Nintendo has confirmed that they although they will be showing off the final hardware configuration of the Wii U at E3, they will not be revealing the price. Some analysts believe that the Wii U cannot sell for more than $250.00 to be successful, while others have stated that launch price will be no less that $300.00. regardless of the price, I feel that this is a smart move on Nintendo’s part.
With no focus on price, all attention can be filtered towards the unit itself. They can do what they failed to do for the 3DS, such as focus on the features that make it unique (like the NFC Tech, that was leaked for Rayman Legends). It will also allow them to focus on the games, and what they bring to the system. I am sure that Nintendo will give it some time for the demos to soak in, the excitement to build, and the fanboys to scream “WANT”, before the final price is revealed. It is much easier to justify a higher price tag if the fans are excited about the system.
It has also been said that they will not confirm a launch date at E3. Again, I believe that this will help build excitement for the system. The price and release date are minor details on the system launch. In the end, the playability is what matters.
What are your thoughts on a price free demo? Do you think that knowing the features and capabilities will subliminally lure you in to a higher price?
If you live in Europe, and own a Nintendo 3DS, then today is your lucky day! You can now take advantage of the Nintendo Zone! The Nintendo Zone will allow 3DS owners to access exclusive product information, game trailers, screenshots, video clips, and even demos. To use the feature you will need to have WiFi connectivity, but with over 25,000 hot spots it shouldn’t be to hard. Actually, Nintendo has created a map of hot spots to show you exactly where you can connect. The map can be viewed here.
Currently Nintendo Zone is available at over 29,000 locations in the US and Canada, to see a map of North American locations, click here. Here in the US, some of the Nintendo Zone features include full episodes of Pokemon, exclusive Best Buy Discount Coupons, etc…
What is your favorite Nintendo zone feature?
Work has been pretty busy for me the last few days, and I have had little time to focus on anything else, but today I decided that I needed to take a much needed break and browse the world of the interwebs. While sipping my coffee and wasting time on Youtube, I found the below video that was posted by RunTrainEntertainmen.
The video is a short mockumentary on the life of a gamer. It hits on some of the common stereotypes such as violence, and lack of exercise. The video was just posted today and only has 4 views, but it is pretty well constructed and deserves a few extra views today.
Give the video a view or two and be sure to give the poster a thumbs up to show your support. I would love to see him create a series of these mockumentaries focusing on gamers that dedicate tehir gaming to only one system, and the differences between the gamers. For example, the 14 year old Xbox gamer with the mouth of a sailor, and the PS3 gamer that portrays himself as being much more mature than the Xbox gamer (obviously this just plays off some stereotypes).
What are your thoughts on the video?