Beginning on September 20th, the Wii U Deluxe model will be getting a $50 price drop, bringing the price to $299.99. This is in addition to the already announced Wind Waker HD bundle, which will also retail at $299.99 and include a 32GB hard drive, a Zelda-themed GamePad, and digital copies of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and the Zelda Hyrule Historia book.
According to Kotaku the basic model is being phased out:
Nintendo has all but phased out the white 8GB version of the Wii U, a system that retailers seemed to begin dumping this past spring. That "basic" version of Nintendo's console had originally sold for $299, sans pack-in game. "That has largely sold through in the marketplace," Fils-Aime said. "There is not much of that particular configuration out and we don't expect there to be much at all come September 20."
I agree. You have to think long term on it. Gotta spend money to make money. Even with these big games coming out, the Wii U is still a tough sell, especially with a $99 Wii sitting on store shelves. I've already bore witness to someone opting for a Wii over Wii U. If Nintendo is fine putting up sub GameCube numbers, then they could keep the price where it's at, but otherwise they need to be more aggressive.
I gotta say, I think the price drop is smart. If they were releasing something like MK8 or SSB this holiday I could see why they might not want to drop it, but I don't think the hype is quite there for the games this season.
DK: Tropical Freeze is $50?? This is very peculiar to me. I mean, it's cool that I'm paying less, but I wonder why...
Zelda TWW HD is buyable via download on Sept 20, but retail copies won't be on sale until Oct 4. That...is annoying. I hope that doesn't keep up. Stop pushing digital so hard, Nintendo, you're starting to tick me off!
I think it makes sense to push digital games earlier than retail release. Once a game goes gold there are not going to be any more changes made to the code so why not have the digital version available earlier?
This would especially be true in cases of online games where servers get hammered hard on release day. It lets you stretch out your launch a bit more.
Nintendo ain't messing around. They moved Super Mario 3D World up to November to battle the launches from Sony and Microsoft. I think Wii U is really attractive at 300 dollars including a game. Those who have families will want to pick up the Nintendo Land bundle, and Zelda fans or solo gamers will want to grab the Zelda model.