Nintendo responds to PS4, lowers Wii U price to $299

Wii U vs PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 will launch this November at $399, making it the closest competitor to the next-gen console that’s already on the market: the Wii U. Nintendo has struggled with slow sales of the Wii U over the past year, and faced even bigger challenges with the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, especially the PlayStation 4.

Nintendo has responded to the upcoming challenge by dropping the Wii U price from $350 to $300. They also cut the “Basic” model from the lineup. It would have been very difficult for Nintendo to compete with the PlayStation 4 at $350 — the PS4 cost only $50 more, yet offered far superior hardware.

The lineup of consoles this Fall looks like this: Wii U at $300, PlayStation 4 at $400, and the Xbox One at $500. Three very different consoles at three very different prices. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out.

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  • greengecko007

    For people actually educated on all of the competing systems, the Wii U was already competitively priced with the PS4 by being $50 cheaper, including a game, and free online. Unfortunately, despite the massive success of the Wii, Nintendo has made a name for themselves as creating “weak” hardware, even though that’s not true. Honestly though, I don’t see the $50 price drop affecting sales that much for Nintendo. Until they release more quality titles, the Wii U is going to continue to struggle. Pikmin 3, Nintendo’s first 3D HD AAA first party title, has yet to even sell 1 million copies globally. The Wonderful 101 (despite fanboy hype) has sold poorly.

    • disqus_uRC8Xsukxd

      Yea 101 didnt really interest me that much but I might pick it up to try it out and once zelda not the remake and ssb hits I see sales pick up some but I love nintendo for nostalgia

      • greengecko007

        101 Not only didn’t peek my personal gaming interests, it didn’t look like a quality title. People were praising it and hyping it before it came out. I guess these people learned that a Nintendo console exclusive does not automatically = awesome game. It’s a niche title.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I tried it out at Gamestop, and it didn’t appeal to me. Everyone told me that the demo sucked, but you know, who’s fault is that if it’s true? Plus, why would anyone buy a game that may or may not interest them? It’s money wasted. I don’t see the logic in that.

  • James Robert Marot

    Still PS4 for me

  • Madmagican

    Definitely a good move from Nintendo and it’s what everyone’s been asking for
    ‘course it doesn’t mean much until the games start coming in, luckily that’s not too far off

  • Mindy

    I currently have the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on pre-order with the intention to buy both when they launch my reasons;

    The Xbox One is where my friends will be and I go where they are as gaming
    is more fun with friends. This means the system will be my primary device for games with core online component such as Call of Duty and the upcoming Titanfall. I also think despite PlayStation 4 being an improvement in every way over the PlayStation 3 that the Xbox One will remain my device for Netflix and other services, it has become a force of habit to boot that up to use those and I feel being able to say “Xbox On” followed by “Xbox Netflix” will make that habit even stronger.

    The
    PlayStation 4’s core strength is in Sony Computer Entertainment’s
    development houses. PlayStation 4 to me has the most exciting exclusives
    on the way with games like InFamous: Second Son and The Order, not to
    mention unannounced games by studios like Santa Monica (God of War),
    Naughty Dog (Uncharted) and Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain). I think
    PlayStation will remain the place to go if you love single player games
    as Sony seem intent on keeping single player gaming alive. I also love
    how focused Sony is about making PlayStation 4 the home for indie
    developers regardless of their size and expertise. It is the gamers
    console built by gamers and that excites me.

    Overall I feel that
    I’ll require both to enjoy all facets of next-gen so I’m getting them
    both on day one so that I can embrace next-gen in all its glory.

    I’m
    also in the process of picking out new parts for my gaming PC so that
    when the time comes I have a third platform for those games that just
    look best on PC. I’m thinking games like The Division will be one that
    comes out on PC and just shows the World just how far ahead PC graphics
    are despite PlayStation 4 and Xbox One doing their best to claw back
    into the graphics race..

    As for Wii U? Nintendo’s console just doesn’t interest me

    • disqus_uRC8Xsukxd

      I see your point on this and could agree with majority of it. I personally enjoy the wii u. TBH i only play for zelda and occasional titles that spark my interest. I enjoy the ingenuity behind the system but will state that it lacks blockbuster titles. Once SSB launches and new zelda hits I see nintendo doing better this gen. I also prefer sony and microsoft but have only owned a 360. I will be going towards sony and nintendo this gen until something spectacular happens with the xbox 1

      • rsco6969

        so your staying with sony and nintendo for the next 4 gens of consoles then right?

      • sd

        I never played Windwaker, by the time it was released I had traded my gamecube for an xbox. So with that in mind I look forward to Zelda WW.

    • disqus_uRC8Xsukxd

      And I am stoked for GOW uncharted and heavy rain. I have to say I am also stoked for other exclusives as well.

    • sd

      I always love that people get down voted for genuine opinions. Have an upvote.

      • Ace J

        because this is another account created by talesgirl

        • sd

          Who is talesgirl? I dont frequent PS4 daily often, Usually I am on …erm…a different not to be named site.

          • Ducked

            Good question, she’s only posted twice in her entire Disqus.

          • Madmagican

            The original Talesgirl was a huge Xbox fangirl and basically proceeded to shit all over the Wii U and PS4 whenever they were brought up
            She was eventually banned

          • Ducked

            Oh yeah, come to think of it I remember her now.

          • Madmagican

            Yeah, I’m pretty sure you were around for it

          • Ducked

            Pretty sure I was

          • Sorahearts

            no you weren’t the troll. you always get upvotes not downvotes like Guest10000000000000(not his name)does

          • Ducked

            no I was talking about a older troll lol

          • Sorahearts

            oh sorry, I thought you were talking yourself lol just confused me then

          • Ducked

            lol no worries

          • Sorahearts

            :) it was just when I looked at your comment, I thought that you’d call yourself a troll lol

          • Ducked

            lol nah. Btw the other site blocked our comments on KH3/FF15.

            KH3 talk:

            What NEW disney world do you think should come to kingdom hearts 3?

          • Sorahearts

            I have thought of 2 so here they are
            1.Wasteland (from Epic Mickey)
            2.Balamb Garden

          • Ducked

            That’s exactly what zackfair346 said :O

            And mine are

            1: Land of Oz (Oz The Great and Powerful)
            2: Indian Jungle (Jungle Book)

          • Sorahearts

            I’m pretty sure Indian Jungle could be in KH3 but I didn’t know Oz was on disney

          • Ducked

            The new movie Oz the Great and Powerful was by Disney. It was actually Disney’s 2nd biggest film at the box office this year. Imagine this: Sora, Donald, and Goofy walking down the yellow brick road, exploring emerald city, boss battles against the wicked witch, and more. You should watch the movie, your realize how perfect the world would fit into Kingdom Hearts. The witch being consumed with hatred and rage, fits right into kingdom hearts. Plus Malificent could be in with the witches too. It wouldn’t be one of those disney movies that’s copy and pasted into the game.

          • Sorahearts

            and I’d like see Sora throwing water on the witch since witches melt when water is thrown at them, and I can Imagine them battling witches and perhaps once you complete the world,(if it makes an appearance)we should be unlocking new magic spells including water besides, I thought of some new magic spells myself
            1.Earthquake(I love to see earthquakes giving heartless a lot of damage)
            2.Disappear(just make the heartless disappear and you’ll level up quick)
            they were pretty much some wonderful spells that I came up with that SE could use in KH3 and we should be expecting some new summons and I was wondering if we should get a new drive form

          • Sorahearts

            oh sorry, I thought you talking about yourself lol. that still confused me

          • Sorahearts

            I double posted, but the comments I sent to you are different

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Hard not to forget with her over vivid red hair.

          • Madmagican

            And don’t forget those eyes
            …too bad she was a complete troll/fangirl

          • Sorahearts

            wow, first red hair and now blonde hair. what colour hair’s next, blue?

    • Mitch Hall

      Guess what?

      • Ducked

        lol awesome one!

      • Sorahearts

        cool, great one lol

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        You cared enough to comment. :P

    • Sorahearts

      oh Mindy. have a downvote :D

    • BL4CKSH33P

      Than you aren’t as interested in “embracing the next Gen in all its glory” … not on interested in wiiu… pc? Da fuq r you talking about? That’s not a console… its a…. pc. The next gen isn’t about how good a game can look its about a change in hardware… fool. If graphics meant anything of games would outsell their console counterparts… buuuuut they never fucking do because of gaming is for people who put graphics over everything… aka fake gamers. You got dowvboted because ur opinion sucks.

      • BL4CKSH33P

        Bitch i just heard you were talesgirl… that makes sens..e what up my troll!? Your ISP needs to cut you off so you can go get a life.

    • Sorahearts

      that’s a lot of reasons but I don’t care you’ve gone and spoiled it

  • Mindy

    People still play Nintendo? Best days are behind them tbh.

    • Ducked

      That’s why the Wii outsold both 360 and PS3 right?

      • I <3 You

        Wii U has not once outsold PS3 & 360 in America/western countries in the year 2013. otherwise their would be no need for a price drop on a console that is less then a year old…

        • Ducked

          You realize I said “Wii” right?

          • I <3 You

            No you said Wii U then changed your comment

          • Ducked

            LOL! Yeah okay, no ones falling for that…

        • sd

          Although the sales numbers of the Wii U after 9 months are pretty much the same as with the PS3 after 9 months. Of course I am not going to claim they will get close to selling the total volumes seen on these systems. The issue for Wii U isnt initial sales compared to other consoles. The issue is that other consoles started slowly and gradually picked up. The Wii U actually started extremely well and then sales slowly dropped. Thats the concern.

        • Ace J

          why are you comparing last gen with current gen?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            He’s saying that the sales for the Wii U started off good and then declined vs the ps3 that started off slow and the picked up. Despite the comparison, it makes sense.

    • MrLouboy999

      Yes, I do! :)

    • Ace J

      wow another talesgirl account…

    • sd

      Oh mindy. You make a sensible comment below with your detailed opinion so I give you an up vote. Then you go and spoil it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omar-Bachara/1201000990 Omar Bachara

      love you mindy;)

  • MrLouboy999

    It’s too little too late if you ask me. It’s a nice price drop but with the Zelda Bundle Pack not coming out until September 20th it won’t help even with a $300 price. Drop this Bundle pack today 10 weeks before the other companies and it might help…?

    I’d buy it today if I could have an HD Wind Waker!

    • sd

      The issue with the zelda bundle is that it is also not available to every country. This is very odd. Surely boosting worldwide sales is the goal.

      • MrLouboy999

        I agree it is odd, and I do know that its got limited markets as i understand your point but not to rude, I was simply speaking solely for myself. I understand places like Australia won’t get this bundle pack. I personally don’t care unless it affects the United States since I’m living there.

        No offense intended but im just saying if the bundle dropped today they would have $300. Make me wait till Sept. 20th and I’ll save that money for the PS4 and XBOX.

        • sd

          I totally understand that. Your statement reminds me of the xbox one announcement when MS said it is being delayed in several countries. When i fist heard the news I was a bit annoyed until I realised it didnt concern me, then my thoughts were ” it sucks, but at least I get mine at launch, yay for me”.

          Nintendo are just doing odd things at the moment. I got a wii U day one. Loved it until Feb, then spent 6 months telling myself not to sell it. Now Pikmin and W101 are out I like it again. But it needs more sales, more games, more advertising and more hype. I cant wait for my xbox to play BF4. Nintendo games are great, but they are also very different.

          • MrLouboy999

            Totally agree with that!

          • PS4/WiiU

            I can’t believe you actually thought of selling it. Even if it was collecting dust for me (which its not because I’ve been playing it ever since I bought it) I know that super smash, Mario kart, new Zelda games and whatever awesome games are coming out. Even if right now there are no games.

          • sd

            I dont believe in keeping things that I dont use. I bought MH and it wasnt my game, I spent 10 hours trying to like it, but its not for me. So by Feb I had bought and played every game that had any appeal to me. Then Nintendo kept delaying games and releasing new statements. They also delayed the games I most wanted (X, Bayonetta 2, mario kart) until 2014. Initially they said they were all 2013 games. So why not think of selling it. Why own a console when all the games you bought it for are delayed for a year. Anyway the only reason I kept it was for W101. Without that game being released in August I would have sold it long ago. After playing Pikmin 3 I am happy I didnt sell the console, but you have to understand the reason for nearly selling it. Especially when I am getting another new console in a few months, that has plenty of games. I buy a console to play games, not sit on my shelf gathering dust.

      • Madmagican

        The only problem I have with the Wind Waker bundle is that the game is going to be a digital copy rather than a physical one

        • sd

          That’s a good point. From Nintendos point of view it makes sense as it means you can never sell the game. By decreasing physical sales in this way they will increase new game sales. But yes I think its a shame.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Sounds like a desperate move to me.

          • sd

            Maybe, but realistically they are desperate. I think my Wii U is great. To date sales are not too bad. But with other consoles sales always started slowly and then increased. Nintendo started high and then flopped. Not good, especially with the competition coming up. They need to be desperate and to say otherwise would be foolish.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well yeah, it’s obvious they’re desperate. I don’t blame that for that. If sales don’t pick up after the holidays, then it could very well be the end.

          • sd

            Yes, if sales dont pick up I will most likely sell my Wii U, which is unfortunate as I like it. Luckily Nintendo are still making a profit and have a stupid amount of money in the bank. I think 8billion US available cash, without even looking for extra investment. This simply means a Wii U failure would just harm their ego. They could probably have another 2 consoles fail before being in any real trouble. So at least this is something positive.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            If it’s their ego, then I don’t feel sorry for them. They need to realize that they’re not the top dog in the industry anymore. The NES and SNES days are over. Personally, I think they live in the past and need to come back to reality.

          • sd

            Yes when they launched the games being released now should have been nearly ready. It almost seems like they started them at launch assuming they could finish them in only a few months as they were too cocky. Plus their insistence on games over graphics is a bit crazy. Sure the gameplay is the most important, but I think you need both. Releasing a console that is only 50% more powerful than 7 year old consoles is a little strange. Maybe they will learn a lesson if this fails, maybe it needs to fail to show them. I would hate to see them leave the console industry but they are living a fantasy. So far they assume the Wii succeeded regardless of power. what they don’t realise is in the long run is that the Wii harmed their reputation with many core gamers. I for one hated Wii Games. So far i like the Wii U, but I also havn’t played the next gen games. There is a possibility that WiiU games might start to feel outdated in much the same way wii games did when the PS4 and X-1 are released. I say all this knowing I am a big Nintendo fan, but hopefully I am not a blind one.

  • companyoflosers

    excuse me, but no. nintendo did not drop their price in direct response to the ps4. believe it or not, nintendo does think either sony or microsoft are that importanat. nintendo has always gone off and done its own thing and thats what they are doing now. they lowered the price because many of the people who they wanted to buy it on multiple social media outlets expressed interest in the system if the price was lowered. that alone was amazing, the fact nintendo took consumer feedback and responded this quickly. usually they will do their own thing regardless of consumer reaction. them changing the price specifically because sony or microsoft though is a load of crap. they did it because consumers asked, not because they are afraid of the competition.

    • I <3 You

      Disagree, I believe Wii U price drop is direct response to the competition, PS4 & XBox One. just two months ago the company president, Satoru Iwata pledged not to cut the price of the Wii U during his quarterly address to investors and I remember Reggie claiming Wii U price was not a problem either. the console is already sold at a loss..

      So, Something made them do a 180 two months later?

      No, it wasn’t out of the bottom of their hearts, they wanted to offer a better value against their competition for the holidays..

      Source? The Internet used it..

      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-01-31-nintendo-no-plans-for-wii-u-price-cut

      • companyoflosers

        that article was published back in january dude, not two months ago. try more like 8 months ago, not 2. plans can change in 8 months because potential buyers were wanting a price drop since even back then. shout loud enough and someone will hear and maybe listen. nintendo listened.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Nintendo listens to the competition. I know we all like to think they listen to us, but they don’t when it comes to price drops. They dropped it due to competition coming. I don’t blame them for that. I don’t think it’ll work, though.

      • sd

        They would always have done a price drop. My prediction 4 months ago, which is among my first comments on discus, was a zelda bundle with a price drop of $50. Its the most sensible move to increase sales. They cannot at any time admit they will price drop and need to deny this. If they did not deny it people would hold off buying a Wii U and sales would be even worse. Watch VG chart sales data that shows console sales from now until the zelda bundle release. Wii U console sales will plummet over the next 3 weeks and then there will be 1-2 weeks of huge sales with everyone buying this bundle at the same time. Maybe even bundle shortages. People will rejoice and think the Wii U is saved. Is it? I dont know but people will claim this and in actual fact it will initially be the combined appeal of zleda for new buyers and buyers who held out over the last 3 weeks waiting for this price drop bundle.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          A lot of people said that about Pikmin 3 when Wii U sales increase for a short time, but not by much. Fans exaggerate with any little boost. Even Pikmin 3 isn’t selling. Last I checked, it wasn’t even near 500k yet.

          • sd

            It depends how you look at it. Almost 500k in sales for nintendo is low. But based on barely 4 million console sales the uptake is pretty good. I do think sales will increase, but its not rocket science, sales are so poor they can only really increase with new games. The question is will the increase be sustained. Over the next few months the sales will spike and decrease with each new game. The important thing is that when they decrease that they dont return to their previous baseline. I.e. 25k-30k-27k-35k-30k-40k-35k etc. Hopefully that makes sense. If the sales follow this pattern then things might be ok. But if they just flop back to their original lows its not good at all. The thing to look at with sales is that anything less than 100k a week will mean the console will fail. Nintendo need sales to rocket, not just increase. To be outsold by the Vita is pretty bad.
            For me I will have an X-1 to fall back on so at least I will get some decent chance. Plus if it really looks like the Wii U is going to flop I will sell it and get a PS4 instead. If not I will wait 12-18 months before getting my PS4.
            If the Wii U fails I really want Nintendo to come back with a super powered console. If they released a console that is far more powerful than the X-1/PS4 in say 2015/2016 it will sell. But if they do a new console with the same power in 3 years as the X-1/PS4 it will be the same story again. We will know the truth once SSB and mario Kart are released.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Unless you work for Nintendo, what makes you so sure? Lol. The fact that the competition is coming soon, it makes sense that they’d do that. Lower price, the more attractive it looks during the holidays. Nintendo has a lot of competition for sales this holiday though, so I have a feeling it won’t matter what games they may have.

      • companyoflosers

        yes, the competition is a PART of it but its not the ONLY part. what this article was trying to say is it was purely 100% in response to the ps4 which is completely untrue. that was the main point of my first comment, that it was a combination of reasons and if sony thinks they are soley the reason then they have immensely huge egos and need to come back down to earth.

  • Mitch Hall

    Fantastic move on Nintendo’s part. I still doubt the Wii U will sell as much as the PS4, but it’s definitely competitive now – especially considering how many AAA games are coming out for it between now and Christmas.

    Personally, I’ll be picking up the Wind Waker HD bundle, along with Pikmin 3 and MAYBE Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

    • Ducked

      I was a bit upset that Blacklist didn’t come to the PS4. A game like that would fit really good with the dualshock 4 controller.

    • ItzameyaToad

      I have a feeling it will take PS4 a bit to overtake the Wii U especially since the PS4 launch line-up is going up against Wii U’s line-up, which im not hating on PS4’s lineup but it isn’t the best and the real big hitters aren’t coming out until next year so I see Nintendo outselling PS4 for quite some time. I may be wrong and I know I sure as hell will get hate for this comment but I am just being realistic when comparing the two consoles line-up’s of games.

  • Ducked

    Nintendo isn’t competing with PS4 or Xbox One, there just trying to boost sales. As a Wii U owner, I’m buying a PS4 because there very different systems.

    However, Xbox One just looks overpriced now, you can snag a PS4 for $400, or a Wii U for $300. Then you have the Xbox One for $500. I have a feeling Microsoft is going to have to chop $50 off the console sometime next year.

    • sd

      I love the sense of self importance in this title. Rather than “Nintendo lower price to boost suffering sales”.

    • sd

      I like the fact that you are buying a PS4 yet you also make sensible and decent comments on xbox one daily. If I could give you an extra upvote I would. Well done, and thank you for being a decent person.

  • bizzy gie

    Wii U/PS4 gen for me. Anybody else?

    • Ducked

      Right here

    • Eric

      Yessir.

    • PS4/WiiU

      Me too!!!

    • Josh Melton

      I Already reserve my PS4 on day 1 have no intention to get a Wii U. I rather spend that extra money towards a new PS3 to protect myself.. or get a brand new PC,All in one desktop or Samsung Galaxy S3 from Virgin Mobile it depends on Black Friday sales..

      if Best Buy or Walmart offer PS3 for $149.99 i’m getting that..

      • Vadym

        I’m better then Wallmart. I’m selling my PS3 right now for $299 but the catch is that it also comes with two controllers, PS Eye camera, controller charging station, extra USB wires, and best of all, 18 disk-based games and over 40 HDD games. All in mint condition.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Just PS4.

    • Sorahearts

      I’ll go with PS4

    • Vadym

      WiiU/3DS and PS4/Vita gen for me :)

  • Aar0nC

    The only way I would buy a Nintendo product since the awesome NSES would be if they gave it to me for free.

  • Guhtere

    In my opinion, this is a smart decision.

  • Yen

    I feel like they dropped it more because of current game sales rather than as a response to the PS4 price. If it was a direct response why didn’t they do it months ago when they announced the PS4 at $400? Not that it really matter in the end…

  • http://wiiudaily.com/ izzy1985

    Personally, I’m loving Wii U right now and will be satisfied with it alone for the coming months as all the imminent titles I want to play are on that platform, but that’s just me. Really excited for Waker HD, Mario 3D World, amongst others in 2014 MK8, etc. I do plan on getting a PS4 at some point in the future though, but nothing at launch to justify me getting one. It’s funny reading these comments; you would swear Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony has personally slapped some of your mothers in the face -the hostility towards these companies is frightening lol. Can’t we all just play and buy what we want without criticizing others’ preferences/opinions? It’s video games people! Lighten up :D