According to Kotaku, the 8 GB model of the Wii U (or the Wii U Basic Set) is getting nixed. The Basic Set currently retails for $299.99 in the U.S., with a standard 8 GB storage. The (black) Deluxe model has 32 GB storage and a copy of Nintendo Land and other accessories for $349.99.
The news comes courtesy of a GameStop employee notification stating that the Wii U Basic Set hardware will be “recalled” on June 18, one week after the Nintendo Direct broadcast and the E3 2013 Wii U “software showcase.”
The following message comes courtesy of an unknown source as credited by Kotaku:
Nintendo Wii U Basic Recall – Two Week Preparation On Tuesday, 6/18, all stories (sic) will need to return all new/unopened Wii U Basic (020359). .. Stores that have 10 or more in stock will receive shipping cartons from the [distribution center]. .. All other stores will need to save shipping cartons for this recall.
Nintendo isn’t providing an official comment, stating only that it doesn’t “comment” on its “business practices with its retailers.” Which leaves us in the dark as to what exactly this means. It could be a pre-E3 maneuver to clean up the underperforming Wii U’s image and ready a console price drop. Or it could be a product recall for some unknown issue. (But if that were the case users would undoubtedly discovered an issue by now…if they’re still playing their Wii U, that is :x)
A new (white) 32 GB model was announced by Nintendo of Japan, called the Wii U Premium Set. It’ll go on sale in Japan on July 13 for ¥31,500.