Wii U Basic being discontinued at GameStop - Report

Retail source says GameStop is gearing up to discontinue the 8GB Wii U on June 18.

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Nintendo could be gearing up to discontinue its Wii U Basic SKU after E3 2013, a new report suggests.

Kotaku has posted a report from an anonymous retail source saying that, as of June 18, all GameStop stores will need to return any remaining stock of Wii U Basic consoles.

Nintendo originally launched the Wii U in November 2012 with two models, the 8GB Basic and 32GB Premium, with the latter being bundled with a copy of Nintendo Land.

The Wii U has suffered from slow sales in 2013, and multiple retailers around the world have reduced the price of the console in various sales.

The source says GameStop has contacted its stores with the following message: "Nintendo Wii U Basic Recall - Two Week Preparation On Tuesday, 6/18, all stories will need to return all new/unopened Wii U Basic (020359). ... Stores that have 10 or more in stock will receive shipping cartons from the [distribution center]. ... All other stores will need to save shipping cartons for this recall."

GameSpot has contacted GameStop for comment.

Nintendo will not be hosting its own press conference at E3 2013, but will instead hold its own Nintendo Direct event that will showcase, among other titles, the first look at the new 3D Mario game for the Wii U.

Discussion

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HYPERROY
HYPERROY

I don't know Nintendo could have done a lot better, I'm getting my self a Wii U soon but they need to understand that they need to step up to the plate already and the only reason I'm getting one at this point is because of Super Smash bros!!

Auto78
Auto78

I wonder why they  release the wiiu it so early

Samy J. Devalon
Samy J. Devalon

NNNOOOO!!!!! There better still be some around, when I buy 1, around Christmas!

Smackpwn
Smackpwn

Wii U will win at the end of the generation like Wii did

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Nintendo has fallen hard, they better get it together with E3 otherwise it's downward for them. GameStop is falling no matter what, digital is going to consume them hole.

LanceCypher
LanceCypher

Just can't stand it anymore. I don't even think Super Smash Bros 4 can save the Wii U now. All the supporters keep saying "Just wait for Zelda to come out!", "Just wait for Mario to come out!", or "Just wait for SSB4 to come out!", but look around! None of those games are anywhere in sight. Even Pikmin 3, touted as a launch title, is still months away. In fact, I almost forgot, but New Super Mario Brothers U was actually a launch window title, and still Wii U continues to fail. I wanted this console to succeed. A lot. But things just keep getting worse and worse. I have officially lost all hope for this console. Time to scrap it and do something new. Like a real console, with real power, a real feature-set, real services, real games that people really care about, and, God help me, a real freaking name!

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

I afraid Nintendo Is going to Down! If they really don't come Up with something  serious...

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

just imagine the price tag on a Wii U after the next gen release 

it would go back into 150$-100$ or less 

Rovelius
Rovelius

It was kind of a useless bundle anyway, I mean you get so much for just $50 more...

Jesse Snyder
Jesse Snyder

The Wii U is not a true next gen system, that's why.

DarthLod
DarthLod

"crickets" because no one cares.

The_Beanster
The_Beanster

On any other day this thread would be full of Sony fanboys trolling Nintendo, but they're all too busy crying over in the Last of Us review comments...

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

The truth is spreading like wild fire all over social media. This is why Nintendo still has a chance to redeem themselves. I can't understand how the blind dumb ass xbots defend Microscam with this shit. Parents should be outraged.. SMH

Shaheer Malik
Shaheer Malik

Sony & Microsoft for the win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

leechmilk5
leechmilk5

i bet nintendo is just going to take  the 8 gig systems slap in a 500 gig drive and try to  sell it for $400 nintendo is greedy 

Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

By modern standards, 32 GB should have been in the basic package and that still wouldn't be a lot.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

I didn't like the idea that they were releasing multiple versions in the first place. I'll be pissed if they start making another version better than the deluxe.

Does a recall on all the basic models mean that they'll be collectible one day? If it does, I might pick one up cheap, to have and sell in the future.

Micropixel
Micropixel

This is a good call. I've said this before, the Basic Model is simply not the preferred choice between the two sets (unless you want a white colored console like I did).

I think the next step is to drop the price of the deluxe model to $299. 

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@LanceCypher Wii U sales shows a huge improvement since the reveal of xbox one . http://mynintendonews.com/2013/05/24/wii-u-sales-rank-on-amazon-uk-jumps-875-percent-after-xbox-one-reveal/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

i'm not a fan of nintendo's console , and i don't think i'm gonna buy it in the near future . but i hope wii U can compete with the other consoles , wii U has a lot of potential , and suprisingly it's games centric . i hope a lot of games come out on wii U.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@Rovelius it was a useless bundle because a wii u was included in the package

:-P

> wii u

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

@Rovelius i'd recommend the premium pack for everyone even those who prefer a basic console but people still bought the basic pack, i can't argue if they are happy with it. Nintendo still makes a loss on Wii U and i can't say that i should get anything for free from any company.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@leechmilk5 

Nice logic you got there, except if they were greedy, they would've done this right away. Also considering the price of proprietary memory, $400 for a 500GB Wii U is actually a really good deal, so yeah, you don't know what you're talking about. 

Jebril
Jebril

@Bubble_Man Nintendo is always pushing the envelope on how outdated their technology can be when they release it.

SuperBigBoss100
SuperBigBoss100

@ScouseLemon @COPMAN221ISBACK Even that won't solve the issue. Within the hour, Bill Gates would come at your door with bodyguards and special task force asking why the owner covered the camera. Then, slap a heavy suit for tampering with the device. Next, the cam will listen in on the owner struggle over the case. It will then offer ads for lawyers (bad ones). Kinect will toy with the owner's family, tearing them apart, ending relationships, and destroying social life by advertising provocative messages and ads. After, when the time is right, the Kinect will sense the owner's lonely heartbeat, sensing depression, anxiety, and desperation. That is when its sadistic fun begins.

leechmilk5
leechmilk5

@abHS4L88 @leechmilk5 a $400 wiiu would be a huge ripoff

clsid
clsid

@leechmilk5 @abHS4L88 GPU is what you need to be concerned about, not a CPU. Do you even know how computer graphics work? This isn't a system to play World of Warcraft.

blackzio
blackzio

@abHS4L88 @G1ingy 

nah, it isn't. after the xone fiasco i really wanted it to be. but it is an outdated hardware, 1.2ghz tri-core ppc + 2gb of ram? its ridiculous when u compare the specs of xone and ps4. I get the whole "not focusing on graphics" thing, but wii u will probably miss a LOT of third-party games because of this, just like the wii did.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@G1ingy

And I was so curious to see how he'd respond afterwards. I don't even know that much about tech, but I at least know enough to know that the Wii U is very much a next gen console in terms of tech. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@leechmilk5

Hey guess what? The CPU on the PS4 and XBox One are also slower than the 360/PS3's CPU, know why? Because clock speeds aren't as significant as they used to be. So because a more insignificant part of the Wii U's CPU is worse than the 360/PS3's, it makes it overall worse? Never mind the fact that the Wii U's CPU is much more capable in pretty much every other way as well as having a GPU that's far superior and 2GB of DDR3RAM. While it's not a massive leap over the 360/PS3, it's easily much more powerful. Did I say the Wii U is worth $400? No, due to the lack of games, it's not really worth $350 right now, but when the library kicks up, then it'll be worth $350. 

leechmilk5
leechmilk5

@abHS4L88 @leechmilk5 the wiiu cpu is slower then the 9 year old xbox 360 hardware thats not made up its a fact no way in hell is the wiiu worth $400 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@leechmilk5

Uh, the Wii U sports much more advanced hardware than the 360 so I don't know what you're talking about (nonsense again). 

That's why Nintendo didn't put the Wii U at $400, but in order to ensure that it doesn't hit that, they couldn't jam a bunch of proprietary memory. Want an idea of how expensive proprietary memory is, look at the Vita's memory cards, or the fact that the 500GB PS3 costs almost as much as the Deluxe Wii U. 

leechmilk5
leechmilk5

@abHS4L88 @leechmilk5 the xbox 360 looks just as good as the wiiu   the xbox 360 is $200   so if the wiiu was to cost $400  that would be the  end of the wiiu 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@leechmilk5

If the 32GB model is $350, and most 500GB external hard drives cost around $60, then $400 for a 500GB Wii U with a game bundled is a really good deal. As it stands, the system just doesn't have a strong library, which is why it seems like a ripoff.