Looks like Nintendo is following Sony’s market strategy of cheaper consoles. Starting September 20th, its Wii U Deluxe set will be sold at a price of $299.99, fifty dollars cheaper than its original $349.99, according to IGN. This announcement coincides with the upcoming HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
The game will come bundled with the new Wii U Deluxe set, alongside a digital version of Hyrule Historia (a sort of Wikipedia for everything Zelda related), Joystiq reports. And it’s worth it, trust me. I played the original game on GameCube and it’s still one of my favourite games of all time.
Though it’s only speculation, I would imagine the cheaper price of the Wii U is likely a response to the debut of Sony and Microsoft’s PS4 and Xbox One respectively. The Wii U has been out for quite some time now, and that’s great – I mean, Nintendo’s got a huge head start over its two rivals concerning how long its contribution to the great console race has been sitting out there in public. With a new price in September, that puts it about a month before the PS4 is released in the US, November 15th according to website Trusted Reviews. The Xbox One is expected to release sometime in November as well. It seems Nintendo is throwing in their last two bits before the PS4 and Xbox One take the market by storm, and that’s totally okay.