A lot of people don’t want to admit that the Nintendo Wii U is starting to become a struggling console. While we’re big fans of the console ourselves, there’s no hiding away from significant price cuts in the UK that suggest that retailers are also starting to become worried. It was two months ago when we told you that ASDA had cut their Wii U prices by £50 in the UK, but now we have confirmation that prices have now dropped even lower.
With exciting first-party games such as Wii U Mario Kart, Smash Bros and Zelda all on the way in the near-future, now may be the perfect time to pick up a console if you live in the UK. Nintendo launched their ‘next generation’ Wii with prices of £249 for the Basic version and £299 for the Deluxe version.
That was only at the end of November last year, not long at all and certainly not long enough to warrant any drastic price cuts. However, ASDA has taken matters into their own hands and if you head to their online store, you’ll now find the Basic version at just £149 and the Deluxe console at £200.
To knock £100 off the price after just a few months is pretty staggering to say the least, and we just wonder what Nintendo are making of it themselves, as they previously maintained that they won’t be cutting the price of the console officially for a very long time.
With instances like this though, it looks like they won’t need to. £149 for the Basic version is something of a bargain, especially when the games we mentioned above arrive – you just know that Wii U Zelda is going to be amazing. It isn’t a mistake in listing either – it really is £149 on ASDA’s site.
Now that ASDA has made another bold move in the ongoing UK price wars, it is almost inevitable that the likes of Tesco and other retailers will follow suit in order to keep competition healthy. The price can’t go any lower than that though can it? £149 for a new console is already a crazy price – you can’t say that it is still too expensive.
Will you be tempted into a purchase by ASDA’s new prices?