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More Proof That Wii U Basic Will Be Discontinued

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Online gaming publication Kotaku has received more proof that the Wii U 8GB Basic package will be discontinued. The site received an internal flyer from US retail chain Best Buy stating that “stores should pull all new in box units and send them back” on June 10-11. “Stores should expect to see more Wii U deluxe units arriving in the coming weeks.” Nintendo of America previously said that they were just recalling and rebalancing supply. Sounds as though Nintendo will possibly begin selling the 32GB Deluxe console at $300.

Thanks to everyone that emailed this in.

75 comments

  1. YES discontinue that piece of garbage!!!!!! NOBODY WANTS IT!!!!!!!!! unless you actually fucking bundle in something with it or make it have more memory!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. It isn’t a “Piece of garbage”… It’s for People, who can’t afford a deluxe Wii U. The Basic costs only 200€ in Germany and the Deluxe 300€. This is a big difference

    2. how does having 24GB more memory make any difference whatsoever? if you plan on downloading games via the eshop it’s not going to be enough -> you’ll need an external harddrive
      if you don’t plan on downloading via the eshop then the 3GB free on the basic are enough for patches and DLCs

      1. Exactly. I mean, I got the basic and a 50GB HDD for 9 bucks. And then got Nintendo Land for 20. With the money I saved I also bought Mass Effect 3. And the console isn’t a fingerprint magnet. :D

  2. If this happens, then they better give Basic Wii U Owners some free Virtual Console games or something.

        1. Then Deluxe owners should get something too. I don’t see why discontinuing Basic models should warrant an ambassador program but a Deluxe price cut shouldn’t.

  3. I am still skeptical of this happening, but it would be GREAT if it did. While the Wii U’s hardware is much cheaper than the PS4’s, I am worried that Sony might try to pull a Vita again and severely undercut themselves to match Nintendo’s initial price point and having the Deluxe Set which most people will get anyway priced all the way $350 will make that much easier. Both consoles have practically the same graphics so price could play a huge role this holiday season. The Basic just isn’t doing its job and is complicating manufacturing. It should be dropped and while the Deluxe goes down in price to the $300. No way Sony can match that. If the 3DS reinforced anything, it’s the phrase “No Pain, No Gain”. Stomach the bigger loss, compensate early adopters, (especially Basic buyers), and get the Deluxe Set out in White. It will make the Wii U much more competitive and get fans waiting for a price drop off the fence. As an early adopter, I have NO problem with this being done. The Wii U getting off the ground is all I care about.

  4. I suggest, reprogram these 8GB to 32GB and make the 32GB the basic while a new prenium console has 64GB…

    1. …Do you even know how memory works? ._.
      You can’t just ‘reprogram’ a console without physically doing something to it and do you think Nintendo would wants a million players sending in their Wii U to be given more memory? No.

      Seriosly, if we could just ‘reprogram’ like that don’t you think someone could just hack their USB to be a billion gigs?

  5. They should make a new model, a platinum one with 60 gb storage and 3DS compatibility.

      1. Lol well what do you want? Red Green and blue? Nintendo stopped doing that in the N64 era(GameCube if you count indigo), they don’t want Wii U looking like a bag of skittles, they want it too fit in with your living/entertainment room.

        1. lol I like a different coloured system. It stands out. Also, I want a gold Wii U xD! I want it to match my Wiimote and soon-to-be Nunchuk & Classic Controller Pro.

    1. I already play co-op MH3-U through connecting my 3ds to the Wii U (up to three 3ds consoles can connect).
      So compatibility already exist between the 2 hardware wise, just need more games that utilize that.
      (Also not having to pay the full retail price for the same game would be appreciated)

  6. But unless there’s another color to choose from other than boring black, I still won’t be getting one.

  7. Nintendo e3 predictions

    1. platnium games or some third party developer are making a new wave race and 1080 snowboarding, due to the lack of sports titles from ea and others Nintendo will expand the 1080 series and have be centred into different sports examples, 1080 Basketball, 1080 Football, 1080 soccer so on

    2. Nintendo will show us a glimpse of the artstyle Zelda U will have.

    3. Nintendo will announce all the new 3rd party games that will come to Wii u this is what they will be, destiny, GTA 5, COD Ghosts so on.

    4. Because of the success of Disney games on Nintendo platforms, the stars wars games that ea are making will come to it, also battlefeild 4, sports games will not come.

    5. Retro will showcase it new engine along with its new games.

    6. Retro has been working on two games one is to release this year the game will be star fox u, the second which will be Metroid U which will release next year.

    7. Smash Bros 3DS will release this year, will have demo at e3, and come with exclusive characters and stages, Wii u version to use retro engine and will release next year, Q4.

    8. Smash Characters for 3rd party will be, pac-Man, Klonoa, Mega-Man, Sora, Classic Sonic will replace modern sonic, bayonetta, A tekken Character and street fighter character will also appear.

    9. Smash Characters for 1st party will be, girraham, demise will replace ganon, pushmo and dillon (exclusise 3ds), crystal, a new captains on pikmin 3, skull kid, king k rool

    10. One of segas games in development is f-Zero

    11. A new 3ds model will release at the end of this year, with a sleaker finish, 10 hours battery, beats audio, hd video streaming, hd camera, a 3g and WiFi will be avalable, smash bros combo day one

    12. Disney will make square enixs kingdoms hearts 3 exclusise to Wii u

    13. Miamotos new ip will be shown off.

    14. Nintendo will anounce miiverse and facebook, Skype, Twitter, YouTube will all be intergreted on to the new 3ds model.

    15. Nintendo will announce linked accounts and in the new up date all your game will be linked to your account.

    16. Wind waker hd will have all the three cut dungeons not included in the original.

    17. New ip fps game that Nintendo is working on will be announced.

    18. Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, gba, N64 and GameCube will all be on the virual console.

    19. Sega 3rd sonic game is, sonic adventure 3.

    20. Perfect dark and conkers bad fur day ips have been rescued, bango kazooie was nearly they asked to much money for it

    I hope this made someone happy out there :)

    1. Man, even though those were your own predictions, I can’t deny that I got excited.

    2. Why I think retro could be working on two games (star fox and metroid) There both set in outer space, They both share similar technology and weapon, retro has been silent for 3 years games usually take two years, both can use same engine

      1. Not to mention retro moved to a new building and hired more staff members. 2 games are possible.

    3. As great as this sounds, it appears to be a wishlist rather than predictions. I like the idea of developing two games, that could be possible, and I think that Smash Bros. probably will release this year and blow the holiday console war out of the water. It would be the perfect strategy. That being said, the chances of seeing a new 3DS are extremely slim. It’s doing extremely well as it is and Nintendo doesn’t want to risk angering people who just bought the system. Thanks for taking the time to come up with that list! :)

      1. I do agree, if they ever did do this it would anger, but I think they will do something like this next year and announce at an e3 press conference, since thay stated that, “We use conferences for console reveals…” And I’m glad you liked it, it was a joy to make I’m so excited, my body is Reggie.

        1. I’m beyond excited the main games I’m pumped for would be Wind Waker, Smash, and hopefully Metroid Prime 4. I’m lucky enough to live ten minutes away from one of the Best Buys offering demos, so this week couldn’t come soon enough.

          1. I live Australia its such a drag that I don’t get to experience the games, I hope they release it on the eshop for all to play in the meantime I’m gonna pump my self up I have to wake up at 12 midnight to see it, oh well I won’t be able to sleep that night anyway

      1. Well more glory to PS4 :) kh3 on a more powerful console! Thats what I like to hear. And Star Tropics U? Hmm probably a star fox reboot. Well it sure needs one after all the shitty games.

        1. star tropics has nothing to do with Star Fox
          and the leak of the KH3 is unnoficial
          also, for KH, the WiiU is well suited as the Ps4

          also, he forgot to add the Mario Kart and the 3D mario game

      2. Yeah Nintendo would be stupid enough to release a game that will sell for shit, also by the looks of it kh3 will be Wii u, dream drop distance is a direct lead up to three, I assure u now if it was release on ps3 ps4, they of released dream drop distance on vita, don’t beleive leaks, like that one with the logo that had bango kazooie grunty land, people went crazy but found out it was a fake

        1. true, but that doesnt mean KH3 will be on WiiU. I would like it to happen, specially since new Square CEO want to go back to Nintendo adn that DDD was on 3DS leading the story to break if they move back to PS4, but the fact that both KH 1.5 and 2.5 are on PS3 gives me a bad feeling

    4. 1. Plausible.
      2. Plausible.
      3. Not Destiny but CoD and GTA yes.
      4. Yes, Star Wars will come; Battlefield will not.
      5. Did they say they have a new engine?
      6. I think we’ll only get one of the two and it’ll be next year.
      7. The 3DS version won’t release a year before the U version. That’s a horrible business strategy, and they need to develop them side-by-side. The games would suck.
      8. Too many 3rd-party characters. No Pac-Man, no Klonoa. Iffy on Tekken and Street Fighter–>don’t want SSB to be a hybrid of fighting games.
      9. No Pushmo. Others are plausible.
      10. Plausible.
      11. Absolutely not. It wouldn’t be a new model; it’d be a new system entirely. It’d also cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. What you’re asking for is a smart phone, which aren’t actually cheap.
      12. Doubtful.
      13. Plausible.
      14. Absolutely not (see 11.). Miiverse integration: yes.
      15. Plausible.
      16. Extremely likely.
      17. Absolutely not. Only if it’s a Metroid game or something related to Nintendo.
      18. Plausible.
      19. Plausible.
      20. Plausible, but I think MS is making Banjo Kazooie.

    5. If only 15 would happen…

      I’ll be happy with 11 if they make a light pink version.

    1. I can see Xbox One failing. But then the developers will rush to the PS4 (which they are ALREADY supporting).

      And this video was so icky and piteous.

  8. “More Proof” is redundant. If there’s proof, that is it, there is no possible chance that it doesn’t happen. “More Evidence” would be the correct title.

  9. If nintendos E3 isnt good, well they dun fucked up. They should have just went 3rd party and made games for the more powerful consoles like the PS4 :)

    1. In the following 2 years, the Xbots will be destroyed…

      You Sonyans will maybe last another 10 years, then you’ll be done forever aswell while our Empire thrives more than ever…

    2. Yeah you would love Nintendo on Sony. So make up your mind Ness, if Nintendo is kiddy and kiddy is a bad thing, why you want Nintendo to go 3Rd party?

      1. I dont HATE Nintendo I enjoyed Mario,Zelda,earthbound ect… But I hate buying their shitty consoles to play those games! They are pointless! And they collect dust. However my PS3 gets used often and so will my PS4 in the future. Nintendo are not in their glory days anymore and they should just give up and join Sony.

    3. Power and intellectual wisdom are two different things. Allow me to educate you this very instant. Like Aeolus was schooled, you have entered gaming kindergarten, for your gaming sense seems just in teething stage. In 2006 15 % of Americans had HD Tvs, thus the nintendo company and Reggie stated the would not make an HD consoles until 83% of Americans could afford a cheap HD television. 2012, that number 85 % get HD Tvs and nintendo releases the Wii U. Remember also we are recovering from a global recession. PSVita 2011 deemed game changer and 3DS killer, really Sony! The house that gameboy built, 1991 game gear sega released to stop the green light original gameboy, gamegear had color and specs that make the vita 3DS gap look like two kids in th same grade, not college to grade school separation. The game gear was squashed and forgotten to the smithsonian museum. The 3DS has told the Vita to HAVE A DARN seat. Tuesday pray that the 3D Mario and Super Mario Kart U are not grand, or the Wii U is going to become the SNES of this generation. Gamer on fellow gamer Ness and fear not nintendo embrace them.

      1. And what did that have anything to do with what i said? Just keep reaching. Nintendo is over! They lost most of their hardcore fans, the people that cared about them grew up and Nintendo just can’t compete with Sony. Nintendo have some good IPs but the main problem is their hardware and 3rd party support. They can’t keep up! They are beating a dead horse.

  10. Discontinuing the Basic Wii U at this moment would be a beautiful thing. Make the premium the only real machine. Then when November rolls around and the Wii U’s competition the PS4 rolls out, drop the price by 70 to 100 dollars and release Mario Kart U plus 3D Mario. It’s well and done Gaming belongs to Nintendo. 3DS! Speak to the masses they are listening and wanting the only remaining gaming company :).

  11. It’s painfully obvious that Nintendo is clearing stock to make room for a new model Wii U that will have a larger storage capacity to be announced on Tuesday. Possibly with one of the new games packed-in. Perhaps Windwaker HD which I am hearing whispers that it might actually steal the show at E3 because it looks that good.

    If Nintendo was just simply discontinuing it for the sake of doing so they would have done this months ago because the Basic model hasn’t really been touch since the holiday season.

  12. As we speak people are buying Wii U’s due to Microsoft’s mess. After e3 half talents western third parties like EA has done will be burying their tails between their legs and heading over to nintendo in Redmond Washington to ask for free Wii U dev kits.

    1. Too bad for the Electrons, they will be forced to beg and pay for a missing part of the Development Kit, Microtransactions for a graphics component and then have to sign up for Nintendo Network to obtain the full rights to publish their games…

  13. The ign article just reached above 32 000 comments. There are a lot of people marketing the Wii U. As usual the PC orks there are hating. PC gamers since time immemorial nintendo has been handing you your butts, get over it. DRM for you guys is nothing new, you were too weak and dumb to fight it then, be thankful you have Kyoto’s best. A dude convince 3 of his buddies to buy monster hunter 3 ultimate and a Wii U’s. Capcom if smart would do a bundled monster hunter 3 ultimate for NA in August. Cause this baby is beginning to sell.

  14. Dony undrrstand monster hunter selling well n nintendo platforms CLUNKY CONTROLS AND CAMERA AND REAL GAMERS DONT MATCH

    Lol @ sony fanboy controls and camera GET THAT SERIES UP TO C
    Scratch then im in but I feel xenoform will steal me away from it

  15. My only question is, will they have some sort of compensation for those who already bought the deluxe Wii U?

    1. Hopefully, an ambassador program would make me happy for buying this useless piece of shit Wii U. I would have sold it but I’m giving ninty a chance to impress me at e3.

  16. “Power and intellectual wisdom
    are two different things. Allow
    me to educate you this very
    instant. Like Aeolus was
    schooled, you have entered
    gaming kindergarten, for your
    gaming sense seems just in
    teething stage. In 2006 15 % of
    Americans had HD Tvs, thus
    the nintendo company and
    Reggie stated the would not
    make an HD consoles until
    83% of Americans could
    afford a cheap HD television.
    2012, that number 85 % get
    HD Tvs and nintendo releases
    the Wii U. Remember also we
    are recovering from a global
    recession. PSVita 2011
    deemed game changer and
    3DS killer, really Sony! The
    house that gameboy built,
    1991 game gear sega released
    to stop the green light original
    gameboy, gamegear had color
    and specs that make the vita
    3DS gap look like two kids in
    oth same grade, not college to
    grade school separation. The
    game gear was squashed and
    forgotten to the smithsonian
    museum. The 3DS has told
    the Vita to HAVE A DARN seat.
    Tuesday pray that the 3D
    Mario and Super Mario Kart U
    are not grand, or the Wii U is
    going to become the SNES of
    this generation. Gamer on
    fellow gamer Ness and fear
    not nintendo embrace them”

    DOINK

    THAT’S THE BEST COMMENT EVER ON THIS SITE.

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