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U.S. retailer cuts price on basic model of Nintendo's latest console by 20 percent; no other retailers follow suit.

North American retailer Target is currently selling the 8GB Wii U Basic model for $240, a markdown of 20 percent from the launch price of $300. The price drop was first spotted by Nintendo Everything.

Other big-box US retailers have not followed suit, as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and GameStop have stuck with a $300 price point for the 8GB model. Amazon is offering the system for $280.

No such price cut was made for 32GB Wii U Deluxe model, which continues to sell for $350 at Target and elsewhere.

Target's Wii U price cut follows multiple markdowns at United Kingdom supermarket Asda. At one point, the Wii U Basic model was going for £149 at the retailer, though the price has been bumped back up to £199.

The Wii U has struggled since launch, selling 3.45 million units worldwide and reportedly only 55,000 systems in the United States during April. Nintendo has apologized for a lack of software, saying this will be corrected beginning in August with the release of Pikmin 3.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/wii-u-basic-falls-to-240-at-target-6408630



    

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Before the negativity begins, I want to say that's a great deal and I would be buying a second Wii U for my bed room at that price if Nintendo actually implemented universal accounts.



Spazzy_D said:
Before the negativity begins, I want to say that's a great deal and I would be buying a second Wii U for my bed room at that price if Nintendo actually implemented universal accounts.


$250 is a great price I agree but I dont agree on the basic model ;p - gonna wait and see if I can get premium for a decent price or with a decent bundle. But this should sell for a few people. Love Target - they tend to do stuff like this - I think they lowered the Vita and it was because of them that I managed to get the PS3 ver of GTAIV Complete for $20 when everyone else had it for $40 for all versions.



    

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Spazzy_D said:
Before the negativity begins, I want to say that's a great deal and I would be buying a second Wii U for my bed room at that price if Nintendo actually implemented universal accounts.


Same here. This is simply a sale, and sales occur, I do believe Nintendo will lower the price on both Models soon & combine that with better bundling.



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Your topic is also misleading in that you say it falls to $240 (which it is) but it is just a sale, the better deal is their basic with NSMBU for $285 ($70 off).

 

We could also say, the 3DS falls to $144 being %15 off at Target as well, there are infact alot of video game electronics onsale at Target right at this moment.



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jlrx said:

Your topic is also misleading in that you say it falls to $240 (which it is) but it is just a sale, the better deal is their basic with NSMBU for $285 ($70 off).

 

We could also say, the 3DS falls to $144 being %15 off at Target as well, there are infact alot of video game electronics onsale at Target right at this moment.


Ooh I didnt know that ;o

Well I got my source from GameSpot....so complain to them about the missing information XD

Edit: They are probably seeing this as a way to clear out the basic bundle and only sell the premium in the future - which may be the case dont know.



    

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If too many more of these retailers cut the prices, Nintendo will have to make an official price cut, before they start to look stupid for having the price so high, but no one is actually going by it.

I have a bad feeling they may change the price.



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Makes sense. The basic model has always been overpriced compared to the deluxe version, as is suggested in its even lower sales.


Add the software drought and it's near impossible to sell that system for $300.



They quote Pachter numbers for April, which were way too high. More like 35k.

Inb4official price cut



spurgeonryan said:
If too many more of these retailers cut the prices, Nintendo will have to make an official price cut, before they start to look stupid for having the price so high, but no one is actually going by it.

I have a bad feeling they may change the price.


LOL, I'll never understand why people are so intent on the price remaining high. Heaven forbid it's more affordable to more people.

Nintendo looks bad with the state of the Wii U already so that ship sailed like 3 months ago.