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Nintendo has no plans for a Wii U Ambassador program

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Since Nintendo finally announced a price cut for the Wii U console, many people who have been early adopters of the system have hoped that it will see the same sort of Ambassador program that the 3DS received when Nintendo decided to cut the price for its handheld. When emailed to find out whether or not this would be the case for the Wii U, this is how Nintendo of America responded:

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to write with your questions regarding a Wii U Ambassador program. The Ambassador program is only available to any Nintendo 3DS owner who purchased their system before August 12, 2011 and there are no plans for a similar program for Wii U.

I know that this isn’t what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future. I also want to assure you that your comments will be added to our records and made available for other departments at the company to use as they see fit.

Sincerely,
Nintendo of America Inc.
Helena Toledo

Obviously this is of some disappointment to Wii U owners who feel cheated as early adopters for buying the now discontinued Wii U Basic, since the Deluxe package is now being sold for the same price.

Thanks Saleh!

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I dont really feel cheated, as I’ve loved my system thus far. Just would’ve been a nice gesture. Still, not really out. We got what we paid for.

    • HotInEER

      I agree, I mean even a $20 off coupon for any Wii U game would have been nice, but, it does make me kind of mad the more I think about it. I think from here on out i’m going to wait 6 months before buying something new.

      • TCar

        I have found that if you wait a year for most games, you can pick up a $60 game for $10 – $20. Metorid: Other M went from $50.00 to $20.00 in a year and I got a used copy for $3.99 at Gamestop. However, waiting for deals like this hurts the industry and the quality of games that get released.

      • jay

        Why not wait 6 years? Wait until it’s $100.

        • HotInEER

          Really? Maybe you should have waited 6 years to respond. It sucks buying something and then a few months later or even a year and they do a price cut. I’m not asking to be reimbursed anything, but a coupon for a discount off of a future purchase would be a good show of faith and not hurt Nintendo at all.

  • TCar

    Doesn’t disappoint me. Why should they give away free stuff just because we bought something a year ago. People always feel like something is owed to them!

    Edit: Ok, it hasn’t been exactly a year. Good news is, you are still under warranty!

    • Derk

      Because the item is discontinued and this isn’t just a price drop…… That is the equivalent of a malfunction or a product recall….. If a part on your car is recalled (in this case memory), then the company will fix it for free and keep in mind that cars are much more expensive than Wiis…..

      Although, I must say that the people who do have basic sets will probably want to hold on to it because the system will be rarer in the future…. Discontinued products are always worth a whole lot of money a long time from now.

      Antique roadshow anyone?

      • GermGerm

        It is not equivalent to a malfunction or recall… there is nothing wrong with it. If a part on your car is recalled and NEEDS fixing, then it will be fixed for free. Nothing needs to be fixed here.

        • Derk

          If there is nothing wrong with it, then why are they discontinuing it? I feel bad for anybody that bought an 8gb machine.

          They are discontinuing it because it doesn’t have enough memory. They could replace your basic with more memory, but it is cheaper to just end the system… This is the exact same scenario as a recall or malfunction.

          PS… Your doll is creeping me out…

          • GermGerm

            I have a pair of skis on craigslist that work perfectly well. Nobody wants to buy them. It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with them. It just means nobody wants to buy them. Sorry, but it is not the same.

          • Derk

            Why does nobody want to buy them?? Do they cost too much??Do they not have enough memory?? Why were your skis discontinued?

          • jay

            Dude you’re like speaking another language. ON TOPIC SON!! ON-TOPIC!!

            oh and skis don’t have memory lol

          • Derk

            I was being sarcastic because he is off topic…. He started talking about Skis when we are talking about the Wii U…..
            You are all saying this:

            “THE WII U HAD NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, IT JUST DIDN’T SELL WELL…”

            Use your heads people…. Why didn’t it sell well????? The answer is because there is something WRONG WITH IT!!!

            And we can infer that it is memory, since that is the ONLY difference between the Basic and the Deluxe….

          • Andrew Chambers

            The only thing wrong with the basic kit was that the deluxe kit was a much better deal. Let’s say you’re buying a phone. Now pretend that it’ll cost you $80 for the basic one. Now let’s pretend that you can get the same phone in a black model with more space, a free SD card, a car charger, and a case for about $12 more. Which one would you buy?

          • Derk

            You are doing it again…..

            Why is it a better deal???? Because of the memory… Read your post, you said it yourself.

            People bought a deluxe because of the 32g memory.

          • Andrew Chambers

            Most people would have bought the deluxe set even if it only had 8GB of memory. An extra 24GB is not that much on a console where a game download is 5-10GB. Again, it was the inclusion of the extra hardware and software that made the deluxe a much better deal. The memory expansion was one part out of three, not the main reason.

          • Cyrus

            i bought it because of nintendo land and the 10% deluxe promotion, as i’m buying most of my games in eshop.
            The 32 GB on top were just a welcome extra for me, but not the reason for chosing deluxe.

          • jay

            Oh LORD please help this guy.

            RECALL: (of a manufacturer) request all the purchasers of (a certain product) to return it, as the result of the discovery of a fault.
            Fault being deadly, dangerous or detrimental to the hardware’s function.

            DISCONTINUED: An item no longer for sale. Such reasons being lack of sales or general interest.

          • adslife80

            WHAT YOU ARE FAILING TO UNDERSTAND YOURSELF IS that to have something WRONG with it, it means A GENUINE FAULT. something that stops it WORKING correctly. This is a simple disconituation. Like thousands of products worldwide. My tv hads been disccontinued because a newer model is out, I certainly dont expect a refund or something for free because of it. My kettle/toaster/you name it has been discontinued after a year. This happens with nearly EVERY product. just THINK ABOUT IT.

          • david jarman

            There is still nothing wrong with and you can hook up an external hard drive. It still functions and works like it should.
            The reason why its being discontinued is due to sales. No one is purchasing it.

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

            Why did Sony and Microsoft discontinue the fat PS3 and 360 core editions? There were no recalls on those models, they just sold them until their stock was exhausted. This isn’t new.

          • Derk

            They did that to cut production costs… How is that the same situation? Stores like Best buy and Gamestop have actually been sending these Wii U Basic consoles back.

          • FoxMulder900

            They were inferior systems that cost more than the current system. ASHood’s example is the EXACT same situation.

          • sdmac200600

            This is exactly what Nintendo is doing. Nobody was buying the basic so they are discontinuing it so they won’t lose money on production. They aren’t recalling the system as there’s nothing wrong with it. It just isn’t selling.

          • david jarman

            Nintendo is doing the same thing in cutting production cost cause no one is purchasing the white versions anymore.

          • jay

            Dude 360’s RROD was more like a recall. Dropping a model that people weren’t too interested in is NOT.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            i have mine (the 8gb) and works great with my 500 GB hdd

          • Derk

            How much did that cost you?

            I have my 32g Deluxe system, a bunch of games, and I haven’t had to buy a HDD yet.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            i don’t remember how much, i have tow more 500GB disk, 2 more 250.

          • D.M.T

            No one forced you to buy the Wii U at launch. Stop crying and moaning, Nintendo doesn’t owe you anything.

          • Derk

            I don’t want my money back and never said I should be entitled to it… I do however, understand both perspectives. Do understand why people outside of this website are mad?

          • jay

            Only people who are mad are the ones bitching because others will get the same thing for cheaper. It’s kindergarten.

            Being an early adopter has its benefits, I’m not gonna list em anymore, it’s freaking obvious.

            You think I didn’t feel like shit when you guys were getting CLASSICS for 30 cents? I wasn’t bitching at Nintendo demanding I get the same deal when I buy my console later!

          • Derk

            If you were actually mad at that…. Then look no further…..

            I can offer you those same classics online for FREE…. Go to any emulator/rom website and download all the classics you want….

            Now I envy you because I had to pay 99 cents

          • adslife80

            thats ILLEGAL. If you truly like those games the developers deserve you to purchase a copy. If you cant afford to game then give up but never STEAL

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            I really wanna add you on something so i can debate with u -.-‘

          • Andrew Chambers

            Right, like 32 GB is enough space for anything either. You’ll have to get an external drive at some point with the deluxe set anyway.

            And you’re order is all wrong. They are not discontinuing the basic because it doesn’t have enough memory, it’s because it’s not selling. The only reason to buy a basic was because it was the only way to get a white Wii U. I can’t see anyone skipping the extra additions, free games, a little extra space and the DDP just to save $50.

      • TCar

        The 8GB is discontinued. The only difference between the two versions is just that, the space. Get a TB external hard drive and call it good. Tech, especially current tech, gets cheaper as time goes on and that is why the costs lower. If any system gave away a bunch of free stuff because their systems get cheaper, how are they to make money and more games?

        • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

          people say: other consoles have 500GB.
          flash memory like the one of the wii u is much more expensive than an hdd.

      • jay

        WTF? Nintendo isn’t recalling anything.

        • Derk

          They don’t have to, it is being sent back on its own… So, I used the wrong word when I said recalled (even though they are being sent back to Nintendo and that is essentially what is happening).

          By the way, if it was only due to sales, then the Deluxe would be discontinued as well because it hasn’t been doing so great either…

          What word would or phrase would you prefer that I use to say
          they sent it back to Nintendo?

          • sdmac200600

            Dude Recall and discontinued means two different things for one. Two, Compared to the deluxe edition Wii U, the white Wii U is not selling which is why Nintendo is DISCONTINUING the model. Nintendo isn’t making company’s send back the basic Wii U. The company’s themselves are sending them back because nobody is buying them because it isn’t a good of a value as the deluxe Wii U, NOT because there is something detrimental to the system. Why is that hard to understand?

      • adslife80

        You do realise this is nothing like a product recall or malfunctuon. PS3 did the same. I had the launch PS3 that could play PS2 and take memry cards. Within 6 months it was discontinued. A recall is when there is a fault. There is NO fault with the basic, but just like the PS3 launch console it has been discontinued that is all.

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

      Everyone feels entitled to something nowadays, It’s nuts! Besides, there were some decent deals for early Wii U early adopters. 30 cent VC titles, the Pikmin 3/TW101 promotion, various other sales. It may not have been as enticing to some people, but in a sense, that was pretty much your ambassador program for the Wii U.

      • TCar

        It is pretty nuts. Because of mobile devices and their cheap apps, people feel that everything should be uber cheap, if not free. It would be awesome if games only cost $10 but just imagine how bad those games would be.

      • cs_shane

        “Decent Deals”? Yeah, right! Your “decent deals”:

        1) Paying X amount for something probably already owned on the Wii.
        2) Wasn’t the W101 promo only available for Europe?

        • ihaventdecidedyet

          the w101 promotion is terrible considering you can get both games for like 30 quid physically, the 8 virtual console games that were cheap (but still paid for) were good but hardly match the 20 game selection for the 3ds (which included the only re release of the minish cap), i wish i bought a 3ds for 160 (amazons own price drop) and got all the free games than the £115 i got it for the day of the drop. its kinda why i thought buying the wii u at that price would be cost justifiable in the end.

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

          1. I didn’t, so that turned out well for me in the end.
          2. It doesn’t matter if it was only available to EU or not.

          The point still stands that early Wii U adopters had access to promotional deals that new Wii U owners most likely won’t receive.

    • jay

      Plus you lucky bastards got 30 cent VC Games!!! That was Nintendo’s thanks for buying early.

      • Saleh Sbeiti

        YAA!! 30 YEAR OLD GAMES! Why not just give them out for free for early adapters?

        • jay

          Because they’re WORTH MONEY dumb ass.

          I pay $5 for them. Is 30 cents too much for you? You selfish assholes want everything for free.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Call me whatever you want, but I think they made enough money on ports. And if it’s 30 cents, might as well just give it out for free.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            You are not an asshole for pointing this out. You are right. This would be FAIR pricing: NES=3$, SNES=5$, N64=8$, GCN=10$. What they do with VC is overpricing, no doubt. They still would make a shitload of money with the pricetags above.

            BTW VC is not ports.

          • YogiGRB

            I agree on the prices with you, exept maybe N64=7 and GCN=9

          • ihaventdecidedyet

            if every nes and snes game was priced at £1 (maybe 1.50 for the lengthier snes games) they would sell like hotcakes and make so much more money than they do at the moment. n64 games should only be a couple of quid and gamecube games up to 5 pounds, cheaper prices do not devalue a discontinued product it just helps them sell much more.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            True

          • Cyrus

            False!
            I too think that they could lower the VC prices a bit. But claiming they would make MORE money with 1$ tags instead of 5$(/7$) is just nuts!

            I agree 5$/7$ is an amount one thinks about before purchase, but there’s still people buying it. If games would be 1$, that wouldn’t mean everyone will buy every game, people would still only get the games they are interested in, and if your interested in a game your already likely to MAYBE pay 5 or 7.
            So if just 20% of the interested people are willing to pay the 5 or 7 they already made the “better” price tag.

            Take Super Mario World as an example, i’m interested in having that game, but i don’t want to pay 7$ for it. I would buy it for 3.50$ or less. But to turn that into a better profit for Nintendo the lower price tag of 3.50$ cannot raise sales by just 50% (“just 50%” lol) it must raise sales >100% to return only the same profit they’re already doing with a 7$ price tag!

            I bet that the good selling VC titles will get a discount at some time. That time comes when most of the people who are willing to pay the 7$ already bought it, then it’s time to collect the $ of the people who would buy them for 2 or 3$.

            Putting the games out directly for 1$ would sure raise the number of sales while lowering the profit!

          • adslife80

            This is aimed at the people complaining about the price.
            did you know that every sale they have to pay the developers as well as pay for the work done to bring it to wii u. Nintendo have said its not as simple as just bringing the whole vc over in one go. There is work involved which costs money. The games have value as it is anyway. This is why I hate smartphone apps. It has given a skewed misinterpretation that all games downloaded should be free or peanuts. Just remember the quality they offer for the majority of games. People would complain regardless about the price. On here as it is they are complaining about 30p/30cents sayting it should be free. If you cant pay that I suggest you stop gaming. Gaming is an expensive hobby, but it is just that, a hobby. If its too expensive for you dont do it.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Off the caffeine bro.

          • Kriskura

            Insulting persons which doesn’t have the same point of view as you doesn’t make yours more valuable… How do you want to be taken seriously with that kind of attitude? And as far as I know, they don’t say they have to be free, so calm down kid.

        • TCar

          Because it costs money to integrate Miiverse and WiiU features such as off screen play and coding upgrades. If these companies gave away all this stuff for free, new games will start being $69.99 or more. In the end, you will pay for it.

          • jay

            Some people expect companies to give them everything for free. It’s sick

          • Mario

            True that.

          • barwiifan

            Yeah but when I pay $50 more, I expect $50 back. Especially if it’s the same thing.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Some people expect customers to buy a console with nothing to play on it. Thats sick

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            I don’t give a monkey’s clit about Miiverse intergration. And I can live without off screen play, I’ve never needed it for playing games, only for the browser.

          • TCar

            That is you, and you’re not Nintendo. They want everything that hits the VC to include Miiverse for reasons known to them. Off screen play is one of the main selling points of the system, not everyone will use it!

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Who says they want to use it for off screen play? That is mainly a novelty in Japan, because most homes only have 1 TV.

          • TCar

            I use that feature every single time I play the system. If my kids want to watch a movie and I want to keep playing, I play and they watch. If I want to play a game before everyone wakes up, I can do so. You don’t use it, that is fine. Others do and will.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            You’re part of a huge minority. And I’m pretty sure it can’t be that hard to insert off screen play.

          • TCar

            I don’t really know how to take that comment. Huge minority? Minority is typically a small group or the lesser of the majority. Also, it isn’t hard to insert off screen play because like I said, that is typically how I play in the first place.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            A very small chart.

          • TCar

            Personally, I don’t care about what people on your side of this chart you speak of. I play the games I do the way I want to and the way I have been made allowed to because of the Wii U. You don’t like it, I can’t change that nor does it seem anything will appease it. All I can say is, I have been having fun with the system and I am not upset about the prices. After all, it is just a time killer or a space filler.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            ummm… i don’t have more than one TV, and i use a lot off screen play when my daughter use it.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            server maintenance, Internet fee, etc.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            One NES game downloaded on my Wii U=35MB. Thats NOTHING. Packed on the server – even less.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            ok.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            Do you know something about Data center Infrastructure?
            i hope so.

          • TCar

            All of those are included in everything we purchase from Sony, MS and Nintendo. That is why prices go up and don’t come down. The more we ask of them, the more expensive it will all get. Nothing is free!

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Come on now. That is peanuts you are talking about. Nintendo COULD EASILY release all their NES and SNES games on Wii U VC within a month if they wanted too. And they could price them all at 30c and still making money.

          • TCar

            That is if they have the permission of the developers. Some games won’t ever make it to the VC because the license is owned by a company that has gone out of business. They could price them cheap but why would they? To a lot of people, they are new games.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            So it’s okay to market old games as new games to new comers? Lol. Yeah…..totally not a ripoff. Come now, that made no sense. So you would be okay if Super Mario Bros on NES was on eShop for 50 bucks and you’d be okay with it? I honestly doubt that.

          • TCar

            They aren’t marketing old games as new but they are releasing games that may be new to newer players. What sense would it make to release all of these games for $1, nothing. It not only maintains the games value but it also helps the devs with some residual income that helps them further develop more games. Last I checked, none of these games have been released with a $20+ price tag.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I never said they were price at 20. Lol. The $50 was an example of me saying is it okay for them to price it that high? That’s my point. I agree that they shouldn’t price them all at 1 dollar, but a lot of these games such as Super Mario Bros for example aren’t highly valued in the market. So a game like that should only be a dollar anyway.

            However, games like Earthbound for example, are worth at least 10 bucks due to it’s rarity as well. In my opinion, some classics I’m fine with being 5-10 bucks, and some don’t warrant no more than 3 or even less since they’re common classics that most have.

          • TCar

            I agree. However, if the price is set to where it is and it sells without going on discount, it probably is a smart move on Nintendo’s part. After all, they are trying to make money.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            all THEIR games

          • TCar

            Ummm, huh?

          • cs_shane

            Which is probably what? 5 lines of code?

          • TCar

            I don’t know, you tell me since you must know. Can you also let me know how much per hour the person who is doing the work makes?

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            ah ok!
            its a “hello world!”

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Or less. :P

      • TCar

        It was actually a celebration of 30 years.

      • Jon

        NOT EVERYONE GOT THIS. YOU HAD TO GET THOSE IN THE MONTH IT CAME OUT. the 30 cents thing was for the famicon’s 30th anniversary NOT because we bought a Wii U early

    • Ace J

      it has not been a year yet

      • TCar

        So if a game goes on sale two weeks after I bought it, a drop of $20, what should I get because of the sale? Is that a fair way to think, no. The decision was made to buy the game when I did. Does it suck that I could have saved money, yes. If anything, there should be a way to know when these sales are going to hit so that people can be able to make a more informed decision on their purchases. I made my purchase when I did knowing the cost and also knowing, it will be cheaper if I wait.

        • jay

          Anyone who bought a Wii U at launch expecting the price to stay the same forever is a dumb ass. I’m sorry but it’s true.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            all consoles do a price cut.

        • Ace J

          ummm what???

          • TCar

            I think I wrote that is response to someone else.

          • Ace J

            yeah i think so too lol.

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      All companies do a a price cut, bundles and special edition. everyone know that.

    • cs_shane

      I don’t recall having a Wii U in August. Infact, I bought mine when it launched on November 18, 2012. Your math is wrong.

      “People always feel like something is owed to them”. No they don’t. They feel that way when Nintendo drops the price when it’s been less than a year after it’s release. I don’t recall people “wanting free stuff” when Sony and Microsoft dropped their prices for the first time. Of course, they dropped the price more than a year after their console’s release. Another reason why they feel that way: The 3DS Ambassador program.

      • TCar

        So you are ok with them reducing their profits and then giving away free stuff that in the end loses money also. The 3ds program was because they dropped the price by $80 less than 6 months in. Who cares if it wasn’t exactly a year ago, it was still last year!

      • GuardiansFan

        I bought a Wii U on the day it was released. Although dissapointed I’m not going to get something for free it would have been a bonus nothing more. When you buy anything early you always take a risk. Yes Microsoft didn’t drop their price within a year but I did get the red ring of death within a year if you prefer that kind of thing.

    • LopsidedPasta

      If Nintendo said they would do an ambassador program, you and the other 64 people who liked your status would say stuff like “Nintendo does what’s right” and “Nintendo never cheats their customers” and “This is why I love Nintendo”. The truth is, they done messed up. Bring on the stupid down votes, but I’m right.

      • TCar

        I can’t vote down your opinion. I only expected to get the system, the game and the controller when I purchased it. They cut the price, can’t really complain about unless I bought it yesterday and they changed the price today. They aren’t doing the cut for what, a month down the road. Nintendo does do what is right. The price is being reduced, it will have the Zelda game, a themed controller and all for $50 less. I got Nintendoland and 32GB of space. Who is getting a better deal?

        • Guest

          “Why should they give away free stuff”

          “I only expected…”

          You got free stuff with the Premium Pack, if you expect a free game included in that package then Nintendo cant make a profit on it.

          EDIT: Nothing wrong with Nintendo being generous but you got to realise the added value in that package.

          • TCar

            I only expected what they said was included in my purchase. What they consider a free item is up to them. I think they are still selling the system at a loss because of the included game and custom controller. I don’t expect free stuff.

          • Marko Kuku

            I apologise i have been reading Wiiudaily a lot and i’ve been annoyed by the misregard of what is being given for free on the Premium Pack.

            It was because your reply earlier “So you are ok with them reducing their profits and then giving away free stuff that in the end loses money also.”

            Because that’s what Nintendo did with the Premium Pack.

          • TCar

            No worries. That’s how we hopefully get to understanding each other, reaching out and discussing. :)

          • TCar

            I don’t remember this conversation:

            When you buy this and we change the price, you will be part of an Ambassador program that will open the door to free games. All that because we feel bad that our tech becomes cheaper as time passes.

            Oh, OK. I will buy this with the agreement that I get free games because I feel bad about paying $50 more nine months ago.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nothing wrong with people getting tired on Nintendo too…

          • Marko Kuku

            That guest was me lol.

            Yeah anyone can make mistakes also Nintendo all these gaming companies are fighting for their fans and are able to stumble sometimes, but a friend of mine who is a Nintendofan said that this is his last Nintendo console, and it’s not looking good.

            I realised it at the same time when Pikmin 3, W101 and Rayman was pushed away from the spring release window that i could have gotten Xbox360 with a controller and 3rd party games for €190 less! (i paid €570 for my WiiU so far)

            Then i could have bought another 3DS + a game for €190.

    • Guest

      nvm this can be deleted.

      • TCar

        We can’t help what we get for “free”. But I don’t remember them saying buy a Wii U, the controller and get the game for free. I believe the reason they were selling the system at a loss was because the game was included.

        I just wonder what right people have to be expect free stuff because they bought something so many months ago. Hindsight is twenty-twenty. Had no one bought the system, it would have crashed and burned long ago and we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It is because of the people that have bought the system that allowed for this price cut to be offered. I wonder if people got pissed off when airbags were put in the newest cars but not the previous years models?

    • SuperSonicBrawler

      They shouldn’t give away free stuff because we bought something a year ago. They should give us free stuff because WE WASTED 50 BUCKS BUYING IT A YEAR AGO!!! I was cheated out of my money just for buying something earlier that someone else. Whether it’s one year or one day makes no difference to me. My Wii U’s been a damn paperweight for the past 8 months. A $350 paperweight. So you’re telling me that since it’s actually relevant now, it’s worth LESS than what it started out as?? I’m sorry, but no.

      • TCar

        Sorry you haven’t found the value in it, I sure have. Not once have I felt cheated or that I wasted 50$. I am not owed anything, I accepted the price when I bought it.

        • SuperSonicBrawler

          Really now? Pray tell, what use have you gotten out of your Wii U? Because I didn’t buy my Wii U to play 3rd-party shovelware or year-old ports of games from other systems. Nor did I buy it to play VC games that I could play just as easily on my Wii. I didn’t buy it to doodle on Miiverse or browse the internet. I bought my Wii U the same reason I buy all my other Nintendo GAMING consoles: to play first-party, Nintendo exclusive GAMES. Of which there have been a mere 4 released this year, none of which interested me in the slightest.

          • TCar

            Well, Need for Speed is a great game and I have enjoyed that for many months. Also, Scribblenauts is a fun game that my kids and I have played on many occasions. New Super Mario Brothers Wii U and the Luigi DLC are great. Nintendoland has proven to be a good use of time to play, lots of challenges to try and overcome. Ducktales, Trine 2, Super Metroid, Punch Out, FZero and many other VC titles. Being able to play all of my Wii games though the Wii U has been great. Being an artist, having the Art Academy “game” has been a fun addition for myself but also my kids. Having a way to play Youtube videos away from the TV while others are watching a movie has been great. Same also goes for being able to watch Netflix and Hulu videos. Browsing the internet while stuck in certain locations while playing a game has been very helpful.

            Finally, not being one of those people that sit around all day and doing nothing but playing games has been beneficial. Having two jobs and two kids to take care of leaves me just the right amount of time to play some games. There are many other games I want to get but just don’t have the time or the desire to spend a lot of money on. Spending money on my kids makes more sense to me.

            With your response, I wonder why you even own a Nintendo system. If you don’t like anything that has been released, why waste $350 for something you knew didn’t have anything you wanted?

          • SuperSonicBrawler

            Firstly, I would like to note that I got both NSMBU and Nintendo Land the same time I got my Wii U. They were…decent, but neither of them were released this year, so that argument is irrelevant. I’ve never been a fan of racers like Need for Speed, and even if I was, that clearly falls under the category of 3rd-party ports. Scribblenauts was also a 3rd-party game and was also released on PC, therefore making it a non-exclusive. None of the VC games you listed interested me in the slightest. I couldn’t care less that my Wii U does the exact same thing as my Wii and lets me play Wii games on it, more so due to the fact that I still have my Wii. If it’s any consolation, I have been contemplating buying Art Academy, but as you said, I’d hardly classify that as a “game.” I’m 100% capable of watching YouTube videos and browsing the internet on my laptop and as such do not require a Wii U to do so. Netflix and Hulu are external services that I would have to pay extra for… I don’t think I have to elaborate anymore on that. I’m currently a full-time college student with a part-time job, so it’s easy to understand that I would have more time and money to spend on games than someone like you. That said, I’ve had money to spend, but no games to spend it on. That’s not my fault, it’s Nintendo’s for releasing a console without planning ahead. I don’t see how I deserve to pay $50 more than someone else simply because I wanted to play games earlier. Had
            Nintendo been releasing worthwhile games for me to play during the past 8
            months, maybe I wouldn’t have minded so much. Not to mention IWATA
            HIMSELF said that he felt a price drop was unnecessary, giving myself and
            multiple other people the impression that a price drop WASN’T
            likely to happen, and that waiting to buy a Wii U would have been
            pointless. Now here we are, not even a month after that announcement,
            and they’re dropping the price. So not only will people who buy their
            Wii U now have something to play IMMEDIATELY after purchasing it, but
            they spend $50 less than I did to do so. And if you must know, I bought my Wii U because I thought I was getting Rayman Legends earlier this year. I know it’s not Nintendo’s fault that it went multiplat, but that doesn’t excuse them from releasing a next-gen console with virtually no worthwhile 1st-party exclusive games.

          • TCar

            I can understand your point. It would have been nice to have those games up front but they let us know that those games weren’t coming for some time. There hasn’t been many games but there will be and, for myself, what has been released has been plenty for me. I was going to get Rayman Legends but will be using that money to get something else because of the whole going multiplatform issue. Just like I won’t buy anymore EA games. It does suck that Iwata said that price cuts would be unnecessary but he didn’t rule them out. Now that they price has been reduced, some people feel cheated but how would Nintendo appease those few. I would personally rather them focus their time and money on the releases to come and the summer update we haven’t received yet. Things will turnaround with all of this and hopefully, this will be a very challenging, rewarding and growing phase in Nintendo’s development process.

      • TCar

        Not a paperweight in my house. It has been your choice to let it be a paperweight!

    • Guest

      This is a simple observation but… I feel like a lot of persons in here praise Nintendo whatever they would choose to do. Don’t take me wrong, I don’t mean it in a wrong way but, what I mean is, now that they said there’s not an ambassador program, quasi everyone are like “Ho, whatever, it’s a good choice” and happy with it, and if they would have done an ambassador program, everybody would have praised them “I love Nintendo, they are fair with their consumers and fans which have first bought the hardware”….
      I don’t know, this is simply an observation and don’t only talk about this price cut, but I see that kind of attitude no matter what the subject is, praising them no matter what they chose to do in the end. It’s kind of… disturbing. Is everyone or all other fans following Nintendo no matter what as if Nintendo was sort of a leader which is always right?… :/
      You can downvote me if you want, but I don’t know. I always see that with every single subject, for games, consoles, marketing choices… Really everything. This is kind of… bewildering. :/

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Good observation there. Some of the fans here have a problem to seperate critique from criticism. I love Nintendo and think that Im kind of a fan. But I think Nintendo did really many stupid decisions lately, an that they are out of contact with progression. The good thing is that they look into alternative gameplay, more than others. But this time with the WiiU they did basically every possible mistake, and some of the fans come up with even celebrating the mistakes as it was some strike of genious. I find that kind of funny :)

      • Aleks

        How very perceptive. Fan IS short for fanatic, after all.

      • TCar

        People just don’t seem to realize that Nintendo is always in a Catch 22. They cut the price to soon and people are mad, they cut the price to late and people are mad. From a business perspective, they did a cut when they felt they needed to. Anyone whom is thinking about getting the system now have the chance to get a better deal than what I did when I got my system. I can’t, nor won’t, be mad about their business decisions. As long as they release games that I like, what more do I have to care about. I don’t care that I paid $50 more than someone will next month, I was an early adopter and I have enjoyed my time with the system. I don’t care that someone feels somehow cheated. I haven’t heard one person complain about buying a box of cereal at regular price on Tuesday and getting mad that the Wednesday sales have that same cereal for $1.50 off. The same goes for buying a game today, when it goes on sale for $20.00 the next. It happens, get over it.

  • JBeauregard

    Signed, Helena Toledo. That’s great! Lol

  • val berger

    I got my Wii U on day 1 and don’t really see why I should get anything now. Seems ridiculous as this price cut was kinda obvious and I’m just glad they did it so the system has more chances to sell well. The benefit for us early adopters are the growing possibilities of Nintendo having enough success to continue their road with the WiiU so I guess I’m fine with that.

  • Nintendo4life

    That sucks

  • Nintendo4life

    Again that sucks but oh well im sticking with nintendo

  • Guest

  • sdmac200600

    I don’t understand why people expected it….it’s only a 50 dollar price drop and it didn’t drop price super early like the 3ds. You aren’t entitled to free stuff every price drop…

  • Brandon Gardner

    Well Damn….

  • wober2

    I think nintendo needs to provide something free and online play oriented. 3ds shipped with lots of additional content like swap pass and that head blasting game. Wiiu needs something that makes go on the system every day. Maybe a way to get points from miiverse.

    One idea is maybe Animal crossing for the wiiu, free and integrated into wara wara plaza.

    • Ford Crews

      That is what is so disappointing about tvii, it could have had the wii-u being used as primary way to watch tv, gotten people using it/needing it, so they would endup buying multiple ones for every room in the house, could have been a game changer, but blah.

      • wober2

        tvii just felt to buried and with initial slow ui, I stayed away. They need to make a game out of these ideas. These apps need to be also integrated better into the main dashboard as well. I think wara wara plaza is just too limiting based on the format and limited games on screen.

  • Saleh Sbeiti

    Your welcome :D

  • TrueWiiMaster

    An Ambassador program isn’t really necessary here. The 3DS price dropped by about 30% less than 6 months after launch. The Wii U has been out for over 9 months, and is only getting a cut of less than 15%, which doesn’t start for almost a month. What’s more, it’s hardly even a price cut. The Wii U was available for $300 from the start. They’re simply making the added game, and the extra 24GBs of memory, free instead of charging $50 for them. Having a “free game” bundle is not unusual for a system starting its second holiday season.

    • Gotallofthem

      My friend you hit the nail right on the head, its too bad others are not smart enought to realize this, and all they think about is “gimmie, gimmie, gimmie”. So the other day I purchased a game on Xbox live, and 1 month later the game went on sale, “Where is my Ambassador program?”. I purchased an item at a store and 60 days (past the price match date) later the item was on sale, so how come the store didn’t give me an Ambassador program? I purchased a car and 5 months later, the lease payments were less becuase the company had a Cash back promotion, HOW COME THEY DIDNT GIVE ME AN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?

      I tell you, If I lived my life worried about what I buy dropping down in price XX days from now, then I would never purchase anything at all.

      Shit goes down in price over time #DealWithIt

      • jay

        haha I remember people bitching when the DS Lite came out. “NOT FAIR!! WaAaA!!”

        Then bitching again when the DSi was announced.

    • jay

      NAIL ON THE HEAD.

      What’s really sad is, that Nintendo does something good for its fans and then like a spoiled brat they expect more and more when it isn’t ANYONES responsibility to compensate anyone for being an early adopter. GET REAL.

    • Saleh Sbeiti

      They’re including Wind Waker HD, 32 Gigs, Nintendo Land, Hyrule Historia, and a unique controller, all for the same price as the Basic set and not even a full year after. Are you really trying to make things seem just?

      • Andrew Kassab

        The Windwaker bundle does NOT come with nintendoland, WW takes its place. Stop being so naive.

        • Saleh Sbeiti

          I make one mistake and you guys go nuts and try to make it seem like my entire statement is full of nonsense. Interesting.

      • TrueWiiMaster

        Nintendo Land is not bundled with the Wind Waker Wii U. Wind Waker replaces it. The Hyrule Historia is part of the Wind Waker special edition system, and is not part of a typical Wii U bundle. At launch the Wii U Deluxe was $350 with a $60 game. All they’ve really done is make the game free, which is quite normal for a system approaching its second holiday season.

  • Desend

    I was just hoping that since they are going to discontinue the basic model that we would get the digital promotion that the delux model gets.

  • Interloper

    Eh. It would have been nice to get something else for free, but with the deluxe digital promo and the promo they did at the end of August (+$5 for $50 or +$10 for $100 into your digital account) I don’t feel cheated at all. I agreed to pay for it when it came out and I’ve enjoyed my Wii U for the past year.

    • jay

      Exactly!!

      Should I feel cheated because I didn’t get any of those promotions? Early adopters have been enjoying the Wii U for almost a YEAR and I haven’t even played NINTENDO LAND!!!

      Should I cry and feel cheated too?

  • incoherent1

    First off, I should say for the record that I don’t expect any ambassador program and am not disappointed if there isn’t one.

    That said, this is also just a customer service rep and is far from an official statement from the company. It may be that they internally haven’t decided whether to have one, and she is just ad-libbing while she waits for official orders from Reggie & co.

  • Tim Chaten

    30 cent VC titles was the Wii U’s Ambassador Program – earlier you got in the more close to free games you got!

    • WiiUisgaming

      I am an early adopter and I didn’t get that because i live in Latinamerica.

      • Tim Chaten

        Yea I guess that would be a USA only program – was Ambassador program on 3DS worldwide?

        • WiiUisgaming

          I don’t know. I never bougth a 3DS.

        • audi lover

          I believe it was europe, america, japan so not the whole world

    • audi lover

      Fair enough but in my opinion only 2 were worth getting metroid and ssm bro, im not saying I didn’t get the rest cause I did, but I certainly didn’t play them again after the first go

      • jay

        They were CLASSIC games and at 30 Cents they were ALL worth getting.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Just because they’re “classic” games, doesn’t mean they’re classic for everyone else. For some, they’d rather waste that 30 cents on a pack of gum instead.

      • Andrew Chambers

        No F-Zero love?

    • Derk

      Then we should expect those promotions to end…. Right?

      I wont see one in the future because this was our ambassador program, right?

      • Tim Chaten

        the 30 cent promotions are ending and have ended I believe – so yes the 30th anniversary promotion in a way was our ambassador’s program – games only available at close to free prices early on in the system’s life

      • jay

        All promotions end hurr hurr

    • Edward

      Actually that was a 30 year anniversary program for Nintendo’s Famicon system.

    • Jon

      why do people keep saying the 30 cents was the ambassador program. It was the 30th anniversary for the Famicon and people who bought the Wii U early did not all get them because if you missed the month when you got the system, you had to pay full price. It is not like you can just always get them for 30 cents. We must pay full price if one was not bought in the time span that it was on or if you got your Wii U after the Month for a game was done.

      • Tim Chaten

        People like me compare it to that because – as you say the games are normal price now – so you HAD TO OWN the system in the early days to get 30 cent pricing.

        I think most understand it was for the Famicon Anniversary, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they did this for early Wii U owners and you had to own one then to benefit. So no it wasn’t an official Ambassador Program, but between 30 cent games, the free eShop credits, and some of the other things I can say I’ve been happy with Nintendo during this first year.

        $50 isn’t a huge price change and they didn’t XL the Wii U. The hardware shipping today isn’t any better than it was yesterday. Fed up with self entitled people that believe they deserve x because of y. Be thankful if you get free stuff, but don’t get that pathetic entitlement mindset – it’s not healthy – sorry if that might of offended anyone, but really ambassador’s program is not something you can just expect when you want one to happen

  • WiiUisgaming

    I ask if the Wii U eShop will come to Latinamerica and they answered me with the same words “I know that this isn’t what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future. I also want to assure you that your comments will be added to our records and made available for other departments at the company to use as they see fit”.

    • WiiUisgaming

      They will never see fit.

  • Fred

    I don’t feel cheated. I think the last 10 months of fun are easily worth the $50 to buy it at launch.

    • jay

      Those 30 cent VC games were a gift to you early adopters don’t forget :)

      • Andrew Chambers

        Yeah, that alone saved us about $40 if we bought all of them.

        • jay

          Yup :)

          And those were VC games I’m gonna buy when I get my Wii U. So just imagine, but I wasn’t bitching then.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I think the main problem is that a lot of those 30 cent games people already had when they had a Wii, and then Nintendo is pretty much giving you the same games for 30 cents now. While you’re not paying them at full price, it is still somewhat in my opinion a rip off. Call it what you will, I know we won’t agree on this one.

  • Ford Crews

    They could throw a bone, like extend the 10% off digital purchases for an extra year, and extend it to basic system purchasers. Doesn’t really cost them anything, drives sales, and makes everyone feel a little loved.

  • Yoshifan3

    And this is one of the many reasons i sold my Wii U. they screw us over like this. yea, I’m definitely not getting a Wii U ever again.

    • Seth S. Scott

      everything drops in price. everything.

      • Derk

        But not everything is discontinued…

        • david jarman

          Yes they do models are changed and dropped all the time.

        • FoxMulder900

          So to you, the NES sucks because they stopped making it? lol

    • Edward

      I’ll let you know how Yarn Yoshi is on the Wii U Yoshifan3.

    • D.M.T

      I hope you leave this website forever too because this website is not for people who sold their Wii U. You are no longer interested in the Wii U so you have no business being here. Go to PS4 or Xbox One Daily and stay there.

      • Yoshifan3

        Make me. oh thats right you cant. i think i will stay here :)

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        If he isn’t trolling, then anyone like him has business here. It’s not like he called it a piece of crap and acted like a douche.

        • Yoshifan3

          Thank you. im not a troll, in fact i go to the wiiu forums ALOT, i just get sick and tired of nintendo’s business decisions sometimes

    • Metroid 33slayer

      Boo hoo to you whiner.

  • wober2

    Does anyone else think when they combined the handheld and console divisions basically the handheld divisions got the focus and creative resources. I also feel like nintendo cant stop the momentum for the 3ds without stumbling. Does nintendo have the resources to provide 3ds software/hardware updates and provide the same effort to the wiiu?

  • Re4wii2008

    I said it Before yesterday and if there’s no ambassador’s program I’ll be fine! It would of been a great time release N64 and (possibly GameCube games exclusively for early adopters) but since we know N64 and Gameboy Advance is coming it’s fine for me, anyway The Original Legend of Zelda game is out today for us Wii U owners and is the first Zelda game to hit the system technically so there’s something!

  • Seth S. Scott

    everything drops in price eventually. the Wii U hasnt been great, but ive got plenty over the last year that makes me satisfied. everyone will find something to whine about and Nintendo cant just keep handing out freebies FOREVER.

  • GermGerm

    Things go down in price… everyone who bought one a year ago knew that when they bought it. Nintendo doesn’t owe us a thing… they are business. They are doing what is best for their business.

  • Katz

    Lol wait until my xbox friends hear about this xD

  • springer85

    LMFAO!!!!ANOTHER EPIC FAIL MISTAKE by Nintendo!!!!!
    They did one with the 3ds after 6 months but not one with the Gimmick U after 10 months?
    Seriously Nintendo are finished, the Wii U is a serious issue……….and then they release another handheld when the 3ds was selling like hot cakes, how DUMB can you get?
    Wake up Ninty lovers it is over, way to many pathetic mistakes and retard idea’s this past year have ruined Nintendo’s name.
    Iwata needs firing or by the end of next year you will be the new Sega!!!

    • FoxMulder900

      You clearly don’t understand business. Like at all.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      No one respond (please don’t point out the irony of me responding) he’s just being trolling saying dumb things like a massive company being “finished” by one issue and a “new handheld”? I hate trolls as much as the next man but if you want them gone, dont feed them, they’ll get bored and fuck off.

    • Agent721

      Nintendo has $11 billion in cash & no debt. Is it hard being so stupid, or does it come naturally? Little kids really shouldn’t be let loose on the net!

  • aldo2410

    Give us Art Academy for free

  • springer85

    LMFAO all these mistakes from Nintendo and the next gen have not even arrived on the market yet!!!
    Nintendo never should have made this rushed pile of cack that has gone backwards from the Wii!!

    • Agent721

      Still no life? By the way, go & checkout the list of best sellers on Gamestop.com.

    • Hipster Victor

      e__e why this ass still herget a life please

  • Will (ishigum)

    If anyone needs me I’ll be in the ANGRY DOME!

    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb281/caska-tb/angry-dome.gif

  • Clel

    I’m mad.

    Real mad.

    • Nintendo4life

      I agree on you on that

    • Metroid 33slayer

      Well don’t be, no one forced you into buying it.

      • Orange Lada

        But we WERE MISLED BY NINTENDO.

        Remember those launch titles and exclusives? Where were they? Seriously, it is one thing to say no one “forced you into buying it”, and ignore the fact that the buying audience were misled.

    • Elem187

      Those .30 cent vc games is our ambassador program… chin up, its not the end of the world.

      • Jon

        those 30 cent games were the 30th anniversary celebration for the famicon and not everyone who bought a Wii U before this announcement got those 30 cent games…. they are not 30 cent forever you know.

      • Saleh Sbeiti

        WOW WE GET TO PLAY YOSHI AND DONKEY KONG FOR 30 CENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST JIZZED!!!!

    • jay

      I’m mad that you’ve had a Wii U since launch and been playing awesome games and got all those cool promotions.

      • Mochlum

        The whole five games. :S And most of the promotions besides the 30 cents ones weren’t that great. Most of them were just regular promotions that you’d always see on an online shop.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Too true.

      • Orange Lada

        Which awesome games are those? ZombiU?

        Not a lot of original content … not much content at all. Even Iwata agrees with that statement.

        That would be one thing, BUT NINTENDO PROMISED CONTENT … and then FAILED TO DELIVER.

        I put out my $350 on that basis; Nintendo failed to deliver.

  • crocodileman94

    We did get those extremely cheap VC games though.

    • Jon

      Not everyone did…. I had a friend who got one because he got his Wii U in the last two months of getting them but then had to send it into repairs missing the second last one. Not everyone got these that bought the Wii U.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Damn it! They should do an ambassador program for Wii U as thanks for supporting it at launch. I take peoples feeling something is owed to them and if people are that bothered by a lack of games then why buy a console knowing it would be a year plus before we got the Mario and Zelda games we wanted (but the Pikmin 3 and LCU delays were horrific) But still, we were a bit screwed over by the delays of games and a patchy release schedule so Nintendo could do something to thank us all for sticking with it.

  • Jake

    I am kinda angry. I am not a freeloader but here is the thing. I bought the Wii U Day 1. I got ZombiU and NSMBU. Now ZombiU was good but to be fair it wasnt like a whole new experience, it was good, but feels very similar to NSMBWii. I got monster hunter but it was a Wii game, had lots of new features but an original title. Since Pikmin 3, I waited 7 months for an original title. Part of the reason for an ambassador program for Wii U is the $50 cut, but the long 4 months for a game (monster hunter may be a remake but is a game) While the 3DS was longer for an original game, it was only 3 months for a game plus i never got one until Zelda. All I am asking for is a free game or something good. Its very disappointing to not have a rewards program for buying their system that has little games and waiting months for some.

  • D.M.T

    People are not allowed to feel cheated. Nintendo decided to discontinue the Basic Bundle and that’s that.

    • Derk

      Yea !! You are not allowed to feel cheated, happy, or sad.
      NOW GET BACK IN LINE!!

  • Ganjabriel Del Campo

    What’s an ambassador program ?? Anyone ?

    • Elem187

      Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS 6 months after launch, and they offered free VC games for those who bought it before the price cut (I think it was 10 games)

      It was a super nice gesture, but I don’t know why people think they deserve the same thing on the Wii U, they waited 10 months before cutting the price.

      • Ganjabriel Del Campo

        Ahh ok thanks Elem187 I just would like to have the wind waker bundle but I already bought the deluxe set in July :'(

  • djcaetano

    Well, I live in latin america and I´ve bought just two weeks ago. I feel somewhat sad about the price cut, but I understand Nintendo reasons. The more Wii U sold, the better for us.

  • John Andalora

    So many people are saying “I’m not mad. What does Nintendo owe me for reducing their price?”
    I am mad, because quite frankly Nintendo said it was a dumb idea, and now they’re doing it. 8 months of the best games being VC games and sitting in its box doing nothing, and all we get is a note saying “You could’ve bought it later and gotten the exact same amount of use out of it.”

    It doesn’t bother me if, after a lot of time has passed, a console reduces price, but such an immediate price drop leaves me wondering “why didn’t I just wait for all this nothing instead of having nothing cost me more earlier?”

  • Adam Fox

    I’m kind of on both sides of the fence here….I think it kinda sucks that they aren’t doing anything for the early adopters considering the major changes here…its not just a price drop on the deluxe system, its the fact that for $299 they had the 8GB model and then a year later, they have the 32GB version PLUS Zelda Windwaker HD for $299…and totally dropping the 8GB one….maybe the 8GB one will become a collectors item b/c it only lasted about a year….kinda like the top-loader NES…. but at the same time, early adopters did get it early….its technology, prices drop…..I don’t think folks that bought a Vita at $300 and paid so much for memory cards are complaining the Vita dropped by $100 and memory card prices dropped….do you hear people complaining about the PS3 going from $599 to $299? (even if they did strip out half the features)…

    • Derk

      You have a really good point; however, the $600 system was because it had backwards compatibility with PS2… So in turn, those early adopters got a rare experience that others weren’t able to get. They were capable of playing PS2 games on their PS3 and that extra technology was pretty expensive so Sony started cutting it down (this situation is more comparable to the 3ds nixing the 3D effect which nobody feels sore about).

      • D.M.T

        No…the real reason why it was $600 is because PS3 was the first Blu-ray player on the market. Blu-ray was really expensive back then and that’s the reason why it was 600. Sony made a mistake putting an expensive non-gaming feature in their system.

        • Adam Fox

          not only that, they stripped out alot of the system……
          #1 Half the USB ports, early models had 4
          #2 No more card readers
          #3 Linux
          #4 Super Audio CD Playback
          # 5 PS2 full compatibility was changed to emulation then NONE!

        • Derk

          If you look on amazon, those 60gb consoles are still very expensive while the modern ones with blueray and 500gb are cheap…

          • D.M.T

            its expensive because those fat Ps3’s have more features and they are rare these days thats why they are more expensive.

  • Elem187

    Oh boo hoo.. I’m an early adopter, I really don’t care…. It would be a nice gesture, but i’m not going to lose any sleep over it. I have more important things to worry about.

  • springer85

    LOL at the Nintendo guzzler’s still trying to defend Nintendo again after they have ripped them off yet again!!
    2DS……Worst hand held ever and looks like a piece of toast!!
    Iwata needs to go,for 10 months this guy has made the worst mistakes in gaming history yet you still are not blaming him?
    The guy who designed the PS3 was shown the door after a year……the guy who designed the 2ds needs firing now!!

  • blindtiger

    as much as i would love some free vc games… the price drop was a tough, costly decision and one that should “grow the install base” and start the wii u takeover…

    so keep making big moves nintendo and the wii u will turn around, which is all i really want

  • springer85

    2DS……..the beginning of the end for Nintendo!!!

    • sdmac200600

      Dude you are just all over this article…you don’t have anything better to do?

      • NkoSekirei

        hes a retarded troll trying to get attention just ignore that fool

    • Derk

      I actually thought the 2DS was a brilliant idea because nobody uses that crap 3D function anyway.

      • springer85

        Ermmmm on the 3ds it is called the SLIDER!!!!

        • sdmac200600

          So you wanna pay extra for a feature you won’t use. ok

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Yeah but they keep making new hardware! IT’S IRRATATTING!

      • Stoenk

        I use it

  • http://www.w-o-n.org/ GoldDreams

    I’m disappointed. I expected better. But I figured this would be their attitude toward it. All I gotta say is if you don’t mind. That is fine, do nothing. But if you don’t think this is fair then please start emailing Nintendo to let them know how you feel. There is no use in trying to debate your opinion with people who can’t do anything about it. Just email or call Nintendo customer service and tell them about it. That is what I have done. The more emails the better.

  • springer85

    Yeah lets release a 2DS when for $40 more you can buy a 3DS,that looks better,feels better,has bigger screens and lets you watch 3d movies,trailers and sports!!
    LOL

  • ChlorineGalaxy

    darn, i just bought mine less than a month ago, and i could have gotten another game with that 50$, but i’m not too dissapointed because I’ve been having a ton of fun with my Wii U. But it would have been nice to have some kind of bonus for us but whatever.

  • springer85

    The Wii U has all these problems this past year when it has had ZERO competition…..is gonna be hillarious what happens to it when the 2 next gen consoles arrive!!
    LOL

  • jay

    Last time I bought something at the store and the price dropped I didn’t get shit.

  • SonicLucario

    Im kinda upset but hey, Im just glad I own a WiiU and Nintendo is paying me back with there great games that will be coming out :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I know many are upset about the recent price drop but I am OK with this. I have had my Wii U since launch and have been playing that more than my other platforms. Had the price drop came within the first 3-4 months then I may have been upset because the price dropped within the launch window. But 8-9 months later it is just how these things go with technology. Consumer demand and technology progression make for rapid price drops on technology.

    • jay

      Everytime the Wii U drops in price I’m gonna have a bitchfit!! ! ! !!!!! !! 1 1 11 1111!!!!!

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Aren’t you sorta doing that now? Lol

    • Jon

      well, for me it just means I won’t be adopting the next system early because… honestly, it is a waste it seems. You get much better deals and more games (possibly better hardware/HD space) waiting a year so I’ll be doing that on the next Nintendo System

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        It’s a risk you take with any technology IMO. You get the hottest new cell phone or tablet and a new one comes 6 months later and the one you got has a price drop. The difference is the cell phone and tablet market seems to make people feel they need a new one every year and people go for it. Being an IT professional I know technology changes and advances at the blink of an eye and there are many factors that affect price so if you adopt early you take a risk but then if you sit and wait you may miss out. It’s a catch 22.

        • Jon

          yeah, I can understand that. Though it still kind of bugs me. The ambassador program, the people they said got it were the people who were Nintendo’s most loyal fans simply because they got it when it came out before the price drop. Now, here it is for the Wii U which people had stood by it despite all the negativity it got, all the gloominess it was showing, the little support it was getting but Many people all stay with it and were still backing Nintendo when say X company would make this bad statement or something else would happen.

          People stood by with lots of faith and believed in Nintendo, they bought it even though it was struggling to help support the system. I just feel that they don’t feel the same way about us early adopter as those with the 3DS simply because they said the ambassador program on the 3DS is for Nintendo’s more loyal customers. Yet for people who showed their support for Nintendo with the Wii U…. kind of don’t get that recognition. Maybe they just chose a bad choice of words but… I feel slightly offended because of the choice of words and actions they did with their “most loyal fans” before when I myself… am more loyal and a bigger fan of nintendo than 80% of the people who originally got the 3DS ambassador I like to buy my systems at launch but sadly, at the time with the 3DS, I was unable to afford it thanks to screw up with student loans. So… because of that, it makes me feel like Nintendo is telling me I am not one of their greatest fans though… Nintendo is pretty much my only gaming tool aside from the PC.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I see your point but the system is out of the “Launch Window” which is typically 3-6 months so all is fair game at this point IMO. The only reason the 3DS got that Ambassador program was because the price dropped within the launch Window and Nintendo did not have to do that to be honest but they did. I do not know many other companies that would do that for customers if they released a product and then the price dropped shortly thereafter.

          • Jon

            still doesn’t change that their choice of words was bad and still offends me as when what they said, it looks as they don’t consider me as a loyal fan compared to those on the 3DS.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Eh… I think giving early adopters of the deluxe unit a 10% credit on everything purchased in the eShop and freebies for simply registering games and systems is pretty nice of them.. It is not like they are charging a subscription fee like the other guys to get some rewards.

            Don’t take this the wrong way but getting all bent out of shape because something you bought months ago dropped in price is pointless. No guarantees were made and I cannot think of any company that would make such a guarantee. I mean it is not like you couldn’t use the system for all those months you had it right?

  • Mad Scientist Link

    The VC 30 cent games were awful, except for F-Zero and Super Metroid

    • jay

      Oxymoron?

      • Mad Scientist Link

        -_- your a sad chap aren’t you

  • Assassinated23

    PS3 dropped its price by $100 8 months after launch, after discontinuing the 20 gig version two months before. XBox (original) dropped by $100 in 6 months. Gamecube in the same timeframe dropped by $50. N64 also dropped by $50 in six months. None of them offered anything to those who bought the console early. WiiU is getting a $50 price cut 10 months after launch, which many feel was long overdue, and you’re whining because you feel you’re owed free games by Nintendo? They already had some great promotions for early adopters, such as the 30th anniversary Famicom deals, and the %10 digital discount promotion. Also, there is no recall of the standard model, they simply are ceasing to make more. It was a poor seller, but there was nothing wrong with it such that those who bought it deserve recompense.

    stats from http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/Price_cuts

    • Saleh Sbeiti

      Yeah, and N64, Gamecube and Xbox didn’t have digital gaming, so what’s your point? Xbox 360 had problems which didn’t really make it worth the price, and PS3 was being sold at a loss from the beginning, Sony is generous for giving away PS3’s for the price they do now.

      • Assassinated23

        I fail to see your argument, are you disagreeing with me, saying you feel Nintendo owes early WiiU adopters an Ambassador program? Are you saying that any device that has digital gaming and doesn’t malfunction, or is being sold for a loss owes consumers free games whenever it drops its price? If so, I’d mention WiiU is still being sold for a loss, and the loss will increase with the price cut. But anyway, that seems like a pretty ridiculous stand to take in any case. I feel I’m probably misrepresenting your argument though, so some clarification would be welcome.

        Anyway, my point was that many systems, including Nintendo systems have had price cuts within a year, for which no compensation was given or asked for. The WiiU is receiving a modest price cut ten months after launch, giving early adopters up to 10 months of use out of the system, for which they are not owed anything from Nintendo.

        • Saleh Sbeiti

          “PS3 dropped its price by $100 8 months after launch, after discontinuing the 20 gig version two months before.”

          PS3 removed a lot of features after the price cut. And it is still being sold at a loss today and has been since launch, which is crazy to think.

          ” XBox (original) dropped by $100 in 6 months.”

          Xbox didn’t have a digital service to buy games.

          “Gamecube in the same timeframe dropped by $50.”

          Gamecube didn’t have a digital service to sell games either.

          “N64 also dropped by $50 in six months.”

          -.-

          • Assassinated23

            I understand the individual points you’re making, but not how it relates to the overall argument. Do you or do you not feel Nintendo owes early adopters of the WiiU free games/ambassador program, just because they are dropping the price $50 ten months after launch?
            By the way, the part about PS3 discontinuing the 20 gig version was mostly aimed at Derk, who believes this is akin to a recall for a product malfunction, which it’s not.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Yes, we should be given something, for good costumer relation, and for the fact that we had a huge drought of interesting games since launch. Which was full of rubbish. I’m just asking for select 30 year old games, if they can give Super Metroid away for 30 cents, they can give away Zelda for free.

  • Mad Scientist Link

    I don’t mind not getting an AP cause its not needed. They don’t need to give stuff free to early adopters, but what they have pretty much told us is NEVER buy a Nintendo console/handheld at release cause they will overprice purposely then drop it a few months later. I wouldn’t have been upset with the Wii U if there were games to play on it, but the lack of the quality games angered me (also my fiance who bought it for Christmas for me). I love Nintendo, but I will never be a day 1 buyer for their products anymore.

  • Jon

    well, sad to see this. I guess it spells I won’t be buying a console early ever again. I’ll wait about a year before I end up buying the next console because by then, there will be better deals and limited edition options. My mistake for buying a system early.

  • tronic307

    Would have been nice to get some free VC games, but no disappointment here. The price cut is just part of Nintendo’s strategy, and I’ve previously recommended axing the 8GB.

    Next comes the flood of games…

  • Extra Vinegary

    Time to riot in the streets. But hey, I don’t believe anything Nintendo says anymore. They are not going to straight up tell us what their plans are. Iwata said no price cut and then a few weeks later, BAM!

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      so if you have a product and you plan a price cut, you can reveal that 3 month before.

      • Extra Vinegary

        You don’t get it.

  • Orange Lada

    Disappointing in the extreme.

    Early adopters got stuck with a slow (to say the least system) that clearly we ended up being QA for. (BTW Nintendo – it STILL freezes!).

    To add insult to injury, most of the launch titles we were promised, did not show up in the launch window. For most of the time I’ve owned Wii U, I’ve had VERY limited use with the lack of software. And I got to pay $50 EXTRA for the privilege?!

    So … Nintendo ….. tell you what. You don’t do the Ambassador program, and I won’t buy a title I fully intended to buy. Lets see who comes out ahead. Meh!

    • boynhisblobs

      They’ll still come out ahead. Have you seen how much money they have?

      Also, you act like you didn’t get to play your Wii U these last 10 months. That extra $50 got you all that time to play every game that’s currently been released, where as someone buying it on 9/20 has to spend the hours playing the back catalog you already got to enjoy.

      • robert reavis

        What back catalog?? NSMBU.

        • Orange Lada

          I agree. The only back catalog I’ve experienced have been the $0.30 games. I’m sure these games hold a lot of nostalgia for some, but based on those games, I’m not a fan.

      • Orange Lada

        I had Nintendo Land and ZombiU at launch. No NSMBU as I’m not big on platformers. $.30 might be nostalgic for some, but to me … to quote Reggie – Meh!

        So … other than that …. Trine2, until I picked up Pikmin.

        So in the course of almost a year, do you think that 2 games is reasonable?

        I don’t. I resent having had to QA their operating system. And I sure as hell resent them lowering the price in the first year and providing nothing useful for users.

        No, I don’t think my $60 digital boycott of Nintendo is going to bankrupt Nintendo, nor would I even want to do that!! Sheesh!

        No, I am simply voting with my wallet. Yes, while I think it is a good system I’m annoyed with Nintendo. Nintendo appear to not really care about their core adopting audience, and I’m quickly coming to the point of not caring for Nintendo.

  • Myles Rodriguez

    sigh…

  • Kieran Sedgwick

    This makes me massively pissed. Nintendo has a lot to answer for.

    • boynhisblobs

      Why? No other company ever gives back anything when there’s a price drop. Do your car payment lower because your car is worth less? Does the gas station give you a week worth of free gas when when the price drops? Nope.

      • Kieran Sedgwick

        I’ll use the car as an analogy.

        Imagine if someone sold you a car with the promise of proper infrastructure (roads) to drive it on, and then failed to deliver those roads for a year, then dropped the price on the car WHILE adding bells and whistles as the roads finally began to appear.

        You’d be pissed that they completely ignored the fact that you bought something next to useless out of loyalty.

        Sure there were SOME roads, but not enough to justify buying the car a year before it was fully supported.

        End analogy.

        • boynhisblobs

          I’d say you were stupid for buying the car, but you did. I’d also say good luck getting anything back from the car company.

          • Kieran Sedgwick

            If we apply what you’re saying to the actual context of the situation, then you’re saying I was stupid to buy a Wii U when there wasn’t enough software for it.

            But I didn’t know there wouldn’t be software – no one did. Nintendo had promised to not repeat what happened with the 3ds.

            So you’re actually saying that I was stupid to trust Nintendo to stick to their word.

  • AlThor

    I traded my Wii in for a WiiU, plenty of games until this fall/winter onslaught of WiiU goodness! And no, because they did it for one system…

  • Veries Seals

    Ok enough with the Ambassador program. Its not that serious. I have bought 3 Nintendo 3DS and a Wii U and plan to buy another Wi U. I don’t need give a ways of free stuff to buy the console that I love. This is not a 3DS this is a Wii U. Sony and Microsoft did not offer those programs to make early adopter buy their consoles which were severely over prince and still are over priced now. Give me games which they are doing and keep them rolling which they need to do. Thats all I ask of Nintendo. Ambassador program… shish… really? LMAO!

  • Veries Seals

    Read this, this is an absolute beautiful story and this is another reason why Nintendo does not need help and why they are so different in direction from Sony and Microsoft! All I can say is can the PS4 and XBox One do this with all of their power? No they cant! But the Wii U can. They are about Family and everyone can play! For once I have to say thanks to IGN for bringing us such a wonderful story. Please read!

    http://www.ign.com/blogs/zenspath/2013/08/28/the-gamepad-helped-my-daughter-play-her-first-game-and-shes-almost-blind/

    • John Andalora

      So, instead of having the girl look at a big screen and hurt her eyesight even more, he has her look at a small screen and hurt her eyesight even more.

      See, while I’m glad to hear the near blind girl can play something in a way that’s more dangerous to her disabilities, that doesn’t mean Nintendo is better. It just means that an irresponsible parent was even more irresponsible with his kid.
      And, btw, if it’s a smaller screen, why not just get a small TV and have her play video games on that?

      • Veries Seals

        you are the only one on the planet that has found something negative to say about this article. Congraduations for showing everyone how negative and short sighted that you are. that was not the point of the article. but i guess since you are a medical authority on eye sight and also an authority on whats best for this mans family I guess your point should be considered. NOT! Go home cuz with your negative attitude. I dont know how you took the article but I took the article as a young lady with limited sight enjoying being a part of gaming with her family and hopefully later as our friend in the Wii U gaming community. Mane go home with that!

        • John Andalora

          I’m the only one who actually considers the idea that putting a childs face next to a glowing box, causing further eye strain, would be a BAD THING.

          You don’t like what people say, don’t come on the internet.

          • Veries Seals

            no, if you dont like what people say you dont comment. last time i checked i was grown and i posted my opinion. you commented on my thoughts. And yes you are the only one that had a negative reaction to the article. you totally missed the point of the article. you don’t know what Drs. have told this young man what was ok for his child or not. i am not about to debate with you about ethics about children. i have children of my own. You should stick to the subject if you are going to put in your opinion. This is an article about a young girl over coming a long term medical issue and enjoyed herself with her family. Now if you would like to turn this article into something else you will do so by yourself. Good bye.

          • John Andalora

            That’s the longest whine I’ve ever seen on WiiUDaily.
            Congratulations.

  • NintenFan2013

    well this sucks…

  • Kirbyomega

    Well the Wii u basic will be worth a lot in the future I think, since not many people have it

  • Tom Greene

    Nintendo is screwing up big time with the Wii U…just keep the great 3ds lineup strong

  • Luigi!

    While some people think early adopters don’t have a right to be mad, the fact is that we do. We were promised several games that were delayed, first off. And don’t give the cop out excuse that some of them were third party. Nintendo shouldn’t announce release dates until they have 100% guarantee that it will be out that day, barring natural disaster or something. Second,to claim that we got games for 30 cents on the VC is just crap. Not all the games were 30 cents, only a handful, and quite honestly, most of them sucked, or weren’t worth more than 30 cents. Donkey Kong? Galaga? Really? Those are classics, but not worth more than 30 cents, so don’t act like that’s a GREAT deal, because it’s not. The VC as a whole sucks so far. The Wii U has had a very long drought in new (good) releases. The drought is just about over, but now the price drops for the console. If we had known the Wii U promises weren’t going to come to fruition, we would have waited until the games started rolling out in large numbers. Oh, and keep in mind that I am entitled to an opinion fanboys, so don’t argue with insults.

    • asdfg

      Finally someone with a brain here.

      • Luigi!

        Thank you. Seems you are intelligent as well. Just because we support Nintendo doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to criticize them.

  • uPadWatcher

    That doesn’t bother me. The 30th Anniversary of the FamiCom promotion and the DDP are good enough for me.

  • Kevin Gadouas

    well i think its bull**** anyway nintendo with there false advertisment saying dvr controls and all these apps but if anyone has noticed dvr control is gone from tvii

  • Vile-Okami

    Eh, I think I’ve gotten plenty of use out of my Wii U since it came out, so I’m not mad.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    It irritates me how people think they are always entitled to something. Looking at all the complaining regarding the price cut probably shows why Nintendo was reluctant to cut the Wii U price in the first place. The thing is if you cut the price too soon then the early adopters will throw a fit. The 3DS ambassador program was as an apology, The problem here is that now people are spoiled by that program and are like gimme a bunch of free games for Wii U!

  • Marko Kuku

    i bought the Wii U Basic at launch for €329, i have to say that it’s a good console but not giving us a sensor bar, going through a half-year with slow/buggy OS, game delays and when they gave us an update they also announce the Deluxe promotion on Eshop.

    As a Basic Pack owner i don’t demand much but Nintendo you send us the message that we are being left out.

  • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

    Right, im off to write a strongly worded comment on Miiverse!!!

  • Isaac Franco

    I’m a big fan of Nintendo and early adopter but I do have to say that Wii U is similar to XBox 360. I don’t demand for anything free but really would like to see them developing a real next gen console that will be able to compete against XBox One and PS4. At this point I can only and sadly realize that Nintendo won’t be a real competitor for Microsoft and PS. They should start doing a better version of the Wii U, at least 8GB Ram plus 250 GB storage, and even that would be short at the low point they’ve fallen to…

    • D.M.T

      Wii U is a real next gen console and specs are not the reason for Wii U’s lack of 3rd party support

      • Isaac Franco

        Unfortunately it hardly stands out next to XBox 360 which makes it look like an effort to be up to speed with current consoles. Once the real next gen come out, 3rd party support will be even lower. It will require a higher effort to adapt games to Wii U. Look at it as adapting a Wii game to DS.

        • D.M.T

          I repeat: Wii U is a real next gen console. You sound stupid when you say it isnt. Wii U is at least 2 times more powerful than PS3/360, that’s a fact. Specs aren’t the reason for the lack of support. Gamecube was more powerful than PS2 but the 3rd party support was really low. The reason is politics and not specs

    • Petri

      2GB of ram is enough, as long as you know what youre doing with it, though I agree Nintendo could have went with atleast 4GB.
      Wii U is dedicated for gaming, 8GB would be overkill. Even next gen twins only has 3-4GB for games.
      It might take entire generation for developers to fully take advantage of all the 8 cores on those consoles.
      We have had 4 cores for some time now, and still there are game that don’t use/need all of those.
      On a customer point of view, I can understand how storage inside the device could make a person who isnt that tech aware to want a system with more storage.
      But I would rather buy a 8gb smartphone with micro SD card slot, than 64GB device without said slot.
      You will run out of storage, even if you have 500GB.
      Predicting games on next gen twins will have 4-8GB installation size for disc, and downloaded games are from 20GB upwards
      Though I cant agree with Nintendo for going USB 2.0 on Wii U, it bottlenecks faster hard drives.
      And a small installation (optional) could help certain games perform and load faster.

      On another note, it can be a good thing, if Nintendo plays catch up with the twins, but so far, they have not taken the full advantage of that.

      And on personal opinion, I like how small, cool and quiet Wii U is (Disk spinning is noticeable when I stop to listen to it).
      Even if I had a external HD, power brick and cords on it, all of those can be gracefully hidden.

  • Shelim Uddin

    A link between worlds box art revealed. It also has nintendo network capabilities interesting.

    • Anthony K Aurelia

      Miiverse…

  • Shelim Uddin

    A Link between worlds box art revealed. It also has nintendo network capabilities interesting.

  • MewThree28

    Is it weird that after all these price cuts and bundles I still want the Basic Wii U?. I don’t have a wii u because i was always hoping that they would make a white deluxe like they did in japan. But seeing the promotion on the deluxe, i don’t think a white deluxe would happen :(

  • readypembroke

    Don’t really care about a ambassador program. and the prices about VC games I don’t care about. I can live with the prices. I know that there is going to be people on the other side of the fence commenting on this

  • YayGs

    That’s fine. Less than (or equal) to the price of a game on the system. Plus as others have mentioned Wii U owners were able to take advantage of the 30 year anniversary celebration with 30 cent games (and I disagree that they might as well have been free instead) and there have been other sales on other eShop games.

    The 3DS price drop was a little different. For one, they were selling the 3DS for a profit where as Nintendo admitted not too long ago Wii U is being sold at a loss (for how much I don’t know). Also the 3DS price drop was $80 which is a 32% drop where the Wii U is dropping by 17%. I’m not sure if the time between the drops is significantly different or not.

    • Orange Lada

      Did you play any of those $0.30 games? Meh!

      (I’m still trying to figure out how they charge $2.99 for this stuff!!! Someone pays that?

      • YayGs

        Of course, the only one I didn’t play is Yoshi.
        Balloon Fight is actually pretty fun with 2 people. It’s better than I thought. But I definitely like Punch Out, Kirby’s Adventure, and Super Metroid.

        I’ve never played Super Metroid before so 30 cents is a fantastic deal for a new experience like that. And even if Super Metroid was the only game I were to play that’s still only $2.10 which is still more than worth it for me, again since I’ve never played it. And for others it could be nostalgic especially if they lost their game since then.

        Nintendo was right with what they said a while back. Mobile gaming is ruining gaming.

  • Andrew Longo

    It’s only unfair because we bought a console with no games for more, now its actually got games but for less. should have given us something, early demo access anything, there goes $50

    • Guest

      It had plenty of games when it launched and also has had some great games release since launch. You didn’t waste any money and in fact you got alot back if you bought the 30 cent games they offered, they offered a total of 7 classic games all originally worth about $45 added together. The people who buy Wii U’s now have missed out on that while you(most likely) had the opportunity to get great games for almost 90% off(rough guess) there original price. Also look at it from the perspective that you have had an entertainment device that has been able to play games you cant find anywhere else. Really when you look at it at least IMO it was well worth paying $50 to be able to get great classic games and be able to experience the great games Wii U already has for the past few months.

      • jjmesa14

        However if people already had those games on their Wii it would have only cost them $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games.

  • Orange Lada

    I’m disappointed. I wouldn’t have been if product promised for launch was delivered, but it wasn’t. I wouldn’t have been if the system had been up to snuff when purchase, but it wasn’t (still waiting for that last patch).

    Now I’m told I got to pay $50 more?!

    Yes, I’m disappointed.

  • Saul Strange

    I know they’re not under any obligation to do the ambassador program, but it certainly would help keep early adopters happy. Good customer relations, you know?

    All the Nintendo faithful who bought the Wii U early have been starved of games for just under a year, and to have that brand loyalty and patience rewarded with a de-valued product so soon smarts a little.

    What incentive do we have to support Nintendo’s next hardware release at launch? We might as well wait a year, buy it cheaper and actually have a good selection of games to play, you know? A little something to say sorry would have really helped keep their fans happy, a free download of the original Zelda or something like that, just as a sign of goodwill and appreciation for their most faithful supporters.

    • ItzameyaToad

      I think the 30 cent sale on alot of there classic games that actually originally added up to $45 total is a good thank you IMO and that is something new people wont be able to access. Also the E-shop sales on alot of it’s games is a big plus as well. And really I don’t get the “starved for games comment” the Wii U had the biggest launch of any console(much better than PS4 and Xbox One are shaping up to be and much better than Xbox 360 and PS3’s launch) as well as a consistant amount of games streaming in throughout the year. Sure games didn’t come as fast as people wanted or thats the norm on a console after awhile but I believe that as the year has gone on month after month more games have released. I say Nintendo doesn’t need to give us early adopters anything because I feel they already have in many ways.

      • Saul Strange

        Yeah, the 30 cent deals were great, especially for Super Metroid, you’re definitely correct there. Dunno about eShop deals though, the monthly deals probably won’t stop after the price drop, so that point is potentially moot.

        I think most Wii U owners (as well as anyone observing the plight of the Wii U thus far) would agree with my point about the games drought. Maybe “starved” was too dramatic a word to use, but the point is still valid. Yeah, it launched with a decent amount of games, but too many were ports that I already had on my 360, of little interest or just of poor quality – FIFA 13 and that Rabbids game spring to mind. Judging by the poor sales figures of many of those launch games, the majority of other Wii U owners thought the same and didn’t buy them.

        To be honest, I’m not too fussed about the price drop, personally. My comment about a goodwill gesture and loss of consumer confidence was meant in the hypothetical sense, as I could foresee some people taking issue with the price drop, and I wouldn’t blame them, but I actually don’t mind :-)

    • Marko Kuku

      I was thinking about the same thing, that the loyal fans won’t stay if they don’t get the games on launch window because they are ready for the console launch.

      If Nintendo had kept the dates on launch window games and also somehow made Ubisoft change their mind about releasing Rayman for Wii U first, then i would have no problems, but all the small things have just added up and when Ninty games could have been there, there’s just dust collecting on the console because without games a gaming console isn’t half as usable as a computer (for example).

      • Saul Strange

        Exactly :-) It’s all about consumer confidence and brand loyalty, isn’t it? I imagine quite a few Nintendo fans might be cautious about buying new Nintendo hardware “day one” next time. So a little something from Nintendo to say ‘thanks for supporting us, we appreciate it’ would probably help keep some of those people on-side.

        I don’t care enough about the price drop and the games drought to demand something free from Nintendo, but a token of appreciation would have been warmly received, by me, anyway :-)

        • Marko Kuku

          I think you’re correct, because i think for many people Nintendo will be Nintendo but ultimately it comes down to decisions where they might hold off.

      • jjmesa14

        Exactly. I was counting on some good games coming out in the launch window, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Wii Fit U, Rayman Legends, and of course Aliens: Colonial Marines. I bought a Wii U because I thought great games were going to be coming out in the next few months. I probably could have waited until September if I had known that those games would have been delayed. I could have used the extra $50 to buy another game.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      “What incentive do we have to support Nintendo’s next hardware release at launch?”
      Aside from getting the system early, what incentive would there be? No system has a ton of games at launch, and every system is at its most expensive at launch. You buy early to get early access. That’s all the incentive there’s ever been. If you want a cheaper price and a bigger library, it’s always best to wait a year or two, but that means waiting a year or two…

      • Saul Strange

        I know dude :-) I was only speaking hypothetically.

        I’m actually not too fussed about the whole thing. I was just trying to convey how some people may be concerned about Nintendo’s recent track record with early price drops and software droughts (Wii U and 3DS) and be cautious about making a “day one” purchase next time. Those people are out there, so it’s a rational point to make, ya know?

        I thought a little ‘thank you’ from Nintendo to the early adopters would be a good customer relations move to keep those people in Nintendo’s favour. Just my two cents :-)

      • Saleh Sbeiti

        *No Nintendo system.

        • TrueWiiMaster

          No, no system period. The PS4 and Xbox One are both launching with fewer games than the Wii U launched with. Before that, the PS3 and PS1 both launched with fewer games than the PS4, and the Xbox and 360 both launched with fewer games than the Xbox One. In fact, it looks like the only consoles to launch with more than 20 retail games (counting the PS4 and Xbox One) were the PS2, Wii, and Wii U, with the Wii U having the biggest launch of all.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Just because you have a lot of games, doesn’t mean you have a lot of good games.

          • TrueWiiMaster

            I agree, but the Wii U did have quite a few good games at launch. For me, there were about ten retail games I wanted on launch day (I’ve gotten 6 of them), and there were 3-4 other games that were worth getting, but not really my taste. That’s almost as many games as the entire PS4 launch, and it doesn’t include either sports game or the casual games like Just Dance and Sing. What’s more, 4-6 of those games were console exclusives, as compared to the PS4’s 3 launch exclusives and the Xbox One’s 4 launch exclusives (counting Zoo Tycoon).

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            True, but the only ones that were exciting for me were Scribblenauts, Nintendo Land, Mario Bros U, and Sonic & All Stars Racing.

          • TrueWiiMaster

            And there are more in the PS4/Xbox One launches that you want?

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Who said I want a PS4/Xbox One?

          • TrueWiiMaster

            If not the PS4 and Xbox One, which systems were you referring to when you said “*No Nintendo system”? Surely you had some non-Nintendo systems with launches you liked better than the Wii U’s in mind?

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            North American Dreamcast launch was killer. And there actually were good launch games on Nintendo systems, Mario world, Duck Hunt, F-Zero, Mario 64, Luigi’s Mansion. But the Wii U’s launch titles were amazingly aw inspiring.

  • reyn69sharla

    doesnt bother me about paying the extra $50 on launch day as i would’ve spent it elsewhere.
    spent 50 bux at Maccas feeding my neices and nephews last night.

  • Sharingan

    I love the 3DS ambassador program, it made me felt special in a sort of way by Nintendo.
    Not having an ambassador program for the Wii U is not in anyway a deal breaker for me because I’ve really enjoyed the Wii U since its release. Playing Nintendo Land, Call of Duty, Trine 2, Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed 3 with the “gamepad functions” for the first time was mind blowing.

    • Anthony K Aurelia

      Sshhh…don’t tell them that, now we won’t get free stuff, lol.

  • Mochlum

    An easy solution that wouldn’t cost much money but would satisfy early buyers (inluding me) would be releasing the Best Buy E3 demos on the eShop. They’re already made, well help raise awareness on games, and could work as an “ambassador” thing, because everyone will eventually get to play them. Anyone agree?

  • Petri

    I’ve been completely happy with my purchase.
    Only disappointments I’ve had/have, are the ridiculous delays of Rayman and Deus Ex.
    I never really expected every third party game and every PS4&XBOne game to land on Wii U.
    But I do hope it gets better on that front as well.

  • Johny

    Well i wouldnt mind free stuff, but i really dont feel cheated. i dont think i paid too much for a system im REALLY satisfied with, and really enjoy.

  • http://people.ign.com/fliadaloisio fliadaloisio

    At least they have answered you. :D

  • Aleks

    I dont feel “cheated”, BUT, I certainly EXPECTED and was led to believe, by Nintendo themselves, that there wouldve been more games in the “launch window”. But instead, delay, delay, delay. I dont expect a freebee, but a WiiU ambassador-ish program would garner them really good PR, which, lets face it, they could use. It’d simply be a real nice thank-you to the early adopters. It would NOT break their bank, AND It would go a loong way in further emboldening the loyalty of their fans. Who wouldn’t get a little warm and fuzzy if we got Mario3, for instance, as a thank-you from Nintendo?

  • Denvy

    Yeah, I could have waited a year and paid 50 bucks less, but my son and I had a heck of a good time that wouldn’t have been had if I’d waited. Who cares about 50 bucks.

    • Fred

      I care about $50, but I certainly think that the last 9 months of playing Wii U with my son was well worth the extra $50

      • boynhisblobs

        Exactly, so tired of hearing the whining. Its as if none of these people wanted to buy the wii u, but were forced into it or something.
        I seriously don’t feel like Nintendo owes me anything. I decided to buy a system at launch knowing damn well what that means. Sure, there could have been more games last January and February but my daughter and I have loved every minute of gaming on the device.

        If you’re a hardcore gamer with no kids, then why did you buy a Wii U at launch??

        I feel like Nintendo knows it’s market really well, it’s me and the two guys above me. Gamers with kids.

        I’d love to play splinter cell and grand theft auto all day, except for my kids. Nintendo is giving me exactly what I want in games like Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD and Lego City. Games I like to play, but my kids can watch n play too!
        If i could go back, i’d buy it on day one all over again!

        • Fred

          AGREED! I love playing these games with my kids. They are kid friendly and fun for adults

      • Denvy

        That was my point, that some people need to stop complaining about the 50 bucks they supposedly got screwed out of.

        • Fred

          I know I was just backing you up cause you’re not the only one that feels that way

  • jjmesa14

    The only reason that I would expect an ambassador program is that the launch window was a complete failure. Over half of the games on the launch list dod not come out during that period. You can view the launch window here.

    http://www.destructoid.com/50-titles-for-us-wii-u-launch-window-234926.phtml

  • devmiles

    i do feel dissapointed, not really about the prices or packages but in general about the wii-u. i feel i shouldn’t have bought it in the beginning and could have waited for another year and a half. there is very little interesting software or of any epic proportion whatsoever. i’m a big nintendo fan but i don’t feel things are going the right direction now, it feels like the glory days are just not there. i wish there would be something like mario galaxy 3 for instance. the mario 3d worlds looks too much like mario 3d land too and aimed for the young kids. i need serious gameplay. maybe that’s the reason why sony and microsoft have so many following too, they aim for older audience. kind of a pity because i don’t want to feel too old for nintendo products but somehow it just does.

  • Kenshin0011

    The 3DS ambassador program had old NES and GBA games…Honestly, games like these should be available for under a dollar…So they shoulda given some free to Wii U owners because it only makes people like them more and it barely costs them anything…

    Ideally, they should offer a subscription service for their ENTIRE virtual console. We should be able to pay $7.99/per month and have access to all the games

  • X3Charlie

    This is surprising. Personally I don’t really play VC games, my problem is when Nintendo announced the Ambassador program for the 3DS I felt good about it. I said hey look that’s how it’s done, thats a company who appreciates its customers, they didn’t have to do that. I just feel kinda disappointed that they didn’t make a symbolic gesture this time.

  • Landonus

    Not before this post was I even aware what this program was or that it existed. After doing a few minutes of digging I found out how to acquire the games and I have to say I am impressed. Not only was there 20 titles but most were awesome, Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, and Mario Cart Super Circuit to name a few. This will keep me busy for quite some time. Thank you Nintendo and thank you WiiUdaily!

  • Guest

    It’s about integrity and trusting the brand. They swore up and down that there was NO WAY IN HELL that they would or even could do a price cut. They made it part of their PR, shouting to the rafters how price wasn’t a problem, and about the tremendous value the system represented. Over and over again we were told not to worry about a price cut, because it wouldn’t happen. That enticed some people would were on the fence… many who were probably caught up in the same scenario when they bought a 3DS… to go ahead and take the plunge.

    It wasn’t a matter of them hedging, or talking around the subject. The said repeatedly and unequivocally that there absolutely would not be a price cut. And then they did it. And on top of that, it comes with a ‘AAA’ holiday season release, and a custom system. How could anyone NOT see that as a slap in the face? And now no attempt to reach out to the very people who kept this system alive? Kept it from being another Virtual Boy? The system’s installed user base in the states is less than the number of Wiis they used to move in a month! And it’s that user base that has been their life-line.

    It’s not about getting something for nothing… it’s about being lied to. It’s about a company being more than willing to use it’s fans as an anchor, but cutting the chain and leaving them to rot when it’s time to set sail. This is wrong. It’s first-world problems, but it’s wrong none-the-less. Any gesture on their part would have been welcome. How about a trade-in offer on the Zelda bundle with assistance migrating the existing account to the new unit to make navigating their drm simple and painless? How about instant platinum status on Club Nintendo or some really nice Nintendo swag? It could have been simple. It didn’t need to be 5, 10 or 20 game downloads. Just something to say: ‘Yeah… we botched the launch, our marketing sucked and/or was non-existent and that has cost you the third party support for the system you invested in. And now we’re about to do something we swore we wouldn’t, so here… we just want you to know we appreciate you and the fact that it will be a long time before this system gets any more real support outside of us and our partners.’

    All I know is that, if someone lies to me in my social circles, it takes a hell of a long time for me to trust them again. It will be a very long time before I trust Nintendo.

  • WhataShame

    It’s about integrity and trusting the brand. They swore up and down that there was NO WAY IN H*** that they would or even could do a price cut. They made it part of their PR, shouting to the rafters how price wasn’t a problem, and about the tremendous value the system represented. Over and over again we were told not to worry about a price cut, because it wouldn’t happen. That enticed some people would were on the fence… many who were probably caught up in the same scenario when they bought a 3DS… to go ahead and take the plunge.

    It wasn’t a matter of them hedging, or talking around the subject. The said repeatedly and unequivocally that there absolutely would not be a price cut. And then they did it. And on top of that, it comes with a ‘AAA’ holiday season release, and a custom system. How could anyone NOT see that as a slap in the face? And now no attempt to reach out to the very people who kept this system alive? Kept it from being another Virtual Boy? The system’s installed user base in the states is less than the number of Wiis they used to move in a month! And it’s that user base that has been their life-line.

    It’s not about getting something for nothing… it’s about being lied to. It’s about a company being more than willing to use it’s fans as an anchor, but cutting the chain and leaving them to rot when it’s time to set sail. This is wrong. It’s first-world problems, but it’s wrong none-the-less. Any gesture on their part would have been welcome. How about a trade-in offer on the Zelda bundle with assistance migrating the existing account to the new unit to make navigating their drm simple and painless? How about instant platinum status on Club Nintendo or some really nice Nintendo swag? It could have been simple. It didn’t need to be 5, 10 or 20 game downloads. Just something to say: ‘Yeah… we botched the launch, our marketing sucked and/or was non-existent and that has cost you the third party support for the system you invested in. And now we’re about to do something we swore we wouldn’t, so here… we just want you to know we appreciate you and the fact that it will be a long time before this system gets any more real support outside of us and our partners.’

    All I know is that, if someone lies to me in my social circles, it takes a hell of a long time for me to trust them again. It will be a very long time before I trust Nintendo.

  • Kev

    PROUD owner of the Wii U since day 1. That being said, I would hate to see something like the 3DS ambassador program on Wii U where only early adopters have exclusive rights to free Gamecube games (for example) and nobody else can even buy those games at a later date. Selfishly speaking I would LOVE free stuff, but I don’t feel cheated with all the 30 cent promotions & eshop discounts etc. Our situation is much better than it was for those 3DS early adopters who seen their handhelds drop by 80$ in six months and then had to endure the Xl just over a year later.

    • boynhisblobs

      Exactly, well said. Feel the exact same way.

  • Ricky__Spanish

    Early adopters deserve something for enduring this god awful drought. I dropped $600 on launch day for the system , games and controllers.

  • Beat

    I think they should give ambassador program for those who bought the Wii U basic set, because they aren’t even selling those anymore.

  • Brad Watson

    Nintendo should give early Wii U adopters a free copy of either Wind Walker, Mario 3D, or Donkey Kong Returns as a token of appreciation.

    • oontz

      So they should just give away a few million copies of one of their biggest sellers? That’s not good business. IF they were going to give away anything at all it should be VC titles which they have already sold in the past and already made money off of.

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

    Crap. Good thing I don’t have one yet. Wind Waker HD bundle here I come!

    • Guest

      I’ve wanted the Wii U for two years, was planning to buy it at launch, and I still haven’t bought a Wii U. There’s just no way in the world I’m dropping $350+ with 2013 looking rather weak for Nintendo this holidays and 2014 still being a complete mystery in terms of more game announcements that should’ve been made in 2013. I would like a Zeld

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

        Darn, why didn’t the site’s commenting system delete this like I intended?

  • Ice Climbers

    An Ambassador Program would only get them good PR from early adopters. It would be seen as a sign of weakness and desperation from everybody else, whether it be 3rd parties, investors, the mainstream media, or other gamers. As for people who are complaining about the price drop, DONT BUY A SYSTEM AT LAUNCH, or deal with it. Also, I’m willing to bet that many people who are complaining about not having an Ambassador Program for Wii U are the same people who complained that the 3DS Ambassador Program was not enough of a compensation when the 3DS dropped in price.

  • gamedealers

    I feel like the wii u early adopters should get something similar to the ambassador program but not exactly maybe like $15 eshop money I mean that would just go back to nintendo and most people would probably add more money to the $15.00 to buy like super luigi u or something. Only reason why I think this is simply because what was promise to us for wii u launch did not happen as the steady pace of games never happen

  • Teplán Csaba

    Can some1 tell me what is this Ambassador program ?

    • MysticDude97

      On the 3DS, Nintendo apologized for an early price cut by giving early adopters 20 free Virtual Console games (10 from NES, 10 from GBA).

  • MysticDude97

    Aw, glob glammit. I was hoping for one, so I can brag to my friends who are waiting for Smash Bros.

  • Marko Kuku

    I’m not saying we should get anything for free, but dont tell me you bought premium pack and expected to get a free game?

    The Sensor bar was not included in the EU basic pack and Nintendo never advertised that the Sensor Bar isn’t included in EU Basic Set, but they did advertise about the 3DS XL charger that was not included with the 3DS XL.

    They never mentioned it in their Backwards Compatibility page either.

    http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Wii-U/Hardware-Features/Backwards-compatibility/Backwards-compatibility-736682.html

    We get to play first, do you mean Pikmin 3? Wonderful 101?
    After we got over the slow OS they put the Premium promotion deal on eShop and that was just further eyesore for the Basic Pack owners.

    Please be nice to people the next time you talk.