Wii U Gets A Price Cut, Game Release Dates Pushed Up

    August 28, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Nintendo didn’t hold a Nintendo Direct this morning, but you’d be forgiven if you thought they did. The company announced a new handheld – the Nintendo 2DS – and now it’s detailing its holiday plans for the Wii U.

First and foremost, the Wii U Deluxe is finally getting a price cut. The 32GB Wii U variant launched last year with a copy of Nintendo Land for $350. The same bundle will retail for $300 starting September 20.

Nintendo also announced a Wii U/Wind Waker HD bundle that will also retail for $300 on September 20. The bundle includes a gold trimmed Wii U gamepad, a digital copy of Wind Waker HD and a digital download voucher for the excellent Hyrule Historia book.

Speaking of Wind Waker HD, Nintendo pushed up its release a little bit for those who don’t mind buying digital copy of games. The eShop version of Wind Waker HD will release on September 20 and cost $50. The game will then release at retail for $50 on October 4. GameStop will be carrying a special edition version of the game for $55 that includes a Ganondorf figurine.

What about Nintendo’s other Wii U titles for the holidays? The company announced that WIi U Party will launch on October 25 and come packed in with a black Wii Remote plus for $50. Super Mario 3D World has been pushed up from its original December launch date to November 22 and will retail for $60. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will launch on December 6 and retail for $50. As for Wii Fit U and Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, both titles are still listed as holiday releases.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party Island Tour will both launch on November 22 for $40.

Wii U Gets A Price Cut, Game Release Dates Pushed Up

The Wii U price drop and the earlier release dates show a Nintendo that’s really confident going into this holiday season. With a console that’s $100 cheaper than the PS4, Nintendo might have a shot at gaining some solid holiday sales from parents looking to get their kids a game console this Christmas. It just might lure over some older gamers as well with new entries from its popular franchises.

[h/t: Kotaku] [Image: Nintendo/Facebook]
  • Obi-1

    Uh, that’s still too much for a system that is a generation behind! More like $149.99 or $199.99 at best!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      If it was just the system itself, $199 would be a fair asking price. Unfortunately, the Wii U gamepad is what adds on most of the cost. Even then, I feel like $300 is is a good asking price when you factor in all the great content coming from Nintendo this year. Of course, those looking for just one game console will have to look elsewhere, but those who just want a Nintendo machine are getting a pretty good deal with the Wii U now.

      • Ruben

        Zach i totally agree with you. I just bought a Wii U and now i wish i would have waited. This offer is a steal. And honestly the Wii U is so under rated! i hope people realize what this system can do.