Wii U Basic falls to $240 at Target

US retailer cuts price on basic model of Nintendo's latest console by 20 percent; no other retailers follow suit.

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North American retailer Target is currently selling the 8GB Wii U Basic model for $240, a markdown of 20 percent from the launch price of $300. The price drop was first spotted by Nintendo Everything.

Other big-box US retailers have not followed suit, as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and GameStop have stuck with a $300 price point for the 8GB model. Amazon is offering the system for $280.

No such price cut was made for the 32GB Wii U Deluxe model, which continues to sell for $350 at Target and elsewhere.

Target's Wii U price cut follows multiple markdowns at United Kingdom supermarket Asda. At one point, the Wii U Basic model was going for £149 at the retailer, though the price has been bumped back up to £199.

The Wii U has struggled since launch, selling 3.45 million units worldwide and reportedly only 55,000 systems in the United States during April. Nintendo has apologized for a lack of software, saying this will be corrected beginning in August with the release of Pikmin 3.

Discussion

207 comments
Relias27
Relias27

I think all retailers should do this.. since Target has done this.. my Local Target has not been able to keep Wii U's on shelves.... even the 32 GB has been selling out.. :O 

sdevmanny
sdevmanny

I'll be honest. I've always loved Nintendo consoles, but I never buy any console at launch. Or at least this close to it. Maybe next year I'll get one though, once they have more games available that I'm interested in.

Zeus
Zeus

Unless the basic unit falls to $150, I doubt I'd ever bother.  Probably just skipping consoles altogether given that the current/last gen has been the worst for hardware between the years of RRoD and then YLODs.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I think the deluxe bundle with either switch pack-ins or add an eShop game/credit before we receive a price cut. Too much money still being made from Wii sales to slash the prices just yet. Not their best system, but already better than their worst.

LiteUpSkeleton
LiteUpSkeleton

They should include Mario U in the $350 set. But after seeing this sale it makes me wish I waited. The $350 WiiU was a bit of a waste, could have bought the $300 package. Nothing to download that needs the extra memory yet.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Someone call Pepto Bismol....Nintendo is constipated.

MGSFAN612
MGSFAN612

I don't think it is a price cut it is only a sale

tyrolzall
tyrolzall

In 1 year you will be able to get a Wii-U for cheaper than even a PS3.  I'm calling it right now.  Trust me just wait and it will be $150 USD this holiday. 


Nintendo is really going to know the gig is up when they lower the price to be cheaper than Sony's old console, and it still gets worse sales.

tyrolzall
tyrolzall

Anyone looking at buying a Wii-U should wait until its dropped to bargain bin prices.  


For example, I waited until I could buy a Wii for $50 used before I bought it to play the 2 games I cared about out of its entire lineup.

Prices on Wii-U is going to plummet quick, especially once PS4 and XB1 comes out.  Its going to be the first console since the Dreamcast that had 2 official price drops its first year.  And we all know how the Dreamcast turned out.

tyrolzall
tyrolzall

For $240 its an overpriced POS.


8GB HDD for the basic model, really?  Its 2013 and at the bare minimum they should include at least a 120gb HDD for that price.  My PC in 1998 had more than an 8gb HDD. 


And the transfer rates using a portable HDD are slower than USB 2.0 speeds and are closer to USB 1.0.  


In a whole lot of ways this system is inferior to even the PS3 and 360, like those it is also made with 2006 technology, but its got way lower HDD space, and a far worse processor. 


What makes this system worth $240?  Games?  What games?   80% of the games are inferior multiplatform ports, and already old multiplats.  Most of the Nintendo games are remakes.  So it has very few actual NEW games.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Now is the best time to get a Wii U than ever before. Why knock Nintendo when XBOX one is worse and the least purest game console. 

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

Hey if they sell it for $240, and give me a giftcard, I'd buy it

baxwam
baxwam

I have to admit the basic set just suxs. you gotta buy a $50  external hardive anyway to get the prefer experience . If they just bundle a noteworthy  game  ( which the wii u dose not have atm) with  the Basic with the price cut I can see it selling.

Shango4
Shango4

The conference actually gave me hope for Nintendo. Microsoft seems to keep deviating from what makes a game console a game console, whereas Nintendo is a company based on games alone who do deliver (in time, a veeeery long time) great software titles for the public. The Microsoft conference lost my attention from the in-depth showing of TV accessibility, and that's something i just have no patience for. I want a game console to play games. However, i will not jump to harsh conclusions straight away and i am excited to see what software titles Microsoft have to offer at E3.

Shango4
Shango4

I am largely unimpressed by most of the entertainment stuff on the Xbox. I can play full retail games/full internet browser/video chat (likely also multi-party conferencing as referenced by a leaked doc)/post to Miiverse all while watching TV....not switching between them....on the Wii U. Why do I need another several hundred dollar box to do that....when it won't play used games and all the good stuff will be behind a paywall?

The games they showed were fairly meh as well imo. I was actually dozing off during the CoD reveal, and that live action trailer thing for Quantum Break? Ugh....kill me. Project CARS is more visually appealing than Forza (and GT6 for that matter), we'll see what they have planned for E3 though. I'm not expecting much more than shooters however...

comb5
comb5

I remember a couple years ago PC gamers would talk about how much better the graphics were than on consoles. And all of the PS360 owners said "Well yeah, but it doesn't matter. It's powerful enough for me."
But then the Wii U comes out which is more powerful than the PS360 and you hear from them now is "OMG the Wii U sucks so hard, the PS4 and NextBox are going to have way better graphics!"
If you are really a gamer you shouldn't care how a game looks or if your console can be a super mega multimedia device. As long as it's running smooth on the screen and you have some amazing gameplay, that's all you really need.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

How lamentable, if all the retailers adopted this price reduction, it will send out a message, to the fans (fanatics of a object or thing) that this console is somewhat unwanted, end is nigh and what have we. I hope the retailers take a cut rather than pass on the losses to Nintendo. 

Corporate is all too well known for "corporate greed" one needs not look too far to find out of the bankers and their blunders, (the FSA and other Watch Dogs and regulatory bodies) are hardly their worth. "Let there be the suffering of the few, for the good of the many" rather than "Let there be the suffering of the many, for the good of the few" as is the case today.


Never has it occurred to me, how peculiar and selective the "Gamer" truly is. One would have thought that "Gamers" love games, and their respective companies. Instead, Fanboism (Uneducated term for Fanatic, prejudice and mayhap hooliganism) causes hurt to those supporters and those that are seen with  a game or company that the hooligan dislikes. They take it "Too far". The "Internet Bullying"  is borderline hooliganism, and these individuals who participate in serious fanboism, retardedly fall into that category. The lesson outlined here is: People are individuals, so start treating them as such. Don't brush everyone with the same brush/we are not all "cut from the same cloth".

firedrakes
firedrakes

like i said already they want 40 bucks for the same game thats already out for 20 to 30 bucks

Shango4
Shango4

PS3/360 can run Frostbite 2 and 3. The Wii U is definitely more powerful than them, and could run them. EA is bitter about Nintendo not wanting to use Origin on the Wii U for online gaming, and have had nothing good to say about the Wii U since then. Crytek has stated that they have Cry Engine 3 on Wii U and it "runs beautifully", and that's a more capable engine than either of the frostbite engines, and is on par with Unreal 4. The Wii U will keep up with PS3 better than Wii did with PS3.

alpacacries
alpacacries

hey some of you arent even really reading the article.  nintendo is saying that the lack of games released is a problem and will be corrected with the release of pikmin 3 in august.  they are not saying that it will be a system seller, they are saying that from that release on that they will be releasing games regularly so there will be more choices of games for consumers.  I own all three consoles and prefer current gen games on my wii u to ps3 or xbox, but lets be honest if you buy a wii u its not for 3rd party games its for zelda, mario, metroid, pikmin, at least thats why i bought it.  

saleama
saleama

@minty_cbo The operative word is "begining".  As in "starting point".  Your comment suggests that he said 'this will be corrected in August with the release of Pikmin 3".  Do you see the difference there?

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@tyrolzall Seeing it took them this long just to push pikmin out like they were constipated... I think Nintendo would be better off developing for other consoles like Sega did and making peripherals for use with them in their games on the other consoles...they can keep making handhelds..kids are dumb enough to cough out  $200 per Nintendo DS with 1 minor new function every 6-12 months...

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@tyrolzall I'm only going to stick up for the Wii U in one way SORT OF, and only once...(I hate this damn thing..Nintendo's biggest mistake... ever.)
The 8GB hard drive in this is a Solid State Drive. no load times...
Still...not worth it...lol
(They used SSD to save room and keep the system compact, Not our time..zzzzz)

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@SIDEFX1 

You know what... I kind of hate to say this because I thought that Nintendo made a huge mistake releasing the Wii U right before Sony and Microsoft were releasing their next gen consoles... but I think you're right.

Microsoft is... well, it's doing its best to make people buy a Wii U.

Edit: They must love Mario or something.

TheSaxantonio
TheSaxantonio

@comb5 Unfortunately Wii U falls short of being a Multi-media device. It can't play avi files, no DVD player, no Blu-Ray, all it has is YouTube and Netflix. I still own one and not saying it's bad, cuz I love mine. But not adding something the PS2 could do seems a little behind Nintendo!

Micropixel
Micropixel

@matrixman2k Mmm, I'm not so sure I agree with this. 

I don't really feel that a price cut would necessarily be branding the Wii U as an "Unwanted Console" to consumers. The 3DS struggled when it launched as well. Nintendo cut the price of that system by $80 and it completely turned the system around.


minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@Shango4 
Sounds good... BUT...
Who is buying PS3 or Xbox 360's right now?
We have Xbox ONE and PS4 coming this year...

Wii U isn't even Direct X 11.1 capable... what happens when PS4/X1 start actually utilizing that API for their games? (DX11.1)
Yeh theres this engine and that engine... but all in all in the end of the day? it all falls back onto API's...

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@alpacacries Honestly, I think they should stop developing hardware..atleast home consoles (They make killings in handhelds).
It's like paying a $240+ premium just to play a few franchises of theirs...
If they developed for xbox ..they could make their own crazy peripherals for it via usb 3.0. and all of the games we like of theirs..and we'll get all of the third party stuff we want that they can't/wont supply. I would have said develop for Sony, But Nintendo and Sony do not mingle...

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@saleama  If pikmin is the beginning...I can't wait for the end...never cared for pikmin...and if it took THAT long just to make Pikmin for this system...We'll see a new Mario 3d platformer in 2 years..the next actual Zelda title in 3 years... maybe another Metroid FPS inbetween.. possibly Donkey Kong AFTER Zelda...and another Super Smash Brother rehash after all of their big name titles were released for the console Same Nintendo Strategy..time after time....then they'll pull the plug if smart and make a new console...or develop for other systems.

Now?
Now about that Third party support? Need some filler in there..nope..not seeing any other than maybe some shovelware.
Moving on.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@arc_salvo I'd still take the X1 over Wii U... hardware-wise it is superior.

Then again, if anything? I'll buy a new graphics card for my PC or another and just crossfire the one I have.

comb5
comb5

@TheSaxantonio @comb5 I don't want my gaming consoles to be multimedia devices. I just want them to play games, that's all. It also has Hulu and Amazon Prime. Anybody who wants a blu ray player has one by now, they've been around plenty long enough.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Micropixel @matrixman2k 

I agree.  Right now, I think the Wii U is too pricey given what it is, but cut the price and the tablet-controller and such would look a lot better.  Especially if some great exclusives came out.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@Relias27 @minty_cbo @saleama 
I'm talking third party games as in ones that are just coming out and popular on the other platforms, of course you'll see some bad titles here and there.

Want to see something funny?
Walk past the electronics section in a K-mart, you'll see where all that stock of wii shovelware now rests... SHELVES full of it... hanging from shelves even as if it were bags of candy..

Now if only I had my Wii.. returned it 30 days from purchase when they shipped...
I'd go play -
Charm Girls Club :Pajama Party
or
Imagine : Party BabyZ
Funny how Ubisoft shoveled on the shovelware, they made 7 PetZ games for the original Wii as well..lol
Sam Fischer in Charm Girls Club : Baby making party

Relias27
Relias27

@minty_cbo @saleama  Why is it.. that when a new third party game comes out.. it's only considered shovelware on a Nintendo system?? 


No one ever says hey look at all that Shovelware coming out for PS/XBOX... I always thought that was kind of funny.. a lot of gamers complain all Nintendo gets is shovelware.. and then proceed to buy systems.. because they can give them more shovelware... (A winner is  you) 

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@BludshedX @minty_cbo @saleama 
I personally never cared for Pikmin...
Despite all of my negative comments for Nintendo, I used to be a huge Nintendo fanboy N64 and prior.
Never got into Pikmin.
Shame this is what they are doing to themselves with this console however.

As for X1 and PS4...pretty much same system with exclusives each side, and Kinect on one and move on other,X1 does what our TV's do already Media wise...no big deal there.
It's like they designed the hardware (Computer hardware) similar to make it easy to make one game and put out copies for both simultaneously..
(Put Microsoft's Windows kernel DRM one the X1 copies, put Sony's DRM on the PS4 copies... same game code for code otherwise)

BludshedX
BludshedX

@minty_cbo @saleama Shame. With the huge let down of Xbox One and feeling so so about the PS4 release, I find myself tempted to get a Wii U just for Pikmin 3 and the rest of Nintendo's "typically" great first party games. Pikim 3 looks pretty fun.. and finally something that doesn't require leveling up a character to "unlock" new abilities and items. What a crock that system is.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@comb5 @TheSaxantonio Thing is..third party devs won't make games for it because it isn't up to par with other consoles coming, they can't make one game and change an API for the graphics and toss it on here, it simply wont work. Where as they can make a game for PS4, slightly change the API and it will basically be the same game on Xbox ONE. (Both PS4 and X1 have Direct X 11.1 support/API, In turn, they can also port to PC the same exact way.)
Wii U's hardware doesn't Have the oomph nor does it have DX 11.1 So it is a bit harder to port games to, (have to use DX9/10. Would have to downscale from DX11/11.1 Requiring more work/money)
Which is a big reason third party devs are ignoring the system,  and not that many Wii U's are out there. Nintendo claims it's customers aren't properly informed the Wii U is completely different system, I beg to differ, I think they ARE informed..and that's why it's sales are slouching.

saleama
saleama

@arc_salvo @Micropixel @matrixman2k Cut the price or give it a bigger HD for the same price.  Also, package the damn game in the weeker unit.  Still, if this thing played DVD's and I didn't already have a PS3 and an Xbox 360, I would get one for $240.  I really want to play Mario U.

Shango4
Shango4

@minty_cbo @Shango4 also I had heard  that it can support direct X 11

p.s. I heard a lot of xbox 360 players hated kinect.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@Shango4 @minty_cbo 
I agree, I prefer quality. But I want more than a Quality Grade B+/A game more than every 6 months, especially when it can be cleared in less than week.

I own a 360 (which I played like 4 times past 2 years...2 of those times were when I bought Kinect and connected it, left it to rot.), had a Wii, I mainly game on PC now... ports of games and exclusives...

I was a huge Nintendo fan from my first console the NES (1987) through the SNES, N64 (Which was one of my favorite consoles of all time).
Got a gamecube  8 months after they shipped, Wii when it was released. returned the Wii a month later for a full refund.
I'm all for Nintendo and their games, It's just that I need some filler in between my Mario and Zelda releases, and there are other games I would like to play as well that won't make their way to this console.

I hope and wish that Nintendo does the right thing 2-3 years from now and gives us a Proper console. If they would drop developing consoles/selling them,, and just developed games for other systems, I would be happy with that as well.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@Shango4 @minty_cbo If it has an AMD APU in it (which PS4 does) it will support DX 11 API/Graphics...
AMD APU's all have Radeon 5XXX,6XXX, or 7XXX series or higher gpu dies built into the chip.
Radeon 5XXX series DOES support Direct X 11 (As do the 6XXX and 7XXX series.).
APU = Accelerated Processing Unit. Contains an AMD CPU and AMD GPU on one chip that shares system RAM for both the system of course, and the GPU. In PS4's case, it is using DDR5 which is what MOST current video cards use. (Consumer Motherboards do not support DDR5 yet, just DDR3)
Another thing to take note on, The PS4 is using an 8-Core APU. AMD's consumer APUs are only 2-4 core variants.