Nintendo says no Ambassador Program following Wii U price cut

"I know that this isn't what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future," says Nintendo.

Nintendo of America has said the company will not introduce an ambassador program for the Wii U, following the announcement of a price cut to the console last week.

Nintendo introduced the 3DS Ambassador Program to soothe customers who bought the handheld console for $249.99 before its $80 price drop in August 2011, and allowed eligible customers to download ten NES and GameBoy Advance games for free.

In an e-mail sent to Wii U daily, a Nintendo representative confirmed that "there are no plans for a similar program for Wii U."

"I know that this isn't what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future," said Nintendo's Helena Toledo.

Last week Nintendo announced a $50 price cut for the Wii U Deluxe, roughly nine months after the console first launched, dropping the price of the 32GB console to $299.99, and also offering a bundle from September 20 with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD included.

Following the Wii U price cut, the 8GB Wii U Basic model will be phased out.

The Wii U has sold 160,000 units worldwide between the start of April and the end of June, bringing its total to 3.61 million units overall.

Nintendo recently dated many of the console's upcoming titles, including Super Mario 3D World for November 22 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for December 6.

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marinevetstl
marinevetstl

I am really disappointed.  We were promised a solid launch.  This didn't happen.  They show love the hand held core.  The Console launch buyers don't get any thanks.  Gee, how nice.  I am one of the older gamers on this board.  I am 38.  I have owned every console, new, since NES.  I buy games new.  So we don't even get an apology.  If Nintendo is a financially comfortable as they let everyone believe then why no ambassador program for those of us who bought the WiiU at launch? What makes the hand held so special?

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

As a Wii U owner it would've been nice to see some sort of incentive for those that bought the console at full price. With the Wii U struggling as it is I'm not surprised there is no ambassador program. Oh well, it's collecting dust for now; but I am looking forward to some of those key titles when they finally get here. In the meantime I'm not holding my breath; I have GTA V on the 360 coming up in less than two weeks. PS4 after that for me. I honestly just want Zelda Wii U (Not Windwaker) to come out.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

i've heard a lot of disappointment by the fact that Nintendo didn't make an apology for the early buyers, many of them bought a Wii U in the hope of seeing Pikmin 3 or W101 in the release window but instead saw the prices drop in 6 months and Wind Waker bundles to boot.

To say that you buy a Wii U to play 8-bit games, is poor. because  some people have already played them.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

Free, free, free, me, me, me, greed, greed, greed. The industry is in turmoil, the community is as divided and full of itself as I've ever seen 20+ years of gaming. It's a shame people are so focused on themselves.

Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas

I wouldn't call what nintendo is doing online compared to xbox and even ps offerings. The ps3 taught me that backwards comparability isn't really necessary. People say it's a deal breaker, but it's the convenience of not needing 2 consoles if you want to play those old games. I still have my NES through Wii U if I didn't want to pay for the digital re-released versions of games.

Christoffer Treyz
Christoffer Treyz

the 3ds ambassador program was a joke. i never played these titles when they gave their abandonware to us. i already spent enough time playing them during my childhood days. to be honest i found the ambassador program (yes i was one of them) to be an even greater joke than to release a console 1 year early with no titles. bought the wii u to see if they learned from the 3ds launch debacle. they didn't. iwata is the definition of stubbornity. what a goof.

Kelton Hallo
Kelton Hallo

And who could forget that the WiiU is actually different from it's predecessor. No next-gen there at all.

Juan Molina
Juan Molina

wow gamespot, once again, you're late

Robert Warnes
Robert Warnes

You're absolutely right, the Wii U isn't real next generation gaming. Because it offers "backwards compatibility" and "free online". Two things neither the Xbox One or PS4 offer.

Robert Warnes
Robert Warnes

I think the 30c games and other discounts on Virtual Console games was pretty much the Ambassador program. Besides I don't regret buying my Wii U one bit, Wonderful 101 is one of the best games I've played this year and Lego City Undercover was a nice break from the gangster, swear-fest of most open world games.

Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas

$300 still overpriced it's ridiculous not to upgrade to a ps4 at 400 for actual next gen gaming. 2ds seriously??? Way to kick your early adapters in the junk. Nintendo hasn't made a good move in ages.

jd7904
jd7904

If you think about it, the ealy adopters already got sort of an ambassador program with the games for 30 cents. I don't remember if it was 5 or 6 games I got for $1.50 or $1.80. Not to mention the bonus they offered for those that bought early and buy a lot of eshop games get $5 free credit fir every $50 they spend. All in all early adopters got a pretty good deal if you ask me.

tman978
tman978

I'm not shocked by no Ambassador program. It's almost been a whole year since launch. 3DS was only out for like 5 months. I bought it at launch, you Damn right gimmie my free games. Wii U has already been offering .30 games

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I think that's a mistake on their part they should support early adopters especially when so many games were delayed or cancelled...

Brian FullmetalPanic Brackney
Brian FullmetalPanic Brackney

Why are you people worried about a free game? I have to say if you look at it. Assasins creed 3 is 38.88. Batman game is 28.99. There is Earthbound on the wii e ship channel for 10 dollars. You got domr htrsy infir hsmrd got lrdd yhsn 30 follstd. There is so many games under 40 dollars. These games are really excellent games also. You will be amazed at how graphically done they are. Also, how great they are.

Cody Elford
Cody Elford

Why do people whine about this kind of stuff when it's been going on for ages? Anyone who's been around the block for a console generation or two knows that with time comes system bundles. Don't like that the purchase you made on launch day has now become inferior to the newest bundle? Lesson learned: don't buy on launch day. This stuff should be common sense by now.

AMG
AMG

I wasn't expecting one. It's been almost a year and the price drop is only $50.

Endless Purgatory
Endless Purgatory

Who cares ambassador was useless on 3ds except for ppl who bought one early and got free games from it otherwise it is pointless.

Luis Flosi
Luis Flosi

That picture says the thousand words i wish to say

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

That's really disappointing, considering my friend just bought a Wii U.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Great games are coming for Wii U now, fellows, that's what matters. =P

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I bought the Wii U on launch day. $350.00 was a fair price for the first console to start the 8th Generation of Videogames. Back in August 1989 this is what the Sega Genesis cost. $350.00 both consoles had the console itself and the hook ups, 1 Controller and a Pack in game. For Three hundred and fifty dollars.

At the time the Wii U was going to offer so much promise. The tablet Gampad seemed that it had a chance to be somewhat revolutionary and the Wii U console itself seem to be a least 1.5 to 1.7 the processing power of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. But it turned out to just barely be on Par with PS3 and Xbox 360. 

But the price itself for the Wii U at $350.00 at launch was fair. The console just didn't deliver on the games. As well as the promise, thus third party support failed to catch on with the Wii U. So a $50.00 price cut is needed as November is almost here with the impeding launch of the $400.00 Playstation 4. Nintendo had to cut the price of the Wii U deluxe to $300.00

Even though the Wii U was slower then expected to catch on the launch price was fair. No ambassador program needed. I felt the same way with the original Sega Genesis back in 1989. The games were slow in coming. Just like now with the Wii U games have been slow in coming in the almost 10 months since the launch of the Wii U. 

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Nor should there be.  There's a price to be paid to be an early adopter of all things tech.  Anyone that believes otherwise is a whiner in search of a free handout.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

What the heck is the Ambassador Program??

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

 i m happy to paid full price look at my collection

BBA4LIFE
BBA4LIFE

First of all to every early adopter that seems to have failed to understand the case: you're the EARLY ADOPTER, this means you could've overpaid as fast as 6 months. Or like I had with my Sega Saturn, 50% off in 1 year. Same thing happened with the PS3, given I wouldn't change the 60GB version for the world... Anyhow, that's just how it goes, you want to be the first to own it, you will get screwed over price at what speed is merely a side effect :).  
Do I learn from my mistakes? No I'm a collector, I have the PS4 and XBOX One coming in (November 29 2013 and somewhere in 2014 in the Netherlands). I don't think this is an issue... 

Anyway I'm glad that after 7 months of drought after purchasing the console I have Monster Hunter 3 (my summer RPG), Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 (brilliant game absolutely) and Rayman Legends (after playing all versions, I prefer this one honestly). This price drop hopefully will give sales a boost so that more games will follow. I mean I absolutely love the controller... I would've loved to play Bioshock Infinite on this controller. If I want the best graphics I'll play PC anyway.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

@jd7904 Not really. The games for 30 cents were games I played over 20+ years ago. The eshop credit was a bit of a joke, as there was nothing worth really buying on the system. I understand why they can't offer free stuff for the Wii U though; but yea, early adopters such as myself pretty much got hosed. Much better to buy a system now, or even later sometime down the road.

megafitch
megafitch

@jd7904 Agreed. I got one day one, and tbh a price drop and lack of any ambassador program hasn't really bothered me. I got a load of classics for 30p, and I recouped enough money through eshop purchases to afford earthbound, and knock some of the price from Trine 2 - can't argue at all :D

Doomerang
Doomerang

@ArabrockermanX So? Nintendo can't control what third-party developers do, so they shouldn't have to apologize for them. Furthermore, they're only doing the price reduction nearly a full year after release, after some good games have come out, compared to the 3DS reducing prices FIVE MONTHS into its lifespan when it was still suffering from a horrendous lack of good games. 

The 3DS ambassador program happened because not only was it a large price cut very soon after release, but also because there were very few games for the system at all until AFTER the price cut, so it effectively felt like Nintendo was punishing the people who bought it prior to the price cut. The Wii U on the other hand had 10 months for its price cut, and only after there were considerably more games put out for it compared to the 3ds prior to its price cut. There's zero reason to give an ambassadorship program for Wii U early adopters.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@Endless Purgatory That's kind of the point, to give early adopters some freebies for supporting right at launch

rarson
rarson

@Megavideogamer  

Genesis at $350 in 1989 would be equivalent to over $600 today. So the Wii U is actually a much better value. It also had a much better selection of launch titles than the Genesis did.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@Megavideogamer the ambassador program was more about the 3ds price cut not the games on it. Cutting a consoles price in 11 months is bad for business because early adopters are going to see people get a Zelda bundle for $299 that we should have been aware of prior to launch. 

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@ItsEvolution except Nintendo did this with the 3ds fans didn't ask them to do it they offered it. If they don't do it now they are risking looseing their small fan base for good.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@RainIsMyDrug it's Nintendo's way of saying we screwed up sorry have these retro games on us. It's nothing big but not supporting it now for the Wii u is bad for buisness as I know my wallet will never support a Nintendo launch ever again.

rarson
rarson

@BBA4LIFE  

I really like the Wii U version of Rayman as well. And I also really love the feature of being able to play games directly on the screen. I feel like $299 was the correct price from the beginning, but at that price, it's a good value.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@BBA4LIFE I am still playing and enjoying zombiu still the only game I find worth it to own.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

@Doomerang any exclusive games supposed to come out for the 3DS before the price cut?


Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@BamaGoatt @RainIsMyDrug That's what I said after the PS3 launch when there was only Tiger Woods and Resistance to play for the first year.I am hesitant to get PS4 at launch Sony burned me before($600.00 PS3 at launch).

trdrstv
trdrstv

@rarson @BBA4LIFE Yeah, at least it's competitive now where you have $300 with a game (Zelda or NintendoLand) vs $460 or $560 for a PS4 or XBone with a game. 

Doomerang
Doomerang

@ArabrockermanX @Doomerang While I agree with Pikmin 3, I could have sworn that Bayonetta 2 was never announced as a launch window game, just originally a 2013 game then delayed to 2014. I could be wrong obviously.

Doomerang
Doomerang

@WoodenStick @Doomerang Essentially most of the early first-party games. Kid Icarus, Star Fox and Zelda:OoT were three games off the top of my head that were supposed to come out during the launch window from my recollection (which was supposed to finish at E3), but the first of the "launch window" games came out AFTER E3 and was the most direct port of the supposed launch window games. Kid Icarus and SF came out after the price reduction, along with most of the announced games that I admit I don't recall right this minute.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@Def-Trex @BamaGoatt @RainIsMyDrug 

Unless you see some specific system seller game in the launch window I'd wait until Holiday 2014. It takes the devs a while to get traction and you won't have to worry about that 6 month post Christmas drought every system seems to go through.