Square Enix has confirmed that the Wii U version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut will cost consumers $20 more if they opt for the Wii U version of the game. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut will cost $30 on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, while the Wii U version will set you back $50. The company has yet to explain why the Wii U version of the game costs gamers $20 more.
Capcom has confirmed via a press release that the long-awaited digital version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies will retail for $29.99 in the United States. Capcom also reconfirmed that the game will be arriving on the Nintendo 3DS eShop this fall. The company stated a few days ago that the latest Phoenix Wright title will be digital only.
A Nintendo representative has confirmed that the Wii U is still being sold at a loss. This will come as a blow to many that were holding out buying the system until Nintendo implements a much-needed price cut. Numerous retailers in the United Kingdom have slashed the pricing, but the majority of stores in the US continue to sell the console for the recommended retail price. It doesn’t look as though this will change anytime soon.
Nintendo of America has confirmed to online gaming publication Joystiq that Game & Wario for the Wii U will retail for $39.99. We noticed a few days back that GameStop were selling the game for that price and it now appears to be the default price at online retailers. Game & Wario is due to be released in North America on June 23rd.
Two Tribes, the development team behind Toki Tori, have announced via their official blog that Toki Tori 2 will receive a launch discount of ten percent to thank gamers for their patience. Toki Tori 2 is due to launch on the Wii U eShop on April 4th. The following list has the normal prices without the 10% launch discount.
- 14.99 EUR (Europe)
- 14.99 USD (USA)
- 12.99 GBP (United Kingdom)
- 19.99 CHF (Switzerland)
- 120 NOK (Norway)
- 125 SEK (Sweden)
- 112 DDK (Denmark)
- 60 PLN (Poland)
- 600 RUB (Russia)
- 19.99 AUD (Australia)
- 23.99 NZD (New Zealand)
- 14.99 CAD (Canada)
- 195 MXN (Mexico)
- 30 BRL (Brazil)
- 375 CZK (Czech Republic)
- 180 AZR (South Africa)
UK retailers have already begun pricing the Wii Mini which was announced for Europe yesterday. Both Amazon and GAME have the system listed for £79.99. The pricing for the console is significantly higher than the $99 Canadian price, which would put the machine at around £65. As usual Nintendo has left the pricing up to retailers. The Wii Mini lacks Gamecube compatibility and does not support S-Video or Component video cables. The console also lacks an SD card slot, and doesn’t have Wi-Fi support.
Epic Games chief technology officer Tim Sweeney has told Games Industry International that he expects development costs of next generation games to double those of the current generation. Sweeney said that his development studio expect be able to build next-gen titles for “only about double the cost” of games from the start of the current generation. If development costs rise so significantly, it could ultimately bump up the pricing of video games to the consumer.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has told Games Industry International that he wasn’t overly pleased when Nintendo announced the price points for the Wii U Deluxe set and the Wii U Basic set. Guillemot said to the publication that he hopes Nintendo will drop the price in the not too distant future.
“I always prefer lower pricing, so I can’t say I’m happy.”
“I’m never happy when the machines are expensive. What we have to do there is remember that compared to an iPad, it’s cheap. With what it brings [to the gaming table] it’s cheap. But I hope they’ll be able to drop their price in time.”
Online gaming publication CVG has noticed that third-party Wii U games all show a significant mark-up when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. The publication spoke to an analyst who concluded that the premium price tags are commonplace for new consoles. Popular titles such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are around ten pounds more expensive than their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. Will this put you off purchasing third-party games for Wii U?
Nintendo of America will be holding a media event for Wii U in New York City on September 13th. The event will be hosted by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and promises to shed some more light on Wii U. The invitation that has been distributed says that will let us learn “more about how the Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment.”
Update: the event will take place from 10am till 4pm EDT