Effective September 20, the Wii U Deluxe Set will see its retail price drop $50 to $299.99. Nintendo also plans to include The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD with the system in a limited edition bundle.
That’s about to change.
The obituaries started for the PlayStation Vita before the device even went on sale in the U.S. Some critics called it “overly expensive.” Others noted the odds of a dedicated game system succeeding in a smartphone world were formidable.
Three and a half months down the road, those critics haven’t let up — even as Vita sales have topped 1.8 million. And it’s not hard to see why.
I feel bad for Kaz Hirai.
The new CEO of Sony has plenty on his plate these days. He recently announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs. He has the mighty task of reviving Sony’s once-powerful brand name. And he’s doing all of this as angry investors and skeptical analysts watch critically from the sidelines.
Sony announced Tuesday that it has sold over 1.2 million units of the handheld gaming system worldwide so far, though it didn’t break out how many of those were sold in the U.S.
Starting Aug. 12, the company will drop the price of the 3DS from $250 to $170 — a move it hopes will spark flagging consumer interest and lay the groundwork for a strong holiday season.
The company will drop the price of its popular DS Lite portable system to $99.99 on Sunday June 5. That $30 cut is the first time Nintendo has adjusted the system’s price since 2006.
Nintendo has acknowledged that sales of its new portable gaming system have slowed down — and it’s not entirely sure why.
After a flurry of rumors Tuesday, Sony has confirmed that the PSP Go’s life is coming to an end. The company plans to stop production of the handheld device that relies solely on downloadable content, opting instead to focus on the upcoming NGP – Next Generation Portable.
In reality, though, it hit just about every imaginable stumbling block. As a result, the system failed to catch on with consumers — and now it appears it’s going away for good.