I guess we weren't the only ones thinking that the Wii U doesn't seem to be priced quite right. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft's CEO, also believes that the Wii U is a little too high for tastes. With the system launching next week and getting to own up the holiday season all to itself, the high price may not matter anyway.
Speaking in an interview with GameIndustry.biz, Guillemot stated that...
"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."
Those are good points, but the main concern is the specs. Right now we still have no idea how hardened down the specs are to make an appropriate estimate on if the Wii U is worth the initial price of entry.
There's a lot of hints that the Wii U could be more powerful than what many think it is, just as there are many claims from developers stating that it's just barely on par or slightly better than the Xbox 360 and PS3. The conflicting stories has created a bit of a conundrum where it's difficult to tell if the Wii U is a true next-gen machine worth the $349.99 price tag or if it's just a slightly more powerful Wii.
If the Wii U proves to be a heck of a lot more powerful than what some developers have initially said it is and the games scale appropriately for next-gen use, then I would easily concede my claim that the Wii U is too expensive for the specs. However, if the system turns out to be another Wii, then I'd have to side with Guillemot on the issue.
The only thing that works against Guillemot's stance is that Nintendo is apparently selling the Wii U at a loss, which could indicate that the system is potentially more powerful than what we all thought.