Today Nintendo announced a price drop for their already low-priced Nintendo 2DS. The new suggested retail price for the Nintendo 2DS is $99.99, dropped from $129.99. The $100 price point was common last year during Black Friday and other retail sales events and while this might help adoption rates of the Nintendo 3DS for budget-minded consumers, we can’t help but wonder where the price drop is for the Wii U.
Scott Moffitt’s statement about the price drop for the Nintendo 2DS in the press release could just as easily apply to the Wii U, especially with the bevy of multiplayer games that are unique to the Wii U.
“At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong lineup of new games launching this year and arguably the best library of games in this generation makes it a great time to be a Nintendo fan.”
Nintendo faces stiff competition from Microsoft, who has lowered the price of the Xbox One from the $499 introductory price down to just $349 for the basic 1TB bundle. This puts the Xbox One at just $50 more expensive than the Wii U, while offering better third-party support and more storage. Perhaps Nintendo should consider dropping the retail price of the Wii U to $250 to entice more impulse buyers, similarly to what they did at the end of the life cycle for the Wii.
What do you think? Should the price of the Wii U be lowered, too?