UPDATE: Wii U price-cut knocks premium black console down to original Wii launch price

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 09:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo’s black 32GB premium Wii U console has been given a price-cut at UK retailer Argos, knocking the unit down to the same price as a launch-day original Wii.

UPDATE 2: Our local Nintendo rep has confirmed that these price cuts are not official from Nintendo, and have been dubbed “retailer activity.” We’re currently reaching out to retailers to see what they’re saying.

UPDATE 1: Amazon has now followed suit, cutting the cost of black premium Wii U consoles to £179.99 here in the UK.

Via CVG.

ORIGINAL STORY: It follows Nintendo’s stock tumbling 18% as a result of president Satoru Iwata’s loss warning to investors.

Now, Nintendo Life has spotted that Argos is selling 32GB premium Wii U consoles at £179.99, including a GamePad and copy of NintendoLand. Other bundles remain at £249.99, but it’s worth noting that the base console now costs the same as original Wii units did at launch.

Another UK retailer, Zavvi, cut the cost of Xbox One yesterday. Hit the link for all the details.



  1. mistermogul

    I paid twice that :(

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Tormenter

    I’d have taken a can of spray paint to it before I paid through the nose for a change of colour.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Diingo

    It was worth that price to begin with.

    Is Nintendo retarded? Selling last gen hardware for $50 more than an Xbox or PS3?

    #3 11 months ago
  4. torjs99

    suck it early adopters

    #4 11 months ago
  5. matirishhh

    They still don’t undestand that the price was never a problem…
    Wrong marketing is the biggest problem here…and the name….Wii U? why not WII TWO?

    I have and love it but still can’t shake the felling that people have no idea what the WIIU is…

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Skywalker333

    not much will change. Wii U can already be found at these prices in many European countries.
    260E for Zombi U Premium Pack with the pro controller where i come from.

    companies are STILL trying to unload launch stock…

    #6 11 months ago
  7. CPC_RedDawn

    This could actually work!

    This is making the purchase of the system A LOT more enticing now!

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Harrow

    That’s nice of them seems as I folked out 250 for one of there bundles at Christmas, pricks!!!

    #8 11 months ago
  9. MrSec84

    This is a bargain IMO, I can’t see this as being anything but a benefit towards sales going forward.
    With more games right around the corner this could be the year Wii U starts to sell on pace with the competition.

    I don’t think it’ll outsell PS4, because that has the better 3rd party support & will likely have a larger number of 1st party exclusives, along with Indie games coming this year, but I can see it outselling Xbox One over the coming months.

    Mario Kart & Smash Bros sell like crazy on Nintendo platforms, with this price, those games & Super Mario 3D Land all in HD Nintendo has their big selling points down now.
    If they get Bayonetta, play on the other games like Pikmin, Wind Waker HD & Wonderful 101 this can all do great things for Wii U.

    Come the next tax year I think Nintendo should revise their sales estimates back up to 10 million on top of what they’ve already got.

    If Nintendo had done this & got Mario Kart & Smash Bros out last year we wouldn’t have seen such poor sales from Wii U this business year.

    #9 11 months ago

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