Wii U Basic Set to be Discontinued in Japan

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Wii U Basic Edition Console

 

The Wii U Basic Set may be nearing its end (the white Wii U that has only 8GB of memory). Nintendo has revealed this news via their Japanese website, where it says they are eliminating the console’s basic edition in Japan. Nintendo has been favoring bundles with the Wii U Deluxe Edition such as the Mario Kart 8 bundle or the Super Mario 3D World bundle (shown below). As a result, the basic edition of the console has become harder to find. Whether other regions will follow suite and also discontinue the basic edition Wii U console remains to be seen. To make up for this, Nintendo is adding a new 32GB bundle for 30,000 Yen (currently, that’s a little less than $250 US Dollars and a bit less than £160 British Pounds).

Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Walmart Bundle Nintendo Wii U Super Mario 3D World Bundle

 

The Basic Edition Wii U was a nice option for less hardcore gamers who don’t plan on downloading too much stuff from the Wii U eShop, and still is. However, we now have big DLC packs for games such as Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8, as well as a wealth of games that can be downloaded in full from the Wii U eShop. So the amount of downloadable content has grown quite a bit, and as that continues it’s definitely better to have the deluxe Wii U with its 32GB of memory. Gamers who own the basic Wii U console will be much more likely to run out of memory and have to uninstall something they don’t play much anymore to make room for something new they want to download. That’s not a huge issue, but it can be annoying if you encounter that problem.

I personally own a shiny black deluxe Wii U because I wanted the extra memory since I’m a harder core gamer who plays a lot. I think the black Wii U also just looks sleeker and cooler then the Wii U Basic Edition console, too. I’m not sure they should really get rid of the Wii U Basic Edition completely, but it seems that is what is happening in Japan. The system has been out for a long while now, so you would think there probably wouldn’t be as much demand for the basic edition at this point as compared to the console’s launch window, anyway. The fate of the Wii U Basic Edition in regions outside of Japan remains to be seen, but it’s very possible it will find itself getting discontinued in those regions as well.

 

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Gemnist

    Well, I have a Basic set, and am probably the only person I know with a Wii U… “Mr. Lonely…. I’m Mr. Lonely…. I have nobody…. I’m all aloooooo-OOOOONE”.

    • braneman

      well the advantage of the wii u is that it supports local multiplayer unlike most of the ps4/xbox ones. so when your friends get done playing the two exclusives worth playing on those they can come over and play some mario kart.