Wii U Basic stock being 'rebalanced,' not discontinued

Nintendo says customers looking for the Wii U Basic models "will continue to find them available."

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Nintendo has called a previous report suggesting that US retailer GameStop is recalling the Wii U Basic, possibly to discontinue the model, a "misperception" of the situation.

"There is a current misperception about Wii U hardware," said Nintendo senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta to GameSpot.

Nintendo did not deny that it has recalled some stock of its Wii U units across the major US retailer, but instead says its intentions are to "rebalance" the stock of its Wii U SKU's in the marketplace. "Nintendo is working with its retail partners to simply rebalance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market," explained Scibetta.

"Consumers looking for either model will continue to find them available," concluded Scibetta.

Yesterday's anonymous source said that, as of June 18, all GameStop stores will need to return any remaining stock of Wii U Basic consoles.

When Nintendo launched the Wii U in November 2012 it shipped two models, the 8GB Basic and the 32GB Premium.

Nintendo had sold 3.45 million Wii U units globally as of March 31, 2013, with fewer than 400,000 sold in the first three months of 2013.

Discussion

305 comments
blown503
blown503

removed from stores = discontinued

tomservo51
tomservo51

Translation = 8GB Wii Us are collecting dust at retailers.

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Every time I went to the gamespot in my area they never had the 32 GB model on the shelves...I even asked the employee to phone me when it came in but no one called...so I bought it somewhere else...it just reinforced that gamespot really hates Nintendo and wants them to fail...It MUST have to do with this DRM deal(?) that gamespot made with Microsoft and the Publishers with used games..

Mohjong
Mohjong

It seems that the most cost effect way to produce the white Wii U 32GB model is simply upgrade those 8GB ones.

sjawz3288
sjawz3288

Not a bad idea, actually. BUT, it shows that they need to recall some consoles, because those are what's left when there is a Wii U sale. People aren't buying the 8GB so they're just taking up space the more that there is laying around.

leandrro
leandrro

so the dream cast basic model is already dead, how long untill they declare the death of the other one?

McGregor
McGregor

Why can't they just say, "We realize that it's not worth having this console on the shelf next to the other offering when the prices are so close, so we are pulling it off the shelf and focusing future product development on the 32 GB units only".

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Why even have the basic model, it's not like a little extra memory is killing Nintendo (and 32 gig isn't that much) so why not just sell that one and make it easier for consumers to just go and buy it.  In an age when a portable hard drive of 750 gig is often $100 or less it is clear that the tech is easy to produce now.  Nintendo, as much as I like a lot of their games, is kind of dragging behind here.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

3.45 million that is not that bad when you consider its not really even been out a year yet and i am sure there are a lot of people like myself that is going to buy one down the line somewhere. i swear if it is not sony or apple people are so negative.  if it don't sell 10 million in the first  month that seems to mean something is not doing so well in peoples eyes but that is not the case at all i think 3.45 is good when you factor in the wii u has not even been out a year.

franzito
franzito

I've made a resolution when I finally got Wi-Fi at home. Since I've decided to play old games in the Wii I have with component cable (and my TV is better than ever), why would I get a Wii U if it only comes with HD and the same old games? No thanks!

I wonder what will come after Wii U...

crazymario1
crazymario1

"...customers looking for the Wii U Basic models..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thatkidstevo
Thatkidstevo

If it were 150 bucks, I'd take the jump. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Make it dirt cheap and I'd take one despite what colour or size they were. I doubt I'll buy one otherwise though.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

"Nintendo is working with its retail partners to simply rebalance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market," explained Scibetta. 

Oh, how I hate this corporate speech.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

Nintendo here are some suggestions:

- Price adjustment

- 32gb and 128gb versions

- More third party support

- Release new IPs or even continue some franchises

- More mature games


But there is one thing you should have done: the hardware should have been at least 70% of PS4/Xbox1 specs. Wii U will not keep up with the next gen in 2 years.

Triton
Triton

They should "rebalance" the price.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

This should of been a update then.  

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

I'll buy a Wii U once they make a Super Smash Bros U or Fire Emblem X SMT bundle for it.

suprsolider
suprsolider

What Wii U is discontinued, that is such a shame.... NOT.

NTM23
NTM23

Man, I still really want a Wii U, but damn, it needs more games. It's just sad to see Nintendo kind of failing right now, and there's not much I can do about it 'cause for right now, there's not much reason to buy a Wii U. Come on Nintendo, at E3 show us some intriguing games. Too bad about the whole third party thing though.

leandrro
leandrro

@liandrikonflict thtas because the shop were not buying any wii u to collect dust, they decided to sell the 8gb ones first

digi-demon
digi-demon

@leandrro Maybe in about 6yrs? you know, when their next new console is released :P

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@leandrro When they decide to not release more games for the console be it the basic or premium model.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@crazymario1 yeah i do question who get the basic model. i know i a m getting premium when i buy one

Imatyta
Imatyta

@NTM23 I feel sorry for you since you want to play a system with specs of a system which came out 7 years ago. I understand that gameplay is the most important, but if I had to play PS3 or X360 for another few years, then I would die. 5 years for a system is more than enough. How can you be excited for this piece of s**t just because you will get new Zelda, Mario and Smash Bros? This system same as with the old one is 1 generation behind!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@NTM23 

Don't worry about 3rd party support, it's there, it's just that those who aren't supporting it have been pretty loud about it. Nintendo said that they have a Nintendo Direct for 3rd party titles. 

suprsolider
suprsolider

@NTM23 

Wii U is garbage. It can barely run ports of this generations games, let alone be future proofed to continue when the real next gen systems arrive.

Nintendo's arrogance and control problems have botched the Wii U.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@McGregor @Virtual_Erkan lol - it will take developers +3yrs to exploit the two other 'next-gen' consoles hardware properly - developers should already able to easily implement enhanced coding on the WiiU because of its familiar/proven older tech based hardware - making any upgrade to 'newer tech' largely redundant - for the near future.

NTM23
NTM23

@Imatyta 

Actually, I'm the same, I want new-gen visuals now. I'm not here saying this as a 'Nintendo fanboy'. I'm going to buy all the consoles, at least the new Sony console, and most likely the Xbox One. I always buy all consoles and also try to get PC stuff as well. 

I'm not entirely excited about it, certainly not compared to the other two consoles, but I do want to see what a new 3D Zelda, Mario, or what have you looks like. I'm not really into Smash Bros, but it's alright. 

It may not be enough to warrant a console, but the idea of a 3D 'next-gen' game from a beloved franchise is exciting to me. I don't see how it isn't, even if the visuals aren't next-gen visuals like PS4 and Xbox One. 

Oh, and you can swear on this site, so you didn't have to sensor shit.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@abHS4L88 Right on.. What has been loud has only been notice.. People do not notice this themselves., 

digi-demon
digi-demon

@suprsolider @NTM23 no short sighted & inexperienced gamers like you are garbage - you and sony aught to get a room - fact

NTM23
NTM23

@suprsolider I really don't think it was the consoles fault that the ports didn't run as well, it was the developers that made their first attempt on a new hardware, and didn't do it entirely successful.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@suprsolider @NTM23

Taken from developer Shin'en: 

"The Wii U GPU is several generations ahead of the current gen. It allows many things that were not possible on consoles before. If you develop for Wii U you have to take advantage of these possibilities, otherwise your performance is of course limited. Also your engine layout needs to be different. You need to take advantage of the large shared memory of the Wii U, the huge and very fast EDRAM section and the big CPU caches in the cores. Especially the workings of the CPU caches are very important to master. Otherwise you can lose a magnitude of power for cache relevant parts of your code. In the end the Wii U specs fit perfectly together and make a very efficient console when used right."

Now who should we listen to, ignorant gamers who know little to nothing about game development and hardware, or developers who've successfully created quality titles on a system? 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@digi-demon

I noticed that it's only the major developers (especially American developers) pulling this BS, one more reason why I almost never support American developers anymore.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@abHS4L88 @deathblow3 EA hates anything which cant be an instant cash cow -Cmon EA releasing a couple of lazy ports on WiiU and seing them fail.

Cmon EA what did you expect! you lazy b*stards

NTM23
NTM23

@deathblow3 I was saying what I would like to see, not what I think will be.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@deathblow3

Oh really? Then what's The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, ZombiU (yes it's a great game), the 3 exclusive SEGA games, along with confirmed exclusives coming from Capcom, Namco-Bandai, Mistwalker, along with a crossover title from Atlus? 

You do know Nintendo has THE MOST active franchises around right? Sure they don't bust out games as quickly as Sony, but unless you're waiting for specific franchises, their games don't come out "far and few between" just more ignorant crap being spout out from someone who thinks he knows everything but clearly has little knowledge. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@deathblow3

Who said anything about using different engines? You do know engines are meant to be tweaked and scaled right? 

3rd party support dropping every day? Last I checked, only EA seems to be hating on the Wii U, besides them, Avalanche was the last company to say that they have no plans for the Wii U, and that was a few months ago. 

The developer I quoted was Shin'en, who made the amazing looking Nano Assault Neo for the Wii U's eShop and they're currently working on 2 more titles for Nintendo. 

deathblow3
deathblow3

@NTM23 the only way you will get exclusive titles for it is from nintendo. and then we all know what those will be and they will be far and few between.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@abHS4L88 @suprsolider @NTM23 and those quality titles are??? and no dev is going to make a game far all 3 using different engines. thats why the ps3 suffers dev's creat for the xbox specs not the ps3 because if they did that then they could put it on the xbox. and the wii U if more powerful will not ever be utilized the era of all systems getting a different version of the game is dead development cost to much now. it will be very rare to see this happen unless it is cosmetic only. and we have to remember 3d party support is droppin off for the wii u every day

NTM23
NTM23

@abHS4L88 

Yes, of course it's about the sales. When I said it wasn't as easy, I wasn't referring to their abilities to create something, only their will to figure it out compared to jumping over to the other two consoles, which is what I think most game developers will do. 

I hope more game developers go to the Wii U, but I don't really care to see cross-console games on it, 'cause I'll just play those on either Xbox or PS4. What I want to see is original, creative titles that you can only get on the Wii U.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@NTM23 

The Wii U's hardware has been stated several times to be more efficient and cheaper to developer for, even compared to the 360/PS3. Plus we've seen this happen before with the PS3, when Gabe Newell said that the hardware was junk, then when sales picked up, what do you know? Valve's making PS3 games. It's all about the sales and when the sales of the Wii U pick up, then we'll see less b*tching from developers. 

NTM23
NTM23

@SIDEFX1 It'd be nice if it was though... Heh. Heh. Heh. :)

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@NTM23 lol..lucky you ended with ' I'm just saying' 

NTM23
NTM23

@abHS4L88 That's probably true, but I'm guessing it's not quite as easy to utilize all that compared to jumping to the other two next-gen consoles, and while it may have a leap over current-gen consoles, it's not as powerful as Sony or Microsoft's consoles. It doesn't necessarily have to, but I'm just saying.