Many would say that it has been a long time coming for Nintendo to announce a price drop for their beloved Wii U. With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launching right around the corner, it would only make sense for Nintendo to make this kind of decision to stay competitive around the holidays. Starting September 20, the Wii U price drop will be made official. See what details Nintendo also released to the public today after the jump.
When the Wii U came on to the scene last year, the system made a respectable debut in its first week; but it didn’t create as big of a splash on the market as the company would have hoped. In its first week 400,000 Wii U units were sold, but according to figures reported by Nintendo, between April and June of this year, only 160,000 units have left shelves. To say the least, expectations have not hit their mark and sales have been terribly low. Hopefully with this price drop, Nintendo will be able to make up lost ground in time for the holidays.
Nintendo of America’s president and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, had this to say regarding the price drop:
“Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in our history. Today we’re making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered.”
So how much will the Wii U price drop on September 20 you ask? Well, the Deluxe version of Nintendo’s Wii U will be reduced by only $50, setting the suggested retail price at $299.99. Currently $100 more than the 12GB PS3 or the 4GB Xbox 360. And with the PS4 debuting at $399 and the Xbox One AT $499 with the Kinect, is this price drop low enough for consumers to buy in?
Nintendo is not just banking on the price drop to encourage new users, but also their lineup of big name games, which include Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, EarthBound, New Super Luigi U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
The company will also release a limited-edition Wii U The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD bundle, which will also launch on September 20 for $299.99. This bundle includes a black Deluxe Wii U console; a GamePad controller adorned with gold lettering, a gold Hyrule crest, and gold symbols from the game; a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia, a book that details the chronology, history, and artwork of The Legend of Zelda series; and a code that can be used to download The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from the Nintendo eShop immediately at no additional cost.
But what was left out of this bundle makes me question as to whether or nor the GamePad stand, GamePad charging cradle, and console stand will be included. On GameStop’s website it doesn’t mention any of those accessories in the bundle description. If you have to buy these separately, it wouldn’t hardly make the price drop reasonable, unless you really want that booklet. We’ll have to wait and see if more details are released.
And what about the basic version? Nothing has been mentioned at this point. Will it drop to $249.99 or will it just cease to exist? It’s also kind of strange to announce this price drop a month early. Do they wish not to sell any systems for a month until the price drop occurs? Unless an unsuspecting grandmother who is not connected to the Internet and has no access to this news and buys her grandson the system, I don’t think Nintendo will be selling any systems until September 20.
Nintendo also announced their fourth quarter game release lineup, which includes:
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD releases September 20 (downloadable) and October 4 (packaged) – $49.99.
- Wii Party U releases October 25 bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller and stand – $49.99.
- Super Mario 3D World releases November 22 – $59.99.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze releases December 6 – $49.99.
- Wii Fit U releases this holiday season
- Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games releases this holiday season
Previously announced third-party titles include:
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes releases this fall from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Rayman Legends releases September 3 from Ubisoft
- Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure releases September 24 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Just Dance 2014 releases October 8 from Ubisoft
- Skylanders SWAP Force releases October 13 from Activision
- Sonic Lost World releases October 22 from SEGA
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag releases October 29 Ubisoft
- Call of Duty: Ghosts releases November 5 from Activision
- Watch Dogs releases November 19 from Ubisoft
Again, this Wii U price drop goes into effect September 20 while the PlayStation 4 debuts November 15 and Xbox One sometime in November.
The price drop did work for the 3DS, so hopefully it will all work out for Nintendo in the end and we can hope for great games in the future.