According to a rumor brought to us by Forget the Box, the Wii U may sell for $300 retail. The reason that this price may seem a little steep is because according to sources involved with manufacturing the Wii U, the unit only cost around $180 to produce and that is including the tablet controller. Also according to this source Nintendo may be cutting corners with the GPU and CPU to keep their hardware costs down.
“Nintendo chose an economical GPU and CPU that could keep up with the performance of today’s current consoles, but keep hardware costs down to maximize profits. Nintendo got a bargain price on the custom GPU and CPU that the Wii U uses. There is a bigger focus on downloadable content, applications, video content, digital distribution, and services to create a stream of revenue. Investors will be ecstatic with the news.”
With all these rumors flying around the net it even makes me more excited for E3, where we will finally get some solid information on this new console. I cannot wait till next month, until then Happy Gaming.