One thing’s for sure with all the new flashy stuff we’ve seen on the Wii U; it doesn’t look cheap. But as the quest to reveal the system’s true power continues on gaming sites everywhere, Nintendo figurehead Shigeru Miyamoto has stressed that they won’t be pushing the tech far beyond PS3 and 360 games so as to keep costs down.
“Nintendo is an entertainment company,” he said speaking to Gamespot (via), “we’re very sensitive to pricing because people have generally only a certain amount of their spending that they’ll devote to entertainment.”
It’s a lesson that bigger games companies like Sony have learned in recent years, which is something that Ninty could be dangerously close to repeating.
“There are certain price points where parents may not be willing to purchase at,” Miyamoto added.
“But at the same time, you have these technological advances and those result in increasing costs.
“And so I think that in terms of companies that really look very carefully at what is the best balance between price and possibility in terms of the hardware, Nintendo is the company that’s going to probably pay the most attention to striking that right balance.”
Perhaps most surprising about Miyamoto’s comments is how he goes as far as to call the touchscreen controller “reckless.” He continued: “What we’re trying to do this time is include this tablet-like device – this controller with the screen – which is I think maybe to a certain degree somewhat reckless.
“We’re trying to do that by finding the right balance between the CPU and the GPU, the graphics processor, and bringing all of that together with the ability to take advantage of the HD capabilities of the system, and wanting to do the most that we can on that front as well.
“We’re very sensitive, of course, to trying to do all of this at an appropriate price. So I don’t know that we would be able to sit here and say that it’s going to necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now. It’s part of the balance that we strike in terms of trying to find entertainment that is new and unique.”
While using older tech will definitely help the price, the tablet-like controller is certainly going to make sure that the Wii U is not as cheap as its predecessor.