Wii U Titles Going For A Pretty Penny At GameStop

    June 6, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Did Nintendo’s E3 press conference excite you to no end? Can you not wait to get your hands on NIntendo Land? Worry not, brave Nintendo fan, as GameStop has 20 Wii U titles available for pre-order including certifiable hits like New Super Mario Bros. U and Pikmin 3. There’s only one little problem…

Wii U Titles Going for $100 At GameStop

As you can obviously see, GameStop seems to think that Wii U games are going to cost $99.99. Unless every single on of these titles is a special edition, I highly doubt that is the case. It’s obviously an error on GameStop’s part, but it’s still pretty funny nonetheless.

Amazon on the other hand has removed their pricing from the Wii U games they have listed. Previously, Wii U games were going for $49.99, but that price point is obviously still up in the air. I would wager that Nintendo is taking a broad approach to pricing on the Wii U letting publishers set their price. I wouldn’t be surprised if first party titles went for $49.99 while third party titles like Assassin’s Creed III went for the usual $59.99.

Going into paranoia mode, maybe GameStop knows something that we don’t. Maybe Wii U games really wil cost $99.99 each. There will probably be people insane enough to buy such a thing, but such a scenario is not going to happen. The last time I paid for upwards of $99.99 for just a game was when I spent $70 for a copy of Jet Force Gemini on the Nintendo 64. Discs are not as expensive to produce as cartridges so gamers have no need to worry about exploding prices come time for the Wii U launch.

While $99.99 would be a little expensive for a game, I would gladly pay that much for that fake Majora’s Mask trailer that showed up before the press conference yesterday. If anything, I would pay to wipe away the painful memories of being forced to watch Nintendo shovel my dreams into the trash bins of Nintendo Land.

[h/t: Game Podunk]
  • Steve

    $99.99 is Gamestops placeholder price for all announced games thay dont have an announces price. The placeholder is there because they have to put something -is the prices will be updated once Nintendo announces pricing. No error on Gamestops behalf – the $99 is intentional and is being communicated to customers as such.

  • guest

    are you freaking stupid or just ignorant?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I though the sarcasm and humor came through the article quite well. I’m sorry that you took it so seriously. It’s obvious that it’s just a placeholder price, but it was just too good to pass up for humor’s sake.

  • Chris

    This isnt ‘placeholder’ pricing; GAMESTOP is charging $99.99 for a ‘guarentee’ that you’ll get a copy of these games on launch night.
    The fact is, right now ‘nobody cares’ – but in the weeks following up to the Wii U’s launch, EVERYONE and their grandma will be preordering everything Wii U, and every game they can, just to have somthing to play on it. And trust me, it’ll be impossible to find ANY Wii U game [let alone the good ones] even as early as 2 months before it’s release. Sure, you could try you’re luck on launch night; but you’d have to [possibly campout for days] waiting in lines at a bigbox retailer for [days or] hours, fighting the holiday crowds and other lines of ‘crazy’ gamers until late midnight. Just for the off-chance that you get to the handfull of games on the shelf first, and obtain whatever game they have. This my friends, sounds ALOT easier than it actually is. Statistically speaking, even if you’re at the front of the line, you chances of getting a Wii U game at most retailers on launch night, is more or less weak. Let alone a popular one like New Mario Bros Wii U.

    On the otherhand, you could always buy you’re game of ebay or Amazon on lauch night. Except, you’d have to content with thousands of ‘other’ folks doinf the exact same thing. And obviously the pricing is going to be ‘astonomical’. I beleive PS3 games went you around $400-$600 each on it’s launch night.

    So again; $99.99 isnt SO BAD, in context to the situation and what they’re offering you.

    Ofcourse, its still CRAZY pricing on behafe of GAMESTOP – and they should be seriously ashamed of themselves for taking advantage of gamers like this. They should offer these @ MSRP. This is seriously a immoral business practise.

    But then again, AFTER launch night, and AFTER the crowds die, and AFTEER the systems been out for a few weeks, I imagine you’ll see pricing at $49.99-$59.99. The problem then; actually finding a Wii U game. I mean Christmas sales will still be in full blast, and most retailers woulnt be restocking til after new years. And lets not forget about ALL those kiddies who get a Wii U for Christmas who cant wait to spend that christmas money grandma gave em at Walmart or Gamestop on some games for their New Wii U.

    $99.99 now, for no waiting & no hassles, and a guarentee you get you’re games, doesnt sound SO BAD now. Does it?

  • james braselton

    hi there best buy has wii u $50 to $60 soo buy at bestbuy cheaper

  • GiSWiG

    I remember the NeoGeo sitting on shelves in stores for over $600. Some games ran over $200. $600 for a PS3 was no problem for lots of people but a NeoGeo game console in the early 90s that went for $600 would probably be $1000 or more today. Would you buy a PS4 at $1000 and say $80 to $100 a game if it was better overall than the next XBOX @ $400 with the same games at $50 that still looked great?

    (If $1000 is a drop in the bucket for you, it don’t count. If you still live at home with your parents and don’t pay rent, that don’t count. etc.)