If there’s one thing an airline losing your luggage does, it’s make you realize just what everything inside it cost. Suddenly that half-empty crumbled tube of toothpaste was that “six dollar half-empty crumbled tube of toothpaste”. That’s exactly what happened with a NeoGAF user, when Delta lost his luggage last month — which contained a Wii U console and GamePad.
The man called Nintendo today to order a replacement, something that was rumored to cost around $80, but was hit with a $150 plus S&H charge on his credit card. This is in line with the GamePad pricing listed in Japan, which run 13,440 yen (just shy of $150 U.S.) each.
As these are replacements for missing or stolen units, Nintendo has no reason to inflate the price, as they’re simply providing a service to their customer. A hundred and fifty clams is a substantial cost, however, and one that clocks in at over half the price of the Basic console.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment, but if this turns out to be true, it would explain why the company has been so hesitant to market standalone GamePads.