Friday, May 31, 2013

Coffee Shop! The best Wii U Basic Set sale yet, and why it might make sense for many to buy it, instead of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

Coffee Beans
The White Wii U Basic Set released just over 6 months ago in the U.S. with a MSRP of $299.99. The system doesn't include Nintendo Land ($59.99 MSRP) and it doesn't include the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set ($19.99 MSRP), like the Wii U Deluxe Set ($349.99 MSRP) includes. Also, the Wii U Basic Set has 8 GB of internal storage (really only about 3 GB available for downloads and storage), while the Deluxe Set has 32 GB of internal storage (about 25 GB available for use).

For me, having Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the extra memory was enough to justify the $50 price difference at launch for the Deluxe Set, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion was just icing on the coffee cake.

Now though, there is a Wii U Basic Set sale that might make more sense to buy over the Wii U Deluxe Set, for many people. If you have been holding off on getting a Wii U system until a price drop, now might be a good time to grab one. Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see a sales breakdown between the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set, and why buying the Wii U Basic Set might make more sense for you right now!

Totals as of current sales prices for individual items with the Basic Set.
The Brew
As the image above shows, right now you can get the Wii U Basic Set, along with a copy of Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and a 500 GB external HDD for only $334.86! The best thing about it, you can pick and choose which accessories and/or game(s) you want to buy with the Basic Set, and save even more.

Target currently has the Wii U Basic Set on sale for just $239.99, HERE, which is a 20% savings off its MSRP. Right now, you can get Nintendo Land on sale for under $30 and you can get the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under $20 from

If you are concerned about extra memory for save files and eShop games, Virtual Console games, and perhaps even full digital retail games on the Wii U Basic Set, you can grab a 500 GB external HDD for $50 right now. If you already have an extra external HDD not being used, you can subtract $49.99 from the left total in the image. This means you can get the Wii U Basic Set with Nintendo Land and the GamePad charging cradle for $284.87.

If you aren't concerned with extra HDD space, you could grab at least one other Wii U retail game at a regular MSRP of $59.99 and get the Wii U console, two games (at the very least), and the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under the cost of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

Really though, if you aren't concerned about the color of the system, the Deluxe Digital Promotion (meaning, you don't think you will download a lot of games, to take advantage of the offer), and the Wii U console stand doesn't matter to you (we don't even use our console stand, just the GamePad Stand/Cradle), then I really do think this is a great deal.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I am very interested in this Wii U Basic Set sale for my parents, because of a certain game that is supposed to be heading to the system, but hasn't officially been announced yet. My parents wouldn't probably ever need any extra HDD space, not care about the Deluxe Digital Promotion, and the color of the system wouldn't matter.

While I have been debating on this Wii U deal for the last week now, I just wanted to make sure everybody around here that might be interested in a Wii U, is aware of the sale that is happening.

Personally, I'm guessing that Target is clearing inventory of the Wii U Basic Set, and Nintendo is allowing them to discount it without actually taking a loss. I think it will be interesting to see what Nintendo does for the Wii U Deluxe Set moving forward, and hopefully we know more about the Wii U's future with E3 right around the corner.

If any of you don't own a Wii U yet, does this sale make you interested in it, perhaps enough to grab it? If you don't own a Wii U yet, but are waiting on a price drop, what would be the "magic" price for you to grab one?

You can see Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the HDD on used for the prices in the image, below:


  1. I made a reference to the Batman show I used to watch, when I edited your first line. :)

    As for a price drop, I'm guessing they are trying to clear inventory, with "unofficial" price drops which is how it's done quite often now.

    While Nintendo doesn't come out and officially said, "We are clearing inventory of the Wii U Basic Set for a new model.", they will work directly with retailers and give them "permission" of sorts, basically allowing them to sell the console for a lower price and advertise it in stores as such. The retailer doesn't take any loss for doing so, and Nintendo doesn't have to announce an official price drop...making early buyers potentially regret their decision.

    Thanks for the comment and feedback, and I'm excited to see what all three are showing and how this holiday season pans out!

  2. oops! sorry about the "Smokes" naughty word, I keep forgetting this is a family friendly website but thanks for editing it though.

    Of course Nintendo never comes out to say "we are clearing our stock for a certain model" etc because I figured it would probably make Nintendo look weak/bad/negative/desperate or whatever which makes sense. Honestly, it looks like the 8 gig and 32 gig are here to stay because I am not a fan of seeing multiple different system models like the playstation and xbox are doing. I know they need to do it to cater to all types of customers who can afford whichever, etc. But it will be interesting to see what Nintendo will do with the Wii U in the future as the cost of making the system will go down. Will Nintendo release a much bigger memory in the future? Perhaps a few years from now we will see a "Deluxe 64 gig WIi U system" in the future lol

    I think the 8 gig basic Wii U will eventually become the 32 gig basic Wii U and the 32 gig deluxe will probably become the 100 gig Deluxe Wii U, etc. Should be interesting to see what Nintendo will do with the basic and deluxe systems in the years to come as more games will eventually be released, etc.

    What do you think? Do you think the 8 gig and 32 gig will be around forever or do you think they will eventually upgrade like Sony Playstation did with their PS3 systems, I remembered the 20 / 80 gigs models and eventually Sony took out the backward compatible PS2 feature, I hope Nintendo doesn't take out the backward compatible with Wii games in the future because right now the backward compatible 20 / 80 gig "PS3 PHAT" systems are actually selling for a decent amount of money on auction websites

  3. Yeah, I do think Nintendo will update the models, as cost of manufacturing and the memory costs come down (go hand-in-hand really). Just like Sony did with the PS3, and Microsoft with the Xbox 360.

    The size of the console, doesn't require a change from the Basic Set to the Deluxe Set.

    Not sure if you saw Nintendo is making a White Wii U Deluxe Set for Japan, that will release in Japan:

    Basically, all that takes on their side is taking the "guts" of the Black Deluxe, and putting it in the White's not a huge change, other than slapping some new pictures together and the box for it as well.

    I agree though, I hope they keep the backwards compatibility in for the entire console generation, and don't do what Sony did. Perhaps even opening up a "Wii" shop on the Wii U's eShop channel, making games like Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, etc., available to purchase via download for those Wii owners that might have skipped them or Wii U owners that might not have purchased a Wii.

    Thanks for the continued feedback!

  4. I admit that I didn't see much hope for the 8GB basic model upon launch, but this sale and your breakdown with 500GB external storage suddenly makes it more attractive.

    I'd want to look more into the digital promotion of the deluxe as I would be going for more digital than your parents. You know, if my stupid internet connection would start working. Thanks again comcast...

    I wonder if there's any performance considerations between internal and external storage? Though at least you have control over the external drive and can buy what you want.

    ...and that 239 price tag isn't that far off from the 3DS XL at $175 I just got. Also, don't forget the 5% discount for red card members.

    Good stuff coffee. Am holding off for now.

  5. A few things you may/may not know:

    1) The Deluxe Digital Promotion will only run through next December as of now, so December 2014 and they're phasing it out.

    2) You get $5 for every $50 spent (pretty much the breakdown). So, with your savings of $15 in this deal (assuming you bought everything shown), you could spend $150 in the Wii U eShop, and the Digital Deluxe Promotion wouldn't really benefit you.

    3) I knew you had been mentioning looking at a 3DS XL, and the fact you just bought though, means you can still return it and exchange it for this? Right?!

    But yeah, I almost mentioned the Red Card stuff, but thought it might be TMI...but that would knock it down to just under $230, saving about an additional $12 on it. Plus you get free shipping with it if you purchase online, and have an extended return policy of 30 days, so you would be "safe" for anything they might show at E3.

    My offer still stands on your now completely useless original 3DS though. As a matter of fact, I may change it to a fee for "handling" and "processing" it.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  6. Not bad on the digital front if you were already going big on the eShop.

    3) Already did the license transfer so unless I want to xfer back, it's pretty final. (and 5 transfers is the limit)

    Think I'll just redirect these potential Wii U funds into more 3DS games.

    That might be best for handling a used 3DS and all that game grime on there.

  7. -_- Always excuses from incomplete people....

    This was typed from our Wii U browser.

  8. I'd say you broke it down and made a quality sales pitch there, but I'm too set right now on plugging through my game backlog and evaluating systems near the end of the year when they are all out. My inclination is still leaning toward PS4, but far from settled at this point. The subliminal message was duly noted though. :)

  9. "The subliminal message was duly noted though."
    Apparently, it was too subliminal.
    *back to the drawing board

  10. That's not accurate at all. The basic has 8GB and none of the other extra stuff you showed. And it's $249.99 now (previously $299.99)

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