In an interview with GameSpot
during E3, Nintendo's enigmatic Mario and Zelda creator, Shigeru Miyamto, addressed both pricing concerns over the Nintendo Wii U as well as just how powerful the system will be, suggesting that it might not "necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now" in terms of raw graphical power.
"We're very sensitive to pricing because people have generally only a certain amount of their spending that they'll devote to entertainment," he told GameSpot when asked about the unit's pricing plan. "And if you're talking about parents buying something for kids, there are certain price points where parents may be willing to or not willing to purchase a certain product.
"But at the same time," he continued. "You have these technological advances, and you have the needs of being able to take advantage of that technology, and those result in increasing costs and things like that."
In the past Nintendo has always been more precious and conscious of achievable prices for their home-consoles, often at the detriment to the system's performance, as seen in the decision to ship Wii with Standard Definition output during the HD revolution. Nintendo of Japan president, Sataru Iwata, recently told the Nekkei
that Wii U would likely cost more than the Wii; over ¥20,000 (AU $235).
Meanwhile, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Kotaku
he felt the two lagging components of the 3DS' launch had finally been addressed in the handheld's lack of any big Nintendo franchises out of the gate, and its equally lacking online functionality.
"I think we've got that issue not only identified but addressed," he said in relation to Nintendo franchises, before adding to the online issue. "We've just done the first network update. We've got the eShop up and running. We've got the 3D movie service still on track for the summer. We've got Netflix still on track for the summer. So I think we're well underway to having that addressed as well."
Of course all of that's well and good for the US where Netflix is readily available, but here in Australia, we're still living in the movie digital delivery middle-ages. We've contacted Nintendo of Australia to find out what, if anything, we'll be getting as an Aussie equivalent, so stay tuned for more info.