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Nintendo: Wii to rise up to £20 for UK trade [Update]

Wednesday, 11th March 2009 14:31 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Update: Nintendo’s just made a further statement on this, saying it hopes consumers “understand” the hike is due to reasons outside of the company’s control.

Thanks to the depreciation of the pound, Nintendo’s said it’s to raise the price it charges the UK trade for Wii hardware by £18-20.

The machine has a recommended retail price of £180.

“We are only – reluctantly – raising our trade price now to retailers due to unprecedented and sustained depreciation of the pound,” Nintendo told VG247 in a statement today.

“This is a problem brought about by extreme currency fluctuations that are a symptom of the global economic situation.”

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  1. Blerk

    Oh dear!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Eregol

    Strange that someone is announcing a price rise rather than a cut.

    Has the world gone mad?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Bagpuss-RoXx

    Yet another reason to add to my LONG list of :

    Reasons why i DESPISE Nintendo.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    laaaaawwwwllllll

    #4 5 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    Eregol, has this generation taught you nothing?

    Expect the fucking weirdest shit you can, and it’ll happen.

    At least inadvertantly the PS3 has got a price drop, right?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Syrok

    It’s reverse psychology!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    I wonder if MS and Sony will follow suit…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. No_PUDding

    No it’s fucking not…. There’s nothing as logical as psychology involved.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Whizzo

    So the Wii will be more expensive than the 360 Elite if this is passed through to consumers, blimey!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. No_PUDding

    You’d have thoguht Nintendo could afford that, wouldn’t you?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Nintendo doesn’t give a shit. Sony on the other hand are probably pulling out all the stops to make sure they don’t have to do the same.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Syrok

    @Pud: Yes there is. Expensive is good. Who would want to buy a cheap console like the 360 now, which is also supposed to break a lot.

    :)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. No_PUDding

    Maybe I am fuckign screwed up, but for some insane reason I think I’d prefer a 360 over an infinitely more expensive and shit Wii.

    And you know what, I think any insane person would agree.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. deftangel

    Nintendo likes money, a lot. They’ve been rinsing people for the Wii since it’s been out. I dread to think how much pure profit they make on each unit sold.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. No_PUDding

    I heard £6, which is a lot.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Nintendo’s trade prices are higher than everyone else’s too, so retailers already make far less profit on Nintendo kit than on (say) Xbox kit.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    See top of site.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Shatner

    makingevenmoreprofitonhardwarethanbeforelol

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Hunam

    A price rise?

    I think they are doing it wrong!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    Ivory backscratchers all round!

    #20 5 years ago