After putting it off, taking some time to think about it I’m finally ready to say something about the WiiU. Nintendo, you’re doing it wrong.
$300 & $350 is way way way to much money to charge for a console that doesn’t do anything particularly more or better than the current generation of consoles. It doesn’t even have storage on par with current gen consoles. You’re entire reason for charging that much is for the giant controller screen thing. I mean it’s doing HD at a time where the next gen of consoles are prepping to handle 4K. A PS3 160GB is $250 and a subsidized Xbox 360 is $150 up front.
Not to be one to knock something with out providing solutions here it is. First swap that solid state for a hard drive. This will bring the price point down and the storage up. Consoles sit on entertainment centers, they don’t travel. Second offer a couple packages. Since the console is backwards compatible with most Wii games some people are just going to want to play those in HD. Some people don’t want the gimmicky screen controller. Give those people the console upgrade with out the fluff. A $150-$175 package minus the gimmick. And then to ensure your console sells eat enough price while selling software for profit that people will actually buy it. Bring the price plus gimmick down to $200 or $250. People don’t like to pay more than $250 for consoles/gadgets. Finally give us some value add. With the WiiU specific games coming in light at launch offer customers some value add like a couple of Wii games in the box.
I’m not saying my plan is perfect because I’m just a consumer and I don’t have the details. What I do have is the perspective of a gamer who is decidedly hard core. One who didn’t pay $300 for his current console that has supported HD and has had 5ish times the amount of storage for the past 6+ years.