I’ve decided to start a mini series of posts, in a way. It seems like I find articles – daily – thrashing on the Wii U and Nintendo, so I’ve decided to start a series of posts titled “Why Is There Complaining?” Think of the ever popular “You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?” episode of Family Guy. So what am I going to be discussing today?
Retailers in the UK are complaining that the Wii U is overpriced [still] and suggest dropping it for Mario Kart 8. This is false. Now, I’m sure it can be argued that it is a little overpriced in the UK, but here in the States? NO, it is NOT overpriced. In fact, I think it is underpriced, but I’m not complaining about that. How can I say that about such an “under-achieving,” “old piece of hardware” that “can’t keep up with next gen consoles?” In the words of Satoru Iwata, “Please understand…”
The Wii U is going to be sold with Mario Kart 8 in a fantastic bundle. Let’s break down what is in the box:
- (1) Wii U Deluxe Console with GamePad
- (1) Special Wii Remote Plus (Mario or Luigi themed) – $40 value
- (1) Wii steering Wheel – I’m not going to even include this in the cost, as it is an unneeded peripheral
- (1) Copy of Mario Kart 8 – $60 value
- (1) If bought/registered before July 31 (that’s TWO MONTHS), a free downloadable game – $60 value
Ok, now, we need to figure out how much we are actually paying for the Wii U itself, right? Let’s add the pieces together, and subtract from the bundle total, which is $350 in the US.
- 40 + 60 + 60 = $160
- 350 – 160 = $190
Folks, that is $190 for a Wii U and the GamePad. That is $209 cheaper than a PS4. How in the world does the Wii U need to be sold for less? Especially when we also consider the 3DS XL (the most successful console of last gen/current gen systems) is between $170-$199, which is an inferior system when it comes to technical specs?
In addition to this, let’s look at the much improved, extremely good library the Wii U has at the moment, and what is coming this year, starting with oldest and moving to newest:
- New Super Mario Bros U
- Need for Speed Most Wanted U
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Pikmin 3
- Deus Ex Human Revolution DC
- Assasins Creed IV: Black Flag
- Rayman Legends
- Sonic Lost World
- Wind Waker HD
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes
- Wonderful 101
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Super Mario 3D World
- Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
- Lego The Hobbit
- Mario Kart 8
- Hyrule Warriors
- Bayonetta 2
- Watch_Dogs (Tentative)
- Sonic Boom
- Smash Bros Wii U
- Fatal Frame
Check out the overall scores for each of these games as well; I would say anything above 75 is a game worth owning, and anything above 85 is a must have game.
So, the Wii U is overpriced? It has a sufficient amount of games for new Wii U owners, with plenty still coming out (and I’m sure more will be announced at what is shaping up to be an amazing E3 for Nintendo). It has an amazing bundle to get you started. It IS next gen, and you will know that when you play games like DKC: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Kart 8. And it is severely underpriced compared to the competition. Yeah, I can totally see the logic that people have, saying the Wii U is underpriced (insert sarcasm here). So why is there complaining?