American video game retailer GameStop has announced that it is offering consumers $50 when they trade in their Wii for a new Wii U. In order to be eligible for trade, all necessary components must be included with the Wii hardware. The offer is valid until June 2nd, and it’s applicable to both the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set. You can read the full details of the limited time offer below:
Full trade amount must be applied toward a new Wii U system. Hardware must have all necessary components for trade. Not valid toward cash trades. Trades must be in full working condition to receive full value. Defective items may be eligible for trade at a lesser value. Trades subject to manager approval. Offer valid only toward items normally accepted in trade. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See store associate for details. No dealers. Offer valid in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam only. Void where prohibited. GameStop, Inc. reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the offer for any reason without notice. Offer valid 5/1/13 through 6/2/13.
If you don’t want to use a credit card or a Nintendo Prepaid Card to buy Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, there’s an alternative option. Nintendo has announced that download codes for the game are now available for purchase at GameStop stores in North America. In our Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move review, we praised the game for its major replay value and said that it is one of the best games in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Game & Wario will retail for $39.99 if a recent listing at US retailer GameStop is correct. The retailer had originally listed the game for $59.99, but they have already slashed the game to $39.99. It’s unclear if other retail outlets will follow suit, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out. Game & Wario launches on Wii U on June 23rd in North America.
US video game retailer GameStop is currently offering a whopping fifty percent off a bunch of select Wii titles today. There’s a few treasures to be had at the discounted price including Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure, Battalion Wars 2, and Rhythm Heaven Fever, amongst other games. You can see the list of the discounted games below.
- Blast Works: Build, Trade & Destroy ($1.99)
- Elebits ($2.49)
- Geometry Wars: Galaxies ($2.49)
- Rygar: The Battle of Argus ($2.49)
- Sam and Max 2 Beyond Time and Space ($2.49)
- Boom Blox ($3.49)
- Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars ($3.49)
- Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure ($3.49)
- Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII ($3.49)
- Battalion Wars 2 ($3.99)
- Tenchu Shadow Assassin ($3.99)
- Cursed Mountain ($4.99)
- Red Steel 2 ($4.99)
- No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle ($5.99)
- Boom Blox: Bash Party ($6.49)
- Rhythm Heaven Fever ($7.49)
Fans of the Dark Knight will be pleased to hear LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has been given a North American launch date for the Wii U. According to confirmation from Gamestop and Amazon listings you’ll be able to fight city crime all over again from May 21.
New features for the Wii U include an enhanced map and off-screen play using the Game Pad’s touch screen. A European date has yet to be confirmed but it will surely follow suit. Details for LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes can be found in our previous post here.
GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines told Games Industry International that he thinks the Wii U is a real console, though, for a couple months, it’s been disappointing in terms of sales. Raines said he thinks the Wii U will eventually pick up steam, especially when Nintendo releases its first-party titles, including Wii Fit U, Pikmin 3, a new Mario Kart, 3D Mario platformer and the next Super Smash Bros. game.
“This industry has a lot of cynicism and people love to say stuff isn’t going to work, but we think the Wii U is a real console that’s been disappointing for a couple months, but we think there’s more there when the first-party titles come out. Nintendo’s got a few up their sleeve.”
-GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines
GameStop executives have called Wii U sales disappointing during an earnings call today. The retailer says that Nintendo’s marketing has “not broken through the way that it needs to”, and ”we still have an education process we need to go through.” GameStop executives also blamed the lack of blockbuster titles as one of the reasons the console has failed to meet expectations. GameStop CEO Paul Raines said New Super Mario Bros U was a compelling launch game, but the lack of other big games has made adoption slow. He said Wii U sales will “take off” when the future blockbuster titles arrive.
NekoToshiro of the Neogaf forums has revealed that several GameStop stores are kicking off what they call ‘Luigi Week’ by donning Luigi’s trademark green hat and moustache. The promotion begins on Monday, March 18th for the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game launches in North America on Sunday, March 24th.
Forbes recently had the opportunity to interview GameStop President Tony Bartel about a number of things including Wii U sales, the PlayStation 4, and the next Xbox. Bartel told the publication that Wii U sales were slower than the retailer had expected following the holiday launch period. However, the retailer is confident that sales will improve once the big Nintendo IP’s start rolling in.
“Following the holiday launch period, sales have been slower than we expected. Nintendo plans on launching some of their biggest IP over the next few months which we think will increase gamer interest.”
Pre-orders for upcoming Wii U-exclusive The Wonderful 101 are now being accepted by retailers. To pre-order the action video game from GameStop, go here, or click here to pre-order it from Amazon. Nintendo has yet to confirm a release date for the title, but it was initially classified as a launch window game, which is the period beginning November 18th, 2012, and ending March 31st.