Wii U Basic $199 at Wal-Mart Canada this week - Report

Leaked advertisement shows $100 markdown on Basic model will be effective August 2; no comment from Nintendo yet.


The Wii U Basic model will see a $100 markdown at Wal-Mart in Canada, and will sell for $199, according to a scan of the retailer's latest advertisement obtained by Gimme Gimme Games.

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The markdown will go into effect on Friday, August 2, according to the advertisement. The 8GB Basic model currently retails for $300, while the 32GB Deluxe edition goes for $350.

A Nintendo representative was not immediately available to comment on Wal-Mart's advertisement.

Nintendo has had a tough time moving Wii U units since launch, selling only 160,000 systems during the April-June quarter and 3.61 million systems overall. Asda, a Wal-Mart subsidiary and the United Kingdom's second-largest supermarket, stopped stocking the Wii U in its stores this week.

Nintendo plans to sell 9 million Wii U units before March 2014. The company is hoping to spur console sales by releasing numerous first-party titles in the coming months, including The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, and Wii Fit U.

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