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.

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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.

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