GameStop issuing recall of 8 GB Wii U Basic console June 18th [Update ... or not]
by John Callaham
Nintendo may be getting ready to discontinue one of its two Wii U console models, at least in the US. This week, GameStop confirmed that it will be removing all of the new and used versions of the $299 8Wii U Basic version from its stores on June 18th. CNET reports
that GameStop has not issued a reason for the recall, and Nintendo has yet to comment on these reports. The white colored version of the Wii U was first launched in November and includes just 8 GB of storage. Niintendo also launched a $349 black version of the Wii U with 32 GB of storage as well as a free game, Nintendoland, along with other extra accessories.
It's possible that Nintendo is getting ready for the holiday shopping season by doing away with the version of the Wii U that perhaps isn't selling as well as the $349 version, which certainly offers more for the money than the $299 Basic model. The Wii U has suffered from poor sales overall since the first of 2013, and has reportedly been outsold in the US by Microsoft's seven year old Xbox 360 console. Update
: Polygon reports
that, according to Nintendo, there is no such recall of the 8 GB Wii U Basic model, stating that the company is in fact trying to "rebalance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market."
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