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RUMOR - Wii U basic bundles being recalled, new bundle on the way?

UPDATE - More evidence here.

Between the Wii U basic and premium bundles, the premium version has been seeing a lot of love. It seems that most just don't want the basic bundle, and Nintendo might be picking up on that. Rumor has it that retailers are getting company-wide emails saying to recall the basic bundle. This could pave the wave for a new bundle due out the door soon, and could also signify the death of the basic bundle.

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04 Jun 2013 18:49

We are pretty close to e3, it makes sense (but don't expect a price drop)
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04 Jun 2013 19:01

No ones buys the basic + new White 32GB in Japan = logical choice

Drop premium to $280 this holiday give 10 GBA titles and 5 vc titles they can choose to ambassadors.
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04 Jun 2013 19:09

the premium simply has more value (game, memory, accesories) with a not so big price difference. makes sense.
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04 Jun 2013 19:19

Drop the price, have both White/Black Deluxe sets by the holidays, seems like a good way to revitalize Wii U sales for the holidays.
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04 Jun 2013 19:29

Bought the white one mainly because I didn't want a piano black finish on a console and controller. Still ended up buying Nintendoland and the charging cradle.
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04 Jun 2013 19:33

They will probably convert them to White premium bundles. The basic WiiU was a really bad move by Nintendo.
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04 Jun 2013 19:36

I really don't want to spend $350 on a console, so I hope premium at least gets a price drop.
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04 Jun 2013 20:20

smart, i feel that at the very least nintendo is famous for their four player games so not buying nintendoland is quite a strange move imo. And it's too much complexity for most.
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04 Jun 2013 20:26

Probably the global launch of the new 32GB White version. And a posible price drop to $300 close to the holidays, as a way to compete with the new console launches.
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04 Jun 2013 20:39

grcpan wrote:The basic WiiU was a really bad move by Nintendo.

It was a good deal if you didn't care about Nintendoland. The cradles/stands aren't necessary and the memory is a non-issue since even the deluxe is severely limited; may as well save the $50 toward an external drive.

I'm surprised the premium sold so much better, since most people seem to think the Wii U is overpriced for it's hardware capabilities. I guess cost really isn't a factor in the Wii U's poor sales.
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04 Jun 2013 20:47

@romulux

Of course it wasn't the price (well to most anyway) it was the fact that their were NO games for like 6 months after release. Yeah their were a few multiplats and old ports but nothing else beside that. It's also the fact most are hyped for the PS4 (I would say XboxOne but we all saw that disaster of a conference). I know a female casual player who said she wouldn't buy a Wii U simply because she hated the original Wii. I kept trying to tell her the differences between the two and her response was "I love Nintendo but I don't trust anything with the name Wii in it after last time..." I wonder if that's what the casuals/mass market consumers are thinking as well. The Wii caused so much bad taste and press for Nintendo it's unbelievable. It may have sold a lot but it's not gonna help them here on out...

As for the story at hand. GOOD! I've been saying they should've done this the first 3 months after the Wii U's release. It was a stupid idea then and is obviously a stupid idea now.
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04 Jun 2013 22:11

Well if this is true then maybe Nintendo will do another Ambassador program too.
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04 Jun 2013 22:15

I think they should sell the system (with dl Nintndo Land and wiimote for $200), and the gamepad (with 4gb memory card/card slot, making it fully portable and a dl copy of Mario (or Luigi) U for $200), sell both separately! New ways to market Wii U to the Wii casuals who don't get it. also add in Flame Red as a color.
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04 Jun 2013 22:52

I really doubt this. Nintendo would make more in the long run by either giving it a price drop or "adding value" by throwing in a free game or two. If they recall them then they just lose out on the investment (of having made these consoles) entirely.
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04 Jun 2013 22:58

Maybe We'll find out next week..
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05 Jun 2013 03:13

Hmn. Early on I thought if they were really intent on keeping the price points, they might make the 32 the basic and have a bigger deluxe for the $350 price. Maybe they'll just have a 32 though.
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05 Jun 2013 04:06

@sonicspike41

It's not really a recall. They will just let retailers sell out their stock and no longer produce any more Basic bundles.
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05 Jun 2013 04:10

They should make 2 new bundles, one with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and one with New Super Luigi U. Add a download code for Nintendo Land and a 200GB hard drive and we're good to go.
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05 Jun 2013 04:54

Nintendo will never do another ambassador program (unless they get to a seriously precarious position in the future).
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05 Jun 2013 09:20

I wouldn't expect a price drop.

I think they will recall Basic bundles from shops and start producing black and white Premium everywhere with pre-installed Nintendo Land for the same price (and it's not going to be called premium anymore as it's going to be the only option). And also really start advertising.

In my opinion, they should do that and also bundle a wiimote plus. But I doubt they will.
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05 Jun 2013 11:05

sonicspike41 wrote:I really doubt this. Nintendo would make more in the long run by either giving it a price drop or "adding value" by throwing in a free game or two. If they recall them then they just lose out on the investment (of having made these consoles) entirely.


They can modify the 8gb bundles into 32gb. They wouldn't be wasting money away.
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05 Jun 2013 19:36

archer9234 wrote:They can modify the 8gb bundles into 32gb. They wouldn't be wasting money away.
And how do you propose they do that? The 8/32GB memory doesn't just snap in. It's machine soldered onto the mainboard. They'd have to create a manufacturing line that can accurately remove the solder, take out the memchip without damaging anything, then put in a new one and re-solder it. That kind of thing would lead to a lot of manufacturing errors and DOA consoles.

Besides, Nintendo's already basically denied this.
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06 Jun 2013 18:22

sonicspike41 wrote:
archer9234 wrote:They can modify the 8gb bundles into 32gb. They wouldn't be wasting money away.
And how do you propose they do that? The 8/32GB memory doesn't just snap in. It's machine soldered onto the mainboard. They'd have to create a manufacturing line that can accurately remove the solder, take out the memchip without damaging anything, then put in a new one and re-solder it. That kind of thing would lead to a lot of manufacturing errors and DOA consoles.

Besides, Nintendo's already basically denied this.


Or just put the Deluxe hardware in a white console. Problem solved.

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