Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has reportedly told Japanese newspaper Nikkei that the new Wii U console will “likely” be more than ¥20,000 when it launches in Japan.
That price, translated and reported by Bloomberg in a longer piece on the console, would convert to more than $250 or £150.
The Wii was initially retailed at ¥25,000 in Japan, $249.99 in the US and £179.99 in the UK, a price point which put it below that of its competitors – a factor considered important to its success.
However, the recently launched 3DS saw a less direct price conversion, with the ¥25,000 Japanese launch translating to $249.99 in the US but £229.99 in the UK and €249.99 in Europe.
What the final cost of the console will be in any territory remains moot, but interest remains in whether Nintendo will factor in the strength of the Yen against the pound and Euro in calculating its prices.