Nintendo may be asking retailers to prepare for a Wii U basic edition recall in the very near future. But why?
According to a source of Kotaku, an email has been sent to employees of GameStop stores asking for them to return all unopened basic Wii U systems to the distribution center. While a reason for the recall wasn’t given, the date for the return is listed as Tuesday, June 18– just under two weeks from now.
If this recall turns out to be fact, then it could mean one of several things. Nintendo may be preparing to discontinue the basic set of its latest system, and instead simply offer the now-deluxe bundle at a lower price point. Such a plan could possibly be unveiled during Nintendo’s E3 Direct planned for next Tuesday at 10:00 AM EST, and would fall in line with reports that the deluxe set will be offered in Japan in white on July 25; it’s currently only offered in black in all regions, while white is relegated to the basic edition packages. Alternatively, it may simply be that GameStop is reducing Wii U space in stores as a means of making up for the system’s lower-than-expected sales since its launch last November.
The Wii U was released in North America on November 18 last year. The system was, and currently still is, offered in two different editions: a white basic edition priced at $299.99 that includes the system, a Wii U GamePad, and 8 gigabytes of internal storage; and a black deluxe edition sold for $349.99 that includes the Wii U system, a GamePad, 32 gigabytes of storage, a physical copy of Nintendo Land, and a discount for purchases made on the Nintendo eShop. An additional bundle containing the deluxe contents, a Wii U Pro Controller, and a copy of launch title ZombiU was made available for $389.99 on February 17.
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