First actual price for Wii U appears online for pre-order - and it's HOW MUCH?!

The first real, payable pre-order price for Wii U has surfaced online at ShopTo - and it's £279.85. The RRP is £279.99, of course, but you've got to get your discount for buying online, right? The price (which we must stress has not been confirmed by Nintendo in any way) applies to both the black and white versions of the new Nintendo hardware. It may not be a massive price tag in the grand scheme of things, but it's £100 more than last time around. And £100 (about $154) is a lot of money right now...

Above: WiiU on ShopTo, It'sTrue. WillYou? MightDo

This listing is for UK customers, hence the UK price point, but we expect international versions to emerge soon now that the gun has been jumped. Interestingly, the release date is still TBA, but all signs appear to be pointing to November this year.

But how does this price stack up against previous Nintendo launch prices? Let's see...

Wii launched at £179.99 (higher than expected).
Gamecube launched at £129.99 (what a bargain).
N64 launched for £249.97 (but had a £100 price cut just two months later).
SNES launched at £149.99 (with Super Mario World).
NES launched in the UK for... some money. Not all money and not no money. Some money.
3DS was £229.99 at launch, although that did NOT sell well, forcing a £80-£100 drop shortly afterwards.

In terms of current rivals, Xbox 360 launched for £209.99 (but £279.99 for the 20GB model with wireless controller).
And of course, PS3 launched at £425 in the UK. My wallet will never, EVER forget that one.

So - £279 for Wii U. A full £100 more than Wii's launch price. Is that extra £100 going to turn off the casual market that so gladly reached straight for their wallets when Wii came out? Considering 3DS was overpriced by a similar margin (in the eyes of the public who demonstrably voted with their feet), could we see yet another price cut for a Nintendo machine shortly after launch? Nintendo will always have its fanbase buying anything that comes out at the midnight launch and these early adopters will pay anything Nintendo asks for. But is a £279.99 console likely to be sold out nationwide for a year after release like its £179.99 daddy? We're not so sure...

Of course, this is just one price on a website, which might just be a stab in the dark on the part of a business wanting to get in first with sales of a big new thing. The only official comment on the price we've had is Reggie Fils-Aime saying "I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised". Let's hope so.

Are you tempted? Let us know in the comments.

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  • mykl - June 26, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Totally knew it was you writing this when I read the picture caption, Justin ;p
  • forestfire55 - June 10, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Can someone convert to $$$ not that make believe currency called £
  • Tjwoods18 - June 10, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    Around 350 USD, I believe
  • Tjwoods18 - June 10, 2012 9:53 p.m.

    Scratch that just realized that was british bound, so it would be around 430 USD
  • forestfire55 - June 12, 2012 4:35 p.m.

  • Japanaman - June 10, 2012 9:26 a.m.

  • Rambo 11 - June 9, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Can anyone convert this Australian dollars?
  • brennan-goold - June 9, 2012 1:06 a.m.

    Good time for use of some grad money! Haha
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 8, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    $350? I doubt the casual gamers are going to pick this one up.
  • Falcon4196 - June 8, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    If that is the actually price then Nintedo is going to have to prove its worth the extra cash over the 360 and PS3. Until we see the Hardware specs its going to be had to say whether or not it is. If the specs are only a modest improvement over the current consoles then its going to come down to exclusives. Frankly the fact they've only got two real first party games lined up for the launch window (Pikman 3, New Super Mario Bros 2) isn't inspiring. Based off of E3 Ubisoft is the only one taking the launch of the Wii U seriously.
  • laurenhiya21 - June 8, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    Well... I won't be getting it at launch that's for sure XD (I wasn't planning on doing so in the first place anyway but...) It's not that it's incredibly expensive I guess, but being an international student makes it nearly impossible to get a job (plus I am still in school until end of July...) Plus there (so far) hasn't been many games announced that am interested in. Pikmin 3 is about the only thing that I would definitely buy. ZombieU and NintendoLand don't look too bad though.
  • slimjim441 - June 8, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    NSMB-U? Cool. Pikmin 3? Cool. No Zelda or Metroid? GTFO. Until I hear about either of those two on the Wii U, I will not be throwing my money at this faux 8th gen system.
  • BackwaterRifle - June 8, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    I never realised how much I wanted to play Pikmin 3, I'd probably be willing to drop up to $600 to do so. I'm a pikmin fiend.
  • talleyXIV - June 8, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    That controller probably costs them $30 manufacture, that thing is gigantic!
  • bass88 - June 8, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    GameCube was only £130 at launch? That was a bargin. I bought one long after launch so it was cheaper. Wow. Best price ever.
  • PopeBenedictXVI - June 8, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    I predict 199.99 GBP
  • Kyo - June 8, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    KIND OF PRICEY DON'T YA THINK!? I'm hoping that it won't be any more than maybe $350.. because damn that's a lot to ask for now and days lol That's not including sales tax and the price of the games... "yay i got a wiiu!!.. and no games cuz i couldn't afford it." lol
  • Leathersoup - June 8, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    ... and that, kids, is how Nintendo committed suicide back in 2012.
  • ObliqueZombie - June 8, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    Well, being scarred by the atrocious launch that was the PS3, it's not too horrible. But I think I'll wait for the inevitable price drop.
  • ttocs - June 8, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    This is way too high. If this is indeed the price then I am skipping on release day and will pick up 2 months later after the inevitable price drop.

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