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Wii U is no longer being stocked by UK retailer Asda

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Earlier this month we shared information that the UK retailer Asda, a Walmart-owned supermarket chain in the UK, slashed the prices of its Wii U stock to £149.99 and £199.99 for Wii U basic and deluxe models. Now it appears that this fire sale of sorts on the stock was to stop stocking Wii U SKUs at all. In addition, reports have stated that Asda did not stock Pikmin 3 either. Asda confirmed the drop to CVG:

“Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops. Asda will stock [Wii U] games on a title by title merit basis as they come along through Asda Direct. We will continue to support Nintendo as a format holder partner.”

When Nintendo was asked for a comment on the matter, the company stated it was aware of Asda’s decision, but that it doesn’t comment on specific practices with business partners. This is terrible news for those in the UK who might want to get a Wii U, as now specialty shops like GAME will be one of the last remaining places to get one immediately instead of waiting for online delivery.

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  • Wayne Beck

    Bad decision to make with the Holidays right around the corner. Nintendo is going to push a lot of units this Christmas and Asda will get no piece of the pie.

    • Nintedward

      They’l get a piece of the low quality Pies that they sell though xD !

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Imagine while they want a piece of 3DS on holidays. Nintendo will say for them wait in the line. They will look like crazy fools in front of their customers.

        • Truthteller

          Nintendo would not do that because Nintendo needs the retailers. Retailers buy items in bulk and they sell the products for the manufacturers and helps make their jobs easier. Besides, they have Sony and MS in case Nintendo acts funny.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Nintendo is funny everyday with their games. Didn’t you notice “sighs”, hope you say your comments in front of the mirror. While 3DS keeps on breaking the Xbox 360 and PS3 all year. 3DS top selling product on Christmas 2013 and believe that bro.

          • The Clockwork Being

            The great Knowledgeiswhatsup(Ignoranceiswhatsup) once said this:

            To support my ignorance we can clearly see that the Vita is outselling the 3DS dont believe me? Look at the number of world wide market last week. Even the 360 is outselling the Wii U worldwide

            360-10000000000000X(2)
            PS VIta-1000000(100000000000)
            3DS LL-3 000(2)
            3DS-89(90)

            Maybe False Teller agrees with these numbers

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Oh sure he does.

          • Truthteller

            I don’t care about handhelds – believe THAT bro. I guess since the Wii U has flopped, you have to talk about some kind of success as phonies never like to admit failures.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Then you do a good job bro. Hate handhelds wow. As if I care dude. What a newbie.

          • Deadpool U

            Why is some who doesn’t like the Wii U on a site all about it? Though I wouldn’t put past a troll.

          • Guest

            True

    • Ducked

      Exactly, right before the big first party games come out.

    • Billy_Perry

      No it isn’t. If the Wii U isn’t selling then it is taking up space on their shelves for products that will sell more in one of their busiest times of the year. It make perfect sense to replace your stock that isn’t selling in favour of stock that will sell before a busy holiday season, rather than hoping that the stock picks up sales. As much as I love Nintendo, this is a sound decision for a UK business, where Nintendo aren’t as popular as the other consoles.

      • Shaise

        What part of 1st party titles releasing in holiday season dont you understand?

        • Billy_Perry

          Oh I perfectly understand, and I’m sure that the titles will pick up sales. However, from a business perspective, ASDA have taken the less risky option, which in business, is usually the best option for stakeholders.
          I would like to say I’m not a fanboy, I enjoy Nintendo games, but I do look at things critically, and Nintendo is no exception to that.

          • José Abraham Cervantes Posadas

            Yes, the ASDA boys arent fanboys

      • Wayne Beck

        From a very short term perspective you are right. Nintendo on the other hand, does not take kindly to retailers pulling their products. When sales inevitably pick up this holiday season and Asda is desperate to get some in stock, Nintendo is going to say no. They have done it in the past and they will do it again. Asda has been a thorn in Nintendo’s side since Launch and Nintendo will not soon forget it.

        • Truthteller

          You guys keep insisting that sale will pick up, but these stores see that sales are going nowhere. It’s the good thing you don’t run a business.

          • Michael DeVore

            Hmm, seems someone didn’t read the sales figures from Japan when Pikmin was released. I believe that shows a clear correlation between WiiU sales, and available games. It also helps confirm that the primary issue with the system has been the drought of games shortly after launch. It’s hard to say if Pikmin will have a similar effect on Euro and NA markets, but the issue of a lack of games is the core of the issue, and there are releases starting in just a few weeks that will confirm that the problem is fixable or not.

            Perhaps you should change your handle from “Truthteller” to “OnMySoapBox” it would be more truthful.

          • Truthteller

            Wii U’s sold from Pikmin3 was not really much, only hyped up numbers using percentages. Of course a system needs games, but Nintendo will really only have games from Nintendo, not really anyone else. It’s over. Yeah, it is not good spending money on a short-lived system, but I bought the Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast… The Saturn sucked but the DC was classic.

          • Michael DeVore

            Going from only beating the Vita in sales to only being outsold by the 3DS isn’t manipulating the percentages. If you distrust percentages so much perhaps you should look-up the actual raw numbers and do your own comparisons rather then just dismissing the figure because it doesn’t fit in your world view.

          • Truthteller

            This is a Wii U site, I do not care about handhelds.

          • Michael DeVore

            You really do have a problem reading for context. It’s so sad you are functionally illiterate, and insist on trying to communicate this way. As a note, if you don’t care about the hand held sales, then the Wii U went to number one in sales. Again, its so sad you can’t read for context. Your life must be hard.

          • The Clockwork Being

            pourcentage WTF. The numbers were sales figures stop being ignorant and do some research. BE WELL INFORMED!!

          • The Clockwork Being

            RAW NUMBERS OF JAPANESE SALES FIGURES:

            Pikmin has only been out for 2 days when the sales figures were released

            3DS LL – 29,594 (29,716)
            Wii U – 22,199 (8,251)
            PlayStation Vita – 15,662 (20,776)
            3DS – 13,841 (14,506)
            PlayStation 3 – 12,698 (11,683)
            PSP – 5,830 (5,768)
            Wii – 1,434 (1,334)
            Xbox 360 – 393 (313)

          • lonewolf88

            dude wii U is second to top ever since pikmin in japan do you even know what mario 3D world will do? mario 3D land was a game that made the 3ds what it is now. have you even seen the hype for w101? nothing your saying makes any sense.

          • Truthteller

            I guess you did not get the memo that Japan is irrelevant.

          • Deadpool U

            So you’re saying a whole country irrelevant? Tell me again why your statements and your username contradict each other?

          • QuizmasterBos

            As you can clearly see, ignorant trolls like knowledgeiswhatsup (this same guy) cannot find supporting evidence to their claims. They see a slightly lower than expected sale as a ‘failure’ and keep using it against us (though no very effectively) in order to keep trolling.

            The moment something positive happens (like the Wii U selling nearly three times as much in a week because of Pikmin 3), trolls need to find some stupid reason as to why it still sucks.
            That’s when they come up with stupid things like saying something’s irrelevant.

            I highly suspect that next times something positive happens (this time worldwide), Truthteller here will probably resort to just calling us stupid.

          • lonewolf88

            dude japan is were nintendo is located if they dont care about them then they don’t care about themselves.

          • Zombie Boy

            Ah, so you’re a racist as well. Nice move, dick. I don’t understand why you waste time writing these comments when you know you’re only going to get banned and they’ll all be removed again.

          • Truthteller

            I notice how you continue to comment on my comments looking for attention. If you don’t like what people write, you need to IGNORE them. You clearly like it and my celebrity so much that you want to attach yourself to me.

          • sd

            Splinter cell, rayman, call of duty, watchdogs, assassins creed 4, skylanders, batman Just a few examples of upcoming third party games for the Wii U. Notice I didnt mention all of the exclusives from nintendo, sega or the other third party exclusives. Your “truth” is a bit incorrect.
            Oh and the japanese sales increases were actual numbers and were only beaten by the 3DS.

        • Billy_Perry

          Agree its a short term perspective. I’m more skeptical about what you say after that.

        • Kriffix

          I’m quite curious, when has Nintendo done this in the past?
          Should make for an interesting read seeing what’s in store for Asda the abandoner :D

    • Mr. J

      Agree 100%

    • Truthteller

      How can you tell them it was a bad decision when their books show that it is the best decision to make? I told you, when prices get lowered, they are looking to get rid of their stock.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    These stores dont know how to wait

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    It’s also worth noting that they don’t stock 3DS units, but they still have Vita units in stock. Take from that what you will…

    • Nintedward

      That’s just retarded :S

      The 3DS is litteraly so hot right now in the UK. All of the true gamers (IE- not the narrow minded twits who just play CoD) are playing 3DS!

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Also no 3DS on ASADA website while it is on fire meaning they are basically crazy. I have checked they have stocks for PS Vita but no 3DS on their website.

    • Peter Rogers

      They do stock 3ds units in asda in liverpool. But on the wii u front i can say this. They havent stocked wii u systems or software for quite some time in my local asda store in liverpool….. They do nice mini muffins tho… Oh and the bread section smells delicious!!!

    • The Clockwork Being

      Someone told me they were trying to do short term profit by doing this but if they are still stocking the Vita instead of 3DS than they are just crazy.

  • Nintedward

    On the same day that Pikmin 3 is No.2 in the UK charts: what wonderfull knowledge and future sight ASDA have /s….

    They’re shite for gaming anyway and all the rest of the stuff they sell. I don’t shop there, hate to sound like a snob but I like the expensive flavours one finds in say Marks and Spencers or Sainsbury’s…

    And I bet you will have an article up in late November saying ”ASDA is selling Wiiu’s again…” they even released a backtrack statement saying they will ”support games on a merit by merit basis” which is just damage controll.

    All in all ASDA sucks!

    • Clel

      I WANT PIKMIN 3!!! Unfortunately, the game isn’t out in North America and I live in France.

      Boohoo me :(

      • Mr. J

        Ummmm last time I checked France wasn’t in North America

        • The Clockwork Being

          It actually depends where in France you are?

        • Clel

          I bought the console in North America. The Wii U is region-locked.

          • Mr. J

            ohhhhhhh ok :)

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Clel your Wii U is USA. Awesome.

        • XiC

          There’s more than one country in North America…

      • The Clockwork Being

        OH I get it freaking region Iocking since your Wii U is actually American right

    • Truthteller

      You are a snob and a hater. This is why people cannot stand Nintendo, it’s spokespersons hate on anything that does not love Nintendo as if we MUST love them. Not everyone feels the need to propagandize everything that they do, right or wrong.

      • Zorlac79

        lol, only people who can’t afford a quality item would say that.

        And that is just stupid, “I hate Ford because people a lot of people who like Ford hate Dodge”.

        And “spokepersons”??? What grade are you in? Or better yet, what level is your vocabulary?

      • everyone

        Pretty sure the ‘hater’ isn’t him. You only seem to bring the negative about Nintendo in general. Despite the recent sucess of the Wii U in Japan, you won’t say anything positive. I’m all for two sided discussions of pros and cons because it gives every side of a story but when you feel it necessary to spam hate to everyone who may support what they like it just makes you look like a guy picking an unnecessary arguement.

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Mark Spencer exists in UAE awesome. I did shop in UK Sainsbury’s back on the day. I love UK and Liverpool.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Marks I know but Spencers or Sainsbury’s… I have never heard of. Here in Canada I get my gaming goods at Wal-Mart, Best-Buy, EB Games and Future Shop(Gamestop of Canada)

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Same bro. I prefer Gamestop and Amazon.

      • Nintedward

        Marks and Spencers is one name and one store :P it’s like the top supermarket in UK except for Waitrose which is super high quality and expensive.
        Sainsbury’s is a high end super market but not as good M and S or Sainsbury’s. ASDA is like Middle range.

  • Zombie Boy

    I’m sure they’ll stock up again when the sales figures rise, which they have already started to do after the Pikmin 3 release.

    EDIT: No prizes for guessing which hateful prick downvoted this.

  • JeanPaul

    Aren’t they like the Walmart or europe? I think that they are also owned by walmart..

    • Nintedward

      They are. There is a few (like less than 10) ASDA/Wallmart crossover stores in the UK. They’re not a big game distributor at all though.

      • RoboticLink

        Which I’m guessing means it doesn’t penalize Nintendo. That’s good news

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      Hell no xDD
      I think they only exist in the UK since I never heard about them and judging from what Nintedward says they suck balls :D

      • lonewolf88

        don’t walmarts also suck? target is way better.

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          I can’t tell since i live in Germany, but at least you hear about Walmart from time to time. Hell, I’ve even been to the UK and didn’t know about ASDA xD

  • CaesarGood

    Nintendo don’t have, ‘They Got Haters’

  • Justis Bistawros

    Man why do they have to hate when they cant even wait for the wii u to get the sickest games like watch dogs/call of duty ghosts and splinter cell blacklist.

  • A SNES Day Off

    If Nintendo actually advertised the Wii U in England, it would be a completely different story. Most people I know presume I’m saying “We-you”, and get confused!

    • Nintedward

      Or they think your a Jordy from Newcastle…

      Way eye mate , I just fookin bort me selv a We you mate!

    • ItzameyaToad

      Cant places like Asda also advertise? Jeez seems business’s have become incompetent on advertising there products they sell. Sure 95% of the Wii U’s advertising is on Nintendo but why do they have to carry all the weight? If I was a manager of a big store and I was selling something I would make an effort to advertise it not wait on Nintendo.

      • Truthteller

        Retailer’s advertise in-store and in ads. Nintendo is the one who must advertise in general. Do you think a retailer can advertise for all products that they carry?

        • ItzameyaToad

          No I never said they can(it looks like I said that) I ment by my comment that if I where selling something in the price range of the Wii U I would put out some effort to have people recognize that my store carries it. I was simply saying that it’s not just on Nintendo for advertising.

          • Louie

            yeah just put a few posters up showing off the games (if kids saw a poster for Pikmin 3, they would be screaming at their parents to get for Christmas )

            Also it wouldn’t hurt to get the staff educated about the products as well, we don’t need anymore confusion about it being an add on peripheral for the Wii.

      • A SNES Day Off

        It’s not up to Asda to simply ‘advertise’ the product – Nintendo, like any other company, need to supply promotional goods to retailers.

  • Mariokartfann

    Well, they can get something from the Xbox 1 and PS4 when they come out…
    Come on who am I kidding? They lost a lot of money from this move

  • Adam Porter

    end of the day the wiiU sales aren’t what they should be. nintendo have noone to blame but themselves.
    pikmin3 is awesome though :D

  • sdmac200600

    Patience is a virtue…

  • Antar Rodríguez

    well it asdas loss, a great move for nintendo or at least theorically would be to have GTA 5 for wii u too, i know it sounds insane but just imagine how many people would buy a wii u to play their fav mario games and gta too

  • tomtank91

    who would buy there consoles from a non gaming retail store anyway?

    • Adam Porter

      everyone

      • Mj78

        Everyone?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aMVlNPjpbI The Devourer of Dimensions

        LOL, no.

    • RoboticLink

      Why wouldn’t you? Just go to Walmart and get it while shopping for other things, it only seems logical. The only convenient reasons to buy at a gaming only store is if they have better prices or if a bundle is only available there

      • tomtank91

        Why because in gaming store you talk with them about whats what. They only deal in gaming because if you go in Asda it seems they know f-all about consoles. But mums who know nothing I can see them saying oh is that the Wii, PlayStation that there kid wants but that’s about it

        • David Porter

          Right, because in gaming stores the people who work there care about ANYTHING other than selling you a strategy guide. It’s *more* about attach rates in gaming stores than it ever is at a WalMart or Target.

          Please, try to be a bit less disingenuous.

    • Truthteller

      Wal-Mart… Target…

  • Jon

    I smell someone paying them money for this move…. to also remove 3DS’s is bizarre especially when it is one of the best selling systems in the UK.

  • everyone

    Don’t see this as any news. They are a second rate store with a small game selection to begin with.

    • Adam Porter

      they are easily the biggest games store in my area

      • Mj78

        Where do you live? Outer space?ASDA isn’t even the biggest supermarket let alone games retailer!!!

  • Tails the Foxhound

    Wow, these idiots not only stop stocking Wii U, but don’t stock 3DS and DO stock PSVita. They must exist in the twilight zone.

    • Mr. J

      Or there secretly in cahoots with sony

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aMVlNPjpbI The Devourer of Dimensions

      They’re primarily a Food supermarket, not a Games retailer.

      • RoboticLink

        Well, that explains it! Who would eat a Wii U?

        • everyone

          I wish they made a Wii U cereal like they did with the Mario/Zelda cereal in the 90s.

          • RoboticLink

            They did that? That’s awesome! You really don’t see as many prizes in cereal boxes as you used to

        • victor

          But thy eat PSVita.

      • Tails the Foxhound

        Ok? They still stock a (apparent) failure and don’t stock it’s direct successful competitor. Twilight Zone.

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

    Bad call ASDA.

  • RoboticLink

    Bad decision, as soon as Pikmin 3 and Wind Waker come out they will regret this

    • Peter Rogers

      Errrrmmm pikmin 3 is out. Just sayin

      • RoboticLink

        Oh, yeah, ASDA is only in the U.K.. It comes out in North America on August 4th

        • Peter Rogers

          Make sure u buy it day 1 my friend. It is seriously addictive

          • RoboticLink

            Is it the best game on the console so far?

          • Peter Rogers

            Its only my opinion but i wud say its the best by far.

          • RoboticLink

            Thanks, I won’t get it day one but I’ll try to get it as soon as I can

    • Peter Rogers

      And can i just say…it is superb. Got it today. Love it

  • gamesplayswill

    O.O

  • Mj78

    Oh my God!!!Disaster ….just kidding and u can can get free one day delivery online anyway. I wouldn’t buy my games from Asda or any other supermarket. We all know wii u hasn’t been doing well but pikmin three is awesome and without ASDA it is straight in at number two in the all format charts, so this announcement is just not of any importance to Nintendo or the Wii u. Wii u will be just fine.

  • Mj78

    Oh, and they are still selling PS Vita! Okay, selling may be a bit optimistic. ASDA and their owners, walmart have a deal with sony so that has something to do with it….it really is none news just to cheers up the Wii u doom Sayers who can see that wii u will be fine with the games that are coming out. Zzzzzz

  • ItzameyaToad

    Hmmmm the fact that the Wii U is just about to start getting a great lineup of games would make me think that they should keep a small stock if anything in some of there stores so they aren’t scrambling when people start demanding the Wii U. Even if Wii U doesn’t sell like crazy they will still lose out on alot of potential sales from not carrying at least a small amount.

    I also read somewhere that they are dropping sale of 3DS at Asda and I don’t get the dropping of the 3DS. It is selling well almost everywhere so this makes me believe Nintendo and Asda’s relationship has gone sour. To pass up a console that is moving units without giving a clear reason makes me think there business relationship has gone bad.

    • Truthteller

      I would not call games ONLY from Nintendo a ‘great line up.’

      • lonewolf88

        they also have most indie support.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Im sorry but where did you get the idea that the only great games coming to the Wii U soon are “ONLY” Nintendo? I call having Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassins Creed 4, Batman Arkham Origins,Rayman Legends,Watch Dogs, Dues Ex, Sonic Lost World,Scribblenauts Unmasked etc. and that is only 3rd party games they also have a huge amount of Indie games coming.

        Over 70 Indie games are coming to Wii U this year and in early 2014.

        Here is a video showing them all.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Im sorry but there are alot of great games coming to the Wii U in the next few months and next year both Indie and 3rd party, not sure what rock your living under.

        Need proof that over 70 games are coming to Wii U 2013-2014?Ok here ya go http://youtu.be/POeFhWV-ld8
        So yes I do consider the Wii U to have a great line-up of games.

        *some of the games in the video may be Nintendo 1st party games FYI.

      • Ice Climbers

        For a Nintendo system, having ONLY Nintendo games would be considered a great line up, seeing as how people buy a Nintendo system for Nintendo games. They don’t buy it for 3rd party games.

        • oontz

          true true

  • Mj78

    ASDA sandwiches are just not selling so they have stopped selling them. Oh well, must wait for the new fillings and then they will start selling them again!!! Hmmm?

  • discuss

    Never heard of ASDA untill now.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aMVlNPjpbI The Devourer of Dimensions

      Most likely because you’re not British.

  • Steven_Segal

    This is what they needed (ASDA).

    • ItzameyaToad

      Great video!

      • Steven_Segal

        is epic!

  • MujuraNoKamen

    I don’t understand ASDA’s stance on Wii U. I’ve been into many ASDAs regularly over many years and even in the massive branches there’s never been any Wii U stuff out at all. How can they expect to sell stock if they don’t put it out out for people to buy. When they first started cutting Wii U prices they hadn’t done anything to publicise it – I know that’s Nintendo’s job and they’ve been pretty slow in that department but it makes no sense to drastically cut the price before you’ve even tried letting people know about it. Now they’re pulling their stock before all the heavy hitters like Mario and Watch Dogs are out, on the same day in fact that Pikmin 3 has been confirmed to have entered the UK charts at number 2 for crying out loud! Maybe they’ll reverse this decision in time for th christmas rush but it’s not like ASDA tried that hard. They’ve never been great for games anyway, they only ever put out a pretty bland selection of games and particularly with 3DS (which is on fire right now with Dream Team, New Leaf, Kart, OoT etc out) they only ever put out “shovelware” games like Sudoku or Hotel Transylvania. Stick to proper retailers folks.

    • Truthteller

      If they are no good, then why are you mad?

      • MujuraNoKamen

        I’m certainly not mad, just saying how dumb ASDA is being about Wii U, they wont publicise it, barely any stores stock it and they expect to sell them? Now they’re pulling out before the heavy hitters arrive on the same day Pikmin is owning games like The Last Of Us, FIFA, New Leaf and Dream Team. Oh well,more sales for chains that actually now about games : )

  • e_rocket

    Sad news…

  • Mr. J

    Ooohhhhhh Asda you have no idea what you’ve done…………

  • leemass25

    its a shame but luckily for me i got mine from asda last week 32 gig version for 205 pound with next day delivery so im happy but also suprised by this :/

    • Mr. J

      It’s worth it trust me

      • leemass25

        yer im well happy with it plus its gave me a chance to play games i missed on my 360, at moment i have darksiders 2, ac3 and zombi u :)

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Funny that they don’t even stock 3DS and still continue to stock Vita

  • Fragle

    I love how everyone here is saying it’s a abd decision.

    How can you be 100% sure that the games coming during the christmas season will MOVE Wii U’s off the shelf?

    If anything they would only be able to move Wii U GAMES off the shelf.

    How can you guys be so sure that people will go out and buy a Wii U during the christmas season?

    How can you be sure people will even go to ASDA to buy freaking Wii U’s or games?

    One of the few reasons I can’t stand this place. Everyone here is a fanboy. I love NIntendo too but can anyone here be realistic?

    IGN is better. Less Nintendo fanboys, more realists. That’s what we freaking need

    • Michael Jurado

      IGN SUCKS!!!

    • Brandon Gardner

      Thank God someone like you is on this site… I am a huge Nintendo fan but like you people on here can’t be realistic

      • Truthteller

        I agree! The sad part is, they don’t like people like him…

      • The Clockwork Being

        Brandon Gardner just warning you that TruthTeller is actually Knowledgeiswhatsup the Nintendo hater so dont get friendly with him.

        But anyways yes but realism is whats being proven. The games that are coming this holiday sell really well and its a fact.

      • Gotallofthem

        So saying that System Exclusives sell systems, is being unrealistic……..right

        • oontz

          Just be quiet, please.

    • greengecko007

      I’ve started using IGN more now. The fanboyism on this site has gotten out of hand. People defending Nintendo to the death after Sakurai stating that there won’t be a story mode or cutscenes in the new Super Smash Bros. is a prime example.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Were they saying it is a good thing or a bad thing? I dont really like Sakurai’s decision not to put a story since the story was one of the funnest parts for me. I just loved the adventure mode.

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Well first Super Smash Bros had classic mode. Second had Adventure mode. Third Subspace Emissary. Fourth who knows. Probably Something new. Each Super Smash Bros got higher than the other. So fourth would get a better score than Brawl and Melee. Logical thinking.

          • The Clockwork Being

            Logical thinking indeed. Imagine this time you get Quest Mode.

            Fight a lot of Fighters and in different Nintendo stages(Melee Adventure mode style) but at the end of the last few stages they go threw challenges in their game style and in the end fight a boss from their game or based on their game. The boss will be able to take advantage of the character’s weakness.

            Edit:Thus making boss battle a returning game mode in the next smash bros

          • greengecko007

            Now that, I would love to see.

        • greengecko007

          It’s not hard to find the fanboy comments in that article that are like “Why are you guys so upset? Who cares about CGI cutscenes? It’s all about TEH GAMEPLAYZ”, where they completely ignore the fact that the article also states that a major game mode is being cut.

    • lonewolf88

      lets be realistic a not very popular series pikmin 3 bumped wii U sales to second place in japan.
      mario 3D land was one big reason the 3ds took over believe it or not.
      w101 has a huge hype going on and if they market the console and game could easily sell more consoles.
      we all know when mario kart comes sales will go up its just known.
      i went on ign today on there shadow of the eternals article and almost everyone were nintendo fans.
      ign sucks because its a mass troll website
      ign also takes bribes don’t believe me? why did they praise the xbone for a week while everyone said where is the ps4 articles?
      i’m basing everything off what the 3DS already did.
      if you look the wii Us line ups are almost the same as the lineup that saved the 3ds.

      • oontz

        you are part of the problem.

        • lonewolf88

          lol how you just aren’t thinking the games you said will just sell but wont sell consoles are almost all the same games that made the 3ds successful no matter what you say you can’t change that in reality no one knows we are just “speculating” that the games coming these coming months will sell the wii U and bump up sales and then mario kart,X,bayonetta 2,smash bros and “zelda rumored to come during the end of the year” will make wii U sales sky rocket and don’t forget yarn yoshi,miyamotos new game,fire emblem x shin cross over,star fox “we know its coming because nintendo said they would make it if star fox 64 was successful.it was successful” plus more to be shown.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aMVlNPjpbI The Devourer of Dimensions

    A bad decision? No, because almost no one buys games from Asda, believe me. It’s Game only.

  • Steven_Segal
  • Johny

    well… they chose a bad time … too bad for them..

  • Michael Ocampo

    *In Terminator voice*
    YOU’LL BE BACK!!

  • Louie

    Asda is making stupid decisions with the Wii U, how do they expect to sell any consoles when they don’t advertise the Wii U at all? the solution to this to actually Promote the Wii U in store, just a few posters, and a little display and people will see that there is a new Nintendo console, after seeing the larger library of Wii U games with MH3U and Pikmin with Mario kart Donkey Kong and Wind Waker HD coming soon.

    Families will Queue up to get their hands on especially before Christmas, the core gamers will give it a chance when they see bayo 2, X, MH3U, COD (yes i know COD is on other platforms but it proves that wii u can give the same experience as the upcoming ps4 and XBONE) and seeing as Wii U is the cheapest next Gen console, with a wider appeal thanks to success of the wii more families will be willing to give it a shot, as opposed to the expensive First Person Shooter simulator/surveillance camera that is the Xbox one.

    Just look at what happened with the 3DS, which had the mother of all bad starts, after ninty gave a price cut, and more games arrived (Mariokart 7, 3d land etc) they began to fly off the shelves, the 3ds has beaten the more powerful PS Vita by a mile even critics of Nintendo said “PS Vita is better, because it has more power, Blah Blah more adult games blah blah the real hardcore gamers buy consoles for FPSs and mind rotting blood and gore games which are completely void of colour apart from gun metal greys and brown…

    Okay I may have strayed off topic but it really annoys me how retailers refuse to do the sensible thing and advertise the products, and act like its Nintendo’s fault, and then we have the review websites hopping on the band wagon and saying this is the death of the big N AGAIN! they have been saying the same old bulls***t for years and Ninty prove them wrong again, but no mention of how Nintendo are fighting back, the monster hunter ultimate release saw Wii u sales triple in France, but very few websites could be bothered to say this was good, they said it was too little too late, after xbone reveal Wii U sales rose 200% the day after and then- 800% shortly after that (I’m not sure how accurate those figures are) but once again no one would report on it…

    Businesses and video game websites take note, advertise the WII U give it a chance do not hop on the doom and gloom band wagon again, put a stop to fanboyism and flame wars. ( I’m looking at you IGN)

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Fuck yeah! People have been shitting on Wii U since the beginning without giving it a chance and bash games like Pikmin for being “kiddy”, and said that and MH3U wouldn’t be system sellers but as you said after MH3 alone Wii U sales were up 300% in France and I believe 125% in the UK and Pikmin 3 was expected to be pretty niche title even by big Wii U fans but it’s topped the Japanese charts by a mile and came in the UK charts at number 2 despite the poor ad campaigns in the west and the preference here for FPSs. Roll on Wii U!

    • Rémi

      Just wait to see the game website comment on the lack of game’s sell on the next-gen ( except Wii U) : Their problem that I see coming is that they put too much hope on the 3rd Party devlopper. Most of the big AAA games that weren’t bought their exclusivity by Sony or Microsoft will be available on Xbox360 and PS3 as well as the next-gen. We are still in a recession so most of the family will buy the current-gen version of the game before buying the console. The current-gen is still the biggest competition. Remember PS3’s launch ? It was in the same position as Wii U right now : Lack of games and bad comments all over the internet.

      • Louie

        The Wii U has actually sold 1 million units in 33 weeks, the PS3 took 38 weeks to reach that figure.

        People forget that ll consoles get off to slow start, some more than others, just look how well the 3ds has done for itself, I bet the PS4 and XBONE will have a tricky start as well (xbone will struggle harder due to a higher price than ps4/wiiu, and all the bad press it received on its reveal) but it wont stop the internet giving Nintendo the cold shoulder…
        Is it too much to ask for people to see the good in all the consoles?
        probably…

  • marcus mindownbusiness

    Get Real the WII U is a huge flop. nothing can save it now not even half a dozen great games because people will be buying the other 2 consoles. all wii u owners will need to enjoy what comes in next few months because sadly i think after thats it!

    i feel ripped off buying one and ubisoft suck.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Hardly, sales in 2013 slumped but it was off to a good start and probably headed for a 3DS style turn around (what with the sharp rise in sales following MH3, LCU, XBone Reveal, now Pikmin being the best seller in Japan and number 2 in the UK) . If the other half dozen games are good enough it will persuade people. And what’s coming in the next few months is just the beginning, it’s a shame to be kept waiting so long but the next few months will be great, W101, Watch Dogs, WW HD, AC4, Deus Ex, Splinter Cell, Rayman, Donkey Kong, Mario 3D. Then after that; Kart, X, Bayonetta 2, SSB4 then Zelda, Metroid, Starfox, Pokemon, Mistwalker games and god knows how many other surprises

    • lonewolf88

      lol after nintendo buys most of the japanese market which i think they will nothing will stop them plus theres nothing that says amazing on ps4 and xbone well no one is going to get it.
      while wii U has the most indie and amazing exclusives coming in plus exclusives yet to be announced remember nintendo did say that a star fox would be coming.

  • Sidney Majurie

    So they sell video games at supermarkets in the UK? Interesting.

    • marcus mindownbusiness

      tried a few times to get pc games on release or week after and still no copies just empty boxes. notice though clever placements of sections hoping you have impulse buy of items.

    • Gotallofthem

      Lol, here in the USA Supermarkets, sell food, and probably a small 5% section for household cleaning stuff.
      Unless this ASDA is the “Walmart” of UK; Cause Walmart sells, food any everything else you can think of.

      • Sidney Majurie

        Yeah, I heard its more like a Walmart. Not so strange after all.

  • Joey

    They just suck cause they do not know how to sell them or do any advertising…

    • oontz

      ha ha, yeah it’s the retailers fault for the poor sales of another companies product.

  • Will (ishigum)

    That sucks for UK Nintendo fans planning on eventually getting one but I’m sure there are other retail outlets offering it. Once Nintendo’s big games drop they’ll start stocking it again.

  • Leo

    OFF TOPIC: Does anyone knows how is the current relations of Rockstar and Nintendo? Any possibility to see a future Red Dead Redemption sequel on WiiU? Tks in advance.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Hoping for GTA V on Wii U

      • oontz

        you keep hoping.

        • The Clockwork Being

          Well I am not too keen that it would happen but it would be nice.

    • RoboticLink

      I’m not too sure but I do know that Rockstar refused to release GTA on the gamecube not because it wasn’t powerful enough (it sure was, though), but because the console sales weren’t good enough for them and the Wii U isn’t selling too well (I’m sad too, but let’s face it), so I’m not getting my hopes up

      • MujuraNoKamen

        Shame. I hope Rockstar support Wii U soon enough, if not with GTA5, then something – Otherwise we’ll end up in the vicious circle of “the sales aren’t as high as we hoped because we didn’t announce any games so we won’t announce any more games until the sales pick up which they won’t because we’re not making games”
        Anyway, they may surprise us and do a 3DS GTA, it worked on DS so imagine what they could do with the extra power of the 3DS and 3D effect! mmm. that’s now one of my highest hopes for 3DS, a new (preferably 3D) GTA!

        • RoboticLink

          That would be really cool! The 3ds is selling really well and it’s powerful so that may (and I said may) happen, but let’s just say Nintendo and Rockstar aren’t the best of friends…

  • Greg Allen

    I’m in the UK and I dont think anyone I know would buy any game consoles or games from Asda. As other people have mentioned, it is a chain food store.. 90% of their stores are on retail parks right next to other retailers like PC world and Comet… both of which are more likely to be used by people looking to buy anything electrical. I still think that Wii U hate is premature. I think Sony are doing what they do every single generation since the first Playstation which is build hype. There are going to be a lot of disappointed consumers when the machine hits shelves and doesn’t match up to peoples expectations. The Vita second screen/control is a myth (and I do stress the term MYTH… just THINK about it will you? You wanna waste money and time on development INCASE your target audience has both machines? No didn’t think so, NOBODY would). There are going to be shitty laggy UI load times, network problems, and games that don’t use the full potential so that they are easily transferred to other systems to generate the revenue needed to justify the new costs of developing. Delays etc. The Wii U will

    a) Have a surprise price drop, I GUARANTEE

    b) Have a fresh multitude of exclusive games

    c) Suddenly, as if by magic, have the announcements of new Zelda, Metroid.

    It actually blows my mind that after the success of the Wii and the DS/3DS there are still people out there who think that Nintendo don’t know what they’re doing.

    I hope all you sony fan boys are looking forward to the graphics. All I see is a bunch of hollow and soulless games heading to an industry where games like Angry Birds make 3 times more money for a fraction of the cost of development and a fraction of the price.

    The ONLY way to succeed in these days is to innovate. Twitter innovated. Sony is myspace. All style no substance. You wanna know whats going to drive more traffic and make better news than Wii U failing? Ps4 failing. Its a journalists wet dream. If you have any money I’d start putting it into online banner ads.

    You people need to wake up. I’ll be avoiding suits and piecharts dressed as little big planeters, i’m gonna go and play Earthbound.

    • RoboticLink

      “The Vita second screen/control is a myth (and I do stress the term MYTH… just THINK about it will you? You wanna waste money and time on development INCASE your target audience has both machines?”

      That’s what Nintendo did with the Gamecube/Gameboy, remember?

      • Greg Allen

        precisely my point well remembered. a one game, (4swords) gimmick that amounted to nothing. i’ve got sony fanboys trying to tell me that the PS4 is going to do everything the Wii U does and more by having this second screen. It just wont and can’t happen. Nobody will spend money developing second screen functionality for the vita, it wouldn’t happen if the vita was popular which it isn’t, not by a long shot. What you get out of the console box itself is the experience, nothing more nothing less. Wii U has the monopoly on second screen experiences. Period.

        • Greg Allen

          But of course you have still have a bunch of suits telling me it CAN do it. Well yes it can do it. I’m fairly sure the PS4 “can” do all sorts of things. I could probably use it to toast marshmellows in the right situation. It what it WILL do that matters.

          • ICHI

            Funny story I once fixed my PS3’s YLOD by toasting the motherboard. I couldn’t find my heat gun :-(

          • Greg Allen

            Okay thats actually funny lol

        • RoboticLink

          Yeah, that’s a good point

        • oontz

          Vita will support off screen play but not dual screen play. It’s not the same as the wiiu gamepad. You wont even be able to play on the vita and have a map or HUD on the vita. The only thing SONY has said is off screen play on your local wi-fi.

          • Greg Allen

            bingo

        • ICHI

          Pac-man Versus? Great game :-)

      • oontz

        This is where you are wrong. The vita remote play WILL work with ALL PS4 software but it wont compete with wiiu. It’s ONLY off screen play. You wont see games that use the gamepad like Zombi U on a PS4 and Vita. Because like you say… developers wouldn’t want to waste their money incase your target audience has both machines.

        However off screen play will be available on all PS4 software. Just don’t expect anything other than offscreen play.

        • Greg Allen

          So you’re agreeing with me?

          • oontz

            I agree that it wont be the same A synchronous gameplay found on some WiiU games, such as Zombie U.

            You’re totally correct that a developer isn’t going to invest capital in a game designed to take advantage of the Vita and Ps4 (like Wiiu) when their is not guarantee of that market.

    • Guest

      LOL, you’re an idiot.

      • Greg Allen

        thanks Oontz. I love a good debate. Google the word “debate” if youve having trouble. Nonetheless thanks for your opinion. You are an inspiration.

    • ICHI

      Err Curry’s, comet went into receivership last year.

      • Greg Allen

        oh well i’m completely wrong then

        • ICHI

          As long as you know that ;-)

  • brian

    Then why don’t they stock the 3DS? That thing sells like hotcakes…

  • Joey Perez

    its not that big of a store… and even so thats like buying a wii u at your local /smiths/albertsons/ even tho its owned by walmart doesnt make it UK’s version of wal mart .. yes its alot of stores but i highly doubt they were highly stocked in the first place

  • Metal_Man_v2

    This is terrible news considering the UK market for the Wii U already experienced price gouging by other retailers like GAME during the launch period. When less retailers sell a product there is more likely to be a monopolization. I hope UK buyers don’t go back to having to pay outrageous prices for Wii Us again.

  • Rockband8

    cool

  • jay

    Oh Geez these people better Discontinue ps4/xbone consoles before launch.

    People are delusional if they think these machines will sell any better.

  • Archiq09

    I watch more streamer and all popular streamers has a wii u and try to help nintendo sale wii u.

  • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

    The majority of major high street retailers here in the UK don’t stock Wii U at the moment, so this is no suprise. But come 2014 when the big hitters start landing, Asda stores will undoubtedly start selling Wii U again.

  • Stephen Davis

    Does anyone care?? :P

  • SonicLucario

    Hey I know this is off topic but you should try to post stuff for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Im definitely gonna get it for my WiiU and I would like to hear news about it and Im definitely looking forward to playing multi player, I just hope theres a decent amount of people playing online. Well anyways nice job as usual giving us WiiU news :)

  • 56

    I am from the Uk and the majority of Asda stores never even started to sell any Wii U stock (100 stores out of 555) to be precise. The ones that did sell it rarely sold the console and you would be lucky to find more than a couple of games if so mixed in with the old wii titles. It never got started. The Uk majority have always hated nintendo and this is even going back to the mega drive and snes days however I am frustrated they have never advertised it (apart fron one advert in Nov 2012) as the majority of people still dont even know (or care) that it exists.

  • TheGamerGeek128

    I can only imagine how many trolls will relish this announcement.

  • sd

    Poor move by Asda, but do they even sell the 3DS? They made a mistake in my opinion. Sure the Wii U had not been selling. But they pulled the plug before the major game releases. Many stores in Australia are stupid like this. They are failing to stock new games like monster hunter or Pikmin on release day. Foolish mistake.

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      As if just ordering more Wii U units later is difficult. The move isn’t killing them. What’s killing them is stocking their shelves with a console that’s currently selling at a snail’s pace, no thanks to the poor promotion by Nintendo, their not giving the Wii U a much-needed price cut to raise higher holiday demand, and the slow rate of games coming to it.

      If Nintendo would just give people some clearly idea of when we will start seeing those better games, instead of leaving us all generally in the dark waiting, we might see more people hold on to their stocks of Wii U units. Heck, I’ve been a Nintendo fan all my nearly-three-decades of living, I’ve wanted the Wii U almost two years before it came out, and I still haven’t bought one yet.

      Fans don’t like to hear this, but a business can’t just hold on to something that’s not benefiting them as an investment, merely out of sentiment. A business needs rather immediate results to survive. If they need more units later, they can order some. They’re not a major supplier of games anyways (like a GameStop or GAME), so they’d only need enough to fulfill their usual demand of games.

      • sd

        Can agree with you there. The advertising is still poor. I dont live in the UK anymore but I can agree that the advertising in Australia in non existent. I think they are at least doing summer roadshows in the UK now which is a start. But yes more is done.

        A price drop is coming, most likely with a Zelda bundle in October. One before this point is pointless as until Pikmin 3 they have had no decent games released. They need to combine the price drop with an incentive to buy the console.

  • Wanderlei

    ASDA are going broke and on the verge of receivership, it says more about them than Nintendo.

  • Fighting Lag professionally

    Great news, as a Nintendo gamer, I wouldn’t want them stocking it anyway.
    Asda sucks anyway, so it’s better for nintendos’ image not to be linked to them.

  • zajac1661

    Let us just hope that the holiday season boost future sales. And let us hope that retailers see this. The wii desperatly need the titles to back this up.
    I really think the upcomming titles are strong. Personally i did not excpect a new donkey kong or upscaled 3ds mario engine to be two of the gamebreakers at e3. I hope the Wind Waker remake will put up as well.

    We all know there are comming big zelda and future mario titles, as well as mario kart sometime 2014, but it is on the same time as the overhyped ps3 and xbox integration.

    So faar here in Denmark the sales goes bad as well. And it is quite visible at retailers. There is only to hope, that nintendo does some badass marketing compared to the console launch. They get a hard time with a good chance if sales do not put up.

  • Lewis Te Whaiti

    Their Business model is fundamentally flawed and I think that after the popularity explosion on the Wii the execs at Nintendo took too many things for granted hoping that lightning would strike twice. In the cold light of day people simply aren’t ready to part with their hard earned cash for what is effectively outdated hardware. The AMD triple core HD4xxx resistive touch screen controller is simply an insult to too many gamers who now have too many options to choose from. Even with their hugely popular library to select from I already hear the death knock for this system, with support beginning to dwindle at the retail level Nintendo have dug a huge hole for themselves.Can they recover? I dont know but I would suggest wer’e not far from seeing a desperate Nintendo doing what ever it takes to reignite interest in the Wii U.

    Oops double posted this, my bad.

    Lou

  • Chris Jones

    Never seen a Wii U or any Wii U games in any supermarket around where i live. How can they expect to sell any if they dont have them instore??? I just buy my Wii U items online.

    • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      Asda is something similar to Walmart (if you live in North America), though, I hear they’re generally more of a grocery store. But you don’t have just pure grocery-only supermarkets much these days.

      In fact, if I’m not mistaken, Asda is now a Walmart subsidiary, so it’s no surprise to me if they sell other products than just food. It’s a common place to see some stock of games, as parents are the highest lot of consumers of games, and parents are more commonly found in a supermarket than a game retailer.

      You see games in the likes of generalized stores like Asda and Walmart all the time. Not the heaviest selection of them, mind you, but enough to see demand for them, esp. around the year-end holiday season.

      • Chris Jones

        Hi Brian i live in the UK I shop at Asda weekly, I was just saying the Asda Tesco Sainsburys and Morrisons locally to me have never stocked any Wii U items. They do stock PS3 X360 3DS DS and Wii items though.
        Asda cant complain I never bought my Wii U items from them because they never had them instore.

  • old_skool

    I knew this coming as my son works in the warehouse at our local Asda. I even picked up a brand new Pro Controller for £20 from the very same shop. Asda was also the first to massively reduce the Wii U online, followed by Amazon.

    This trend is also spilling into game shops, with dwindling Wii U stock being placed randomly on Wii shelves. I fear Nintendo have done too little too late to rescue their console, and we will be looking at a first party, shovel-ware dust magnet in the near future.

    Blops ghost, watch dog etc will not be enough of a draw in those who have not already invested in the system, and care little about Mario and co. Worrying times my friends.

  • Mr. Hobo

    Miiverse got an update!!! Now you can tag your own posts! Eg. Question, Accomplishment, or Impressions.

  • InterTreble

    Did they do the same for 3DS ones, as weel??? Uh? Who’s there in their marketing offices? Mr. Bean and Mr. Magoo??? HS… how much ignorance in the world… There are plenty of titles coming to Wii U now, and they stop selling? Many compliments again, really. This is what ASDA is going to lose: $. Or better: £.

  • ICHI

    This is the UK arm of Wal-Mart. I wonder if the US will follow suit at their parent company?

  • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

    We need more fans around here. People who are more grounded, more honest, less blindly-biased than arrogant and naive fanboys.

  • Christopher Westcott

    This seems like a pretty big blow to Nintendo… How sad.

  • Omar Bachara

    this is stupid