Nintendo didn’t talk about pricing for their new console at E3, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been thinking about it.In an IGN video interview, Nintendo of America‘s, Reggie Fils-Aime simply mentioned that “people will be pleasantly surprised.” He then goes on to talk about how Nintendo’s competitor’s opted to launch at a high price and cut the price little by little, while the original Wii was able to stay at its $249.99 launch price for nearly half a decade.
This comes on the heels of a story from Ubergizmo that UK retailers have already listed the Wii U at £279.85, which converts to about $431.83. Don’t hold these numbers too closely, though, as placeholders prices are common among retailers eager to accept pre-orders. Currently, GameStop has Wii U software listed at $99.99, which is absolutely a placeholder price. We’ll know more as the holidays approach, as Nintendo has stated that they hope for a late 2012 launch.