Wii U discounted at UK retailer

Wal-Mart subsidiary ASDA shaves £50 off Basic and Deluxe versions of Nintendo's latest console.

Wii U Basic and Deluxe consoles have received a £50 price cut at United Kingdom retailer ASDA, a subsidiary of retail giant Wal-Mart.

The retailer is now offering the Basic model through its website for £199 (down from £249) and the Deluxe black system with Nintendo Land for £249 (down from £299).

It appears ASDA is the only such retailer offering the discount.

In January, Nintendo lowered Wii U sales expectations 27 percent from 5.5 million units to 4 million units for its current fiscal year ending March 31. As of December 31, Nintendo has officially sold just over 3 million units.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has ruled out an official price cut for the Wii U.

According to GameStop chief financial officer Rob Lloyd, the Wii U needs a blockbuster to spark sales. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot today pledged to support the console, but said the system "just has to sell more."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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bluefox755
bluefox755

Virtualboy 2, nintendo ain't perfect, better luck next time.

bluefox755
bluefox755

Ouch....zing fanboys, ya'll sound like old dreamcast owners.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Well, I am BORED of the Wii U already.  It was exciting, at first, because it was like HEY its a new console.  However, it lost a lot of steam.  Even though it has only been 4 months, there are NO good games on the horizon.  Lego?  Yeah right.  Rayman Legends (which I was very excited to get).  Delayed.  Next 6 months?  None.  So I figure, I might as well trade it in for a Playstation because I want to get MLB The Show and a few other titles.  Good job Nintendo on robbing me of my enthusiasm for your "next generation" console.  Cheers. 

Keepfit
Keepfit

shopto.net is selling the Nintendo Wii U Console 8gb White Basic Pack even cheaper!! It is selling for £189.85 + free next day delivery.

SPENDO
SPENDO

you say first partys stop relying on them let me tell you this that alot of people agree on whats the point of having 3 consoles that equally the same in some areas to have the same games, so first partys games or for playstation fanboys  ps exclusive are really inportant, because you never shut up about ps exclusive content ........ soooo shhhh stop being hypocritical let the console breathe and if you dont like it stop  commenting and arguing ,

SPENDO
SPENDO

Right, im gonna have to have my say here, 

You people never cease to amaze me , i like every console so no fanboyism,, 

Ps3 and 360 have had a good life  so there should not be any reason not to out sell the wii u in games look how many there is ,, but look how long they have been out , 6 years or summat,,,, wii u couple of months,,  think about that brain boxes.... yes a tablet controller  you complain about it.  so i reckon that most of you people should return your ipads and android tablets and stop playin angry birds on it because  apparently you dont like a tablet,,,,, the wii u has not long been release janaury and febuary are slow months expecially everyone paying there xmas debt off... stop bashing this console and let it breathe it already been suffocated before we even heard it was gonna ever go into production , becasue they wanna see it fall,,  you say ps4 is gonna have this gonna have that ,, thats being creative fair play i reckon it be good ,,, ok nintendo is creative and its wrong ,,,, i used to own a gamecube too  let me tell you you put games side by side to a ps2  the graphics was smoother but did it win the console war no ,,,, so graphics aint everything... on that note this comment has just in terms  throw a dog a bone to eveyone to bash... go ahead

baxwam
baxwam

£249 is 375.59 US Dollar and the American set is $350 so yea I wont expect an american price  drop and  the reason why its more expensive because Britain has alto more tax then the US 

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the only thing that can save this system are the first-party titles.  without them, this thing is doomed

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

well that motion camera that coms with ps4 that detects your motion from your body where have i seen that before.  and wow being able to use the vita with ps4 so u dont have to use the tv wow thats original.  but if it works for 2 other companies products they may as well use a good thing.   a asda manager friend of mine has told me they have sold more wii-u consoles and games this week due to the price drop than they sold on the day of launch. so its it would appear that most of the consoles problem was cost. most of its release titles prices have dropped to nearly the same as their xbox 360 and ps3 counterparts.  I got Black Ops 2 for £28 brand new for the Wii-U which is £4 cheaper than it is on others. Not that im playing the damn thing since i just got Tomb Raider for Xbox 360 which is absolutely fantastic.  A must buy game this year along with ni-No Kuni.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

lol nintendos not the one making gimmicks, you should look at sony and its share button and tacked on touch pad  -oh wait i get it its only good when sony or microsoft does it but if nintendo did it its a crime grow the heck up people,  

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

what's the point of this article? 

people just are just keep bash nintendo failed console 

they either price cut it to 150$ or left behind on the market 

LemonCreed
LemonCreed

Nintendo need to wake up and make a kick ass console again. Stop with all this gimmicky crap and make a system that rivals or exceeds the next gen. They also need to stop trying to act cute and child friendly by calling their consoles things like Wii and WiiU. Whoever thought Wii was a great name for a console needs sacking! 

I'd love to see a Nintendo console that has the same feeling about is as the Super Nintendo once did. A console with a proper control pad!

SolidTy
SolidTy

I bought a Wii U at launch.

Price drop coming 2013, I've always said it. This is what is unfolding.

I probably won't be able to post due to glitchspot in articles for another three months, so no replies. tootles.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Although i kind of feel for Nintendo, i cant help but feel that they have brought this upon themselves.  In the late 70/early 80s they gave us Mario, this was refreshing, engaging and simply wonderful as it offered a new, colourfull and addictive gaming experience, throughout the last 20/30 years they have simply regurgitated the same formula albeit with different skins, the gave us the Wii and a unique way to play, but other than that they have displayed a huge amount of naivity and a certain amount of arrogance thinking that Gamers want the exact same products over and over again.

The problem as i see it is that Gamers today have much greater expectations of that of gamers in the 70s, 80s and even 90s.

They simply need to evolve and embrace 3rd party development teams and need to stop being so damn stubborn.

Only my 2 penneths worth.

Apastron
Apastron

GameStop say the console needs big name (good) games to sell the console.  Developers (Ubisoft at least) say the console needs to sell more in order to justify developing games.

This will end well.

emptycow
emptycow

what  people fail to see is nintendo has lost the core gamer.... nintendo lost most core gamers with the gamecube then even more with the wii now they are truly the new dreamcast they lost most  core gamers 

baxwam
baxwam

@bongsyas_23  like every system ever. There would be no 360 without the first halo on the original Xbox 

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

@Apastron Ubisoft however apart from bringing their games multiformat are nintendos best friend.  we could have done with rayman legends early but if for whatever reason the UK release launch of PS4 is after the US and Japan we will get the biggest title of the year EARLY on wii-u.... Watchdogs will be out this year on Wii-U its got an estimated late quarter 4 launch window so expect it around the same time Far Cry 3 came.  Speaking of Ubisoft their UK Quality Testing Staff Room has a 7ft Bronze Statue of King Kong in it.  Bet that would take some melting down for scrap.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @emptycow The PS brand is dying, go write your BS to Sony.

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 and yes nintendo is telling people what they should want when they say stupid shit like "its not about graphics "  and they also tell you  you cant have great graphics and great games thats bullshit all nintendo is doing is selling you trash at a high price so they can put  money in the back  from the start they or  short changing the gamer and its not working this time i think nintendo lost  brand faith when it comes to consoles  and this is why the wiiu is not selling nintendo burned to many gamers with the n64 ,gamecube , and worste of all the wii and the wiiu is just the wii all over again people see it and they are not going to follow

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 thats all 3ds who cares about handhelds selling look at the  world wide sale numbers the ps3 and xbox 360 are out selling the wii ,wiiu,3ds in both the u.s and europe  japan is all about handheld systems its nothing big that the 3ds is selling in japan  but look at the console sales sony is kiling the wiiu and the wii 

emptycow
emptycow

i agree with this guy 100%  


wcwj26
wcwj26

 @emptycow Sony has lost the core gamer.

Just under 9m for their biggest seller GT5 just shows that people are ONLY buying PS3 for blu ray.

PS4 won't have the movie buffs buying it.

PS4 will be dead within 14 months!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

You're really dedicated to these Nintendo articles, pretty much to the point where you're obsessed with Nintnedo and constantly feel the need to try and bring them down. 

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow nintendo took millions from the gamers and they are giving nothing back  they sell you a system then they dont even put the word out about the fucking thing now they are losing all the 3rd party devs and they wont put any money into locking any of them into outside of   failed games  that they locked in for cheap   if nintendo had balls they would be pissed about rayman being pushed back by 7 months and told ubisoft to put it out now or pay ubisoft to put it out now 

96augment
96augment

@emptycow @abHS4L88 Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Kirby, and  (most) Mario games are not trash.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

No, they're telling you what they believe in, which is different than telling you what you should want. I also don't remember them saying anything about not having great graphics & great games because many of their games have had amazing graphics. 

How are they selling "trash at a high price" when every Wii U is sold at a loss? Maybe to you ignorant "hardcore gamers" yeah Nintendo's no longer relevant but like I said, you guys only make up around 15-20% of the whole community and all Nintendo really needs is about 10% to succeed. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

Of course the PS3 is selling really well, its hitting its stride right now will the Wii is basically dead in software releases and the Wii U is still pretty much fresh out of the gate. It's like being proud that a firmly established restaurant is pulling in more business than one that's about to close down and another that just opened up. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

Lol, this guy is full of crap. Let's look at numbers, if all gamers care about are "cutting edge graphics, sophisticated AI and narrative." then why are the games that meet this criteria not selling by the tens of millions? The "hardcore gaming community" is supposed to be roughly around 30-40m people yet I don't see games like Uncharted, Skyrim, Crysis, and whatever other games you want to list even breaking 10m. So apparently no, not all "real gamers" care only about "cutting edge graphics, sophisticated AI and immersive narrative." Also Nintendo's not trying to dictate what the next generation is going to be, they're simply adding to the possibilities, more reasons why this guy is an idiot and can't wait to see more developers close their doors just because they can't meet the "lofty standards of the hardcore gamer." 

emptycow
emptycow

@wcwj26 lol yea right   the top selling game this week is metal gear  at almost  1 million copies sold the ps3 has the top selling console game  in the world almost every week  i dont see them losing the core gamer thats nintendos job

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow watch the video everything hes saying is true  nintendo is full of shit they tell people "its not about graphics  its about a new way to play " more like we are nintendo we want to sell you old shit and tell you graphics dont matter so we can sell you out of date hardware for a high price 

ewjiml
ewjiml

@emptycow @abHS4L88  

I agree.  I was so excited for Rayman.  Now I just dont care anymore.  I am selling my system as we speak.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

That's your opinion about Nintendo. Just because you don't recognize what they're doing doesn't mean everyone else agrees. 

Nintendo does things their own way and for some reason, it almost always works out for them. Sure marketing right now is not that great, but that only means that they're gearing up for something bigger in the near future.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

The $350 bundle is the better value, so more likely they're losing more money off of that one than the $300 one. 

Again, that's not greed, so because a gaming business that makes majority of their profits from hardware sales doesn't want to sell their consoles at a 50% loss and now that's greed? No, it's called not being stupid. There's a reason why companies like Atari and SEGA have dropped out of the hardware business (Atari going bankrupt recently) while Nintendo is still very much a healthy company, because they make sound business decisions and don't squander their money just because they have it. 

Why don't you learn something about business and economics before running your mouth off about who's greedy?

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow sony is trying nintendo is trying nothing  microsoft once gave rockstar 50.million  for some gta content  cant say i could see nintendo ever doing that also whats up with the fucking wiiu ads is nintendo smoking crack  the have like one ad and this is coming from a company that has billions 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

It's not being cheap or greedy, it's about being smart so you can secure survival in the future. Sure this Gaikai thing sounds great but the real question is, how well would it work? Also pretty much every "unique" thing the PS4 is doing can also be seen as gimmicks, especially if they don't turn out to be as awesome as you guys are making it out to be. There's a fine line between gimmicks and innovation, learn that. 

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow  nintendo out of there own mouth with one wiiu game sold we make money on every wiiu sold    nintendo never said if it was the $350 system they made money on or the $300 i bet you  its the fucking $300 unit they make money on if you buy one game   nintendo is losing less then $30 max on each wiiu sold   the ps3 was losing $300 on each system sold dont tell me nintendo is  taking any risks nintendo is all greed

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow sony just got a streaming  service for ps4 they payed $380 million for Gaikai lets see nintendo do something like that they never will  nintendo is one of the most cheap greedy gaming company  around  they bring nothing to the table but gimmicks and the same games over and over 

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow the ps2 was $100 the xbox 360 was $400 and even with that said the xbox 360 was sold out day one 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

So what was the 360's excuse when the PS2 was still selling more than it when it first launched? January and February have always been the two worst months when it comes to electronic retail. 

Yes MARCH, so let's see how the Wii U performs this month when two major titles are coming out and people are going to have money from their tax returns.

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow not true at all the ps3 sales should be slowing not getting bigger  the wiiu is not selling the reason for that is demand you dont need games on a system to have demand the wiiu bring nothing to the table  thats why people dnt want it they rather buy a ps3  when your new system is getting its ass kicked by 7  and 8 year old hardware you know you are in a world of shit  look at the ps3 numbers from 2007  the ps3 cost was $600 and they sold almost 1 million systems in march  that year  last month the wiiu did not even hit 150.000 systems sold  the wiiu is sinking

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow the xbox 360 and ps3 sell  way more software then the wii did  look at assassins creed 3  it sold 12 million copies   

emptycow
emptycow

@wcwj26 i own both the ps3 and xbox 360 the 360 is a awesome system but microsoft is huge in the u.s and big in europe  but the ps3 is big world wide 

emptycow
emptycow

@wcwj26 the ps3 in  december sold almost 4 million systems it fucking out sold the wiiu in a month and last month the ps3 sold over 600.000 systems world wide the wiiu sold 120.000 systems world wide  now tell me who lost the core gamers again

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @emptycow Xbox is king of core consoles. Not even your trolling can stop that :-)

emptycow
emptycow

@wcwj26 are you nuts go do your home work i look at the numbers every week the ps3 is kicking ass all over the world  every month and the sales of the console are getting higher every year not lower 

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @emptycow LOL It's because of Xbox it's selling well. Sony hasn't had a top seller since GT5 ;-)

Even AAA multiplats are mostly made up of Xbox sales.

NOBODY buys PS3 to play, that's why it's game sales are the weakest this gen and Netflix is it's biggest draw!

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88 @emptycow the 360 had better games then the wii and way more of them  the xbox 360 had the games and the graphics  the wii had bad graphics and for the most part bad games