Will Nintendo Announce a Wii U Price Cut at E3?

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Wii U Price Cut at E3 2013

Heading into E3 2013 fans hope that Nintendo has some big announcements in store for them. Gamers hope to see some new and exciting Wii U exclusives, and they want to hear how Nintendo plans to increase interest in their console this holiday season.

How exactly will Nintendo do that? Well, one of the easiest ways Nintendo could get more gamers interested in picking up a Wii U is with a price drop. And if a recent development with GameStop is true, that might be just what Nintendo plans to do.

According to a source for Kotaku, the 8GB Basic version of the Wii U is being recalled from GameStop store shelves starting on June 18th. There is no reason given for the recall, but many are assuming it is a sign of things to come.

While it’s entirely possible Nintendo is recalling the 8GB bundle because of some defect or malfunction, the likelier scenario is they are preparing for a new SKU or a price cut. Without a Nintendo Press Conference at this year’s E3, it’s unclear when such an announcement might take place. Nintendo does have several events lined up during and prior to the opening of the E3 2013 show floor on June 12th, so they have every opportunity to announce a price cut.

Considering it is the 8GB bundle being recalled, common logic would tell us that the 32GB Deluxe Version is getting its price slashed. At the moment, the 32GB retails for $350 and the 8GB retails for $300, which makes at least a $50 price cut the most likely scenario.

At the same time, we’re not ruling out the possibility that Nintendo will unveil a new bundle that replaces the Basic Set. Maybe a $300 SKU that includes a bigger hard drive and comes in any number of color options?

If the rumors are true, this could be Nintendo’s admission that the Wii U isn’t selling as well as they hoped. Although the console sold well at launch, interest in the Wii U has dropped off considerably. Some have cited a lack of games as a key factor in the Wii U’s sales woes, which makes this E3, and its game announcements, all the more important. But if it’s not the games, this rumored price cut might also do the trick.

Do you think Nintendo should cut the price for the 32GB Wii U? Will they?

Source: Kotaku

TAGS: Nintendo, Wii U

  • Frank

    Not great planning on the part of Nintendo. How did they not plan a better or at least a more conistent launch lineup? Nintendo basically had a 11 month window to move some serious WiiU units and they have not released one significant title since the beginning of the year. There is no excuse especially when their system movers are in house titles they make! Besides hardcore Nintendo fans who is going to want a WiiU once the One and the PS4 release this fall?

    • Joe

      I have yet to buy one because of the lack of titles but I will still buy one after the two “home entertainment consoles” launch. Nintendo is playing with POWER!

      • breado the great

        you know who else is playing with power? Batman. And you never see batman playing with a Wii thus wii sucks. LOGIC!

        • fizzystrings


    • Joe

      I have a Wii U and I’m not even interested in The Xbox One or PS4. I like games being games, not games being movies you watch. Also, if the PS4 and Xbox one are not priced comparable to Wii U(Price drop or not) I think Wii U will have much better sales in this economy. People just don’t want to spend 5 or 6 hundred plus more for games and extra controllers. No Backwards compatability is a thing that I think may hurt the other two. Also, not being able to use the older controllers which were already $50+ for non off brands.

      Even though the Wii U’s Library is currently limited, I still have a bunch of Wii games I still enjoy as well as many Wii U titles (Like Lego City, AC3 and NSMBU) and VC titles to play. Funny thing is the ones like AC3 are not being played as much anymore as they are only fun for a while whilst the others like Mario and Mega Man can be played over and over for YEARS! Seriously, still love Mega Man X and Mario 2 no matter how fast I can beat them.

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    Recovery plan: A console rename, a price cut, a drop of the lesser-harddrive model, and 15 exclusive triple-A Nintendo games coming from June til December.

    • Varteras

      You have a better chance of getting dinosaurs in Battlefield 4…

    • Dante

      So basically Rob, they need to hit Do-Over?

      That’s not a recovery plan, that’s a new console.

  • Patrick

    I would own the console right now, but Nintendo has what, like 5 games on it so far?
    I don’t get why they leave their flagship titles out of the launch. New Wii-U bros 2 or whatever doesn’t really count IMO because it’s basically the same game as the other NSMB games, fun sure, but not the next Mario 64 by any means.
    They need to pump out more Zelda’s too, because it’s not like we wait 5 years between games for this revolutionary new title in the franchise. We wait 5 years for a game that’s basically Get the Master sword > get the triforce > save Zelda > beat Ganon, with a few new toys tossed in. You look at past games in the Zelda series they actually have less in game content, so why the long wait?
    One at a console launch is not too much to ask.
    Get it together Nintendo, Wii-U looks awesome (to me) just get some games on there.

    • Joe

      they don’t rush their titles like the rest do, that is why they are usually so good.

    • Joe

      pumping them out is an awful idea. Call of duty does that, one every year and there is VERY little difference between them. Shoot stuff with different guns, play online. Zelda and Mario have the same concept, and plots, but always feel like something new.

      • Patrick

        I get what you are saying, but pumping one out yearly is not what I meant. We had one true Zelda for the Wii. Twilight Princess doesn’t count IMO because it was a port to the Wii from the Game Cube.

        Each game is good, but we haven’t had anything new or different since Majora’s mask. What they have been trying to sell us with Zelda has been gimmicks the last 3 titles. Cartoonish cell shading, crappy motion controls, better cell shading and better motions controls. You beat Ganon on the ocean in one, in the twilight realm in another, and finally in the sky. You use the Master Sword in all three, you have to save Zelda in all three.

        I think with how little they change in between games more frequency would be nice. Maybe 3 per console generation? Maybe if they rushed one we would get another gem like Majora’s Mask, or at least they could have rushed one out for the launch Wii-U.

        I agree with you about COD, but Nintendo does the same thing with Zelda story wise.

        • fizzystrings

          I think they put Eiji Aonuma, the guy behind Majoras Mask, Wind Waker, and Super Mario Sunshine in charge of the next zelda, he has a track record of changing the formula up a bit.

          • Patrick

            Well here’s hoping he makes a Zelda in the line of Majora’s Mask. I personally don’t really care for Wind Waker.