Nintendo: Wii U Basic Bundle Designed To Attract Core Gamers
Posted by Damien McFerran
If Nintendo Land isn't your thing, try something else
There's a school of thought which suggests that much of the Wii's success was down to Wii Sports - possibly one of the most effective pack-in games of all time. The game illustrated perfectly what the console was about, and consequently became one of the system's most played titles.
With the Wii U, Nintendo has taken a slightly different approach. Nintendo Land is the pack-in title, and by all accounts it's just as good at showing off the system's talents as Wii Sports was in the Wii, but here's the thing - the entry-level Basic Wii U system doesn't include a copy. It only comes bundled with the Deluxe edition.
Far from being a short-sighted move, this is apparently an intentional decision by Nintendo, as reported by The Verge:
While each original Wii came bundled with the iconic Wii Sports, only the Deluxe version of the Wii U will come with Nintendo Land, a first-party title that showcases the GamePad. Bill Trinen, Nintendo's director of marketing for North America, says he hopes this move will attract people who would rather play Bayonetta 2, ZombiU, or other titles - likely a nod to the "core" AAA action crowd Nintendo is courting this time around.
What are your thoughts on this move? Could it potentially backfire, as core gamers are almost certain to want more on-board storage, and will therefore go for the Deluxe set regardless? Let us know in the comments section below.