UK supermarket Asda slashes Wii U price for a second time

Wal-Mart subsidiary now selling the Wii U for £149/£199.

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UK supermarket Asda has slashed the price of the Wii U for the second time in two months.

The retailer is now selling the Wii U for £149 for the Basic model, and £199 for the Premium pack. It's a further £50 off each console's already-reduced price, meaning UK customers can now get the hardware for a third less than it cost at launch.

At the time of writing, Asda's online store has sold out of Wii U Premium models, though the Basic remains in stock.

The last time Asda chopped the price of the Wii U, many other retailers dropped their own prices in the UK, including Amazon.

The Wii U launched in November 2012 for £249 for the Basic model and £299 for the Premium model.

Nintendo recently announced that it had sold fewer than 400K Wii Us this year, putting the total amount of units sold at 3.45 million. The publisher now expects to bring that total up to 9 million before March 2014.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said the company must work to dispel the "misconception" that the Wii U is "not powerful enough."

Discussion

244 comments
mjswooosh
mjswooosh

Dear Nintendo: cut the price to $99 and get some games on the market I actually want to play that I can't already play on my 360 and PS3. And, no, yet another JRPG or shitty Final Fantasy isn't going to cut it.

The WiiU is a giant bag of fail for so many reasons. Price point too high, under-powered vs current gen let alone next gen, name recognition issues (too close to Wii), Global Recession, no games at launch, still no major 1st party system-seller games several months after launch, etc.... There is literally nothing that makes me want to buy a Wii U...and I think that's the main problem for most gamers who haven't bought one yet.  If Nintendo is saying it's "different", well then OK cool...but my question is, "Just because it's different doesn't mean shit. Why the hell should I buy it?"

jark888
jark888

Wii U's unique controller might be what deprives 3rd party games.

zpluffy
zpluffy

WiiU is failing,doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

Only sheeps can't see that coming because they're too busy giving their wools even though they get nothing in return. Plus sheeps are loud and annoying so they can't here themselves actually think.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

The Wii wasn't even on par with it's own generation, how fucking long do we have to wait for Nintendo to release an actual HD console.

Age of IP isn't the problem, it's the time between releases. No innovation in the fundamental games like Metroid.

Can't even count the amount of classic games that would be good with a modern update. How long are they going to wait?

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

The biggest issue with this is actually the name... Call it the Nintendo Revolution or Nintendo X or ANYTHING to make customers believe it's different.. And give it a completely different casing too.. I guarantee if they didn't release this console they would have sold around the same amount of Wii's in that time.. Fair enough, you may sell more in the next 12 months due to the release of games people actually wanted e.g. Mario, Zelda etc etc... But they brought this upon themselves as soon as Reggie stepped onto that stage at E3 2012 and officially announced this console

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

This just screams to me that ASDA bought a whole load of stock and can't shift it :/

PS4_Next_Gen
PS4_Next_Gen

I must admit the WiiU console design is very good. Really a nice looker.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

they only have the damn basic model and they only ship to UK :(

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

That white console called the Wii-U looks ALOT like my old Sega Dreamcast.  And like its parent company, Nintendo will probably fall just as hard.

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

Hmm interesting, i'll wait a couple more months and hopefully there will be another price cut then i'd probably buy a WiiU along with a copy of Lego city.

Still sad news for Nintendo though, I really think they should have held onto the WiiU and developed it more and allowed better games to be produced for it instead of all this weak ports it has avaliable now.

Will the wiiU be abandoned quicker than Sega dropped the Dreamcast I wonder...

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

I would consider picking one up for like $100 tops if it actually had games that interest me.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

With the rumours of the PS4 launch price, I think they're going to have to cut it down significantly further than that.

I'm at the point where I really can't think why I'd want one.

Maybe if it was £100 for the Premium version I'd think about it.

Anyway, I'm sticking with the PC.  I think I'm just too used to the luxuries of it to ever move to consoles.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I'm assuming that is the British Sterling Pound, which would have the equivalence of $230.95 U.S.  So the premium model debuted at $463.45 U.S.!!  No wonder it hasn't been selling well over there, they're getting shafted!

tionmedon
tionmedon

who wants 2 play cartoons......................not me..............

Darksec
Darksec

Not suprised, I dont think its all that bad but Nintendo have failed this console in marketing etc

xavor01
xavor01

$199.99 USD and I'm sold!

elancion
elancion

this console is still new games will come. games will come.


laser00
laser00

Meh..still not interested...

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

Heh I guess thats a good price but I don't buy stuff from Walmart anyway.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

I think the retailer was in a rush. Two price cuts in about half a year? That's too soon. Gamers don't buy a WiiU not because it's expensive but because it needs more appealing games at this point. The console still needs time to reach its true potential.

blind59
blind59

Still even with the price drop I don't see any games that I want now or in the immediate future.

Well it's Nintendo just like the last 30 years heres a Mario and Zelda game to the rescue.

xolivierx
xolivierx

even if the console was 100$, what game would you actually buy? I've been thinking about it, but it wouldn't be worth it

JumpyLuweegee
JumpyLuweegee

I actually played a WiiU at Gamestop today and simply wasn't impressed.  The graphics didn't look much better than the Wii.  The tablet screen looked like a bigger 3DS screen without 3D.  I played New Super Mario U, and it was pretty much exactly the same as the Wii game.  It's really just not a great console.  It's a piece of shit.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Nitendo should start releasing good games (not disposable ports and stupid stuff that was shown on last Nintendo Direct) to their console, otherwise, they're seriously doomed.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

Anyway you to slice it, the console isn't going to sell. No games, no interest from customers, no money... I'm sure a child knows this.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@Strider8009 lol thats why its still no1 one seller save it? at the end of its generation you are very funny... are you trolling perhaps?

There is very little difference in power in the two systems this whole gen has proved it the blueray was the only real edge i have them both.

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@badwedgie00 Not a chance. Nintendo is very cash rich. The Wii U is a giant fail, but Nintendo is going nowhere.

Saketume
Saketume

@badwedgie00 eh?

The dreamcast had very powerful hardware and many great games early on.

It failed for other reasons. Mainly non existent or poor marketing in many regions and a bad rep from previous Sega failures.

Saketume
Saketume

@naryanrobinson Sad but that's where I am too. I have a nice new PC and if the premium wiiu was £100 I'd THINK about maybe getting one but I'd still wait for a good game to come out for it first.

How good is it at playing videos? Still... 8GB in the basic model.. 32GB in the premium that's not a lot of storage even if used just for games.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@PupilsDilated It hasnt sold well anywhere but yeah they seem to round the equivalent up in terms of hardware sell it for $200 we get it for £200 not exactly fair.

michaelrjohnson
michaelrjohnson

@elancion  

"games will come..." elancion keeps mumbling to himself over and over while rocking back and forth in his straight jacket in the corner of the padded cell.

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@laser00 Same here I didn't even buy the WII so I know for shore I ain't buy this system ether althouth I  do wish Nintendo the best I hope they get things turned around for there sake & there fans!

Acekidder
Acekidder

@Strider8009 Wow try Nailed fps on console including world class multiplayer fantastic gameplay, story arc and universe. Halo is an amazing series that has evolved and endured. Can you say the same for Mario?

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

@Strider8009 I see what you're doing.

 If you post enough lies people will eventually believe it.

 Good job sir.

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

@JumpyLuweegee The Gamepad is like a DS,but you dont have to use it though. You can use a wii remote or pro controller depending on the game. 

The graphics are way better than the Wii. I play the WiiU constantly and they are so much better.

As for NSMBU, I think its NSMBWii but at a higher res. Like a quick port type of job. Its still a fun game but not much has changed between the Wii version and WiiU version in terms of gameplay.

If you like Nintendo games, get the system and if not then just forget the system exists. Simple.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@JumpyLuweegee 

Because you can totally tell and overall console's ability by playing a demo of a game that clearly does not showcase the true capabilities of a console. I guess I should judge the whole PS3 by those Sports Champion demos at GameStop. 

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

@rushiosan They already release good games. The real problem is that Nintendo needs to release New IP's.

Give their developers a chance to shine by creating new IPs.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@tmthywtsn  

At its current state yes, but doesn't mean it can't change soon. 

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@Saketume Yeah I don't even think the 8GB model should be sold at all.  It's an embarrassment for Nintendo.

Sure you're supposed to assume that the operating system needs space as well, but 8GB gets reduced to 3 as soon as you update the thing.  They're selling a product in 2013 with 3GB of useable memory.  Whoever suggested that was a good idea needs to be fired, for Nintendo's sake if no one else's.

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

@abHS4L88 @tmthywtsn Worst case scenario is that it ends up like the gamecube. I'm not complaining, a lot of great games were released on the cube.

garysingh34
garysingh34

@Strider8009 You should think about what you're saying before posting. To say SONY has done nothing for gaming means you know shit all about gaming in the last decade, 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Strider8009 

Lol, that's what I figured since I've seen you post before and know that you wouldn't direct that towards me (plus it wouldn't make sense if you did).

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@speedracer3190 

It's true though, many gamers don't realize it but $60 is actually rather generous for most HD games nowadays, especially AAA games. The fact that these games sometimes need to sell over 5m just to make a profit is enough proof. 

I do hope it stays at $60 also even though there are rarely any games nowadays that I buy brand new, mainly Nintendo games and JRPGs, sometimes SEGA games depending on what it is. 

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

@abHS4L88 @speedracer3190 Of course, Nintendo knows how to stay afloat. 

Did you read the article of Iwata stating that this generation is getting harder to make a profit on games?  I wonder what is going to happen from here on out.
I really hope retail games stay below $60.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@speedracer3190

Nintendo ensures that they can make it through each generation capable of putting out another console so I personally don't mind how successful the console is as long as amazing games come out for it.