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Wii U Basic Supply Will Become "Limited" in The UK

Posted by Andy Green

The white model will soon be hard to find

Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed there will be a couple of Wii U bundles coming to Europe from 4th October, with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - which comes with a beautifully customised GamePad - and LEGO City: Undercover being the games of choice.

Both of these bundles will include a Premium Wii U, meaning there will be 32GB of storage space, instead of the Basic model, which has just 8GB.

Well, it seems this will be the way forward from now on, as Nintendo has told Eurogamer the Wii U's Basic model will become "limited" in the UK as it focuses on the Premium version:

The current Wii U Basic Pack will become limited in supply. However, we are always looking for fun and interesting ways to package up our products for different groups of fans.

The Wii U Basic Pack has sold significantly less that the Premium model since launch, so it's not a complete surprise Nintendo has chosen to give more backing to the beefier version, at least in the UK.

Do you think this is the right tactic for Nintendo, or would you have liked a Basic console bundle? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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User Comments (38)



Metalslime said:

NOOOOO I only want a white wii u but I'm holding out for one with a bigger HD. Is that stupid? I waited for the white 3DS and XL and that worked out okay but I don't know about the Wii U yet



Bilko said:

@Metalslime You can always do what I did - pick up the Basic Wii U and then supplement it with an external hard drive. From what I understand the Nintendo Network Premium cashback thing isn't really worth it, and the other extras with the Premium pack are just stands for the console and GamePad. I'm very happy with the white Wii U now that I've expanded the storage.



tchaten said:

Any chance that owners of the Wii U Basic now have a collector's item on their hands?

Could the Wii U Basic be a valuable console in a few decades?



Peach64 said:

I think it's still a viable option for a lot of people. The 32gb isn't enough anyway, so you're going to need an external HD if you're planning to download games. Why pay the extra? It's completely redundant if you're plugging an external HDD in.



Jakurdo said:

@Peach64 I guess if you're not interested in Nintendo Land, it would be a viable option (especially supplemented with an external HDD). It is kind of a nuisance that you miss out on some other stuff too, like the charge cradle, the gamepad stand and the sensor bar.

I'm glad I got the Premium bundle anyway. Besides my interest in Nintendo Land, the 32gb means that I have not (yet) needed to buy an external drive. I'm still all about games on discs, but the 8gb would've been filled with OS updates, software updates and the occasional download-only title.



Pod said:

The Basic bundle should never have been released as I see it.

It's not much of a threat at it will be "limited". It's not selling, at it's clogging up the shelves at some retailers, where the Premium bundle has been "limited" or simply "not available" for months now, because no one orders new systems when they can't get rid of the stock they have.



NinGamer said:

I am probably one of about 2,000 people that bought a basic Wii U. I love all my machines in white, and I love collecting physical copies of games instead of downloading them.



MeWario said:

@Bilko I did the same thing! Best decision I ever made. Bought a 32gb USB stick and a copy of Nintendo Land second hand for $10 and BAM! My Wii U still looks brand new, with no finger prints and smudges. The white model is waaaaaay better than the black!



Bulbousaur said:

If they make this cheap to get rid of stock, I'm not going to download any retail games to need a external hard drive.



PKpunky said:

Did the same thing, got a 32 gb stick and my memory problem was solved. Who knows how that will last though.

It's still lame that out of the 8gb for the white system, only 3 gb is available. Occasionally, I might purchase a download only game and 3 gbs are not enough. The game saves also take up space.

Nintendo should have just had a white 32gb without the extras and still call it a basic set.



Bilko said:

@MeWario Agreed. I managed to get good deals on Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land so it made sense to do it that way for me. An old 250GB drive I had at home and there's no issue with storage.



MegaWatts said:

@Bilko I did the same as you friend, and it was well worth it in the end. Got A white 8GB system with Nintendo Land and a 2TB Hard Drive for less than the Premium costs. Been working wonders for me, especially when it comes to reviewing games for the site.



ricklongo said:

I own a basic model. Wasn't really interested in Nintendo Land, and a 32-giga HDD is by no means enough to download everything I plan to, which means I'd need an external drive anyway. Most importantly, I think the white version looks way, way, way better.

Last but not least, given the crazy video game prices in Brazil, by sticking to the basic model I saved 400 BRL, or roughly $ 200 at the time.

So maybe I'll be left with a collector's item from now on? Sounds good.



rjejr said:

I'm pretty sure the white Basic has been invisible the past few months in the US on store shelves and online. They should just drop it. Though I wonder if anybody buying the black Deluxe gets confused b/c all the kiosks are the white model?

I'm glad I have 32GB. I don't buy a lot of digital games and I have only about 18GB left, which means I would have been way over already on the 8GB Basic. I own 3 ext. HDD but I don't feel like hooking any of them up to the Wii U.



Henmii said:

But I got him today, at 180 Euro!

I found a shop wich did sell a Wii u basic at 180 Euro! I bought it, with a couple of games and a 32 gb usb-stick (though I am thinking of swapping it tommorow for a 500 gb drive). However, I still needed to download the big update (maybe it was a old machine) and it took AGES!!! Besides, the system is very slow: Even something as easy as downloading the free Rayman app takes ages! Not fun in my opinion!!



Crimson_Ridley said:

I own a basic model, because I personally think the black model is ugly. I don't like glossy black consoles.



unrandomsam said:

£150 seems standard price for the basic in the UK. (Think premium has been not much more at times).

I bought my 3DS XL too early I won't be doing that again. (Until there is 12 games I want that I think are the type I will still want to play years from now I won't get one - at the moment there is not even one - I expect the Donkey Kong Country to be the first one as long as they haven't killed the difficulty compared to the first which I think they might well do).



ToniK said:

Although I wanted the black one, I bought the basic model since it was a 100 euros cheaper than the deluxe model. That made a huge difference. I also had a spare external drive with 320 gigs, so it's worked fine. Also, no visible fingerprints...BUYAAH!



Morph said:

2 packs just confuse matters, the 8gb was never really much use in the first place, the 32gb is barely enough as it is. Id like to see nintendo get up to 128gb as standard, get the extra capacity gamepad battery in and pack in a wii remote and nunchuck and than we might just get somewhere



BestBuck15 said:

I have the basic model which I got for £150 and I love the colour of it. Nintendo being Nintendo you cannot buy a white Wii U pro controller in Europe, but what you can buy in Europe is black game pad cradle and charger, the same black cradle and charger which comes packaged in the deluxe model. My point is people who own deluxe models don't need the cradle and charger but people with white Wii U consoles do, but Nintendo sells black ones only in Europe. Whoever is in charge of Nintendo Europe needs to have a think about things like am I right for the job? Or do I know what's happening at all?



Kirk said:

So, hopefully the plan here is really obvious and simple...

Phase out the Wii U Basic Set and have the Deluxe become the default and only Set, at the newly announced reduced price, with it being available in both black and white models.

That's the obvious thing to do here and that's what is going to happen, right?

There's no way Nintendo can love this one up, right?



SmoochyTea said:


Exactly that. My money is ready for a white premium version. It is the ONLY reason I did not buy a Wii U yet. So yeah, if they do release it, then it is an instant buy for me.



KLZ said:

Do you guys think it has something to do with the basic model being white?



ToxieDogg said:

@Bilko Oh, I wouldn't say that. I've had £10 free E-shop credit back off the Premium cashback scheme already, and I don't even download retail games you can get physically, only the stuff that's not obtainable any other way.

Plus also, the 'free' credit you get still counts towards more free credit when you use it for more purhases. I think it's a pretty cool deal myself.



Bilko said:

@ToxieDogg If it works for you, then that's great. For me it wasn't enough of a selling point to make me want to get the Premium.

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