Wii U: Amazon drop-kicks £50 off the asking price

Thursday, 14th March 2013 11:15 GMT By Dave Cook

Amazon has slashed the price of its Wii U basic and premium bundles by £50, joining a string of retailers attempting to shift more units of Nintendo’s rig.

CVG reports that Amazon has acted the discounts now, and sure enough the 8GB basic package is going for £199.99, while the 32GB premium bundle is going for £249.00.

The discounts follow the lead of ASDA and Shopto, which also dropped Wii U prices by £50. Check out our report on the matter here.

Although prices are being reduced, this is not an official price-cut. Nintendo has staid deathly quiet on the matter of a UK drop, despite Wii U software failing to dent the British top 40 charts.

What’s your take? Is Nintendo in trouble?



  1. Andytizer

    Whilst a price drop is welcome, £250 is what I paid for it for 32GB premium at Christmas from Zavvi (which is also eligible for Quidco commission).

    #1 2 years ago

    If it’s not an official price cut, then that’s got to be the entire profit margin they’re cutting off the price, right?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    I doubt that. It may well be that Ninty is testing waters regarding price cut. Companies do that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    Nah, no Ninty trouble to see here. They do need an official price drop though. I’d imagine they got lucky with some exchange rate shenanigans to get this margin available to them. Certainly in the UK I don’t think people see a compelling reason to purchase yet. Find that mainstream killer must-have software and it will sell. Or back to point 1, drop the price officially.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Fin

    An unofficial price cut usually means a retailer is trying to shift stock.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Imperius

    They should pay people £50 just to take it off their shelves. I hope this is their last hardware attempt. I like their games hate their hardware.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. aseddon130

    oh yeah, the Wii U, that thing exists….

    #7 2 years ago
  8. spoffle

    Wii Us are being referred to as “rigs” now? :/

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Knock another £200 off and I am so there!

    To those further up the thread: this is on Amazon, nothing to do with Nintendo (otherwise it’d be all UK retailers) and yes, it means they are attempting to diminish stock, likely at cost, because literally no one is buying it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps3fanboy

    the first sign of the nintendo fall…

    #10 2 years ago

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