gaming consoles will carry price tags of $249 (approximately Rs 14,000), $299 (approximately Rs 17,000) and $349 (approximately Rs 20,000). There is still not much information available on the features and specifications of the gaming device other than its pricing and availability. The listings were done quite ambiguously with text being displayed as “WIIU SYSTEM – GM - 11/11/12 $249.99”, “WIIU SYSTEM – GM - 11/11/12 $299.99”, “WIIU SYSTEM – GM - 11/11/12 $349.99”.
Unless and until there is any official confirmation from Nintendo, these will remain as rumors. But several analysts feel that the leaked information is true with a couple of more sites releasing the same kind of listings. Analysts predict the base version of gaming console to feature just the tablet and Nintendoland copy where as the improved versions will feature Wii enabled remotes and also an additional tablet.
CNET Editor Dan Ackerman has a slightly different opinion. He was stated as saying, “I can’t imagine adding a second controller and a Wiimote for only $50 more. N’s gotta charge more like $70 or more for one of those tablets as a standalone, considering a standard wireless Xbox controller is still $50.”
According to numerous past reports, the system was unveiled during Nintendo's press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7, 2011, and is expected to be released during the fourth quarter of 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.