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Submitted by Rearden 548d ago | article

Why retailers are slashing Wii U prices

Retailers are slashing Wii U prices left and right, showing a pessimistic outlook about the console's future. (GameStop, Industry, Nintendo, Wii U)

LOL_WUT  +   548d ago
Because it's not selling well thats why. I expect this to force Nintendo to ultimately drop the price of the Wii U, which is not necessarily a bad thing. ;)
PopRocks359  +   548d ago
I think we got it the first ten times you said it.
SilentNegotiator  +   548d ago
Did you?
deafdani  +   547d ago
Pop, calm down a little. I'm a big Nintendo fan, and usually I respect your opinion, but sometimes you get way too overdefensive. Lol_Wut has as much right to say Nintendo should make a price drop on the Wii U, in any article, as you do of making your case defending Nintendo in various regards.

And THIS article happens to be about price cuts of the Wii U in various retailers, so yeah, Lol_Wut's comment isn't out of place here.
DivineAssault  +   548d ago
exactly.. They have inventory they cant get rid of so its the same thing they do with clearance items.. Nintendo will have to drop it when PS4 releases or they will face utter destruction.. But even with a price drop, do they have even 1/4 of the software PS4 is getting? IDK bout this wii u, i see a gamecube scenario all over again with this thing
Stroke666  +   548d ago
no offense but you seriously think a $350 system needs a price cut because a $400 or more system releases. not likely. i don't see nintendo dropping the price till early 2014 or whenever they release the new 3d mario and hd zelda. until then they will be just fine in three days they will begin releasing some games and sales will pick up just fine considering the industry as a whole is in a slump
ABizzel1  +   548d ago
@Divine Assault

I really don't understand the lack of Wii U 1st party software. I mean we knew about the Wii U back at E3 2011, and here we are March 2013 nearly 2 years later and there's this huge lack of Nintendo-made franchises on the console.

I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo's E3 was all about first party games like Mario 3D, Super Smash, Zelda Footage with a 2014 release, Metroid footage, and a few other high profile games like "Xeno", Fire Emblem crossover, and more.

The thing is it's too little too late to get people to move from the PS360 to the Wii U, especially with the PS4 coming this holiday with a decent line-up of launch titles thus far, and a potential Nextbox announcement at E3.

At this point Nintendo is only selling to Nintendo fans, and a price drop and great games is exactly what they need to get those fans buying in droves. Will it be enough over the years to push them to the 100mil mark 1st, I doubt it, but it should make it a successful console.
DivineAssault  +   547d ago
yes... It is too late imo.. They shouldnt have released the wii u until it had at least a small handfull of 1st party titles already completed & ready to go.. Even if they launched within 6months of PS4, it wouldve been ready like the wii was having twilight princess as well as the casual fanatic game wii sports to make people buy it..

Nintendo has a long way to go to catch up with the PS3 as far as features & apps go.. 3rd party software wouldve been ready too had they waited longer to launch.. Now the hype literally almost flatlined & without a price cut AND software, it will be another gamecube..

Sony is launching PS4 with features & games ready at launch.. They prolly couldve released it by now if they rushed like nintendo but they want their launch to be at a good time without pressuring the hell out of devs.. Also having features ready & a well thought out strategy for the systems life..
HyperBear  +   548d ago
I can honestly say I was initially excited for the Wii U when it was announced, but Nintendo have done a lot of mistakes from tech specs to advertising & marketing.

For starters, they shouldn't of named it Wii U. Parents, grandparents, and people who don't follow gaming news often will think of Wii U as just an add-on bundled Wii with a gamepad (essentially it is being b/c with all existing Wii hardware and software). Revolution is even a better name than Wii U, but they should have not had the name Wii in it. Secondly, going with below average hardware for Wii U makes it seem less appealing for devs as they'll want to develop for high end machines PS4/720/PC, and not port everything over to last-gen hardware, which essentially means unless a developer has a good partnership with Nintendo or creates a game exclusively for Wii U for the gamepad, it means less third-party support and no multi-plat games releasing on Wii U. Lastly, retailers are over-stocked. I went into my local Best Buy on Wednesday and there were 8 Zombie U Deluxe bundles, 10 Basic Set editions, and they had a boxed tower of 32 Wii U Deluxe Sets and no one was buying any of them. Retailers want to get rid of their over-stock and if no one is buying them, they have no choice but to drop the price, even if Nintendo won't, and hope customers buy them.
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hollabox  +   548d ago
Wii U-2 will be released in 3 years with Nintendo of Japan scapegoating Reggie for not understanding the America market.

Wii U 2 Specs
2.5 GHZ 8 Core CPU
8 GBs of DDR4 ram
Power VR Quad core 575M GPU
Blu Drive without Blu Ray playback
128 GB SSD Deluxe model, 32 GB Basic model
Multi touch screen controllers
Wifi N and Gigabit Ethernet
Backwards compatible with Wii U game disc, online only for older hardware.
MSRP $299

Performance, 25 percent faster than PS4, and Xbox Next, slower than most mid to low range computers. Nintendo will tout Wii U-2 power consumption being lower than most Wal-Mart laptops while being nearly as powerful.

Nintendo will rebrand Wii U to Wii Famicom, apologize to its fans, inform Mario 30, Zelda 18, Mario Kart 15, and Metroid 3rd reboot will be released in the fall of 2016.
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Stroke666  +   548d ago
@hollabox...lol thats funny, and honestly i would get that too but i see nothing wrong with the console they have out now. they are mismanaging it right now yeah but the hardware is just fine
Stroke666  +   548d ago
@hollabox... thats pretty funny, and honestly I'd buy that too, but I see nothing wrong with the console they have out right now.their mismanagement is a prolem but the hardware is just fine
DeadlyFire  +   546d ago
3 years? Bah to early. 5 years yes. 3-4 = no, no.

Nintendo could leave themselves in a big gap if they launch a new system to early and alienate all of their fans that bought a WiiU.

I do agree the marketing of WiiU was a bad decision. They should of named it something else. As you say most non-gamers(casuals) that bought the Wii. Likely wouldn't even think of WiiU as a new device, but as an add on.

WiiU hardware still is no slouch. People are underestimating it. Its at least 20 times more powerful than the Wii. Which is a bold step for Nintendo. Even so its not spectacular either. Its a small buff up over last generation consoles set for 720p as its main resolution for new games.

Nintendo itself will likely think selling the console at $299 was the dealbreaker for many. So $250 is likely to happen by Holiday 2013.
MikeMyers  +   548d ago
Well they didn't really have a stellar launch line-up. They had Zombie U, Nintendo Land and a 2D Mario game that drew interest. Other than that some average games and multiplat titles that didn't really do much.

Nintendo is going to have troubles getting the multiplat gamer to buy it and the big exclusive games have no set release date. I imagine a lot of people did the same thing I'm doing and that is wait to see how the PS4 and next Xbox unfold while waiting for the exclusives on the Wii U to build up.
boldstarr  +   547d ago
Nintendo is close to being a SEGA now...
nosferatuzodd  +   547d ago
Silence Nintendo is no sega that's blasphemy
DeadlyFire  +   546d ago
WiiU official price drop won't happen until PS4/X720 are unleashed onto the market. Its possible Nintendo could announce it as soon as E3 or as late as TGS 2013 for this holiday season.
MakiManPR  +   548d ago
Because is NOT selling?? Seriously what kind of question is this? And the worst thing is that it got approved. Even my lil bro could answer this.
1nsaint  +   548d ago
No one is asking something... You see a questionmark anywhere?
MakiManPR  +   548d ago
The answer is SIMPLE. Seriously you have to write an Article about why retailers are slashing the price of something?
TongkatAli  +   548d ago
Its not leaving shelfs so its getting its price slashed, the end.
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Genuine-User  +   548d ago
I hope the Wii U does well once the next generation of consoles are released.
Here's hoping the Wii u gets more quality exclusives than the Wii did.
jakmckratos  +   548d ago
EVerybody now"OH MY GOD WII U SUCKS..WHAT AN AWFUL IDEA....NINTENDO SHOULD DIE"

Everybody this year after E3 when Smash Bros U, Mario 3D U, Mario Kart U and Zelda U are announced: " OH MY GOD I KNEW NINTENDO COULD PULL IT AROUND...WHAT AN EPIC SYSTEM..I NEVER DOUBTED THEM..I'MMA BUY 8 WII U's AND POKEMON RUMBLE RIGHT NOW!!"

Seriously you don't think Nintendo knows what they have had to do for a while now??? So Wii U falters a little bit and everyone pounces to bite the jugular for a console that's been out for 4 months. It has crap now. That's why it isn't selling. People also aren't TGAT impressed with 2-D side scrollers like Yoshi Yarn(btw the STUPIDEST waste for a Yoshi game..I'm sorry) and HD remakes like WInd Waker. ALso add in 3rd party support hasn't been the greatest with ZOmbi U gaining moderately weak scores and Rayman Legends becoming multiplatform and delayed into Fall. Lego City did alright but let's be honest how many people are going to buy a brand new console for it.

Pikmin 3 looks legit but again that won't save the system like the Mario/Smash/Zelda trifecta of games will. And you all know they're gonna sell a crapload regardless of what you say now. I don't have a Wii U but I'm so sick of the hate it's getting so soon into it's release
TongkatAli  +   548d ago
Pikmin 3 looks too legit to quit on the Wii U.
LordHiggens  +   548d ago
1 game does not a good console make.
josephayal  +   548d ago
Omg this is horrible for Nintendo
Myst-Vearn  +   548d ago
Man this whole Wii U doom articles remind me of the PS3's first year, things can change a lot, there is still time for the wii u.
LightofDarkness  +   548d ago
This thing needs games NOW. I'm frankly shocked that they have so little support to show for this console within the launch window. All it really has are rehashes so far, it needs genuine Wii U only experiences and unfortunately it seems like it needs them before they can actually be delivered. They really should've held off releasing it until they had something to really showcase it from the start, like Pikmin 3 or a proper 3D Mario title. I bought this thing just a week after launch and I have only turned it on once since before Christmas to play the MH3 demo. It's becoming worrying.
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PopRocks359  +   548d ago
It launched with about twelve games that apparently are not getting picked up. I imagine Nintendo expected the launch lineup to see more support than what it received, as did developers who had their eye on the platform.

It's a bad cycle; the system needs games to build up its userbase, but no one wants to make any games to strengthen said userbase because the userbase is too small.
StrongMan  +   548d ago
To get them off of their store shelves. No one is buying them.
LordHiggens  +   548d ago
Wait until the new Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, etc. The Wii U will perform satisfactorily...it'll just give us the same old Nintendo crap that Nintendo has been dishing out since forever.
jjb1981  +   548d ago
I hope Nintendo doesn't go out like Sega did. Even though I'm strictly Xbox and ps3, Nintendo was the company that started my gaming enthusiasm with the NES, SNES, and N64. They should have focused on better hardware and motivated third-party devs to bring in IPs.
Jagsrock  +   548d ago
I wouldn't worry about Nintendo going the way of Sega anytime soon. Sega had been through a number of failed platforms before finally hitting bottom with the Dreamcast. Nintendo has just come off a great generation making money off both the wii and ds, and are now racking in the dough with the 3ds(which also had a slow start). It's only a matter of time before the Wii U sales pick up.
lizard81288  +   547d ago
Agreed. 3rd party support is pretty bad on the Wiiu. Even though it is a bit more powerful than the ps360s, it is still missing multiplat games, like Tomb Raider, and Bioshock Infinite. It doesn't help EA is still butt-hurt at no origins, so they are going out of their way to cancel all wiiu games. Crysis 3 had a wiiu version, but EA changed that.

It is starting to fall in line with the Wii. It will be bad for gamers and Nintendo this time around without third party support. I know I haven't turned my wii on since 2010, and even then it was barren before that.

Then again, Nintendo does have a few big third party games coming out, like Bayonetta 2. I guess we are still in the waiting phase of the console.
Xer0_SiN  +   548d ago
nintendo shrouds the specs on the wii u and expects it sell well in the next gen, based solely on gimmick? get out! the retailers already know a bad investment and are making shelf space for the upcoming and ultra popular ps4.
hollabox  +   548d ago
Agree, I wouldn't buy a car not knowing the specs of the engine, transmission, fuel efficiency, and caring capacity. The only thing Nintendo has released is the basics information most computers need to work; it has a CPU, it has a GPU, it has Wifi, it has Ram, and it has limited storage.

Nothing about the performance besides saying it will be faster than current generation consoles. If a car company hid their specs like Nintendo they wouldn't be in business long. I want to know what to expect at the hardware best and worst, not rolling the dice and seeing what happens. I think the PS3 almost delivered on it's hardware promise and the Xbox 360 delivered exactly what I expected, I can't say the same about the Wii.
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bestofthebest  +   548d ago
my wii u been collecting dust since november they need to release exclusives games asap
MultiConsoleGamer  +   548d ago
But they aren't. This is more deliberate misinformation.
Grimhammer00  +   548d ago
Ask your fanboy self this...
If Ninny knows what it's doing....why didn't they plan 1st party support to compensate for 3rd party failures? Did they honestly believe that they had nailed down 3rd party support?

You can spin it until your head aches....Nintendo are not keeping up! Not with hardware, not with games, not with online infrastructure.

It's just sad. Because they have more money than god!

They have no excuse. Arrogance from Wii success and thinking they'd pull the innovation card twice in a row. And lets face it. The tablet controller isn't innovative. It's just shadowing a trend. It's not even comparable to the cheapest tablet you can get!

If Ninny released a butt load of quality Mario's, kart racing Mario's and donkey kings with Zelda & Metriod titles......is that really enough to sustain gamers for 5-7yrs?

Third party support isn't coming. It's dead. It's been dead for many years. You'll get the odd Ubisoft & EA trying to squeeze some extra revenue but, their invested in next gen. That's where core gamers money is.
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chadboban  +   548d ago
The systems I plan to own this coming gen are Wii U, PS4, and Vita along with my already owned 3DS and PC. I'll get to play the best exclusives along with great third party support. I think I'll be pretty sustained for 5-7 years.

And Nintendo has been surprising me lately with their newer IPs (yes these are Nintendo IPs, look it up) like The Last Story, Xenoblade, Pushmo, Pandora's Tower, Dillion's Rolling Western, The Wonderful 101 and Monolith's X. I know I missed out some but these are fairly recent. I also know it's not alot but they do tell me that now, more than ever, Nintendo is willing to take more risks than they have for a while(like publishing Bayonetta 2) and I'm hoping that they continue to collaborate with more devs to make more games like these.

Sure they'll always have their established IPs like Mario and Zelda, let's be real, they won't stop making those and I honestly don't want them too. But they're taking more chances on games like the one's I listed and I hope that trend will continue into the future but we honestly don't know much about the Wii U's future so we'll have to wait and see.
Zimmermangraph411  +   548d ago
Only a few weeks left till a few games are released. Wonder if same will be said if ps4 has same issues with sales. Especially if ps360 cannibalize the next gen sales or if games go multiplatform on all systems. Better graphics may not be enough. A least Nintendo still has those fest party games.
just-joe  +   548d ago
There are little games and it's not moving off shelves. Simple logic.
chadboban  +   548d ago
It needs more games and Nintendo has to improve their marketing of it. An actual price drop will come from Nintendo eventually and by that time more games will come out so sales should pick up by then. I think we'll have a clearer picture of Nintendo's plans for the Wii U after this years E3. Nintendo has an open window until November (presumably when PS4 and 720 will launch) to make their system one worth owning. Only if they completely blow that opportunity I see them being in big trouble.

All this talk about doom and gloom happened with the 3DS and PS3 during their launches and they're both doing quite well now and the Vita just had two great weeks in a row in Japan which just shows that you can never count a system out early into it life cycle, especially if it's just 4 months into it's life.

Ah who am I kidding? Nothing I say, no matter how rational it is will stop all this talk. Guess we just need to wait and see how this will all play out, the only way this will end is if Nintendo turns this ship around, until then though, the Wii U is an open target.
HOO-HAA  +   548d ago
Well it aint because it's selling well that's for sure because that'd be mental!!
Skynetone  +   548d ago
when wii u hits 99$ it will sell well
hollabox  +   548d ago
I would say $199 with updated releases of their milked franchises will move units for Nintendo. But like the Wii, even if Nintendo move a ton of units for a year or two, it will dimension significantly if no third party support to tie Wii U owners over to the next Mario 31 sequel.

Nintendo will be in a bigger trouble this fall if they don't grow their user base In America. Let's face it, most games sell better in America except for an few exceptions here and there, just ask Microsoft (Europe as well).

Both next gen systems are set to have 8 core CPUs, and 8 GBs of ram each, this will make porting games to the Wii U extremely difficult later on in its life. There are not too many developers that will roll the dice downgrading their product to inferior hardware without a significant return on investment.
DaPrintz  +   547d ago
$200 price tag won't help the WiiU. 360/PS3 prices will drop as well. More games, better online, movie playback etc.
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greenmeanie  +   547d ago
I agree with the lack of games present on the console, however I thought this was interesting. Here is a list of NES games available at launch in October of 1985. There weren't any other games released until June 1986, and the NES went on to have a nearly 10 year strong run before they stopped production of the system(20 years in Japan!). Some of these games sound awesome from a Nostalgic standpoint, but none of them were really that great Except for Super Mario Bros:

10-Yard Fight
Baseball
Clu Clu Land
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
Duck Hunt (Included with the System)
Excitebike
Golf
Gyromite (Could only be played with R.O.B.)
Hogan's Alley
Ice Climber
Kung-Fu Master
Mach Rider
Pinball
Stack-Up (Could only be played with R.O.B.)
Super Mario Bros. (included with System)
Tennis
Wild Gunman
Wrecking Crew

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