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Nintendo will continue selling Wii U Basic, is adjusting inventory

Nintendo has no plans to stop selling Wii U Basic packages, despite recall notices allegedly given to GameStop employees. Nintendo said it is making supply adjustments to balance the $300 package with its $350 Deluxe counterpart in a statement to Polygon.

"There is a current misperception about Wii U hardware," a Nintendo representative said. "To clarify: 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. Consumers looking for either model will continue to find them available."

Previous reports indicated GameStop would on June 18 cease selling the 8 GB white Basic version. If that is indeed the case, it's not Nintendo's doing.

A 32 GB white system was recently announced in Japan. We'll find out more about Nintendo's worldwide plans for the system in its E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11.

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5 comments

  • pokepark7 - June 6, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    ok so now there's something else to look forward to at E3
  • sxh967 - June 6, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    The Wii did well because it was priced at £180 but the Wii U is still £200 plus (significantly more than £200 for the deluxe). Once you break that £200 barrier your product is seen as much more expensive. Even if they just put it at £199.99 they would sell like hotcakes and then developers would want to buy one. Nintendo should take the hit in the short term (we all know they have the cash to do so) and really encourage people to buy a Wii U. There are next to no games that make the Wii U worth buying so the only thing they can do is drop the price.
  • ParagonT - June 6, 2013 9 a.m.

    I think anyone who was ever going to buy a Wii U has. Their previous leading demographics are now content with the Wii still, and has no real plans to upgrade. Even with a price drop, I doubt it would work since the Xbox One and PS4 are now about to take the stage and pretty much making the Wii U obsolete. Mind you that I hate the Xbox One so far and I'm very skeptical on the PS4, but even if they both somehow managed to fail in my eyes, saving up for a PC would be better than to sucum to a console that really had no chance to begin with.
  • Talvari - June 5, 2013 6:53 p.m.

    8GB model is kinda...small but if people don't want to download games it's a perfectly viable option. But you just get so much more for spending an extra £50 or $50 (conversion rates forever sucking from $ to £...). Would maybe make sense to discontinue production but i guess so long as the majority is deluxe it's fine. I still don't think it needs a massive price drop though. The consoles price is fine.
  • Demon_Krauser - June 5, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    They should just recall them. When I go in to work and someone wants a Wii U they always go for the deluxe. A much better deal because of 4x the memory and a game

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