Retailers have started to publish prices for the new Wii U controllers and accessories on their websites. The old Wii controllers were not cheap, especially if you needed enough remotes to play those 4 player party games. The original Wii Remote Plus is £20 and nunchuck £6, so assuming you only need 3 more sets, a full set of controllers would cost you £78. That's not good when you consider a Wii console itself is not much more than £100 these days. However, compared to the Wii U controllers that looks almost thrifty.
None of the Wii U bundles come with a Wii U Remote or a Wii U nunchuck (see the Wii U hardware table for details on that), the basic pack doesn't even include a Wii sensor bar. So if there are any 4 player games coming for the Wii U, you'll have to buy 4 sets of controllers. The Wii U Remote Plus is priced at £39.99 and the Wii U nunchuck £14.99. So 4 lots of controllers will set you back almost £220. That's almost the price of a Wii U console! Throw in a Wii U Pro Controller and you're looking at nigh on £260 for a full set of controllers.
You'd better hope that nobody drops that shiny new Wii U GamePad, as you can be sure that Nintendo will require an extortionate amount of money to replace that one.
|Original Wii Price||Wii U Price||Increase|
|Wii Remote Plus / Wii U Remote Plus||£19.99||£39.99||200%|
|Wii Nunchuck / Wii U Nunchuck||£6.99||£14.99||114%|
|Wii Classic controller Black / Wii U Pro controller||£4.99||£39.99||700%|
|Wii separates / Wii U Remote Plus Starter Pack||£31.97||£59.99||87%|
|Wii USB Mic (We Sing) / Wii U Microphone||£14.99||TBC|