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GameStop offering $50 for your Wii when you trade up to a Wii U

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GameStop is currently offering a promotion that will give you $50 trade-in credit for your Wii when you’re ready to trade up to a Wii U. The promotional credit can only be used on trading up to a Wii U and you’ll need to have all the original Wii accessories available. The offer is valid until June 2nd and you can trade up to either a basic or a deluxe edition. For anyone considering this offer, the Deluxe set is worth it for the extra game and charging dock that comes with it, not to mention the 10% off Deluxe promotion when you buy games from the Nintendo eShop.

This is a decent deal for someone who might be interested in upgrading and since the Wii U is backwards compatible, unlike other consoles, you won’t have to get rid of your game collection, either.

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  • MetroidZero

    Psssshhh.

    • Samus Aran

      gu

  • Erik

    Meh. Already got my Wii U (Deluxe) like long ago but a good deal in some ways :)

    • Steven Mahl

      The problem is that in order to transfer your games, you need both systems in the room. You can keep your game collection, but none of your saves. I wouldn’t do it.

      • Erik

        Oh its easy to do the transfer. Just get the Wii and download the transfer application from the Wii Shop channel and have an SD card on the ready line. It may take a while to finish or even then starting it up.

        • Steven Mahl

          lol. I know how to do the transfer, I’ve already done it. However, you can’t do it if you trade in your Wii for a Wii U.

      • Wayne Beck

        The Transfer tool does keep your saves. You just can’t use your saves on the Updated Wii U versions.

        • http://twitter.com/Jamie_Clabon Jamie Clabon

          he’s saying that if you trade it in to get a wiiu and the deal, you won’t have both consoles at once so can’t transfer

          • Wayne Beck

            Ah, I thought he was saying you could keep your VC games but not your save data. Can’t keep either without the console though.

          • R0D1MUSPRIME

            They let me do a system transfer to my new 3DS XL then I brought the 3DS back and they did the trade back when they were offering 100.00 for the 3DS towards the XL. GameStop is quite bad for some things, but it was nice that they let me make the purchase then come back with the receipt to refund me and then re-buy with the applied 100.00 credit. not sure if this is standard practice or just something my local store was offering.

  • bizzy gie

    So GameStop is saying my Wii is worse less than a single video game?

    • mikel334u2

      Does Best Buy do trade-ins? They probably give you a better deal than Gamestop. You could probably even sell it on Ebay for more money back.

  • CEObrainz

    But what about transferring stuff like your game data and saves?

    • Clel

      You can put it all on your SD card, I think.

      • Cerus98

        Not everything can be copied that way. E-Shop purchases won’t work that way either without the transfer utility as far as I know.

        • Clel

          :(

          • Wayne Beck

            You have to Setup the SD Card on your Wii U before you Copy the Data from the Wii.

  • Cerus98

    GameStop is a ripoff. Besides, the Wii U can’t play GC games, reason enough for any Nintendo fan to keep their Wii especially if they plan on transferring. Doubt they’d give you $50 back after the fact.

    • Nintedward

      I got rid of my Wii and dusted off my Gamecube ;)

      • Cerus98

        I keep mine around for homebrew and backups. Plus the GC was/is my favorite console and mine is one of the originals with the digital port. I’d rather not wear it out. :)

  • [000]

    Yeah…. UP TO $50. Like, meaning, you can only get $50 if it’s in the BEST possible condition. Oldest commercial trick in the book.

    • [000]

      Oh yeah, and GameStop credit, not $.

    • Guest

      A Wii has to be in as good a condition as a new one so I can get payed less than half the credits of an actual new Wii. WTF?

      • Cerus98

        The commercials mocking GameStop for how they rip you off for trade ins wasn’t exaggerating. They give you pennies for games that they turn around to sell for nearly new prices. Every time I’ve bit the bullet and went in looking for old games I spend 10 minutes refusing their stupid club card. Pushy sales tactics isn’t good business.

  • bizzy gie

    “power to the players”

    Wait what? I thought WE were the players.

  • Clel

    Everybody here’s like ‘pffftt’ and ‘what a rip-off. I personally think that this is an awesome way to try to get people to get a Wii U.

    • Cerus98

      Except they aren’t doing it for that reason. It’s big profits for them considering they sell used Wiis for 80-100$. GameStop does rip you off when you see how little they give you for used games and how much they sell them for afterwards.

      Maybe they’d get more Wii U sales if they didn’t stick all the Nintendo stuff in the back of the stores. Every location I’ve been in has it all crammed in the back away from the entrance with MS/Sony products up front.

      • flamingfeenix

        It’s not a ripoff, it’s business. Gamestop doesn’t want your used games and consoles for their own enjoyment, they are a middle man between you selling your used products and a consumer who wants to pay for those products. If you want to make more money, and get the $80-$100 you could sell a used Wii for, sell it yourself to an actual person. Put an ad in the newspaper, or put it up online. However, this takes time. If you want to get money immediately, you go to the middle man, take a cut of the profits, and selling it becomes the middle man’s problem. Gamestop is buying used products from people that they could very well never sell. They aren’t going to give you the same amount of money you would sell it for. It’s business.

        • greengecko007

          While this is all true, they are giving you store credit that can only be used toward the purchase of a Wii U. It may not be a ripoff, but it’s not what I’d call a good deal either.

        • Cerus98

          No one ever said they weren’t a business. But businesses can still rip you off. Like giving you $8 for a game they’ll sell for $40+. No market has the kind of markup that they do.

          I think you need some reading comprehension lessons as you completely missed my point.

          • fireheartis1

            This is why I like to trade at my local used game store instead of GameStop. At this little store called Galaxy Entertainment in my home town they give you half for the trade in at what they sell it for. So say if you bring in a game they sell for $30.00 they well actually give you $15.00 on the trade in. They might not carry the new consoles to trade in for, but I get great deals over there when I want to trade in games I just don’t play anymore on my Wii, Sega Genesis, or my GBA.

          • flamingfeenix

            I need reading comprehension skills? I think you just completely ignored my entire point.

            What’s wrong with getting 8 dollars for a game they plan to resell at $40-$50 dollars? Again, if you want more money, take the time to find a person who will give you that much money for it yourself. Although they’ll more than likely try to haggle with you, and be like “I know you posted this for $40, but how about I give you $20? That’s all I got.” Or better yet, try getting a stand at a flea market to sell your stuff, but wait, that costs money.

            The middle man concept in business has been around for ages. Sell to somebody else for cheaper, get money quicker, and selling it becomes the other guys problem. If you are new to this concept, I’m sorry, but you can’t expect a company to pay close to what they can charge for something, when they are taking a risk by buying your used games that may never sell, especially since they buy games from a few generations back.

          • R0D1MUSPRIME

            I agree with you, nothing wrong with this at all. The customer is the one who makes the decision to make the sale. While I would like to see them pay more, it’s their decision to pay what they want and up to the customer to walk away if they don’t want to accept their terms. There is always eBay.

      • R0D1MUSPRIME

        I hate GameStop as much as the next guy and buy from them very seldom, but in my local store they have the Wii U and 3DS section right in the front of the store next to the Wii U demo kiosk as soon as you walk through the door. The Wii section is near the back after the 360 and PS3 stuff. Strange that they dont have Wii U and Wii next to each other, but maybe it is there local tactic to selling more units.

    • Wayne Beck

      If you give them your Wii you lose all of your Virtual Console Games.

      • Ken Seymour

        you need to have your wii to transfer games from it to your wii u do you not?

        • R0D1MUSPRIME

          Yes, but when I traded my 3DS for the 3DS XL I bought the XL then did the system transfer. Then I brought my receipt back and they refunded me and then processed the trade in applying to my new purchase. Kind of a hassle but it was worth it to get 100.00 for the 3DS which is what they were going on eBay for anyway, this way I didn’t have to wait for mine to sell.

    • http://twitter.com/Jamie_Clabon Jamie Clabon

      when I tried to trade in my wii, I was offered £10. It was mint condition, box, instructions, even the advert thingy was in there. This is a good deal

      • MARIO’SMOUSTACH

        Not really related, but at Best Buy, they gave me $5 for the original SEGA all Stars Racing game on Wii, and the next day, it was on the shelf, with a price of $30…

      • Nintedward

        lol. They only give you about £30 for a 360…

        • http://twitter.com/Jamie_Clabon Jamie Clabon

          I was in game, and a guy was trying to trade in his Xbox 360. I was trying to trade in my PS2. I swapped him, then traded in the Xbox 360. Got quite a bit of money. He was very stupid

    • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

      Well that’s because you let your 3-year-old play Resident Evil.

      • Silent

        Ahem, Joke

        • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

          Well that was a joke too.

    • bizzy gie

      Not with places like Target offering $60 off with NO requirements.

  • Wayne Beck

    You Can’t Move Your Content If You Sell Your Wii Before You Buy Your Wii U!@~!

  • RonnieMexico

    fcuk dis shit

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Yeah. Like my Wii is only worth $50. How stupid.

  • Kevin Sepulveda

    I understand they will turn around and sell my used Wii for even more but I also think its time to move on and this is something I am going to do. Wii is old news and honestly I don’t care about it anymore to me its worth less than 20 dollars. Gamestop here I come.

  • D.M.T

    Hey guys I just wrote a blog on IGN

    The blog is called: ‘If the Wii U is not next-gen,than PS4 and Xbox One are not next-gen either’

    Read it if you want. I’m sure I said at least a few interesting things in that blog.

    http://www.ign.com/blogs/wiiurocks/2013/05/22/if-wii-u-is-not-next-gen-than-ps4-and-xbox-one-are-not-next-gen-either/

    • greengecko007

      I figured I’d read it.

      The Wii U is definitely next gen, but you didn’t really explain why. The Wii U uses different specialized discs than its predecessor, and is made of completely new hardware. Similar to how the DS and it’s incarnates are not all separate generations, but how the DS and 3DS are separate generations.

      Your part on the PS4 was a little disappointing. You claim that the console is not innovative, and imply that it is just an upgraded PS3. However, you do mention the new features like sharing, smartphone integration, and the touchpad. You may not think the PS4 is not innovative enough for you, but simply saying it isn’t innovative isn’t true, especially when we don’t know everything about it yet. I was very disappointed when you mentioned the touchpad. It could potentially be used in innovative ways, but you just dismissed it.

      Your part on the new Xbox was ok, given we only have the information confirmed a little while ago.

      All in all, it seems like you come off a little too strong and angry, in my opinion. I also think that it seems like while you are also trying to defend the Wii U, which is good, you are trying to belittle the other consoles. It’s very premature to judge the other consoles, since they aren’t even out yet, and we still have more to learn.

      • Cerus98

        Throwing years old PC like hardware into a box does not make something innovative. By definition the PS4 and One are not innovative. It doesn’t mean they’ll suck, just that they brought nothing new or unique.

        Phrases and words like innovative and technological breakthrough are thrown around far too much these days. Watch TV for ten minutes and you’ll see a half dozen commercials selling some POS gimmick as breakthrough or new innovation.

        • greengecko007

          By that logic though the Wii U isn’t innovative either. Having two screens to play games? Done before. Good online community? Done before. HD graphics? Done before. Nintendo TVii? Gimmick. Being able to play console games without the TV screen? Done a little bit with PS3 remote play. Nothing completely new here either.

          • Cerus98

            No other console has off TV play (PS3 isn’t even close or utilized) dual screen play with unique gameplay on each screen or TVii – whether you think it’s a gimmick or not. Of course everything Nintendo does is a gimmick until Sony/MS copy it.

            Nintendo has always a focused on innovation and uniqueness. Anyone can do graphics

      • D.M.T

        Ok thanks for your feed back. I realized I did come off as angry but I’m not angry, I just think that some people are ignorant these days. I wasn’t trying to belittle the other consoles, I just think they aren’t as impressive as people think. We might not know everything about the PS4 or Xbox One yet but we know most things already. They can’t change or add a lot of things between now and launch because there isn’t much time.

        Also I said many times in the blog that they are all next gen consoles but if you think that Wii U isn’t next gen than the other ones aren’t either by your logic. That was my point.

        • greengecko007

          You’re right that they can’t make major changes to the consoles this close to release. But that doesn’t mean that they have shown everything they can do. Sony has yet to show us how the touchpad will be integrated into games, and Microsoft revealed only a portion of what they plan to. It’s to early to ride of the other consoles and say they haven’t changed enough, when we don’t fully know what they can do.

    • MARIO’SMOUSTACH

      Good blog :)

      • D.M.T

        thanks :)

    • Clel

      Duude… In the title, it says ‘than’. You use than when you say, “I have more than you”. Then is for chronology/time-related stuff, like, “I went to the market, and then I ate a banana”.
      Good article by the way.

      • D.M.T

        Thanks. I’m confused with the words ‘then’ and ‘than’ but i know the difference now. Then is time-related and ‘than’ is comparison related. Thank you

        • Clel

          No probs :)

  • RonnieMexico

    mi niggaz say fcuk gamestop….we just rob a gringo for hiz wii

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    we all know gamestop is a rip off when it comes to trading your games, or console. This isn’t even good enough.

  • Justis Bistawros

    Wow wouldn’t it take a while to save 350$ now i say 350$ because the wii u deluxe is worth it. And the wii u basic just sucks i would rather wait a little bit longer to get 50 dollars i mean why would you not want to wait a little bit longer the wii u deluxe saves you money you don’t have to buy a gamepad stand and you dont have to buy nintendo land seperetly.

  • Nintendofreak

    the other day dis idiot went to gamestop traded a ps3 , a madden game , controllers n got 50 bucks… then le mi ask him why he traded it in then he said ” im getting a ps4” then me said do you have other ps3 games he answered yes …… ignorance is humanity greatest evil…. those days of last week

    • eli

      ….so is grammar…..

      • eli

        sorry i had to XD

    • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

      Nevermind for the games, he is stupid for doing it for $50!

      • http://www.facebook.com/milesp2 Miles Phillips

        For once I really agree with you :)

      • KnowIedgeiswhatsup

        Now if only I didn’t troll elsewhere, then maybe I wouldn’t be so two faced.

        • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

          Get lost – troll! You only trolled this comment because it got positive feedback, something you people clearly don’t want, you only like the negative.

          • KnowIedgeiswhatsup

            Actually, no, I wanted remind myself that I’d be more liked if I didn’t always go around trolling.
            Trolling=Bad!
            I’m happy I wasn’t trolling here.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    50$ for a Wii is a pretty good deal. But when it applies only when you buy a Wii U I dont think so. The Wii U is at least 100$ over what it should be sold for. Then 50$ deal would be reasonable. I dont think Wii U will be sellable for anything over a 120-130$ after E3.

  • MeeperSeven

    I bought my Wii for $250 a few years ago, and I can play GameCube games on it without buying them again.

    I think I will stick with my original Wii.

    • JB

      That’s the main reason I kept my Wii when I upgraded to the Wii U. I still have a massive collection of GC games, and I didn’t want all those to go to waste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/milesp2 Miles Phillips

    I have never understood why people trade in older systems. I mean yeah sure if your short on money at the time it might seem like a good Idea but almost every single person who trade’s in a system they enjoyed regrets it down the road. Why not wait, save up for the new system, and a few years down the road if you don’t want your old system sell it online and make twice as much as these yahoo’s are saying they will pay for it. I have kept my Ps2, my N64, my DS, ds Lite and my gameboy color sd. Why? because they all mean something to me and my Brother and I have seen people basically give away there consoles for next to nothing only to later regret it. I also know that you make more money years down the road by selling online.

  • Jon

    hmm… well I use me Wii for my gamecube games so i wouldn’t do this…

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I already bought my U though :/

    • Christopher Westcott

      Same! We totally missed the boat on this one!

  • DragonSilths

    Only issue I have ever had at Gamestops/EB Games here in Canada I have ever went to was since I look young for my age from 17-20 or so I had to show fucking ID for Rated M games lol. They never have once talked about the club card thing to me, they never once spam me with do you want to pre-order this or this!! I walk in the person says hey whats up need any help? I say nah Im here to pre-order this or pick up my pre-order. I get what I came for say thanks have a good one they say thank you enjoy the game. Guess im either lucky or its cause most Canadians are nice lol.

    • Petri

      I’m 27, and a kid, whom I doubt was barely 18, asked ID when I bought Ninja Gaiden 3 RE.

  • lonewolf88

    considering most people want to transfer data from there wii to there wii U its kind of pointless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

      Well, not really. You can start the transfer and save your data to the SD card, buy the Wii U, and then insert the SD card

  • RonnieMexico

    gam3stop iz racist…mi homi3z walk3d into on3 da otha day smokin bluntz and da cashi3r guy said get out…I wuz like mak3 me honk3y

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    Keep the Wii, just update it with “Wii2HDMI”-adapter for better picture quality, it’s worth it – even more so if you got the model supporting GameCube. Then buy Wii U as 2nd machine. Stack them on each other. That’s what I did and I am very happy.

  • Logan Waltz

    gamestop doesn’t get my business except on used games that are very cheap that i want. they completely rip people off to give raises to suits and desk jockeys and expand the company to benefit the same people. i’d much rather just give mine away to a good home. give the new guy at the counter a raise for my system, or go fuck yourself. lol