After Nintendo announced the Wii U price and launch date yesterday, it opened the floodgates to pre-orders around the world. That includes major video game retailers in the US, including GameStop, Best Buy, and Toys ‘R Us, who have begun taking Wii U pre-orders. And according to Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, so far the reception has been positive. Speaking to GamesIndustry, Reggie said “the feedback that I’m getting from retailers is extremely strong in terms of pre-sales”. The Wii U starts at $299 for the Basic model, with a $349 Deluxe model available as well. For more on the different SKUs, check out the full Wii U model breakdown.
Reggie added that when it comes to pre-orders and consumers putting down money for a new console, it’s about whether console makers are presenting good value to the customer. And according to Reggie, “based on some of the reports I’m getting, the answer is yes”. The Wii U can be pre-ordered several places, some stores already offer pre-order incentives and trade-in deals. GameStop offers $50 towards your Wii U pre-order if you trade in your old Wii console. The retailer also has trade-in deals for the the PS3 and Xbox 360, where you can get up to $150 towards your Wii U pre-order.
GameStop is also offering their own Wii U bundles. The “Wii U classic bundle” has the Wii U Deluxe set, a copy of LEGO City Undercover and New Super Mario Bros U, plus a Wiimote, all for $510. Another bundle includes the Deluxe console version plus copies of Assassin’s Creed 3 and ZombiU. You can see more bundles on GameStop.
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