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[BBC] Nintendo's Wii U games console will be sold at a loss

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Nintendo has confirmed that it will lose money on every sale of its Wii U console at launch.

The Japanese firm's president revealed the news after the firm cut its profit forecast.

"We had to book a loss on the hardware, which is currently in production and will be sold below cost," said Satoru Iwata.

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This is now a trend huh..?

Every single popular device is now being sold as a loss.. With the exception of Apple products of course..
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This is the second system by Nintendo to ever be sold at a loss (after the 3DS's price cut to $170 from $250). If Nintendo wants to stay afloat they'll have to push out a lot more games than they did for the Wii.
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This is the second system by Nintendo to ever be sold at a loss (after the 3DS's price cut to $170 from $250). If Nintendo wants to stay afloat they'll have to push out a lot more games than they did for the Wii.

Not really... They sold quite a few games on the Wii... In fact, they sold 700 million Wii titles compared to 550 million titles on Xbox 360. Now obviously a pretty significant chunk of the software sales were pack-in titles and the ones that weren't, retailed for less than what you would pay for an Xbox 360 title. Third parties couldn't make money from the Wii, but Nintendo did.
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I was under the impression that the majority of game consoles sold at a loss to get a lot into the market.
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I was under the impression that the majority of game consoles sold at a loss to get a lot into the market.

They do, but Nintendo does not traditionally. That's why it's news. biggrin.gif
    
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I was under the impression that the majority of game consoles sold at a loss to get a lot into the market.
That's true as long as that company isn't Nintendo,this will be the first console they've released that will sell at a loss at launch
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So how much will it cost?
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So how much will it cost?
My deluxe edition was 377ish after tax
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