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Your latest Wii U release date/bundle rumor

Your latest rumor supposedly comes from VDP, Video Product Distributors. The site needs a login to access content, which conveniently makes it hard to check this info. Supposedly, the site contains the following information.

WIIU SYSTEM - GM
11/11/12 $249.99

WIIU SYSTEM W/ - GM
11/11/12 $299.99

WIIU SYSTEM 349 W/ - GM
11/11/12 $349.99


That would indicate 3 SKUs, all with a Nov. 11th release date. You can see the supposed footage from the site here (thanks LegendaryFusion!)
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03 Sep 2012 22:49

I call false too. Because this doesn't say November 18... :roll:
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03 Sep 2012 22:50

That would be super cool since that be my birthday. What up! :lol:
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03 Sep 2012 22:51

3 different wii Us would be a good idea i guess. 1 bundled in with a pro controller along side the wii u game pad and something like zombie u. One with only the system and the game pad. The other one with 1 gamepad, 2 wii mote+ and nintendo land. Also, isn't November 11th a sunday?
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03 Sep 2012 22:54

While the 11th is a Sunday I think the pricing is too low should be $300,$350,$400 then I would believe it
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03 Sep 2012 22:55

Not that I can't see this happening eventually, I can't see them offering three SKUs day one. Just seems like it's cutting into supplies unnecessarily.

Two, maybe. One is just the essentials, the other has a game, or Wii remote plus(es).
Is a different color considered another SKU? Obviously they wouldn't price a color $50 more than another, but if colors are usually considered different SKUs, then that would indicate one color at launch.
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03 Sep 2012 23:04

What's GM mean? I would assume game, but why would they have 2 SKUs at 2 different price points with the same description? That doesn't make sense.
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03 Sep 2012 23:06

@WesFX but it would be a good idea giving people more options.
$250 for the basic wii u and 1 gamepad. The minimum needed to play wii u games.
$300 The pro bundle, 1 gamepad+1 pro-controller+(core launch title like zombiU, NG3, etc)
$350 party bundle, 1 gamepad+1pro-controller+2 wiimotes+Nintendo land.
This would make the rumors of Nintendo land being bundled and being sold separately a lot more believable.
edit: of course, this is IF there will be bundles and they are going according to this price.
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03 Sep 2012 23:27

@LegendofSantiago

"I can't see them offering three SKUs day one. Just seems like it's cutting into supplies unnecessarily."
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03 Sep 2012 23:29

Thats my birthday !!! :P

edgeblade wrote:What's GM mean? I would assume game, but why would they have 2 SKUs at 2 different price points with the same description? That doesn't make sense.

GM? It obviously means that it comes with a Camaro :D
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03 Sep 2012 23:35

LegendofSantiago wrote:@WesFX but it would be a good idea giving people more options.
$250 for the basic wii u and 1 gamepad. The minimum needed to play wii u games.
$300 The pro bundle, 1 gamepad+1 pro-controller+(core launch title like zombiU, NG3, etc)
$350 party bundle, 1 gamepad+1pro-controller+2 wiimotes+Nintendo land.
This would make the rumors of Nintendo land being bundled and being sold separately a lot more believable.
edit: of course, this is IF there will be bundles and they are going according to this price.


i would be surprised if they offered the pro controller in a bundle. if there are bundles i imagine it one would be just the wiiu and game pad and the other wiiu, gampad, wii remote+ and nintendoland.
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03 Sep 2012 23:53

LegendofSantiago wrote:@WesFX but it would be a good idea giving people more options.
$250 for the basic wii u and 1 gamepad. The minimum needed to play wii u games.
$300 The pro bundle, 1 gamepad+1 pro-controller+(core launch title like zombiU, NG3, etc)
$350 party bundle, 1 gamepad+1pro-controller+2 wiimotes+Nintendo land.
This would make the rumors of Nintendo land being bundled and being sold separately a lot more believable.
edit: of course, this is IF there will be bundles and they are going according to this price.



The Pro bundle does not make sense cause ZombiU doesn't use the Pro Controller

The basic is ok and I think it's a great deal for old wii gamers which already have wiimotes/nunchuks and also for core gamers. The price is excelent, it's so cheap that would be easy to buy the game you want and new controls/peripherals of course.

I would change the party bundle to: 1 Gamepad, 1 Wiimote/nunchuck + NintendoLand + (1000 or 2000 NP card).

I think that the Pro controller won't be in any bundle. I also think that the 1000/2000 NP card is necessary to "taste" the eshop day one. I don't see Nintendo putting 4 different controllers in any bundle, well it's just my opinion.

I would like to have New Mario Bros. U insted of NintendoLand in the party bundle.

Sorry for my bad english, i'm from Venezuela :D
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03 Sep 2012 23:54

One barebones, no game bundle for $250
And a game bundle for $300 are the only options I can see.

Also, what does GM means?
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03 Sep 2012 23:56

I figure this website is for distributors... 11/11/12 being the day the system is shipped to sellers, and the prices being with a $50 markdown. I imagine the real prices being at about $50 more and the shipments arriving between 11/11 and 11/18.

Kinda does inform us of 3 possible skus
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03 Sep 2012 23:56

i say no, because why would nintendo hurt thier sales of paper mario?
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04 Sep 2012 00:20

Reingard wrote:
LegendofSantiago wrote:@WesFX but it would be a good idea giving people more options.
$250 for the basic wii u and 1 gamepad. The minimum needed to play wii u games.
$300 The pro bundle, 1 gamepad+1 pro-controller+(core launch title like zombiU, NG3, etc)
$350 party bundle, 1 gamepad+1pro-controller+2 wiimotes+Nintendo land.
This would make the rumors of Nintendo land being bundled and being sold separately a lot more believable.
edit: of course, this is IF there will be bundles and they are going according to this price.



The Pro bundle does not make sense cause ZombiU doesn't use the Pro Controller

The basic is ok and I think it's a great deal for old wii gamers which already have wiimotes/nunchuks and also for core gamers. The price is excelent, it's so cheap that would be easy to buy the game you want and new controls/peripherals of course.

I would change the party bundle to: 1 Gamepad, 1 Wiimote/nunchuck + NintendoLand + (1000 or 2000 NP card).

I think that the Pro controller won't be in any bundle. I also think that the 1000/2000 NP card is necessary to "taste" the eshop day one. I don't see Nintendo putting 4 different controllers in any bundle, well it's just my opinion.

I would like to have New Mario Bros. U insted of NintendoLand in the party bundle.

Sorry for my bad english, i'm from Venezuela :D


ZombiU can use the Pro Controller for its multiplayer mode. The player with the Gamepad is the RTS Zombie leader whereas the player with the Pro/Classic Controller tries to fight his way through the horde.

I second your thought on the "Party Bundle" needing to be 1 Gamepad, 1 Wiimote+/Nunchuck + Nintendoland. I also don't see Nintendo shoving 4 controllers into any bundle, especially with the amount of Wii Remotes, Remote Pluses, and Classic Controllers already out in the wild.
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04 Sep 2012 00:31

Hey, where's that Zelda Informer's $200 SKU? :D

Maybe, maybe not false but fun to predict:
$249: Bare-bones package.
$300: With Nintnedoland.
$350: With Nintendoland and 1 Wiimote Plus and Nunchuk.

I don't see the Pro Controller being bundled for some reason unless Nintendo bundles it with the $350 SKU after realizing marking up the SKU with a Wiimote and Nunchuk by $50 in this day and age would be too mean without bundling it with something extra.
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04 Sep 2012 01:07

I can believe multiple SKUs (the NES did it), but the date coincides with Paper Mario: Sticker Star and I don't see that happening.
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04 Sep 2012 05:16

The prices kind of make sense. They have to compete with the prices of 360 and PS3. Offering an extremely basic bundle would take care of that, and then you got the other prices that would take care of the price that a launch system should be. lol. The top price prob comes with some original Wii accessories.
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04 Sep 2012 05:31

Going with just one SKU is a good move, if you don't want to confuse people. But given that a lot of people already have a Wiimote, maybe there is going to be a bare to the bones model with JUST the console and the U Pad. The target audience for this system during the launch window is the enthusiastic gamer crowd anyway. They are used to gazillions of different models when it comes to tech launches.
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04 Sep 2012 10:25

The Pro Controller needs no bundle since it is the same thing as the GamePad sans touchscreen, so it will garner 3rd party support regardless of being sold separately. If Nintendo wants the wiimote/nunchuck to continue on living a meaningful life in any regard (like in situations where a multiplatform game will utilize PS Move) then they best bundle it in with all consoles.

I want pointer controls in my FPS games dammit!
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04 Sep 2012 10:29

Lausebub wrote:Going with just one SKU is a good move, if you don't want to confuse people. But given that a lot of people already have a Wiimote, maybe there is going to be a bare to the bones model with JUST the console and the U Pad. The target audience for this system during the launch window is the enthusiastic gamer crowd anyway. They are used to gazillions of different models when it comes to tech launches.


Yeah but to assume that "people already have a Wiimote" is a bad business choice. Also you even state in your very next sentence that the target audience during launch would be "the enthusiastic gamer crowd anyway" which would most likely be PS360 owners who I wouldn't assume have wiimotes already. Sure people upgrading from Wii will have wiimotes, but if Nintendo wants to have a fighting chance next gen, they better reel in way more than wii owners, as the majority of them are certainly not "the enthusiastic gamer crowd".
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04 Sep 2012 12:00

gatorboi352 wrote:the target audience during launch would be "the enthusiastic gamer crowd anyway" which would most likely be PS360 owners who I wouldn't assume have wiimotes already.

Wait, you've met an "enthusiastic gamer" who owns PS3/360 and who doesn't own a Wii? I've never met anyone like that. A hardcore gamer without a Wii is like some sort of oxymoron.
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04 Sep 2012 12:27

250 that would be so sweet , it's so bought if that's the case . Even without a game , i'll probably get the pack + game at 300 ... or maybe i'll dare go with the minimum pack and chose another game like nmsbu obviously if it's not in one of the package , but maybe something like ninja gaiden or ac3 . Or even just multiplayer games like trine 2 , aurora and maybe some other eshop release . Mostly because i know one of my friend will also grab the wii u with either nintendoland or nsmbu , most likely both .

i can't think of someone deep into gaming that would not want to try the hardcore pointer action sin and punishment 2 provided (heck it's the longest shoot them up treasure ever made and playable with analog) , or the same kind of action trauma team provided on top of the deepest coop quick reaction possible and ultra deep adventure segment . Let alone the real life skills one would have to develop for games like kororinpa and yes wii sports resort . Not that those skills are that important , but at least it's something else than autoaimania
And also the mario galaxies and the zelda s . Nope . Especially since hardcore buyers also waste their money in stupid collectors edition , day one dlc , gold subscription . 150 for them is like nothing .
I recently played a bit of those shooters , on pc with at least a great aiming system .... mostly for the stories . Not great , but amusing , just not that deep world building stuff i kept hearing about .
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04 Sep 2012 20:07

nintendo would never do more than one price... more than one bundle ?... yes. Price? No...
example...
SKU1--for $299 you get Wii U console, Gamepad, Nintendo Land, Wii Remote and Nunchuck

SKU2--for $299 you get Wii U console, Gamepad, Mario U, and Wii U pro controller

See? ... this sounds WAY more like Nintendo.

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