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Analyst suggests Wii cuts price to $199

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by vashivihan, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. vashivihan

    vashivihan Let There Be Rock

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  2. CantGetAWii

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    Well once their production ramps up price cut should be done for sure.
    Not sure about a "Wii-HD" model, I don't see that happening personally until their next console at least.
     
  3. 261311

    261311 The Man on Ice

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    I think they'll end up cutting it to something below $200, or bundle it with more than just Wii Sports. Once their production lines start running hard I doubt they'll need to keep the price at $250.
     
  4. Wiinter

    Wiinter Audentes fortuna iuvat

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    I suggest a different strategy. Wii Fit bundle that still has Wii Sports for $300. It shouldn't be the only thing available, but assuming they ever get around to manufacturing more Wiis (seeing as how they've had two Christmases to gauge demand), that let's them get their system in retail locations others never dared to go. Sports stores, fitness and nutrition locations in the mall, Bed Bath and Beyond...

    They didn't take my suggestion about using some of their massive wealth to fund and publish serious hardcore Wii efforts from Western Developers in the mold of Retro, so I won't hold my breath on this one either.
     
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    261311 The Man on Ice

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    Not a bad idea but with $300 price, then they'd only really be saving you the trouble of finding it and buying it... at least include it with no price change of $250 or whatever it currently is now.
     
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    Wiinter Audentes fortuna iuvat

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    And $20 (Wii Fit will retail at $70). But the point is not the savings, the point is expanding retail accessibility. Wii Fit is about audience expansion, and you don't want to just wait for the new audience to make their way to a video game section in a store they never go to. You want to put it in front of them. Especially since you've repeatedly given your core audience the finger and you need to count on replacing some of them.
     
  7. 261311

    261311 The Man on Ice

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    I never said selling it in different locations is a bad idea, I was talking about the price. I think fitness lovers will buy the Wii anyways (out of any console) and if they didn't create the mass buy-outs, than Nintendo fans looking for a Wii outside of gaming/ electronic stores would be finding them.
     
  8. sagema

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    They will drop it $100. I think it's $200 in Japan now. It doesn't come packed with Wii Sports. Reminder: The Wii is technically a hyped up Game Cube (No expensive parts), which means there's no reason it can't cost $150 this year.

    ... Oh right, human greed. Well we can always dream.
     
  9. Bumble14

    Bumble14 New Wii Addict

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    Stupidest article I've ever read. Big N doesn't need to cut the cost for the rest of the Wii's lifecycle...why? Because the PS3 and 360 will never touch below the $250 mark..plus the thing is selling like hot cakes.

    This moron does realize that 70% of the wii owning population is comprised of older people/casual gamers/first time novelty gamers, who only bought they system for Wii sports right?
     
  10. 261311

    261311 The Man on Ice

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    Heavy words there, no need to say them seeing as you just made a fairly stupid post. Everyone said the PS2 and Xbox would never go under the $250 mark but then again, look where they are now? New technology makes everything cheaper in time my friend.

    The bonus of the Wii is that it gains new market share and access to the elderly and casual gamers but by no means is 70% (much less 50) fitting that category. A lot of people have the Wii as a primary/ secondary console whereby that secondary target market participates but doesn't own.
     
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    They would be stupid to stop bundling Wii Sports. I can't even begin to think of how that would piss off potential buyers who have yet to pick one up.
     
  12. wezeles

    wezeles Guru of everything Ninty

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    Nintendo wont stop bundling games in with US consoles they know the US market needs something to play out of the box, and doesn't want to choose a game. They just want to rush home and play whatever comes with it!

    I think they should do what they have done in the past with popular consoles.
    If Wii Fit is as big in the States they should make 2 bundles and phase the original out with the newer more popular one...

    Example:
    Wii Fit same 249.99 price tag as now and then sell the Current Wii sports bundle with a 199.99 price tag. This will help clear out the old stock of Wii sports games and at the same time introduce a "new" phenomenon to the Wii and keep its sales still way above the competitors.

    Nintendo has nothing to worry about even if the yearly sales double for ps3 and 360 and the Wii sales drop to half they would still need over a year to topple the Wii at which time a price drop would help... Even if they dont get out the best games right away to boost sales, "which they are" its going to take some time for the other 2 system to catch up...

    With this much of a lead it would take many mistakes for them to fall outta number 1 spot... dont forget 360 sales are less then half of the Wii's and just about tied with PS3 when you go on a year by year basis...
     
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    stay competitive? I don't think Nintendo needs to consider repackaging anything to make a price cut anytime soon. If the PS3 and 360 cuts prices...maybe. By that time (who knows when) it may be already time for the next gen consoles. Also, by that time Nintendo can probably still include Wii Sports for $199 and maybe a Wii Sports + Wii Fit bundle for $250 like 261311 mentioned.
     
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    Haha! You said anal...

    :lol:

    Sorry, but this thread was getting far too sophisticated for my liking.
     
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    Wii doesn't need to do anything, its got good games, more accessories coming out like Wii fit... its fine as it is and worth every $.

    Oh 1 other thing... i find it really funny how everybody is from different countries UK/America/Canada/Australia etc and when saying or quoted prices your just saying $ like as if to say $200 is the same amount across the globe... :)
     
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    261311 The Man on Ice

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    You do realize that a "$" sign symbolizes either USD or CAD right (unless stated otherwise)?
     
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    i didn't know that they used the $ in the UK, i thought they used that fancy looking "L"... :lol:
     
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    thas Canadian/Gamer for life

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    there is a time when nintendo will have to decrease their price for the wii. the 360 is at $299 at the moment and microsoft will do another price cut. ps3 will have more price cut for sure. nintendo wont decrease their prices right away, but they will. $199 means that nintendo makes no profit out of the console, but if they take out wiisports they will make about a $10 profit for each console.

    i dont think the wii will go under $199 in its life time. ps2 is at $199 and i believe that the xobox is a bit higher.
     
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    wezeles Guru of everything Ninty

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    It will have a price drop for sure, it doesnt even cost them 199.99 to make a console. But they wont do it till its needed.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/12/15/wii-manufacturing-costs-ring-up-to-just-158/

    As time goes on it will get cheeper and cheeper to make.. But is just no reason to do a price drop this early unless its to match someone elses price or to boost sales in a slow period. Normally you do Price drops later in Gen life to boost sales, right now they can't even make enough to keep up with demand..

    The first drop will probably be to 199.99 and maybe then a 149.99 maybe even a 99.99 near the end of its life like game cube. If they push out enough units cost to make it falls and a price drop still keeps it profitable...
    But they will continue to take as much profit vs. sales as possibal and they no reason to drop it for a while when it continues to be a sold out product...

    Its always been a balancing act for Consoles to make the most profit without hurting sales off of a console... Thats why PS3 is dropping like crazy even when it cant really afford to, it needs the sales without the consoles in homes they make no money at all...
     
  20. Sterculius

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    all i need is another $100 price drop on the PS3. down to 299. Then it's all mine
     

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