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Wii Party U Bypasses the Wii U eShop in Launch Week

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Physical-only in both North America and Europe

Rumours have been swirling for a while regarding Wii Party U skipping the eShop at launch, and with both the European and North American updates now issued it's clear that those rumours were correct. We've been seeking comment since the rumours first surfaced and will continue to do so.

It's the first example, since the launch of the Wii U, of a first-party game skipping the download store. Perhaps it says much about the importance of the mini-game collection in converting Wii owners and unsure consumers onto the new system, with a hardware bundle on the way to Europe and the physical release including a bundled MotionPlus controller. It seems oddly out of place, however, as Nintendo's stated policy has been to ensure that all of its own retail content has consistently been offered as a download, and the infrastructure obviously exists to place it on the store.

We'll continue to seek comment to clarify when Wii Party U will be available as a download, if at all. Are you surprised, indifferent or disappointed by this? Let us know in the comments below.

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User Comments (32)



Ryno said:

They got to make sure you have that Wii Remote Plus. They also want to sell that GamePad stand.



Zyph said:

@Ryno Right, they obviously want to sell more of the Wii Remote+ SKUs first before going digital. More remotes means more people can play the game.



TruenoGT said:

Hope they eventually go digital, I'm done with physical on disc based systems and was looking forward to this game. Already have 4 remotes as well, though the little gamepad stand looks handy.



Samurai_Goroh said:

I think it may be available on eShop in a few months at a discounted price like Nintendo Land. But this decision makes sense, they want to push Wii Remote Plus to everyone who buys it at this point. This gives me confidence that Wii Remote will still be given great focus on future 1st party titles.



Buduski said:

Nintendo is probably trying to sell the bundles at a full retail price with the wiimote to justify it and will probably have a digital release later with the reduced price, just making an educated guess.



steveex said:

I want to buy the game, but can't justify paying for the Wii Remote Plus bundle when I already own 4.



james_squared said:

Let's hope they allow the stand to be purchased separately and put the game on the eShop. I don't need another Wii Remote Plus and I do prefer to download games, but I'd be interested in the stand.



aaronsullivan said:

Easy buy for me. We are one short on the motion plus controllers and for groups it's looking pretty great. (And we don't even have a black controller yet)



Pod said:

It'll be digital eventually, but Nintendo has to make sure not to fall out of favor with retailers. They're a boxed goods manufacturer first and foremost after all.



Sceptic said:

More marketing brilliance from Nintendo. They're all about spreading the 'barely anything' they have as thinly as possible.



cookiex said:

I guess they want to sell the GamePad stand and Wii Remote Plus bundle more than anything.



XFsWorld said:

Um, guyz....I don't think Wii Party U will ever hit the eShop. Kid Icarus: Uprising includes a stand and still isn't available on eShop.



rjejr said:

I've never had a reason to post the same comment 3 times in 1 day before, so here goes. (Hope I don't get banned for this.)

I don't see how they can release this on the eShop when it's packaged for $50 w/ a $40 Wiimote+ and a Gamepad stand. They'ld have to sell it for $10, but then nobody would buy the retail package for $50. It's lose-lose.



maneauleau said:

@rjejr I wouldnt mind paying 35$ for a download version then I think it's still a win win? I like to have this kind of game digitally as you play in small bursts and the kids will come back often to it so we don't need to pop the disc in and out all the time. Also I don't really need that wiimote nor the stand. If only there was a way to install the games then I wouldn't mind... That would be so nice if we had such a feature with a CD key like PC or something



SanderEvers said:


This is strange:
Dutch Nintendo website:
"Afhankelijk van het Wii U-hardwarepakket dat je bezit en je gebruik ervan, is er mogelijk een extra opslagapparaat
nodig om dit spel te downloaden in de Nintendo eShop. Klik hier voor meer informatie over opslag op Wii U.
Let op: de Wii U GamePad-tafelstandaard wordt alleen bij de verpakte versie van Wii Party U geleverd."

This says that there actually will be an eShop download.



Haxonberik said:

I cant take any more controllers, so I'll wait for this game to get released digitally or become available used.



Haxonberik said:

I cant take any more controllers, so I'll wait for this game to get released digitally or become available used.



MussakkuLaden said:

Well, given the rather low price for the bundle, I assume that hardly anyone had chosen the download anyway, unless they had it released for an unusually low price. And then the target audience of this game is not the typical eShop consumer either. So I guess Nintendo won't lose a lot of buyers by taking a pass on the eShop here. However, as an eShop release does not actually cost Nintendo a considerable amount of money and as even with a, let's say, 30$ price tag the profit margin would've been most probably still higher, it seems weird after all.



rjejr said:

@Maneauleau - Its always been my understanding - after years of PS3 digital retail downloads - that retail stores dont like to be undersold, so if Nintendo sold this for $35 retailers would refuse to carry it in store.

Ive never believed that and feel its just a way for Sony to keep their prices high, but thats the story.

Is interesting with Wii U Fit though, maybe free doesnt count as a sale?



Kawaiipikachu said:

Physical only?
Woopy chooks, not too many people are able to download it anyway as most internet users are still on DSL anyways.



Uberchu said:

It comes with a stand? BRB pressuring my mom to get our family a copy!

BTW I'd get this game x5 sooner if It didn't come with a black WR+

Blue or red bundled remote or even pink and I'm 100% sold.

I have a Black/Blue WR+'s already but I gave them to my brother when I upgraded to a Wii U...

I'd even settle for a white Wii party U bundle if possible. (white remote only though...)



Dogpigfish said:

Wiiplay stayed high on the charts, my guess is they'll do it again with this. Only problem is every household probably already has 4.



SKTTR said:

Hope there'll be a WiimotePlus + GamePad Stand + Wii Party U Download Code bundle...



Sean_Aaron said:

Ditto for a stand+download code. I have enough controllers (though I do want that green one)



Zausimo said:

For those that keep up on Club Nintendo in the US, they post Intend to Buy surveys for their first party Wii U games, both digital and physical copies. They never put up the digital version, just the physical copy survey for Wii Party U.

I thought this meant that they weren't intending this to be available as a digital download, but I'm sure that will change somewhere down the line.



KillerGBH said:

worth it great game and u need lot of wiimote to play , so 50$ for a game with a wii remote plus (worth 40$ alone) , plus they give u gamepad stand as well , nice bundle go pick it up



WiiLovePeace said:

Wii Party U is available for download on the Aussie eShop, as far as I can tell. For the same price as buying it physical with a WiiMote though, hence I ain't doing that.

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