Just six months after Nintendo launched the Wii U supermarket chain Asda has slashed a total of £100 from the price of the console. The Wii U Basic 8GB pack can be purchased for £149 whilst the Wii U 32GB Premium pack is now £200.
The console has sold just 390,000 units worldwide since Christmas and many have blamed the lacklustre sales on the absence of new titles for the console.
Games such as Pikmin 3 have suffered delays due to production whilst the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines seems to have vanished completely. The console also lost an an exclusive when Rayman Legends was delayed so Ubisoft could create Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
In related news, Kotaku are reporting that Nintendo have been contacting Wii owners and urging them to upgrade. The message is being sent directly to gamer’s consoles and reads:
“It’s time to discover Wii U,” says the message sent to the Wii itself. “Wii U is the all new home console from Nintendo. It’s not just an upgrade – it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”
Interesting to note that Nintendo are keen emphasise that the Wii U is a new console and not an “upgrade”. This may be an indication that consumers are confused by the name, after all the 3DS XL is an upgraded 3DS so it would be easy to assume the Wii U is a tarted up Wii.