Costco Selling Wii U for $244 Basic Version

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Costco Wholesale is currently selling the Wii U for $244 for the white basic version, and $299 for the black deluxe version which includes Nintendo Land. If you are not a member you have to add an additional $15 to the price. Still, at $259 for the basic, that is a nice price cut. There will also be tax of course, but that’s nothing new.

Wii U Basic White
Wii U Deluxe Black




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  • Kirill

    Damn… I should not have rushed to buy mine… >_<

  • I hope that this is Nintendo testing the waters for a price cut. Nintendo has stated that it only takes one game to make a profit on the the Wii U, so if they cut price enough so they have to sell 2 or 3 games to make a profit, this holiday, they might kill the competition again.
    Seriously Nintendo, if in the (doubtful) occurrence that the next Xbox and PlayStation come this year, and further more are priced at $400 (really doubtful, in my opinion, unless Microsoft and Sony charge $20 for 2 years minimum for online services), $350 is going to be WAY too much for a Wii U. Prepare for the worst case scenario (new consoles, $400), and you’ll do fine this holiday.

  • I wonder how retailers get away with stuff like this. You’d think the manufacturers would have a thing or two to say about it.

    • Well, retailers probably get to make a profit on every Wii U sold, so Costco is either giving all that up, or are taking a slight hit on it. Actually, for members, they probably are taking a $15 hit.
      Costco gets away with stuff like this, because they make it up with membership fees and buying in excessive bulk (so as to pass that excessive bulk onto their consumers).
      Even if this IS just Costco, I hope Nintendo pays attention to the sales this generates.

  • Gonna say this:

    For gaming hardware, the company ALWAYS takes a hit. Every gaming system out there is sold at a loss when it first comes out. The reason why is that the system itself isn’t how the companies make money. They make much more money on the video games themselves. When you buy the hardware, you’re spending like $300 on something that probably values around $800 or more. But when you buy the games, you’re spending $60 on something that costs pennies on the dollar to make. That’s just the business.

    Also, if you’re going to buy a Wii U, then don’t get the basic version. The price difference for the deluxe versus the basic is definitely worth it. You get 4x the space and it comes bundled with a game. My opinion, anyway.

    • Not only that, I believe you get a 10% digital discount for life. If you buy a lot of digital, it will repay itself.

    • That’s true, except for Nintendo. The Wii U is the first time ever that the company has launched hardware that it is selling for a loss. (The 3DS was sold for a loss after the price cut, but not at launch, and it returned to profitability after a few months). In the Wii U’s case, it costs Nintendo JUST over $300 to make, because they said that with the purchase of one Nintendo-published game, the console+game sale becomes profitable. So whatever loss they’re selling the Wii U for, it’s less than the profit they see from one game sale.

  • Ibi Salmon

    Well, this is a great deal. Maybe I can finally get my hands on a Wii U.

  • is the black no longer marked down? says $339 on the page

  • MMGM

    Oh wow, I just checked that link and it says that the WiiU Deluxe Bundle costs $339.99 again….