Wii U Pre-Order Guide
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Price and retailer round-up
So we've all had a day to think about and digest the Wii U launch details, and a number of us have probably decided that we can't resist buying the system. After a rather erratic first few hours following Nintendo's announcements, retailers are today settling down with an initial round of prices and pre-order incentives. As we like to be helpful, we've decided to round up some UK and U.S. online pre-order details for you to peruse; bear in mind these prices are only accurate at the time of writing, but we've provided links to each offer.
If you need to know what's included in each bundle, check out the Hardware Bundles section in our definitive guide to Wii U.
The U.S. retailers are all asking for the same basic prices — $299.99 for the Basic Set and $349.99 for the Deluxe Set — as determined by Nintendo, but nevertheless the three we've found all have different offerings.
GameStop — GameStop is offering both the Basic and Deluxe bundles, alongside plenty of titles and accessories. Console trade-ins are also available to reduce the price, but at the moment you get just $50 for a Wii.
Best Buy — Best Buy are taking pre-orders on both the Basic and Deluxe sets at the standard prices of $299.99 and $349.99. No other bundles or incentives are offered at the moment.
Toys R Us — Toys R Us are offering the least, accepting pre-orders for the Deluxe Set only, with shipping taking the cost to $356.10.
As you can imagine, UK prices are varied, so we'll outline some options from major retailers. Please note that the ZombiU bundle doesn't include Nintendo Land, whereas the standard Premium Pack does.
Amazon.co.uk — Amazon UK is offering all three main bundles:
GAME — GAME is also offering all three bundles, though at the time of writing incorrectly states that Nintendo Land is included in the ZombiU edition:
HMV — HMV is offering all packages, and like GAME is incorrectly stating that Nintendo Land is included in the ZombiU edition, at the time of writing:
Shopto.net: Shopto offers all bundles, and earns brownie points for correctly listing the contents of the ZombiU bundle.
Zavvi: Last up we have Zavvi, undercutting competitors by a fairly substantial amount:
Those are just some offerings from online retailers at the moment, and we're sure that these prices will fluctuate and change in the coming weeks. In the UK it's likely that high street store orders will cost a little more, but we'd also expect prices to decrease slightly as retailers compete against each other. As always, take your time and be careful when pre-ordering your Wii U.