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Asda suspends Wii U stock

Retail outlet no longer selling new Wii U systems or games, including Pikmin 3.

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MariaHelFutura1006d ago (Edited 1006d ago )

That's not good. Especially, since new console are on the way. Not to mention for how closely it's priced to the PS4, considering how much better it is than the Wii U.

_QQ_1006d ago

100$ is close? so the 400$ of the PS4 vs 500$ of the Xboxone won't make a difference either then.

MariaHelFutura1006d ago

They should both be cheaper than the PS4, if you want get real about things.

ANIALATOR1361006d ago

Asda is a supermarket in GB not US

GribbleGrunger1006d ago

A lot of people are disagreeing with lopez_josue, but in the context of his reply to MariaHelFutura, he does have a point. The logic is faultless and cannot be disagreed with.

Dunban671006d ago

The price difference is $50 $349 for Wii U and $399 for PS4-

MariaHelFutura1006d ago (Edited 1006d ago )

@GribbleGrunger

So let me get this straight the Wii U ($299-$349) which is a bit better than the PS3 ($199), but significantly weaker to the PS4 ($399). While the Xbox One ($499) is weaker than the PS4 ($399). And you think it's the same thing or situation at all?

PS3/360 vs Wii U Specs
http://www.theverge.com/pro...
http://www.wiiuonly.com/201...

PS4 vs Wii U Specs
http://coiledrose.wordpress...

PS4 vs Xbox One Specs
http://www.ubergizmo.com/20...
http://i.imgur.com/RbWsWvU....
http://www.gamespot.com/for...

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Specs
http://i.imgur.com/Z4CvNT1....

Donnieboi1006d ago

Isn't the Wii U discontinuing one of it's models? Isn't the 32gb going to be the main model? If that is true, then yeah, it makes the Wii U only $50 less than ps4. That's why i'm still waiting for a price drop. Because 32gb isn't gonna cut it, so if I get a Wii U, i'll have to spend even more on an extra harddrive. And there's no way i'm getting it at the expense of getting a ps4 (Which I already pre-ordered. And My credit card is hurting right about now). Wii U better have a deal for black friday or something (with a free game, to justify the tiny harddrive).

buddymagoo1005d ago

Asda here in the UK is Walmart. Walmart is its parent company.

Etseix1005d ago

i don't know why Maria gets that negatives, the man is right o_O
on topic-
well that's a hit for nintendo, not like it will affect them that much, but, some other retailers may follow this example, and if they do, well, then things may get pretty nasty , Nintendo should hurry up and release many good stuff for the Wii U D:

_QQ_1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

Pardon my Ignorance, i didn't know that Asda was the equivalent to walmart in GB,Although it is a hit for Nintendo,my point still remains relevant.

@Maria, Why don't you just purchase a high end PC if you care about specs so much? The gamepad is what makes the WiiU different, i guess free online does too now, IF you want offscreen play and the ability to play online like WiiU on your PS4, you pretty much end up paying 250$ for a vita and 5 or 6 years of PS Plus. add that to your numbers.

LOL_WUT1005d ago

Well it was bound to happen the Wii U just isn't selling time to give it that price drop. ;)

indysurfn1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

@GribbleGrunger the Logic is not good or faultless, there is a MAJOR fault. The wii-u is cheaper by $100 while being less powerful. THe PS4 is cheaper than the xbox one by $100 WHILE BEING MORE instead of being LESS POWERFULL.

In other words:
The quality in the equation is switched. The one that is less powerful between the PS4 and Xboxone is more expensive.

PSVita1005d ago

It's a $50 difference and ps4 has blu-ray and 500GB HDD, that alone says enough.

kupomogli1005d ago

The $100 difference between the Wii U and Xbox One are completely different.

The Xbox One, despite being weaker than the PS4 is a true next gen console. It will still be able to push out titles that are almost as good looking as the PS4.

The Wii U on the other hand is a PS360 in a Nintendo shell. It's a last gen console.

So basically. It goes like this. Wii U for $300. Spend $100 more get a next gen console. PS4 for $400. Spend $100 more get a weaker current gen console.

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nick3091006d ago (Edited 1006d ago )

Wii u is a console for exclusive games, again irrelevant showing specs.

andrewer1005d ago

Exactly. That's the reason $349 is worth it. Nintendo gamers don't buy Nintendo consoles for graphics or whatever, but to play the games they love.

SilentNegotiator1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

It's "for exclusives" because Nintendo's support for third parties is horrible and it has gotten to the point that no one EXPECTS Nintendo home consoles to get third party games.

Nintendo doesn't want to sell Gamecube numbers (no corporation does), but if all they can offer is occasional typical Nintendo IPs and an even less frequent Bayonetta, on a $300/$350 system that doesn't appeal to the same people that the Wii did, that's what they're going to get.

Lots of PS3/360 devs/pubs have been complaining about their power restrictions since 2010, at least. Wii U might be a little more powerful, but it's still already behind what those devs/pubs want at this point. That is part of the reason why Nintendo's latest console has poor developer support, and THAT is why specs are absolutely important.

yabhero1005d ago

True specs are largely unimportant at this point. However as a Nintendo fan I don't think it's allow to make excuses for Nintendo. It's kind of ridiculous that if I want to play Smash, Zelda, Mario but also Destiny and the Division I have to pay $349 and 399 or 499.
SilentNegotiator said if pretty well. I'm a gamer first before allegiance to one console (although Nintendo did raise me). So I find it annoyign that I'm going to have to buy a WiiU for the games I love but that Nintendo won't get their act together with third parties...

zekk1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

the system really doesn't have much for games.....though I am excited for pikmin I don't think that one game is enough to consider buying a wiiu till they get some more games out....hopefully next year it'll have more of a presence than kelllam.

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Ingram1005d ago

there's a bunch of 15 people or so automatically disagreeing with you in every opinion you emit.

they are probably the same people stating b.hurt nonsense like "we gotta ban MHF in order to have a civil conversation", "those links offend my religion", "down with the witch" etc etc.

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Dunban671005d ago

I simply stated that the price difference between the Wii U and PS4 is $50 (which is a fact)- how can there be 4 "disagrees"?

The Basic model is barely stocked and sells a miniscule % compared to the Deluxe- so using the basic as a price comp is not intellectually honest)

Ben_Rage_31005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

Don't be dense. The price difference goes way beyond $50 if you want to play online, and I think most people want that option. How long do you plan on owning a PS4? IF you buy it at launch I am guess 5-7 years. $50 dollars a year and you are paying an extra $250-350. If you do not want to play online then yes the PS4 will have more 3rd party games and a small price difference along with your better graphics. The problem still is exclusives though. You want Zelda, Mario, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong, and XenoBlade Chronicles you buy Nintendo.

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iamnsuperman1006d ago (Edited 1006d ago )

Very odd. It isn't like Asda said "we are not stocking it because it doesn't sell well" but it does beg the question why isn't it being supported by them. Maybe Asda just doesn't sell enough to see it as viable (would be a big blow to Nintendo) but they haven't said that which is just making this even more confusing. They don't even sell 3DS's (which I thought they did. Just check they don't)

DoctorJones1006d ago

I don't think I've ever seen any Wii U games being sold in Asda.

FriedGoat1005d ago

Don't get me wrong, I love the VITA, but the WiiU must be doing pretty bad in ASDA as the vita never got canned from the shelves.

devwan1005d ago

Asda have been slashing money off the Wii U all year and there were only going to be two reasons for this - they either knew about forthcoming price cuts (that many were hoping for) and wanted to beat others to the punch, or they were dumping their stock.

They said it was to promote sales back in March and possibly also May, but the last one a few weeks ago now seems to have been about getting rid of what they had on their hands and not the start of the much cheaper Wii U people have been hoping for, as they only currently have 8 Wii U items on offer online and as the article says - no consoles. TBH, who goes to ASDA to buy a console? If anything it'd just be an impulse buy of a game occasionally when buying groceries.

mii-gamer1006d ago (Edited 1006d ago )

not even stocking 3ds? must be a dispute between nintendo and the retailer

trafalger1006d ago

nintendo is probably upset asda slashed prices of the wii u.

nintendo needs a wake up call. how they run there business isnt working. at least when it comes to consoles. the wii sparked interest with motion controls and nintendo is unlikely to repeat that success with any new gameplay features with the wii u or future consoles.

andrewer1005d ago

unlikely to repeat that success? I will have to disagree as they are pretty unpredictable, and good at what they do - games. Nobody expected a tablet as a gamepad, and nobody have a single idea of what Nintendo is going to do in the next generations. As for the Wii U gamepad, that is just awesome, it feels so good, dunno why people keep saying Wii U is shit or something.

Firan1005d ago

Why would Nintendo be upset about that? Once Nintendo ship their consoles to a retailer, they belong to the retailer. It's up to the retailer to decide what price they sell it for consumers.

trafalger1005d ago

"Why would Nintendo be upset about that?"

because it could lower the perspective value of the wii u. thats just a guess.

"unlikely to repeat that success? I will have to disagree as they are pretty unpredictable, and good at what they do - games."

of course but the problem is twofold. one is they cant compete on a technical level with its competitors and secondly they cannot gain traction with third party support which has been a problem for them that lasts decades. nintendos way of thinking of how to run a business is no longer working, at least when it comes to game consoles. even the success of the wii was glamorized. what was the attach rate of software? how often did wii users use it compared to other game consoles?

nintendo will always have a fanbase no matter what they do, its trying to attract customers from its competitors that has been the problem and i dont see that changing. not unless there is a monumental shift in the people that run the company.

jcnba281005d ago

Nintendo wouldn't care if ASDA slashed the price of Wii U or not because Nintendo doesn't lose any money, it's ASDA that loses money.

mii-gamer1005d ago

clearly you have no understanding how business works

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tigertron1006d ago

Not good news considering ASDA is Wallmart.