Saturday, September 21, 2013

Coffee Shop! Permanent Wii U price drops on games!

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Yesterday, September 20, 2013, was the first day for the first official manufacturer's suggested retail price drop on the Wii U Deluxe Sets to take place. The Wii U system has been out less than a year now, releasing just last November in the U.S., and the Wii U Deluxe Set originally released with a MSRP of $349.99.

For those of you, unlike myself, that didn't buy a Wii U system when it released or before yesterday, you can now find at least two Wii U Deluxe Sets to buy at its new lower MSRP of only $299.99. There is the standard Wii U Deluxe Set bundled with Nintendo Land, and the newer Limited-edition Wii U Deluxe Set that comes with a digital eShop version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, the special customized Wind Waker HD Wii U GamePad, as well as a digital download copy of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia. If you're looking for the White Wii U Basic Set though, apparently that one is going the way of an honest politician, and will probably become more difficult to find as a new product.

So, while the Wii U has now seen its first official MSRP drop, what about Wii U games that have been released? Well, some Wii U games have now apparently seen official price drops, some pretty significant price drops.

Brew yourself some coffee, and see if any of the following new Wii U games prices and deals stand out to you, and if you would recommend any of them to your fellow Wii U gamers!

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Assassin's Creed III is currently on sale for just $19.99. Assassin's Creed III released on the Wii U this last holiday season with a MSRP of $59.99, but the game has now seen price drops at Best Buy, GameStop, and with its new MSRP/list price being just $29.99. The Wii U version of Assassin's Creed III does feature Off-TV Play, which means the entire game can be played on just the Wii U GamePad. I enjoyed my time with the game, and I played the majority of my time with it using the Wii U's GamePad Off-TV Play feature. The game is currently on sale at many retailers, and you can grab it for under $20 right now at the ones I listed or linked above.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for the Wii U is currently on sale for just $28.26 with free shipping. The game released for the Wii U in May with a MSRP of $49.99, but has since seen its MSRP/list price drop down to $39.99 at, Best Buy, and GameStop. The Wii version of the game had close to 30 hours of gameplay averaged "Per person", when I reported on it in May. In the comments on that post, Jeremy from NintendoFuse confirmed LEGO Batman 2 for the Wii U, like Assassin's Creed III, does feature GamePad Off-TV Play.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U can now be purchased for less than $20, new! Tekken Tag Tournament 2 released on the Wii U this last holiday season at a MSRP of $59.99, but the game now has a new MSRP/list price of just $19.99 at Best Buy and GameStop, and can be found for under $20 new on despite their list price for it still being $39.99. While the game released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 about 2 months prior to the Wii U version releasing, Namco did spend time adding in some exclusive Wii U features to the game, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Wii U does have GamePad Off-TV Play as well.

So, these are three Wii U games that at the very least offer Off-TV Play as an option with the Wii U GamePad, and all have seen price drops since they released, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 getting the most significant price drop.

If you missed my CoffeeWithGames Game Night post earlier, I mentioned in it how Call of Duty: Black Ops II is currently on sale for just $19.99 at a few different retailers. I'm not sure how long the sale will last, maybe not even until tomorrow morning, but I did want to highlight that game being on sale again, even though it hasn't seen and official MSRP/list price drop just yet.

Based on my time with both Assassin's Creed III and Black Ops II, if you're a new Wii U owner and have been interested in either of those games, I would definitely recommend you give them a try at their current sale prices.

If you have played LEGO Batman 2 or Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Wii U, are they games you can recommend at their prices to perhaps new Wii U owners looking for games to play?



  1. I was looking forward to the launch of the Wii U so long, indeed, are forward-looking, huh. I was addicted to it gone

  2. It's nice seeing some game prices drop. As you know from my prior posts, I did get a Zelda Wii U (just picked it up yesterday). I haven't had a chance yet to um... test it all out though, yet. Now, I hadn't researched this yet until the other day, but apparently if I have a large enough SD card, I can transfer my downloaded games from Wii to Wii U - have you done that yet?

    As for the games, there's some good games in there, but unfortunately we have already played all of them on different systems (I think actually PS3 for all of them, but Lego may have been on Xbox 360) Good titles, just not specifically of interest to us.

  3. "Now, I hadn't researched this yet until the other day, but apparently if I have a large enough SD card, I can transfer my downloaded games from Wii to Wii U - have you done that yet?"

    You can do that, and even get the Miis from the Wii to Wii U I believe, BUT I have not done it yet.

    My neighbor has done it, it was one of the first things he did, but I'm always super cautious with that stuff. Being that I was using our Wii each week up until June for the Nintendo Channel data, I didn't worry with it.

    I'll probably wait until the next big system update (either later this month, or in October), and then see what they do then. I'm kind of suspicious they might be attempting some unified account system, based on some eShop cards from Europe that aren't being sold yet...

    But yeah, WiiWare/Virtual Console games are supposed to all go without problems, and 90%+ of Wii games with save data should go over without issue. A few games like Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii I think have save file issues, because of how they were written to the system or something odd.

  4. Good to know. I may have to experiment with that then - but probably not until Christmas when I show off the Wii U. Kids might get suspicious if their VC games vanish (Oh, I got my Wii fixed a while back, so it's been getting used again) :0)

  5. Some helpful links below. From what I've seen it works very well and if their 3DS transfer is any indication, it's pretty thorough. Says you only need a 512MB sd card which makes sense. There's also a link that specifies what can't be transferred.

    I'm curious, what WiiWare or VC do you have since, by having real nes games/consoles, didn't make the service as much of necessity?

  6. Been thinking about the transfer situation if/WHEN I get a Wii U. Initially I figured I would just push them all over, but it might be advantageous to keep VC on a separate console for the kiddos.

    Will be interesting to see how they move forward with an account system and how that will work with possibly migrating WiiWare/VC at a later date.

    There's also the thought about how long the Wii will keep running. I think mine is in very good shape with little abuse or heat damage from WiiConnect24 cycles. (cpu heat with no fan running) But if it croaks, then it's either bye VC or money to repair.

    Perhaps this is where an account system makes sense where all the consoles and games are registered online and you can choose where to move the licenses. [/dreamworld]

  7. Thanks to Robert for providing those links, and from what my neighbor said, the transfer doesn't take that long, so waiting it out probably doesn't hurt at this point.

  8. "There's also the thought about how long the Wii will keep running."
    See, that's ONE reason I'm kind of concerned with our Wii. It's going on 7 years old now, no REAL issues, but then again I didn't really play games on it like SSBB that could cause the laser reading issues. If it were to stop working NOW, I would either HAVE to pay to get it fixed so we could transfer our VC/WiiWare games over, or figure out if it would be cheaper to buy some of the VC games and WiiWare games directly on the Wii U from the Wii's Shop Channel there and leave the Wii broken and maybe just buy a used one (find one of the millions sitting in people's closets for dirt cheap right?).

    Hearing some of the nightmare repair stories on the Wii units, doesn't make me exactly looking forward to the day of ever having to send it off to get it fixed.

    "Perhaps this is where an account system makes sense where all the consoles and games are registered online and you can choose where to move the licenses."

    I'm thinking something like what Netflix is now doing, and most other "services" that you pay a monthly fee for with streaming content. Limit the number of devices the acount/password can be used on at a given time.

    Netflix has the default now to 2 devices streaming at the same time, or you can pay to add the ability to stream to more.

    Sony had an issue with the PS3 on this front for a while, because users could share their PSN login info, sign in on another PS3, download games from the other user account, and play them.

  9. Coffee is the preference of people it helps relieve stress, I often use it, thank you for providing this useful information.

  10. Have to add up the $ total soon myself. It 'seems' like I don't want to lose games, but the overall total might not be that much.

    Good point about Netflix and PS3. I'm sure N is being extra cautious to not lose control of DRM or give the hacking/homebrew folks a new 'in'.

  11. I'd agree. Would be nice to have a selective transfer though.


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