Retailers slow to follow Asda on £50 Wii U price cut

Asda’s decision to cut the prices of the Nintendo Wii U basic and premium packages by £50 has yet to be emulated by other major high street and online retailers.

The Walmart-owned British supermarket surprised a lot of analysts by offering the Wii U 8GB model (basic pack) for £199 and the Nintendo Wii U 32GB (premium pack) for £249.

At the time of writing, Amazon is selling the 8GB model for £248 and the 32GB one for £289 while Sainsburys and Tesco retail the Wii U 8GB for £260 (£239 at Tesco) and the 32GB model for £300 (£289 at Tesco).

We only managed to track one reputable online retailer, Shopto.net, which offered the Nintendo Wii U 8GB for cheaper than Asda at £189.95. However, the price of its 32GB premium package was still hopelessly high at £279.85.

Earlier this year, reports emerged that sales of the Nintendo Wii U in the US were apparently appallingly low with a leak reporting that less than 60,000 Wii U were sold in January 2013 and Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, has had to concede that the company’s flagship console failed to generate “enough excitement”.

Check out our review of the Nintendo Wii U gaming console here.