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Wii U price drops to £149 in UK

Nintendo's console now available in Asda at all-time low price

The Wii U price has dropped to an all-time low in the UK with Asda selling Nintendo's console from just £149.

Yes, you can buy a Basic Wii U (8GB Console) for £149 from Asda while Premium Packs (including a 32GB console and a copy of Nintendo Land) cost £199, a saving of £50 at the store.

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It is part of a special sale at Asda which offers 33% off Wii U consoles, games and accessories. So if you already have a Wii U, you can still take advantage of the offer as you can save over £10 on games such as FIFA 13, Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition and Nintendo Land.

You can also save 33% on a Wii U Pro Controller.

Do you have a Wii U yet? Are you going to buy one now?

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  1. martynm Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 12:00

    Not bad. i must say...maybe have to come up with some money from the middle of nowhere though...hope it stays like that for a bit though..

  2. olrodlegacy Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 12:07

    That is amazing. There's no excuse not to get one now - that's cheaper than the Wii was at launch! Seriously, people would be crazy to now fork out two hundred-plus quid for a next gen console other than the Wii U. I can see this giving Nintendo's console the kick up the backside it needs.

  3. Tams Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 12:20

    I'm still waiting for more colour options; the price never was an issue for me. Not that a price cut isn't nice and the Wii U is now incredibly cheap. Well really all I want is a white Pro version (a version with more than 32GB, say 64GB would be nice as well though).

  4. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 12:31

    Now that is what I call a good price.

  5. avaris15 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 13:01

    The online site shows the deals as being a "Bank Holiday Bonanza" - so if you're keen, get in there quick.

  6. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 13:09

    they where selling them at this price in hmv (belfast) month's ago

  7. bigterence Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 13:22

    Time to pick up a second console for the bedroom.And maybe one for the back room.And my daughter just loves Chase McClane.So one for her as well.And

  8. Owz_The_Future Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 13:45

    I'm a poor student but this is tempting. Hopefully this will encourage other retailers to drop the price, thereby increasing sales.

  9. Komodo_Wolfgang Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 13:55

    Im a firm believer luck is always fluctuating, you get terrible news but get good news some time later. Rinse and repeat.

    While not equal to oneanother, this helps my point.
    We lost a dear family pet 2 days ago, R.IP Misty the Chinchilla.
    The good news is this price crash. I Now needs to talk my dad out of making me get my laptop fixed and let me get this. Thats one heck of a price drop.


    HOWEVER! Is this just the white version? Or the far better black one...?

    (im guessing the white one, if so, will the black one drop?)

    ::Edit:: my bad. I neglected to read the actual article... XD

  10. ultimatebuffalo Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 14:31

    the only new releases for the Wii U listed for MAY are 2 multiformat remakes, so why buy one this month ?

    No games or killer apps + lack of homebrew + outdated hardware + gimmicky, useless controller with only 3 hours battery lifem + slow, clunky interface = Failure is basically the general consensus in the gaming community. Everyone is waiting for the Next Generation consoles to arrive, and with money as tight as it is they would rather wait to spend on something that is different to thier ps3/360.

    why would you buy watch dogs on anything thats not next gen console or pc is unfathomable.

    but where it has failed where the wii succeeded is that the wii was hacked at a very early stage. That guaranteed it flew off shelves in its millions. Nintendo made half-hearted attempts to block this but it allowed hacked consoles to continue online play without banning them, something Microsoft and Sony took very seriously with their consoles

    But the Wii also had mass market appeal though in the lines of Wii Fit (which keeps you as fit as much as brain training increases your brain power...) but whether they actually worked or not they sold consoles. look at the wii overall top sales and you will see its mostly shovelware, tech demos or party games that sold best overall. but we are all past that phase now.

    the reason the PSP and DS sold so well compared to the games (apart from Monster hunter and pokemon) is the fat that you could run homebrew on psp, make own software, doing emulators and other internet tricks, and with the acekard/ R4 on the Ds where you could get any game you wanted without worrying about a UK release or Extortionate import fees for japanese games, and run movies and Super nintendo games on the it. Piracy drives the videogame industry, in the console department at least. take that away and unless you have some AAAA games or a already established userbase/name there is nothing for techys to sink thier teeth into. Everyone uses thier Wii for either hacks or as a doorstop. or use Dolphin to run HD wii games on their PC with xbox/ps3 controls. HD Last Story and Xenoblade look amazing, but need a seriously beefy machine to do so.

    If the Wii U was more hack friendly, more tech heads would show interest. The Vita is not hack friendly and is still getting outsold by the previous PSP, not because of software but because of homebrew. its a simple fact.

  11. reeesy Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:05

    Not to be negative or anything, but it's games that will get the WiiU selling, not the price. The WiiU will be fine, but until the big 1st party games come along and kickstart the console, it's going to struggle.

  12. danbish Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:06

    I am both pleased and slightly worried by this. It's a great deal for those who don't have WiiU yet and an unmissable price. But, there's an awful lot of news stories floating about of retailers reducing unsold/unselling stocks of WiiU to clear and this can be seen as another retailer adding to a growing, unsettling trend.

  13. Pyron12 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:23

    the only new releases for the Wii U listed for MAY are 2 multiformat remakes, so why buy one this month ?

    No games or killer apps + lack of homebrew + outdated hardware + gimmicky, useless controller with only 3 hours battery lifem + slow, clunky interface = Failure is basically the general consensus in the gaming community. Everyone is waiting for the Next Generation consoles to arrive, and with money as tight as it is they would rather wait to spend on something that is different to thier ps3/360.

    why would you buy watch dogs on anything thats not next gen console or pc is unfathomable.

    but where it has failed where the wii succeeded is that the wii was hacked at a very early stage. That guaranteed it flew off shelves in its millions. Nintendo made half-hearted attempts to block this but it allowed hacked consoles to continue online play without banning them, something Microsoft and Sony took very seriously with their consoles

    But the Wii also had mass market appeal though in the lines of Wii Fit (which keeps you as fit as much as brain training increases your brain power...) but whether they actually worked or not they sold consoles. look at the wii overall top sales and you will see its mostly shovelware, tech demos or party games that sold best overall. but we are all past that phase now.

    the reason the PSP and DS sold so well compared to the games is the fat that you could run homebrew on psp, make own software, doing emulators and other internet tricks, and with the acekard/ R4 on the Ds where you could get any game you wanted without worrying about a UK release or Extortionate import fees for japanese games, and run movies and Super nintendo games on the it. Piracy drives the videogame industry, in the console department at least. take that away and unless you have some AAAA games or a already established userbase/name there is nothing for techys to sink thier teeth into. Everyone uses thier Wii for either hacks or as a doorstop. or use Dolphin to run HD wii games on their PC with xbox/ps3 controls. HD Last Story and Xenoblade look amazing, but need a seriously beefy machine to do so.

    If the Wii U was more hack friendly, it would sell more. The Vita is not hack friendly and is still getting outsold by the previous PSP, not because of software but because of homebrew. its a simple fact.


    Simple no. Misguided 100% yes. We have had Runner 2, LCU and NFSMWU in the last couple of months. They are fantastic and don't forget Nintendo have a torrent of games to do once they finished Pikmin 3 (which is taking a while so they made it a priority).

  14. Sam The Man Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:35

    AAARRGGGG... I paid full price at launch :evil:
    They should give you FREE downloadable content like they did for the 3DS.

  15. shadowlugia101 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:50

    i'll be pleased if this makes it sell well as i do love the console and nintendo, but seriously that is a kick in the balls for people like me who paid nearly 300 at launch, i just hope we get a free download from the eshop or something to make up for it.

  16. smikey666 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 15:54

    AAARRGGGG... I paid full price at launch :evil:
    They should give you FREE downloadable content like they did for the 3DS.

    while free games would be nice it's a fact every console ever released will be cheaper 4 - 12 months later than it was on lauch day this will be the same for next box / ps4 if you want it at lauch you pay the price if you want it months down the line you pay less.

    I've also just bought a second 32 gb console from them at that price my son can finally have his own.

    But i still think they'll be limited edition or coloured wii u by xmas so i'm expecting to own at least 3 by the end of the year

  17. Riverlution Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 16:55

    This is a bit of a kick in the teeth. My console cost 350. If I'd just waited for a few months I could have had all the games I've already bought with it for the same price as just the console, or less, potentially.

  18. stealth1497 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 17:41

    I hope this is only a bank holiday sale, as some have said above, if I'm honest. I think this is actually waaaay too low, even if it means people can afford it. This is as cheap as a 3DS, even less so in some cases, just showing how un-next gen the console may potentially be. It may seem stupid to complain about a low price, but I am!

  19. Luigino.1 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 18:17

    In reply to ultimate buffalo's comment this topic is not about the Wii U not having enough hacking software. :roll:

  20. Luigino.1 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 18:23

    I can't wait to get a Wii U now even more now, not only has the price dropped, but there is going to be some really good games coming up soon. :mrgreen:

  21. PT PRANA Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 19:45

    Amazon are also selling the basic pack for 149.99. Just ordered it and looking forward to finally trying out Nintendo Land & Lego City: Undercover! :D

  22. fisher2007 Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 20:36

    i won't able buy it right now because haven't got the money for it.

  23. ultimatebuffalo Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 21:33

    Asda and Morrisons are just trying to get rid of Excess Stock they have not had any wii u stuff out on the shelves for months.
    they had to cut price to get rid of it coz nintendo were not cutting the price to buy the things.

    instead of making a gamecube sequel a priority how about new IPs ? pretty much 90 % of the wii u sales were over christmas, i mean it didnt even break 60,000 units in the whole of january in the states. This price slash was born out of necessity, i mean asda and everyone else are basically halving thier profit margin in buying them, of not even giving them away considering they pay something like 200 to get the things in the first place, and were expecting to sell them for 300.

    the piracy hing is a broad statement for console sales anyways, but the Wii U has apparently been modded and hacked already according to some claims, emulating the optical drive by bypassing handshakes etc, things that allowed the wii to get hacked pretty much on release.
    any pyron how is thosde 3 games released last month or whatever online any better? they are not big hitters by any stretch.

  24. bigterence Friday 3rd May 2013 at 07:43

    I bought Wiiu day one.Never regreted getting it.Ever.Most innovative console ever made.At this price I suggest buy now.When its gone,its gone.

  25. Spyrolad Friday 3rd May 2013 at 08:16

    AAARRGGGG... I paid full price at launch :evil:
    They should give you FREE downloadable content like they did for the 3DS.

    If you were happy to pay that much at the time then why are you suddenly upset because other people get it cheaper?
    Do you just not like other people being happy?

  26. Wiitabix Friday 3rd May 2013 at 08:47

    Its a fantastic price and anyone that was in doubt should try it now.

    Never have and never will regret buying this on day 0. The console can get cheaper but the family gatherings of xmas 2012 cannot be relived. It started at the bottom of a long ladder and its still got a long way to go.

    Recent releases have been a breathe of fresh air. I hope we continue to see the great titles hitting the eShop while the disc games in the pipeline are finalised and released.

    Please get Bayonetta 2 out to us soon. Make sure its finished, but make sure its asap.

  27. ZodiacXYZ Saturday 4th May 2013 at 09:56

    I visited 3 megasized Asdas around my area yesterday. 2 of them didn't have anything Wii U related on the shelves. The other one had a decent amount of Wii U stock but none of it was discounted, except I managed to pick up AC3 for 15. Severely doubt the stores have caught up with what the website details.

  28. Tazer_Silverscar Tuesday 7th May 2013 at 18:53

    I visited 3 megasized Asdas around my area yesterday. 2 of them didn't have anything Wii U related on the shelves. The other one had a decent amount of Wii U stock but none of it was discounted, except I managed to pick up AC3 for 15. Severely doubt the stores have caught up with what the website details.

    You think that was bad, I went to a HMV a year after the 3DS came out. When I asked why they didn't have many 3DS games out, the guy I was talking to replied "What's a 3DS?". It just goes to show that retailers seriously haven't a clue.

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