Get a (refurbished) 32GB Wii U for $200 today

Console might have "minor cosmetic blemishes," but Nintendo guarantees it to be fully functional; comes with Nintendo Land and one-year warranty.

As part of a special offer, Nintendo is now selling refurbished Wii U 32GB systems through its website for $200, a markdown of $50 from the normal $250 asking price for refurbished consoles. It is unknown how many systems are available at the lower price or when the promotion will end.

Refurbished Wii U systems might have "minor cosmetic blemishes," but Nintendo guarantees them to be fully functional and they even come with a one-year warranty. Refurbished Wii Us include everything you'd find in a normal box, including a black console, copy of Nintendo Land, GamePad, sensor bar, and all the cables you need to start playing.

The only downside, on top of whatever cosmetic blemishes you might find, is that the refurbished consoles are not eligible for Club Nintendo registration.

If you're looking for a new Wii U, those currently sell for $300 in bundles that include a system and either The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD or New Super Mario Bros. U. The 8GB Wii U Basic model has been discontinued.

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Discussion

499 comments
ICHIkatakuri
ICHIkatakuri

3DS now, Wii U later once mario kart, smash.bros, bayonetta2 and X are released. I love my Wii U but the 3DS is the best handheld ever with a great library of 1st and 3rd party titles as well as the VC (the Sega 3d classics are incredible) and helped by the fact it plays DS games too :-)

ICHIkatakuri
ICHIkatakuri

I still think the Wii U is going to be my favourite console this gen. I think Ps3 pipped the 360 last gen just for demon souls

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Nintendo selling 2nd hand crap trying to boost the dying WiiU. :-\

boringdork
boringdork

Anyone on the fence about buying should really consider Super Mario 3D World...

Yeah yeah yeah... it's not just 'another Mario game' - especially if you have friends to do local gameplay with. I've been a gamer all my days... got the original NES at 8 years old, and having owned all the major consoles (and a crazy library of games) - and of course playing all the Marios to death...

I can promise... getting friends together (even with various skill levels) and going at Super Mario 3D World - has got to be some of the most fun I've ever had gaming. EVER.

Xyllix
Xyllix

In all Honesty, all 3 companies are retarded for releasing consoles without a decent lineup of games...

3rdPartyShit = AC4, BF4,CoD, Fifa 14, NBA2k14, Need for Speed:Rivals, Skylandershit, RaymanLegends, SonicRacingStuff


 PS4: Killzone, Whole bunch of decent titles that got pushed back (Everything else is shit) + 3rdPartyShit


X1: Deadrising 3, Forza 5, Killer Instinct (Everything else is shit) + 3rdPartyshit


Wii U: The Obligatory Mario game, a bit of Indie shit (Everything else is shit) + 3rdPartyshit



Nintendo, give people reasons to buy your console by releasing a AAA title, or rebooting an old franchise. It's not hard..damn.

Xyllix
Xyllix

Literally only reason I want this console is because of Smash. Would you guys a price drop before Smash? Or just get this while It's hot.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

The Wii U is also bundled with Skylanders, MSRP is $249. You'd think a journalist would know these things.

chev9342
chev9342

b74kd3th claims he's not a troll. I don't know, Eddie Makuch has lied to people about Nintendo. Maybe he's just a moron.

yavix
yavix

It's nice to see that Nintendo articles always bring out the best in people.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

And still not a game worth a shit is out for it

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

That's actually pretty tempting and I have been wanting to play Nintendo games for quite a while now. Should I get this or the 3DS?

Talavaj
Talavaj

Making it a big deal that you have many returned consoles does not sound like an ideal marketing plan.

manbaku
manbaku

I don't know why, but I immediately started looking at the promotional image assuming I'd see the minor cosmetic blemishes lol

Kalbent
Kalbent

sigh... Nintendo you didn't have to reduce yourselves to... this. =( There's always room for 3 consoles. All you had to do was simply give us what we want, good Mario, Zelda, Metroid and smash bros games. Instead you try to tell us what we want and cram shiny white pieces of crap down our throat. Your backcatalog is STILL filled with franchises to reintroduce. (Kid Icarus, Wrecking Crew Uniracers, Excitebike, etc...)


But no, first you call your main generation group that made you successful "old and forgotten" and try to cater to babies that know NOTHING of your greatness in the 80s.THEN you turn around and say, "buy this im telling you its awesome even tho it's over priced unsupported crap". and now? now you tell us, buy our broken beat up systems! we promise we will make games soon!


And guess what will happen. As soon as they sell through as many as they can, they will cut their losses, tell ppl "sorry, we're moving on to a new generation but thanks for giving us your money taking that Wii U crap off our hands.


Shame on you Nintendo.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

$200.00 is a decent price for anyone wanting to try the few decent Wii U titles. Plus this includes Nintendo land which demostrates the function on the Gamepad tablet quite well. 

SaQu1B
SaQu1B

I never owned a Nintendo console. I might pick this up to play Ocarina of Time in the Nintendo Store (or whatever it is)

Zero_Maniac
Zero_Maniac

32GB? PS4 has several times that...and better games...

boringdork
boringdork

To elaborate a bit more - the game offers a variety of gameplay styles if you're going at it solo, with a partner, or a madhouse of 3-4 players. The levels aren't redundant, and content isn't overly recycled... its hardly recycled at all actually!

The gamepad is used in an non-gimmick way that makes the gameplay fun - and MiiVerse integration is just fantastic... we had a great time reading and laughing at other's comments and making our own too!

boringdork
boringdork

@Xyllix  They just saw a price drop on the Wii U and changed the product with a pack-in NSMBU+Luigi Ui (or you can get the Windwaker console)...

However this $200 refurb with Nintendo Land - SWEET deal. You probably won't see anything better soon.

Mario Kart on the horizon, Smash coming this year - and I promise, Super Mario 3D World? One of **THE BEST** couch-multiplayer games EVER.

yavix
yavix

@b74kd3th I call total BS on that. There are plenty of games worth buying for the Wii U.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@MaddenBowler10  With its backward compatibility the Wii U is a bargain. SSB Brawl with Project M which adds sooooo much to the game and is pretty much what Brawl shouldve been in the first place.  DKC:Return, DKC:Tropical Freeze, Wonderful 101 which is truly a masterpiece and has some of the most unique,challenging and fun gameplay Ive ever seen, SM3DW that provides tons of hours of pure fun and gets challenging really fast, MH3U is a great RPG and so is Unepic a beautiful indie metroid-vania game that makes great uses of the gamepad and remembers of Dark Souls alot both from its setting and difficulty and its only $10 on the e-shop.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@MaddenBowler10  Last time I got a refurb console (all my 360s except the one I paid for), it died in six months.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@MaddenBowler10  

Right now the 3DS has a pretty awesome library if you like RPGs, platformers, action, puzzle and music games. It has a lot of Indie support also. If you're still unsure about the Wii U, I'd wait until later in the year.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Talavaj  

Refurbished also refers to broken consoles that were fixed, why toss an entire system when you can simply replace the broken part? 

chev9342
chev9342

@Kalbent *Sign* you trolls think that if you make a lengthy post, you think it will be smart post. First you're going to tell us that you have a sex life by saying that fucking sex dolls equals sex life. 

Also, for the three trolls that this the like button, shame on you for not knowing how to read. 

teknic1200
teknic1200

@Kalbent  huh? what?


good job nintendo!  thanks for bringing Monster Hunter to the world, someone needed to kick capcom in the behind to get that one moving.


Wii U is an awesome console, it's problem is that people who hate nintendo have a pulpit in the press which they can stand on and proclaim lies.  This machine is a dope little system that plays some great games. I've smiled more on my wii u than I have with a new console in a long time.


All of the supposed Wii U "problems" are all on the other machines.


I'm over 40 years old, game on most every platform and am playing Wii U and a high end PC at this point in time and I see no reason yet to purchase one of the other "next gen" machines.


This generation is only just starting and with mario kart around the corner it's gonna start moving.


Blowing out refurbed consoles is a good move, refurbs tend to be better than new, their problem has already been fixed!


The ONLY thing nintendo is doing wrong is not having all of the couch co-op accessible online.



If you can play together on the couch you can play together on the Internet.



I think the wii u is off to a fine start and the best is yet to come.


The very first game I stuck a quarter at in the arcade was Donkey Kong, and DK jr was my favorite for ohh so long,.   I wanted to play that game for so long, finally my dad snuck  me into the age 16+ arcade and let me give it a whirl and get crushed!


When I was young a family friend had a pong bog, when  I saw that it amazed me!  We played for hours and days.  Then there was that shiny NES under the xmas tree to replace my aging intelivision.   I've been playing these 1st party games my whole life and have been a gamer since day one, 


Nintendo is delivering hits!


All wii need is online in every co-op game and about 15 more golf courses because the new wii u club golf is epic.


Well done nintendo!  Keep with it, your soul will be enough to still thrive this gen.



komuchen
komuchen

@Kalbent u right, there is no good Mario - oh wait, there is good Mario in NSMBU and greatest SM3DW, smash is coming this year and zelda next (and this year too in that dynasty warriors thing)

Defender1978
Defender1978

@Kalbent  The Wii U isn't a bad console.  It just has slower specs than the Xbox One and PS4.  The games are coming.  

BosoxJoe5
BosoxJoe5

So the fact that they are getting rid of dead stock is a bad thing? This isn't a price cut. It is an used system. It is smart many electronics companies do this. Hell even retailers them self do this.

boringdork
boringdork

@DrKill09 @MaddenBowler10  That's some bad luck... but it really depends on the console... four of my ORIGINAL 360's died about one year from date of purchase (repairs or refurbs from Microsoft), the 360s power supply then died one year after I got that unit brand new.

At least Nintendo backs this with a 1 year warranty... and if the console is gonna have problems from being a refurbished unit - 1 year is adequate time to determine it.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

@abHS4L88 @MaddenBowler10  Which is likely what I'll do. I spend a lot of time at school with a lot of breaks inbetween classes and despite its large library of games, most Android games just don't satisfy my needs as a gamer as much as a 3DS XL might. I'll continue to think about it and look at any future deals/discounts. The Wii U may have another price drop by holidsay season anyway.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@komuchen I agree. There are plenty of good games on the Wii U

But that Gamepad confused the parents/soccer moms/casuals so it scared off 3rd party developers as well.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@MaddenBowler10

If price is a concern, the 2DS is only $130 and really comfortable, but I got the Zelda 3DS (which I believe they still have in stock, best looking one in my opinion). The 3DS so far is my favorite console, but I still enjoy the Wii U a lot, just don't play it as much.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@yavix

I'm like genuinely confused on what the hell chev9342 is talking about and I've left him alone but if he wants to start something with me, I have no problems putting him in his place.

chev9342
chev9342

@HowlPendragon No, that troll Eddie Makuch confused mindless drones that can't think for themselves into thinking that the Wii U has no games.

Zero_Maniac
Zero_Maniac

@Mandrew257 @Zero_Maniac @abHS4L88  Implying I'm a Sony fanboy. I don't like any of the companies any more than the other. I like the 3DS, it actually has good games. But the Wii U can't even compete with the rest of the current gen visually. It also will never get a single TES game, which is my favorite franchise.

BosoxJoe5
BosoxJoe5

So not just multiplats but a soccer multiplat are selling points for a consoles? No one buys a console thinking man I hope I can play Madden. They buy a console and Madden.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Zero_Maniac

True and while the PS4 will undoubtedly get the best 3rd party support, that still doesn't change the fact that the Wii U already has and will still get a lot of strong exclusives. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Zero_Maniac

It hasn't been confirmed yet, but at least you've proven yourself to be a hater with your "clever" "Pii U" name. 

komuchen
komuchen

@Zero_Maniac it doesn't change the fact you sad HAS, not WILL - weak trolling attempt. But at least you admit it by retreat

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Zero_Maniac
BUT I'm not the one saying "Oh the Wii U has way better games, see Bayonetta 2, X, MarioKart 8, Smash Brothers, etc." I just asked you what "better games" do you speak of on the PS4 because while I recognize that it has a nice line up, at its current state, I cannot in any way agree that it has a better library than the Wii U, which is understandable since the Wii U has been out for a year longer.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Zero_Maniac

LOL! I love how you listed games that aren't out yet. Not saying they're not going to be amazing, I mean if Kingdom Hearts 3 doesn't come out on the Wii U, then it'll most likely be the game I get a PS4 for, but yeah, the Wii U has some amazing looking titles coming out this year also. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Mandrew257

I hope not -___- Hopefully them pushing the HD remixes is a sign that they're trying to get Kingdom Hearts 3 out by at least next year.

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

@Zero_Maniac @abHS4L88 @klebers  

And we know Kingdom Hearts games are good. We won't see that game anytime soon. If it's like last gen with FFXV, it'll be pushed to next gen when PS5 is already out.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@klebers

Or games that have yet to come out that they assume will be amazing, oh look, he just proved me correct.