Wii U GamePad and software pricing revealed. Former is eye-poppingly hefty

Fresh out of Nintendo's Japanese Wii U presentation is the long mused upon pricing for the Wii U GamePad. What's it going to cost when bought separately? Possibly enough to make multi-GamePad play rather a luxury. Still, games aren't looking too bad (from a UK perspective, anyway). 

The GamePad itself is clocking in at 13, 440 yen if you want to buy a second one, which as a direct conversion translates to £107/$172. With the pad getting separate standalone pricing, it seems that Nintendo has plans for it as an additional peripheral. although it should be noted that no games currently support more than one of them. It is though, definitely open to debate whether those plans can take off at that kind of price bracket. To put it into context, that's about half the price of a PS Vita. And if there isn't a significant uptake of second-pad buyers, it's highly doubtful that any third party developers would invest in designs requiring one. Catch 22.

As for games though, New Super Mario Bros. U has been cited at 5985 yen (£48/$77), with Nintendo Land coming in at 4935 yen (£39/$66). No word on any console/software bundles yet though.

Update: Nintendo has confirmed that in the US, games will be priced at $59.99. As for the GamePad, for the time being it isn't being sold separately outside of Japan, so it hasn't been officially priced yet.


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  • laurenhiya21 - September 13, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Bleh the WiiU is going to have to have some price drops before I even consider getting it ._. If they don't change the prices for games in the US... $70/$60 just seems overpriced for me :/ $50 is generally the highest I go for a game, unless I know it's super awesome (in my opinion) and I want it right away, or it's a premium edition which the WiiU titles (that I've heard of) are neither :/ I guess it's alright, since I always wanted to get a 3DS and a PSP anyway :> (and I probably could buy both with around $350, which could of been used for the WiiU XD)
  • patbateman17 - September 13, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    Holy shit, the Mario game is priced at $77?? Game pricing has gone completely off the rails. I remember sub-$50 games, and also when for some ungodly reason Sega Genesis released a few games in those awful cardboard sleeves and priced them at $70. I'm looking at YOU Phantasy Star (I forget the number).
  • dcobs123 - September 13, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    That's the converted Japanese price. Not sure where your from, but countries outside the US typically pay more on games.
  • patbateman17 - September 13, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Ahhhhhhhhh, that makes sense. Annnnd I'm an idiot. In my defense this was pre-coffee. Thanks :)
  • ObliqueZombie - September 13, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    This better not be true. Those game prices are dumb.
  • zombi3grim - September 13, 2012 5:29 a.m.

    Seriously better be lower in America. I refuse to pay that much for a second controller, I dont give a damn what it can do....
  • shawksta - September 13, 2012 4:22 a.m.

    Interesting, although as expected for the handled though Japan and everyone else vary all the time, so we might need to wait for the live event first to see this whole thing thru.
  • dobbaaa - September 13, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    Sorry to be a nit picker but..."buddles" toward the end of the article, is that supposed to be "bundles". Or have I been using the wrong word all my life!
  • Mooshon - September 13, 2012 3:28 a.m.

    With the strong Yen / weak pound, 20% VAT plus the usual mystery European price addition, this pricing has got to spell launch doom. N64 all over again. I can really see cash strapped families jumping all over it this xmas.
  • rxb - September 13, 2012 4:17 a.m.

    Did you mean 'can't'? Unless they bundle a game in over here to justify the price hike I think your right. And thats even if Europe gets it before Christmas?
  • Mooshon - September 13, 2012 4:44 a.m.

    was being facetious ;)
  • shawksta - September 13, 2012 4:28 a.m.

    Well you gotta know pricing is never a direct conversion, they are always reasonable and we Gabby seen any bundles yet, we still got to wait

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