Argos cuts Wii U Premium price to £179.99

How much would you pay?

UK retailer Argos has slashed its price of the 32GB Wii U to £179.99 (approximately $300).

Many retailers have been selling the Wii U at a less-than-RRP price for months, although Argos' price cut is one of the deepest seen for the 32GB Premium bundle so far. The console launched in November 2012 for an RRP of £299.

Online retailer Amazon is also matching Argos' price for the time being.

Last year Asda offered deep discounts on its stock of Wii U hardware before removing the hardware from its stores nationwide, which Amazon also matched.

Is £179.99 low enough to pique your interest, or would the price have to drop lower to get you interested in a Wii U?

The price cut follows yet another announcement of disappointing Wii U sales from Nintendo's financial reports.

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92 comments
prime_l
prime_l

Drop it to £150, bring out a must-have Pokémon game and I'll probably buy one. Right now, that's still too expensive for a Baytonna 2, Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart and Smash Bros which would be the only games I'd want to get.

pszone
pszone

Will U big fail    too late for it now.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

To be honest I think the fat lady is singing for the WiiU. If it is abandoned I hope they bring their games to the next gen consoles. If Sony and M$ have any sense they will throw money at them to make them exclusives.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Its not even that common to find a Wii U premium in New Zealand stores now. Only one major store chain sells it. Everyone else sells only the Basic.

nathanmaxtro
nathanmaxtro

How come none of these price cuts are happening in the United States?

Shango4
Shango4

Nintendo has this coming...they thought they could beat Microsoft and Sony with under-powered hardware and kiddie games that even most kids don't want to play. You keep dropping the ball, and this kind of stuff happens. I also agree with some other people on here that Nintendo made a big mistake by going with cartridges over a CD drive for the N64. Then they gave the Gamecube a cutesy lunchbox design and a proprietary disc system when PS2 and Xbox had DVD drives in them. Stupid, stupid.

Shango4
Shango4

the wiiu was quite unnnecessary. most of the games out for it could have been done perfectly fine on the wii. as for the game pad they could have simply released it as an upgrade and a new controller. it would have been much cheaper than a 250 dollar new console.

Shango4
Shango4

Every day that goes by is a day closer I get to playing Zelda on my PS3. Nintendo will never compete with Microsoft and Sony again because they fail to understand that their original fan base is now in their 30's and don't want to play little kid games. Hey Nintendo, all those kid games were fun in like 1985

Shango4
Shango4

To all the Nintendo fanboys out there, can any of you tell me when the last time Nintendo had a successful third party game on their consoles? I think the last ones, that I personally remember were Goldeneye and Starfox 64 on the Nintendo 64.

Since then, starting roughly with the GameCube, their attitude towards third party developers has soured. SquareEnix refuses to release games on Nintendo home consoles, along with a few other third parties.
Nintendo needs to change it's ways, and it needs to do so soon. Either they change, or they start focusing on software like Sega has done.


Shango4
Shango4

1. Marketing for the Wii U was terrible. Came off as an accessory rather than a new console.


2. Didn't have #$%$ for launch titles and offered nothing different than what the Wii offers aside from being on a tablet.

3. Far too expensive. Before the price cut, The basic Wii U was a good 300+ dollars with only 8 GB of memory and no games.

So overall, Another #$%$ console from Nintendo. They honestly be better off becoming a legit console again rather than this whole tablet/motion control #$%$.

Shango4
Shango4

Nintendo needs to give up on the experimental approach of the Wii and Wii U and actually make a decision to compete toe to toe with Microsoft and Sony. They need compelling hardware that will let developers push the boundaries of what they can do, not be constrained by the limitations of last gen hardware. Why would any third party developer make a game for Nintendo that can only do A, when they can make a game for Microsoft or Sony that can do A, B, AND C?

Also that none of their key franchises were ready at launch is inexcusable.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Bayonetta 2 bundle and rename it to Wii 2 plus ditch the touch and then will talk ;)

jessie82
jessie82

nice i guess but the only game id want to try is pikmin since i havnt played it since i sold my gamecube many years ago

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

Damn UK is getting ripped off. I got one for $200 in the US brand new and it came with 2 games. Hell, you can buy them for $150 here for the models without games and just buy the game you want for it!

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

I went in and they were sold out :/

* To Amazon...  suppose.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Personally, I don't care about Nintendo first party games and I'm not gonna buy a console for the few inferior ports of third party and indie games.

There you probably have the mindset of most of the people who did not buy the console.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Iwata get lost and take your BS WiiU with you.

Bubbagum_Bish
Bubbagum_Bish

Once X and Smash Bros. comes out, the price is irrelevant. Consider it bought, but that's me, the library still needs to update more. In the meantime, the 3DS is just the best thing ever to me right now.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

The Wii U has a bad and unjustified reputation. Lower prices aren't going to fix it. The only thing Nintendo can do to win people back is get so many awesome and exclusive games that people take notice. If the size of quality exclusives in the Wii U library gets as good as the 3ds I think many would take notice.

Shango4
Shango4

That it is how much it was worth anyway.

ace-meza
ace-meza

i'll buy one if it's 150$

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

For the record, the Wii U is a great console. It's a shame more people aren't giving it a chance.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Now I get why the Wii U has sold terribly out in the UK. They were being overcharged to begin with. Nintendo should have made sure the UK was getting a Wii U at the same price the US and others were paying. Then again it seems like they're always overpaying in the UK for everything. 

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

They should stop production and give me Zelda on PC.

Altazen
Altazen

so that's about just a little bit over $300 in Australian dollar.  The Wii U definitely in need of a price cut in Australia.

premium pack 32gb (depend on retailers, include Nintendo Land or 2 shitty games that I have no interest in) = A$428.

basic pack 8gb = A$348.

premium pack (preowned & no games) = A$299 at EB games (Gamestop)


jlenoconel
jlenoconel

@Shango4 So, you call Nintendo games "kid games" yet say you can't wait to get said games on the PS3.  OKeeee.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

@HonorOfGod The Wii U isn't a bad system...  it's just overpriced... I agree with your sentiments about Iwata... that guy is terrible.  He needs REMOVED ASAP.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@x-2tha-zsheeple cant think for themselves these days its like they all heard 1 story and are all sticking to it....

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

@bunchanumbers Pricing is done through currency, then the UK has a tax on electrical goods and then the famous VAT is added.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Are we really comparing a 1-year old console with other two that have been around for a couple months? Really? And it should be pretty easy (and cheap) to keep manufacturing a product with outdated specs such as Wii U. If they keep quality in first-party titles then we'll be fine, since 3rd party support tends to shrink over years. They are fine for not wasting millions with a top-notch hardware that would end up sinking. I mean... it could be much worse.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

@chev7758@collingtonukBecause the take-up rate is appalling. Nintendo know this themselves, they can see developers abandoning the system but worst of all is the noises that they themselves are making. I loved Nintendo  but to be honest this has been coming since the wii, its attachment rate was so bad developers were clearly wary of the new console which has struggled with any sort of line-up.


Maybe Nintendo can get a new machine out that is comparable to the current 'next gen' ones, after all they are made from off the shelf parts but I doubt they could do so quickly enough, hence my hope that they bring their games to the current 'next gen'

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

@chev7758 @mickyfinn84 Trolling how? The article asks ''how much would you pay?''. There is no way I would pay 180 quid for it, maybe £120 with a game. MS have been ok, thanks for asking. XB1 could be better, but it's problems are fixable with updates. 


I've got nothing against Nintendo but I've learnt after buying the Gamecube and Wii that Nintendo consoles soon end up gathering dust because there is very few games of interest to me on them.

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

@b74kd3th @Bubbagum_Bish Not niche games.  They're system sellers.

rushiosan
rushiosan

I wouldn't spend a single dollar on Pikmin, NSMB or 3D Land. These should be free games that came with a bundle at best.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@chev7758 Dude. The Wii U has been out for more than a year compared to the PS4 and Xbone. A little more sales in that time means nothing. I'm not trying to downplay the Wii U at all, but the facts do speak.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

@chev7758@collingtonukIt depends on how you define a success, you clearly define it by units moved but companies define it by how much money it makes and the sad truth is that the WiiU does not have the momentum to make sufficient money. Developers will support things if they have a good chance of making money on it, on the Wii the attachment rate was very bad so that put off developers. When Nintendo acknowledge that their system has not got enough momentum then that's almost a death-knell, because they will be the last people who should be making those noises.


It's not about wanting Nintendo to screw over the five million, that's a ridiculously immature thing to say, my hope is Nintendo bring their great games to a larger market, to keep making them and survive.